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.
Belinda ClarkeExecutive Manager Business Development
Belinda is a recognised leader in social entrepreneurship, innovation and strategy. She is committed to driving complex change, specifically for individuals and communities where people experience barriers to thriving. Belinda has diverse executive experience across the not-for-profit, healthcare, community, education, and business sectors. Thinking and working with others to find and take risks with creative solutions to wicked issues is what she does best. Belinda is the proud creator of Build Up Tassie, the successful employment and training program with Centacare Evolve Housing and she is the founding director of CatholicCare Tasmania's place-based Social Impact Program, now adapted as a whole of organisation approach to improving wellbeing. Belinda has held a range of Board roles; including the inaugural Chair of All-Round Health and Community Care, a not-for-profit health care service, and she is currently a member of The Southern Central Trade Training Centre Advisory Board. She has been involved in a range of research and is published in the areas of social impact, social justice and spirituality, leadership and education.
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.
Donna HaasManager Tenancy Operations
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 with 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 over 20 years and has over 15 years of 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 2,400 properties. He has overseen more than 550 kitchen upgrades, about 200 new bathrooms and the installation of over 800 heat pumps.
Christina AugustineCommunity Wellbeing Manager
Christina Augustine has over 15 years of experience working in the community sector with a special interest in housing and Homelessness. Christina leads our Community Wellbeing Team. Our ethos is to support people to live their best possible life. We are committed to creating and supporting sustainable social change in the communities we serve across Tasmania. Our focus is on developing better tenant experiences that contribute to individual, family and community wellbeing. We actively involve our tenants in decision making about their community and work actively together to fulfil that vision. Our team is committed to continual community engagement through co-design of the programs, initiatives and spaces we create; with tenants and community partners to enhance the success of social and affordable housing across Tasmania
David SakkoBusiness Performance Manager
Originally from the Netherlands, following completion of his Social Work studies David started his career in Disability Services. Moving to Australia in 2003, David continued along this path, managing a support service for people living with intellectual disabilities and acquired brain injuries. A somewhat unexpected career change saw him managing infrastructure and IT for a large Melbourne-based community health provider whilst managing a small Social Housing organisation “off the side of his desk”. In 2016, David and his family moved to Hobart and commenced work as Business Systems Manager with CatholicCare, with his first project managing Centacare Evolve Housing’s tenancy management system. Following the resignation of the General Manager of CEH, David fulfilled the role of Acting GM for a number of months until James Norman commenced in his current role. David then took on the role of General Manager of CatholicCare’s Social Impact Unit until commencing as Business Performance Manager in 2022. In his current role, David oversees organisational WHS, Risk & Compliance with an added focus on the improvement of processes and overall performance of the organisation.
Sarah HenleyProject Manager
Sarah’s role as Project Manager for CatholicCare Tasmania and Centacare Evolve Housing means she is largely focused on the rollout of a $160M+ new build program. Her role involves the 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. 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 the highest of standards. Sarah has had over 10 years of 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.
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.