Argyle Housing

Meet the Team

Argyle is governed by a Board of Directors who bring a diverse set of skills, experience and knowledge to guide the strategic direction of Argyle, while our Chief Executive Officer and Leadership Team lead an organisation of dedicated individuals to implement this strategy.

Board of Directors

  • Terry Downing, B Comm,M Mgmt, CPA, FAICD, ANZIIF Fellow Chairperson
    Terry is an experienced non-executive director with current and prior positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors across a range of organisations including energy utilities, superannuation, general insurance, investment management, property development and the private health insurance prudential regulator. His prior experience includes senior executive positions in the financial services sector and consulting to service industries including insurance, banking, funds management, superannuation and aged care. Terry brings extensive financial, risk management, corporate governance and commercial experience to the Argyle board. Terry was appointed to the Argyle Community Housing Ltd Board in April 2012.
  • Dr Terry Spencer, BSc (Hons 1), PhD, MAICD
    Terry has had a long and varied career in science management, project/program management, business analysis and business process re-engineering, predominantly in the public sector. He has also served as an expert consultant to national and international bodies in areas as diverse as technical advice, regulation and process auditing. Terry has served the community in both Queanbeyan (his home town) and Benalla (Victoria) through executive involvement in a number of community organisations. This includes two terms as a councillor of the City of Benalla, life membership of Apex and current membership of the Rotary Club of Jerrabomberra. Terry is currently a part-time lecturer at the Canberra Institute of Technology in the building & construction area, specializing in construction contracts, construction risk | quality management and the specialised legal requirements associated with building. He holds a Class B building licence in the ACT. Terry has been a Director with Argyle Community Housing Ltd since 2007.
  • Trevor Fair CPA, B Bus (Accounting/HR), GIACD
    Trevor commenced his working career with East West Airlines as an apprentice avionics engineer. He also been employed at QANTAS in  avionics. While working for numerous years with the NSW Dept of Education Trevor commenced his studies in Accounting & HRM through Charles Sturt University. Trevor also has experience in Management Accounting with the Catholic Education Office. After completing his CPA Trevor worked in public practice in Bowral before becoming a partner of Oxley Partners Chartered Accountants in 2005. He is the registered SMSF Auditor for the practice. Trevor is a past president of his Rotary Club, currently Treasurer/Secretary of the Southern Highlands Community Transport as well as on the committees of numerous other NFP entities within the community. Trevor was appointed to the Argyle Community Housing Limited Board in 2008.
  • Pamela Edwards, BA/LLB (UNSW), MAICD
    Pamela has been in the legal profession and investment management business for over 25 years and worked in the United Kingdom and Europe for 18 years in the insurance, investment management and pensions businesses. Prior to that Pamela was a partner in a prominent Australian law firm. She has served the community on the boards of Australian arts organisations and was a founder member/director of a fund-raising committee for the charity now known as Red Kite. Pamela is a former Vice President of the Corporate Counsel Association, Europe and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Pamela was appointed to the Argyle Community Housing Ltd Board in April 2012.
  • John Peters, B. Arch., Adv. Dip. BCM., ARAIA.,GAICD.
    Based on the foundation skills as an architect, John has worked in various facets of property in the UK, New Zealand and throughout Australia, for over 35 years. Much of this experience was with Lend Lease as a Project Manager, Asset Manager, and Qld Manager and Director, Lend Lease Commercial. John set up his own property development company in 1995, and his primary activities during this time were within the residential, retail and office sectors in SE Queensland. John has also consulted to investors and financial stakeholders during this time, including Merrill Lynch, GPT, Thiess, St George Bank and Multiplex. John is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a non-executive director of Mirvac Group and an executive director of a number of unlisted companies. He joined the board of Argyle Community Housing in 2013.
  • Susan Bailey, BA/LL.M., MPAdmin., MAICD
    Susan was appointed as a Director of Argyle Community Housing on 1 January 2016. Susan has over 30 years experience as a commercial lawyer with expertise in strategy, planning, governance, project management and change management. Susan has worked in the public and private sector including insurance, utilities, building and social services. Following a career as a banking and finance lawyer in two Sydney law firms, she served at executive level as General Counsel of Ausgrid and as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Royal & Sun Alliance. Susan is a Director and Member of both Minimbah Challenge Inc. and the Building Professionals Board.
  • Donna Anthes, BA(Communication)., GradCertBusAdmin., AFAIM., GAICD
    Donna was appointed to the Argyle Board on 1 January 2016.  She is an experienced Company Secretary and Non-Executive Director with proven governance & risk management expertise.  She has over 5 years board level experience and is focused on building a portfolio of roles and leveraging her strong track record in leading change and resolving complex business issues.  Donna’s rich experience, ranging from start-up businesses to large scale organisations enables her to engage effectively and credibly with stakeholders at all levels and provide sound business leadership in changing environments. Donna has executive experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors including Qantas, Macquarie Bank and the University of Newcastle where she has been responsible for achieving operational efficiencies; implementing significant change programs; establishing corporate service functions and governance frameworks.  Donna’s strong leadership skills are accompanied by a track record of growing revenue and business development.
  • Chris Benton, JP, MAICD Past Patron
    Appointed the first Patron of Argyle Community Housing in recognition of his significant commitment and contribution over the past 14 years. Chris Benton was a business owner and manager in Bowral who had worked in the banking and finance sector for over 33 years. Past Director and Chairman of the Argyle Community Housing Board, Chris contributed significantly to the growth of Argyle and to its current status as a Tier 1 Community Housing Provider. Together with his dedication to Argyle, Chris was a Justice of the Peace and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was also a past president of the Rotary Club Bowral/Mittagong, a volunteer fire fighter and foundation treasurer of the Southern Highlands Renal Appeal. Chris was a part of the Argyle Community Housing Board from 2001 and acted as Chairman of the Board for many years until January, 2014 and most recently as Director until February, 2015. Sadly, Chris passed away in early February 2017.

