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.

Vicki Meyer

Vicki has over 25 years experience in Agribusiness and is currently the General Manager of a large freight company and rural enterprise. Previous managerial experience with Bendigo Bank in establishing Community banks in rural and metro areas and specialist work in change management and business realignment provides the platform and expertise to assist HOW through its significant changes.

Garry Baker

Garry spent more than 30 years in the newspaper industry, the last 25 as editor or in senior management. He now works as a newspaper and media consultant, publisher and author. He has written and published seven books. He has had strong community ties in business and service groups and is a Life Member of both Country Press NSW and the Association of Apex Cluds. He brings extensive business and marketing skills to Homes Out West.

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.