Our Board members
Through the South Australian Housing Trust Act 1995, the SA Housing Trust Board is responsible to the Minister for Human Services overseeing the operations of the SA Housing Trust.
Gary Storkey has been appointed as the Presiding Member of the South Australian Housing Trust Board (Housing Trust), for a three-year term from 1 July 2018.
Gary brings extensive experience in executive management and the community housing sector, with a passion for accessible and affordable housing.
The CEO of HomeStart Finance for 20 years, Gary was most recently State Manager, South Australia for Community Housing Ltd.
Christine Bierbaum is the Executive Director, Machinery of Government at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet.
With more than 15 years experience as Executive Director in State Government, Christine has experience in infrastructure planning, policy and reform, economic policy, trade and industry development and Commonwealth-State relations.
Christine is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Company Directors Course with Economics Honours from the University of Adelaide and brings extensive experience in reporting to, and supporting, high-level advisory boards.
Gary Bonato is a registered architect and practice principal with over 29 years' experience as an architect and as a company director and managing director.
He has undertaken numerous architectural and construction projects ranging from small residential, to larger commercial projects in the private and public sectors, nationally and internationally.
His passion for the South Australian community drives his participation in social housing projects, providing him with a strong understanding of the diverse and conflicting issues, and importantly, the priorities of the housing system.
Gary holds a Bachelor of Architecture and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is a member of the Architectural Practice Board of SA.
Meredith Perry has extensive experience in management and governance, working within the community services sector for more than 35 years. A skilled and professional leader, Meredith has held senior positions in non-government organisations in both South Australia and Victoria.
Prior to her retirement in July 2018, she held the position of UnitingSA's Executive Manager Community Services for ten years.
Meredith is committed to finding sustainable solutions to significant social issues, through the establishment of collaborative partnerships with all stakeholders.
Professor Andrew Beer is Dean, Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia Business School. He has worked across several South Australian universities, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Adelaide and a PhD from the Australian National University.
His research interests include the operations of Australia’s housing markets, the drivers of regional growth, economic change in major cities and the impacts of an ageing population.
Currently he is researching many facets of Australia’s housing system.
He was the Chair of the South Australian Government’s Homelessness Strategic Group from 2011 to 2017, and is a Fellow of the Regional Australia Institute. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences.
Executive Director of Reconciliation SA and a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee, Shona is a proud Eastern Arrernte Woman, with family heritage extending to the Harts Ranges in the Northern Territory. She has extensive grass roots, operational, strategic policy and management experience in social services and Aboriginal governance.
Over the past two decades, she has devoted her knowledge, experience, professional and personal life to the advancement and rights of Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities. She has worked across the social services sector and in State Government policy, governance and strategic planning roles in rural, remote and metropolitan areas.
She holds a Bachelor of Behavioural Science at Flinders University, majoring in Psychology and Legal Studies.
Mr Con Tragakis is an immediate past Chairman of Partners for international accounting firm KPMG (2017), and is a member of a number of non-profit boards, including Treasurer of the Property Council of Australia, and a member of Renew Adelaide board. He is a member of the finance sub-committee of the Adelaide Football Club.
He is currently chairman of a number of corporate advisory boards, including TicToc Homes Pty Ltd and the Maras Group. He has extensive experience in managing complex issues and relationships between stakeholders and boards, and asset management. He has been involved in major transactions in both the private and public sector.