Leadership Team

  • Wendy Middleton, Chief Executive Officer

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    Wendy has over 30 years experience working in community services both in the government and not for profit sectors in NSW and Victoria and has had the opportunity to work across many domains in both public policy and service delivery. Prior to commencing with Argyle, Wendy was CEO of a medium sized organisation in the Wimmera, Victoria. Throughout this time Wendy was instrumental in securing funding and services for rural and remote areas. One of the most rewarding and significant achievements in Wendy’s career was her involvement in a resident led community renewal for a public housing estate. Most recently, through partnerships and a tenacious approach, Wendy assisted in securing funding for the development of a community hub that provided one place for the community to access the assistance they needed. Wendy holds qualifications in welfare and human services research and evaluation. She commenced working with Argyle in September, 2013 as GM for Business Development and Renewal and was appointed Chief Operating Officer in February, 2014. On 26 August, 2014, Wendy was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Argyle.

  • Mark Reader, General Manager – Operations
    Mark has over 30 years of experience in the housing industry across both the Australian and UK system. Mark has a keen understanding of the current social and affordable housing environment and the challenges faced by social housing providers – increasing demand, more complex clients, agility, innovation, engagement, alignment, recruitment, motivation, partnership, and transformation. As well as the challenges, these new demands bring with them countless new opportunities and the continual need to creatively problem solve. Leveraging his experience gained from 20 years working in senior positions for Housing NSW, Mark advises with a deep understanding of the perspective and mechanics of Government. Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Economics and a Graduate degree in Social Leadership. Mark is also a member of the Australasian Housing Institute, the Institute of Public Administration Australia, and the Alumni Social Leadership Australia.
  • John McFarland, General Manager – Strategy & Growth
    Experienced in leading multinational workforce and operations across multiple global locations, John has completed his Masters in Law (LLM), specialising in International Business and has also completed a post graduate certificate in Public Sector Management. As a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD), John has over 20 years’ experience in management roles across both Government and international sectors, including his roles as CEO with Hill & Associates Risk Consulting Group LTD and as Managing Director with Integrity Risk Services (IRS). John is an innovative thinker and experienced strategic planner with high integrity and a strong background in successful change management. John is a business leader that can successfully manage a complex P&L, develop HR strategies and service capability, conduct contract negotiations and ensure high quality service delivery.
  • Howard Pickrell, General Manager – Corporate Services
    Howard is CA qualified and also a registered Tax Agent. After almost 10 years with Australian Medical Association (AMA), Howard has joined Argyle as its General Manager of Corporate Services. Howard has had over 18 years’ experience at providing inspirational leadership and direction to teams to manage finance, HR, membership and marketing, property, records and IT for organisations with multiple business entities across Canberra, Sydney, Adelaide and Darwin. Howard is highly qualified to fill his role having completed a Graduate Diploma in Education, a Graduate Diploma in Financial Management, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (Honours).

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