Directors' Profiles

SouthEast Housing Cooperative is a not-for-profit organisation where members, as the key stakeholders have ultimate control over the governance of the Cooperative. Under the rules of the SouthEast’s Constitution, members entrust responsibility fo the governance of the cooperative to the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors have responsibility for governance matters and to govern responsibly in accordance with Cooperative’s policies and principles. The Board must represent the interest of members and consult with members on policy changes and significant governance matters. The Board must also ensure regular reporting to the members through various communication channels.

The Board of Directors delegate responsibility for the management of operational matters to the CEO who is accountable to the Board.

Andrea Lee
Andrea Lee
Member Director and member of the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee.

Cooperative member since 8/7/2001. Board member 2005/6 and since 2010. Bachelor of Business Accounting and Management. Accountant. Seven years in Business Services.

Debbie Dioguardi
Debbie Dioguardi
Member Director and member of the Governance Committee.

Previous member Ringwood/Croydon coop for three years and participated in the policy committee.

Previous banking experience for total of six years. Certificate in bookkeeping to trial balance.

Cooperative member since December 2004. Managed a team for a party planning company. Active member of SouthEast Housing for over ten years. Home Schooling Supervisor

Garry White
Greg White
Member Director and member of the Governance Committee

Equality and accessibility to affordable and long-term housing is one my drivers. Social housing and in particular Co-Op housing should be based on dignity and respect. I have been a coop member now for 15 years. 4 years at Eastern Suburbs, and 11 in a Common Equity Housing Cooperative in Bendigo.

I have worked in a variety of positions over my working life.

They include Teaching, small business operator, disability support and consultancy, CEO of a community based multiservice organisation, that specialised in Community Transport and social isolation, Performing Arts training and project manager for a Palliative Care Consortium. I also have been and am currently undertaking a carer’s role.

I have been with my partner, Les for 42 years.

My other passions include gardening, our dog, computers and computer games.

Shirley Faram
Shirley Faram
Member Director and member of the Governance Committee.

Over 14 years on Board. Over twelve years as SouthEast Chairperson. Four years Secretary of Frankston Council’s Good Neighbour program. Four years volunteering with the Bayside Shared Accommodation Register. Four years as Board member and worker with the Bayside Youth Housing Project. Six years as a Director for the then Cooperative Federation of Victoria (now the Community Housing Industry Association (Vic).

Terrence Smith
Member Director and a member of the Governance Committee

Personal Bio

  • Lived early years in Richmond and a passionate supporter of the Richmond football team.
  • Commenced my working life at 15 years of age and have continued to work up until current working in many and varied industries.
  • Currently working in Facilities Management.
  • Married in 1989 and along with my life partner am the proud parent of 3 children currently, 30, 27 and 22 years old.
  • First housed in ESRHC in 1995 and currently in the second home since joining the Co-op.

Eastern Suburbs Rental Housing Co-operative Roles

  • Member of the maintenance working group, then maintenance committee since joining the Co-op.
  • Member of the finance committee.
  • Chair for 9 years.
  • Have attended inhouse and external director training over several years.
  • I am a passionate believer that everyone deserves affordable, safe, secure and appropriate housing.
Kerrie Robins
Elizabeth O’Connor
Member Director and Member of the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee.

While being a mother to three sons I was an active member of the Moorabbin Housing Cooperative from 1988 and moved into my current home in 1989. Over the years prior to the Moorabbin Coop merging with SouthEast Housing Cooperative I was an active member attending fortnightly meetings having at different times served on the Maintenance, Finance and Participation (attendance) committees.

In 2000 I gained full time employment with the Australian Taxation Office and then with the Department of Health and Human Services. Having been involved in decision making with the Moorabbin Cooperative, and as a Commonwealth employee for 17 years I have had extensive experience in understanding and complying with varying legislation, policies and procedures.

Avril Lochhead
Member Director

I have had careers in the Travel Industry, TV production, Real Estate, Recruitment and in recent years, up until COVID, I facilitated educational programs as a Trainer and Assessor.

I have volunteered in various positions in my original Oakleigh Rental Housing Co-Op in the 1990’s and also after our merger into South East Housing Cooperative.

Being a SEHC tenant for 25 years and having secure, affordable housing provided me with the opportunity to study a Bachelor of Adult Learning and Development ( B.A.L.D.! ) at Monash University in 2002. Having left school in Scotland at 15, this was a dream come true.

The Co-operative model of social housing has enormous generational value and SEHC’s professionalism places us well for potential future growth, and it is an honour to recently have been elected as a Director on the SEHC Board.

Rochelle Bateman
Member Director and member of both the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee and the Governance Committee.

Cooperative member since 2012. Board member since 2018.

Diploma of Community Services. Currently employed in Operations, in the finance and mercantile sector.

Steve Kropf
Steve Kropf
Non Member Director and Convenor of the Risk, Audit and Finance Committee.

MBA, BBus BA, FCPA, over twenty years’ experience in senior commercial management roles including CFO, GM Finance and planning roles through a range of companies covering transport and logistics, tourism, government privatisations and pharmaceuticals. Currently owner and manager of two companies both in the service sector.

Steven Grange
Steven Grange
Non Member Director and Board Chairperson and Chairperson of the Governance Committee.

Steven worked for, First Option Credit Union, a $160M credit union
with 10,000 members across Australia and his role was a Business
Development Manager.

Steven has spent thirty-five years in working for industry based credit unions. Other roles Steven has filled include: Director: Kyneton Community Cooperative from 1983 to 1987, Director/Chairman: Reservoir Fawkner Credit Cooperative from 1990 to 1997.

Industry Training: Director training via the Australian Institute Credit
Union Directors. Qualifications: Diploma in Marketing: Hawthorn Institute of Technology, 1990.

Ankur Pandit
Ankur Pandit
Non Member Director

Experienced Project Management Office (PMO) and IT leader with demonstrated management experience in delivering key business outcomes.

Skilled in Project Management Portfolio, IT Strategy, IT Service Management, Governance, Reporting, Budget and Stakeholder Management. Strong IT and PMO professional with a Master of Business Management focused on Operations and Service Delivery.

  • BSB51415 Diploma of Project Management, Australian Education & Learning Institute (2017) )
  • Prince2 (Foundation), New Horizons Learning Centres (2015)
  • Master of Business Management, Monash University (2011 -2013).
  • Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering, Monash University (1999 – 2003)