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 Deputy Chief Executive of the Office of the South Australian Productivity Commission.
With more than 20 years as an executive in SA Government, Christine has experience in infrastructure planning and policy, public sector 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 30 years of experience as an architect, 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.
Gary’s passion for the South Australian community drives his participation in social housing projects, providing him with an understanding of the diverse and conflicting issues, and importantly, the priorities of the housing system. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects.
Gary served on the Architectural Practice Board of South Australia from 2008 to 2020 including as Chairperson from 2012 to 2017. In 2020, he was appointed as an Assessor for SACAT.
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 Executive Dean, UniSA Business, the University of South Australia. He is a Fellow of the UK’s Academy of Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Regional Australia Institute and serves as a board member of the South Australian Housing Trust.
Professor Beer is a former Chair of the Regional Studies Association, a global scholarly association based in England and Brussels and currently chairs their publication committee. Professor Beer has undertaken research, provided policy advice and consulted on a range of issues including the impacts of structural change in economies, the strategies needed to sustain businesses in regions, population dynamics and demography, housing and the needs of older Australians.
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.