Annual Report 2019



Welcome to the 2019 Annual Report for Argyle Housing.

Welcome to everyone who takes an interest or plays a part in Argyle Housing. The Annual Report for 2018/2019 provides an overview of our business for the past year. Beyond statistics and data, there are stories about the people who make this organisation what it is today – a place that is all about community. Reflecting on the achievements of the last 12 months, it is apparent that none of these would have been possible without the element of respect that we adhere to in all that we do. You will find the theme of respect throughout the report and I hope it resonates with each person on some level.

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We have regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of everybody

Respect is a large umbrella, covering everything we do. It means different things to different people.

To us, it means practising tolerance and being considerate of the feelings of others, honouring someone by exhibiting care, concern, or consideration for their needs or feelings.

For our Tenants

Argyle Housing’s approach or actions in response to our tenants crystallises the need for us to maintain respect and empathy. Every tenant has a personal story that defines why they are where they are at this current point in their lives.  A respectful approach to each person’s needs allows us to work together to gain better outcomes for tenants.

For the Organisation

It is a two-way street ensuring employees respect the business, and allowing employees to feel their work is valued and recognised. A respectful workplace can significantly increase job satisfaction and productivity, which in turn will benefit our tenants.

Aboriginal pattern

Acknowledgement of country

Argyle Community Housing acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises their continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past and present. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.

Board of Directors

Argyle Housing 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

Terry is an experienced non-executive director with current and prior positions in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He brings extensive financial, risk management, corporate governance and commercial experience to the Argyle Board.

Terry was appointed to the Argyle Housing Board on 4 April 2012.

Pamela Edwards

Pamela has extensive experience in the investment management business in Australia, the UK and Europe. Prior to that, Pamela was a partner in a prominent Australian law firm. She has also served the community on the boards of Australian arts organisations.

Pamela was appointed to the Argyle Housing Board on 4 April 2012.

Susan Bailey

Susan is a non-executive director in the not-for-profit sector and previously in the public sector. She has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer in the private and public sectors including insurance and electricity. Susan has executive experience as General Counsel of Ausgrid and General Counsel and Company Secretary of Royal & Sun Alliance.

Susan was appointed to the Argyle Housing Board on 1 January 2016.

Donna Anthes

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 record of accomplishment 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 was appointed to the Argyle Housing Board on 1 January 2016.

Chris Martin

Chris has 36 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 offshore (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 a member of Harbison’s Built Environment Development and Risk & Audit committees. He is currently managing director of Pindari Capital, a funds management company wholly owned by Mulpha Australia.

Chris was appointed to the Argyle Housing Board on 1 January 2018.

Yvette Pietsch

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 an 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 and a member of NSW Council for Women’s Economic Opportunity. Yvette has extensive experience in financial and risk management, corporate governance, business operations and commercial management.

Yvette was appointed to the Argyle Housing Board on 1 January 2018.

Welcome New Directors

Tracey Wadsworth

Tracey has over 25 years in the property and finance sectors in strategic property and financial advisory, development and project management as well as asset and property management.  Tracey has held senior executive positions in both the public and private sector nationally and internationally including with Landcom, Royal Bank of Scotland, CRI and Tamaki Regeneration Company.

Throughout this time, Tracey has been involved in a number of large scale social and urban renewal projects including most recently the Tamaki Regeneration Programme in Auckland, New Zealand.  This is the largest social regeneration project in New Zealand seeking to improve the social and economic well-being of a key area of Auckland.

Tracey’s property and commercial background is coupled with a strong understanding of the social and community housing sector.

Tracey was appointed to the Argyle Housing Board on 1 May 2019.

Julian Sawicki

Julian Sawicki has a 25 year career in executive management and membership of boards. This experience covers financial management, strategic planning, risk management, human resources and culture, quality and compliance with a strong understanding of board governance principles arising from completion of the Company Directors course via the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julian’s passion for community services is reflected in his senior and Chief Executive Roles with values based organisations providing a wide range of community and personal support services throughout South Australia. His experience in community housing policy and practice arises from significant involvement with community housing companies such as Westside Housing and Unity Housing. This practical experience coupled with knowledge of government policy adds to his board experience in the superannuation, community services, community housing and disability services sectors.

Julian believes that access to safe, secure and affordable housing is essential for a fair community if its members are to participate fully in the life of their community.

Julian was appointed to the Argyle Housing Board on 1 May 2019.

Strategic plan 2018/21

The Board of Directors is proud to present Argyle Housing’s Strategic Plan for 2018/21. The Strategic Plan is tenant and community focused with an emphasis on how Argyle Housing can provide more housing options, exceptional tenancy experience and opportunities for tenants to achieve the best possible outcomes in their lives.

The review completed in 2018 was an opportunity for Argyle Housing to plan how, as an organisation, it can meet the housing needs of the communities in which we operate. The Strategic Plan 2018/21 provides a framework for Argyle Housing to build local partnerships that fulfil and respect the specific needs of the community and to respond quickly and effectively to wider growth opportunities that may arise.

Vision and Values

Our Vision

To deliver quality housing options and connections to our community

Our Values


We have regard for the feelings, wishes and rights of everybody


We seek out ways to improve and add value to the delivery of our services


We are accountable for what we do and how we do it


We face our challenges, we learn and we move forward

Strategic objectives


Customer Experience

Assist people on low to moderate income by providing access to housing solutions


Community Connections

Encourage the involvement of people and organisations in the solution of problems affecting community


People & Culture

Foster an inclusive and positive workplace environment


Relationships & Partnerships

Develop strong and effective relationships and partnerships to achieve positive outcomes for the people and communities we serve


Growth for Sustainability

Increase housing options while sustaining current assets