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.
Sam is an experienced international finance professional and lawyer. He is the Managing Director of Capital Prudential funds management and is also a Non-Executive Director of the Social Impact Investment Network of South Australia.
Sam previously held Board and senior management positions at Rural Bank Limited and Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. For over 13 years, he has worked across all aspects of banking including structured finance, capital raisings, mergers and acquisitions, credit, lending, operations and products.
Sam has also previously been a Director of Homesafe Solutions a specialist fund manager in the retirement sector. Prior to this Sam spent 10 years as a lawyer both in Australia and Europe specialising in international cross border structured finance transactions.
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.
Linda has worked in Executive positions across Australia. In South Australia she was the Commissioner for Equal Opportunity and was an Executive with the SA Intellectual Disability Services Council.
Linda has led the Parks Community Legal Service, SA Domestic Violence Prevention Unit and the SA Rape and Sexual Assault Service. More recently, Linda was the CEO for Survivors of Torture and Trauma Rehabilitation Services and Catherine House, a service for women experiencing homelessness.