Michelle Blakeley - My Home Chair

Michelle Blakeley
BArch (Hons), RAIA
Chair

Michelle is an Architect and Director of architecture practice, Michelle Blakeley, Architect.

She was a mature-aged architect student who moved from a career as Creative Director and Director in advertising and marketing in Perth and Sydney, to pursue her childhood dream to be an architect.

Michelle graduated with First Class Honours from University of Western Australia and has gone on to design and manage projects which have won Australian Institute of Architects awards for public buildings, urban design, sustainable design and heritage.

In her practice, she focuses on using design to create affordable housing with the belief that lower cost, compact housing does not mean compromising quality, comfort and joyful living spaces. As well as residential projects for private clients, she works on low income social housing projects. She also teaches a Master’s design studio at UWA.

Kathleen Gregory - My Home

Kathleen Gregory
AM, BA - UrPlan, GradDipBus
Secretary

Kathleen recently retired as Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Housing. She held that position since 2006 and has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 30 years.

Kathleen is an active representative on a number of social services peak bodies including Director, WA Alliance to End Homelessness and Chair Shelter WA.

She has previously participated as a founding Board member of national housing body PowerHousing, sat on the Property Council of Australia’s affordable housing roundtable and was a Board member of the Australian Institute of Housing.

In 2016, Kathleen was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her work in the not-for -profit housing sector Under her leadership, Foundation Housing now provides homes for more than 3,200 West Australians desperately in need of housing.

She was named in Pro Bono Australia’s 2016 Impact 25 as one of Australia’s top 25 most influential people working in and around the social services sector.

Kathleen is currently consulting to not-for-profit organisations and sharing her wealth of sector knowledge and experience.

Ben Martin - My Home

Ben Martin
BEng, MBA

Ben is a Director of Morphis Developments Pty Ltd, a project and development management consultancy that specialises in land and housing development.

He has over 20 years’ experience in managing all aspects of property development.

Ben’s experience is particularly suited to the “My Home” PPP model including:

  • new acquisitions and due diligence investigations
  • feasibility studies
  • joint ventures, partnerships and other corporate structures
  • overseeing the design and processing of subdivision applications, structure plans, scheme amendments, rezoning and other authority approvals
  • negotiating with local government, WAPC and other statutory authorities
  • negotiating developer contribution and infrastructure agreements with authorities
  • preparation of project budgets, accounts, timelines and progress reports
  • appointment and management of consultant teams and contractors during the construction phase.
Harold Payne - My Home

Harold Payne
BCom 

Harold has 40 years professional experience, primarily corporate tax experience.
Harold has broad experience advising corporate groups on taxation and governance issues, particularly in the resources sector.
Harold has held a number of roles in not for profit organisations, including  working on project committees and as a director. He has also provided advice to a number of charities in relation to their deductible gift recipient and concessional tax status.
Harold is a member of Rotary and actively involved in initiatives to end homelessness.

Margot Matthews My Home Board

Margot Matthews
BAppSc (ChemEng) Hons

Margot has 30 years of technical leadership experience in blue chip resources companies including Woodside, Alcoa and Tronox as well as CEO of the LNG Marine Fuel Institute.
Margot has a broad range of experience in strategy, technology/innovation and driving collaboration for impact. As an Adjunct Associate Professor she has lectured in Chemical Engineering at the University of Western Australia.
More recently she started up the not for profit COLAB.org that brought together ‘build environment’ professionals with community organisations in need of their pro bono services. Margot has an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen's University, Canada.