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.




Terry Downing – Chairman of the Board 

Qualifications – B Comm,M Mgmt, CPA, FAICD, ANZIIF

Special Responsibilities – Ex-offico Member, Assets, Acquisition and New Business Committee, Audit and Risk Committee and Nomination, Remuneration and Governance Committee.

Experience – Terry is an experienced non-executive director with current and prior positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. 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 on 4 April 2012.

Pamela Edwards 

Qualifications – BA/LLB (UNSW), MAICD

Special Responsibilities – Chair, Nomination, Remuneration and Governance Committee.

Experience – 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.

Susan Bailey 

Qualifications – BA/LL.M., MPAdmin., MAICD

Special Responsibilities – Member, Audit and Risk Committee. Member, Nomination, Remuneration and Governance Committee.

Experience – 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 law 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.

Donna Anthes 

Qualifications – BA(Communication)., GradCertBusAdmin., AFAIM., GAICD

Special Responsibilities – Chair, Assets, Acquisition and New Business Committee. Member, Nomination, Remuneration and Governance Committee.

Experience – Donna is an experienced Company Secretary and Non-Executive Director with proven governance & risk management expertise. She has significant board level experience and leverages 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 a broad range of stakeholders 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 is accompanied by a track record of business development.
Donna was appointed to the Argyle Community Housing Ltd Board on 1 January 2016.

Chris Martin 

Qualifications – Master of Commerce (Valuation), with Distinction; Graduate Diploma in Property Investment; Advanced Certificate in Real Estate; Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Licensed Real Estate Agent (NSW)

Special Responsibilities – Member, Assets, Acquisition and New Business Committee.

Experience – Chris has 35 years of broad-ranging experience in the property industry, covering property funds management (both listed and unlisted); property and asset management; property investment (including acquisition and divestment); property development; project management; financial management; marketing; sustainability; and corporate governance and compliance. He has experience both on-shore (Australia) and off-shore (as Regional Head of Asset Management for Asia-Pacific, based in Singapore, with LaSalle Investment Management). During his career Chris also has held senior roles with GPT Group, Lendlease, BT Funds Management / Principal Financial Group, Colliers International, Jones Lang Wootton (now JLL) and, early in his career, in the Commonwealth and New South Wales governments. Chris is a non-executive director of Harbison Memorial Retirement Village and is also a member of Harbison’s Redevelopment and Risk & Audit committees. He is currently managing director of Pindari Capital, the funds management company in the Ausin Group of companies.
Chris was appointed to the Argyle Community Housing Ltd Board on 1 January 2018.

Yvette Pietsch 

Qualifications – BBus (Accounting); Master Tax Law; Fellow Chartered Accountant; Certified Tax Advisor; MAICD;

Special Responsibilities – Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee.

Experience – Yvette has over 25 years’ experience in public practice as a Chartered Accountant, working with private groups and not-for profit organisations. Yvette is currently a member of NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity and independent member of the Governance Audit & Risk Committee for Shellharbour City Council, and was previously a Trustee and Deputy Chair of Centennial Park & Moore Park Trust. Yvette has extensive experience in financial and risk management, corporate governance, business operations and commercial management.
Yvette was appointed to the Argyle Community Housing Ltd Board on 1 January 2018.



Chris Benton – Past Patron 

Qualifications – JP, MAICD

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.


Wendy Middleton, Chief Executive Officer   

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.

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