Board of Directors

Matthew Watts - Chairperson

Matthew is currently the Corporate Services Manager of Purtills Deniliquin with experience and skills in corporate governance, risk management and management of various corporate support functions.  He has extensive prior experience in the Information Technology field.  Matthew holds a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Dean Harris

Dean has experience in change management, staff training and development, and banking experience in both retail and small business. Dean is an active member of the local community supporting various not-for-profit organisations. Dean holds a Bachelor¹s Degree in International Relations and a Graduate Diploma of Education.

Marg Bull

Marg has recently retired from a career in the education sector spanning more than 40 years and is an Edward River councillor. Her passion has been the provision of opportunities for rural students across the southern Riverina region.  She is also a director of her family farming business with interests in the Conargo and Deniliquin areas. With extensive experience working with community organisations, Marg brings a wealth of experience and strong links to the Homes Out West Board.

Stuart Davidson

Joining the Homes Out West Board in 2018, Stuart recently retired from the General Manager¹s role with the Department of Justice and Regulation (Hume Region). Prior to his work with the Victorian Government, Stuart managed the Consumer and Tenancy Advice Service. He has extensive experience in governance of community organisations and has strong interpersonal skills which have been utilised in community and stakeholder engagement.  He has worked with Aboriginal and migrant communities, and brings a wealth of insight and expertise in government grants and funding.

Brian Hill

Brian has recently retired from employment with Vinnies Services Deniliquin and was also employed with the Greater Southern Area Health Service.  Brian’s past employment has given him a strong understanding of Community Housing and the importance it plays in the prevention of long-term homelessness and housing equity for low income earners.  He has just completed his second term (eight years) at Berrigan Shire Council, including four years at the Deputy Mayor; Brian did not stand at the recent election.  Brian is passionate about the south west Riverina region and carries strong relationships with a diverse range of community members, businesses and organisations.

Tony Brandt

Tony is a practising lawyer in both New South Wales and Victoria. He is also a practising Notary Public. Tony has over 50 years’ experience in the legal profession, has been the managing partner of the largest law firm in the region and has run his own practice for the last 16 years. Tony was Chairman of the Board at Wodonga TAFE for 15 years – leaving in 2014. He is a results driven and highly successful professional. Tony possesses excellent communication and interpersonal skills and prides himself on his consistent involvement with the regional community.  Tony is able to demonstrate an excellent knowledge of education and training provision, with a comprehensive understanding and commitment to the regional issues facing our communities.

Jennifer Townsend  - Corporate Sub-Committee Chair

Jennifer is a qualified social worker who has 20 years experience working in human services, including in the area of mental health, correctional services, community housing and homelessness.  Jennifer worked for more than five years at Homes Out West as a housing officer, client services manager and temporarily in the Chief Executive Officer role.  She continues to work in the community housing and homelessness sector as a consultant, contract trainer and project manager, and also undertakes work for a local Aboriginal organisation.  Jennifer was the former chairperson of a domestic violence action group and the former chair of a local reconciliation group.

Karen Wilson

Karen has over 20 years’ experience as an educator. Gaining  experience in management, financial and project management has been her focus over the past 10 years.   Karen comes with great local knowledge of the Deniliquin Aboriginal community as well as the wider community. She is currently the chairperson of the Deniliquin Community Working Party, and The Local Aboriginal Education Consultative Group. Karen has previously been a board member of South West Arts. She is also the current Deniliquin delegate of the Regional Local Decision Making body for the Riverina Murray Regional Alliance.