Ben WilsonChief Executive Officer
Ben Wilson After joining the organisation in July 2018, Ben has brought with him a wealth of knowledge in the building industry gained over the past 15 years in the sector. Before joining Centacare Evolve Housing, Ben was the CEO of one of the largest building companies in Tasmania and was actively involved in creating the turnkey finance initiative allowing customers the opportunity to not make repayments during the construction phase of the build. Ben is a qualified Tasmanian Building Practitioner and member of the Tasmanian HIA Regional Executive Committee and Tasmanian Building and Construction Industry Training Board.
James NormanGeneral Manager Housing Operations
James originally hails from the UK and moved to Australia in 1989 during a previous career in international shipping. After graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work (Hons) he undertook a career change that initially saw him working in remote Northern Territory communities. It was an environment that emphasised the critical role that safe and secure housing plays in people’s lives. This point was further demonstrated during several years managing CatholicCare Tasmania’s Multicultural Service Programs, which focused on the settlement of new humanitarian entrants arriving in Hobart. James took up the role of General Manager, Housing Operations for Centacare Evolve Housing in 2017. He views housing through a broad lens and is particularly passionate about nurturing a service that focuses on developing secure, sustainable tenancies, and which sees the organisation become a trusted and positive contributor to the community.
Sarah HenleyProject Manager
Sarah’s role as Project Manager for CatholicCare Tasmania and Centacare Evolve Housing means she is largely focused on the roll out of a $70M+ new build program. Her role involves introduction of innovative housing products requiring significant planning oversight, liveable housing features and delivery of disability housing. She also delivered through a co-design process 32 Specialist Disability Accommodation beds. Sarah is a recent addition to the CCT team, joining in October 2018, Sarah takes responsibility for both CCT and CEH pre construction and onsite co-ordination of all Building projects to ensure they are delivered within the required timeframes and to highest of standards. Sarah has had over 10 years’ experience in the residential construction industry, recently holding the position of Multi Residential Project coordinator with Tasmania’s largest residential building company where she had an impressive record of delivering high quality cost-effective multi residential homes across Tasmania. Sarah has significant experience in the pre-construction property development requirements of local planning schemes, building standards and guidelines and is well positioned to ensure delivery of social, affordable or property sales, from individual sites to fifty unit multi residential development sites.a
Anita WellsHousing Manager
Anita brings with her experience in both the Tasmanian public housing and Victorian social housing sectors spanning around 15 years. Anita leads the tenancy services team drawing on her qualifications in Social Housing and Training and Assessment, and takes a client-centric approach to community housing tenancy management. The Tenancy Services Team is responsible for the allocation and ongoing management of Centacare Evolve Housing’s social and affordable housing programs, with over 1,700 properties across the portfolios statewide, and work closely with all areas of our organisation. Anita and her team are dedicated to supporting Centacare Evolve Housing’s vision and values and work hard to provide secure and sustainable tenancies within the community on behalf of Centacare Evolve Housing.
Donna HaasGrants & Growth Portfolio Manager
As Manager of Grants & Growth Portfolio, Donna manages our incentives initiatives funded through the Department of Communities and Families. These include Rapid Rehousing, the Private Rental Incentive Scheme, prisoner release and mental health housing, along other programs. Donna also manages transitional and crisis housing for people escaping family violence along with compliance requirements for all NRAS properties with reporting responsibilities to the Federal Government. Donna has been with CatholicCare Tasmania for 20 years and has over 15 years’ experience within the housing program areas. Recently Donna has worked as a tenancy officer for CatholicCare Affordable Housing and as our statewide coordinator of Affordable Housing.
Brad JamesMaintenance Manager
Brad comes from a building background and has previously worked as an inspector for Housing Tasmania and spent six years in the Facility Management team with Hazell Bros. Brad started with Centacare Evolve Housing in 2014 and is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of almost 1,500 properties. He has overseen more than 550 kitchen upgrades, about 200 new bathrooms and the installation of over 800 heat pumps.
Tenancy Management Team
Our tenancy officers are the main point of contact with our tenants. Tenancy officers are available to provide information about leases and tenancies and manage properties in accordance with the Residential Tenancy Act. They assist with the initial viewing and sign up process, are a contact for information, conduct property inspections, and monitor rental payments.
Grants and Growth Team
Our Grants and Growth team are primarily responsible for managing programs that support particular target groups through government initiatives. For example transitional accommodation, rapid rehousing programs and the Private Rental Incentive program. The team also oversees the sale of properties.
Our maintenance team ensures repairs and maintenance are carried out in accordance with our leases and the Residential Tenancy Act. If repairs are urgent, they will arrange a quick response to maintain safety. The team will often assess damage to check the best way to carry out repairs or to help tenants manage repairs they are responsible for. Our maintenance team also manages our schedule of property upgrades, because we are committed to improving the quality of the homes we rent. We have a number of contractors who carry out work for us, and our maintenance team is responsible for ensuring they do a good job.
Community Wellbeing Team
The community wellbeing team undertakes our wide range of community engagement and development initiatives and individual wellbeing activities. Our reception team are the first point of contact for tenants and the community. Our community development worker supports our asset based community development activities and partnerships. They facilitate our Community Development and Engagement Reference and Tenancy Engagement Groups. The team includes our Client Support Coordinator who works with tenants who are at risk of not being able to maintain their tenancy and our Build Up Tassie construction work readiness program.