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Executive Leadership Team

Our Executive Leadership Team leads over 200 staff working in specialised areas of Customers, Homes, Finance, Governance and Risk, Legal and Operations.

Scott Langford

Group Chief Executive Officer

MBA, P.GradDip Prop. Dev., FIML, FAICD, MRICS 

Scott is a Chartered Surveyor with a specialisation in housing management and development, holds an MBA, and post grad in property development and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He leads a team of over 200 staff at SGCH who provide a place to call home for more than 11,500 residents in 7000 homes. Since joining SGCH in 2016, Scott and his team have secured a development pipeline of 1,000 new social and affordable homes in Sydney, underpinned by $450 million in financing commitments. Major transactions have included the Social and Affordable Housing Fund Phase 1 and Phase 2, and the Social Housing Management Transfer program. Prior to joining SGCH Scott held senior roles in community housing and the private sector in property development. He has served on numerous industry Boards and advisory groups including as Chair of the International Housing Partnership and PowerHousing Australia. He is currently a member of the NSW Community Housing Industry Council and a Director of CHIA NSW.

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Andrew Brooks

Group Executive, Homes

BSc (Honours) Building Surveying, MRICS

As Group Executive, Homes, Andrew oversees a $3.3 billion property portfolio for SGCH. He joined the organisation in May 2013 leading the leveraging strategy associated with the vested portfolio of Nation Building assets and taking responsibility for Development and Construction and Property Services teams, now grouped under the Homes portfolio.

Before joining SGCH, Andrew held the position of Project Leader for the $900m Bonnyrigg PPP at Becton Property Group. Prior to moving to Australia in 2007, Andrew gained commercial experience leading and delivering major urban regeneration projects in the UK, working for the Grosvenor Estate (London and Bath) as Commercial Projects Director, and Development Director at both Associated British Ports (Cardiff Bay) and Bank of Scotland (Edinburgh). Andrew develops and builds strong partnerships with government, community, and key stakeholders to ensure delivery of successful projects with a focus on safe, sustainable homes.

Claudia Certoma

Group Executive, Legal, Governance and Risk
General Counsel and Company Secretary

BEc (Hons I), LLB (Hons I) (Syd), Solicitor (NSW, HCA), GradDipACG, AGIA ACG (CS, CGP)

Claudia joined SGCH in November 2020 to establish and lead the combined legal and governance function and to work with the Board to ensure best practice governance standards. 

Claudia is an experienced general counsel and governance professional with around 20 years of commercial legal experience.  As General Counsel for the residential development business at Frasers Property Australia, she worked with CHPs on mixed use social, affordable and private housing developments and mixed use precinct developments, including the innovative NSW Communities Plus Ivanhoe Estate Redevelopment.

As Corporate Counsel at Laing O’Rourke Australia, Claudia advised the development business and treasury function, working on PPPs, development and construction, finance, corporate and commercial matters, company secretarial, risk and compliance projects.

Claudia’s skills include understanding and working with complex operational businesses to achieve commercial outcomes with a customer and risk focus.

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Joe Achmar

Group Chief Financial Officer

B.Bus.,  CA.

Joe is an experienced finance executive and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He joined SGCH in June 2022. Joe brings almost 30 years of commercial finance experience with twelve of those as a Chief Financial Officer, most recently at Venues NSW. Joe commenced his professional career at EY before joining AMP Capital, culminating in his appointment as Fund Controller for the Property Division. Joe brings experience in similar organisations having been CFO of Campus Living Villages between 2010-2017. In this role, Joe played a key role managing investor and financier relationships while supporting the operating business to serve thousands of students living in properties in Australia, NZ, the USA and UK.

Sally Anne Friedlander

Group Chief Operating Officer

M.HRM., Grad, Cert. Change Mgt, B.Ad.Ed., FAHRI

Sally Anne Friedlander is a passionate leader who specialises in organisational effectiveness, with extensive experience of leading functional and operational strategies in organisational design, development and creating inclusive cultures.

She has a broad industry background, both locally and internationally, having worked in senior and executive roles in Westpac, ASX, Boral Ltd, Qantas, John Holland Group, Laing O’Rourke Group and most recently in NSW Government.

At SGCH, her primary focus at present is ensuring we have an inclusive and sustainable business operations. She puts people and customers at the centre to deliver efficient and professional services.

Sally Anne has qualifications that extend from education, human resources, project, and change management – plus she’s in the process of obtaining a PhD specialising in leadership and change. Some of her proudest career achievements so far are establishing the Australian Major Project Leadership Academy, in conjunction with Oxford Saïd Business School (UK) and EY (2019), winning the 2022 Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Employment Award and winning the 2022 Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI)’s Diversity and Inclusion Workplace.

Kim Langley

Executive Project Director

Kim joins the Executive Leadership Team to deliver our largest operational change management project – the replacement of our Housing Management System. This will deliver customer-centric outcomes, better ways of working for our teams and position SGCH to achieve our growth aspirations now and into the future.

Aligning to our growth strategy, Kim will also deliver the Build to Rent Plan of Operational Management, to operationalise our newest product offering, market rental housing.

Kim joined SGCH in 2010. A passionate people leader with more than 20 years’ experience in asset management and leadership, Kim was previously Head of Central Services at SGCH. She has also worked on several key SGCH projects including the organisation’s response to the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan (Social Housing Initiative), National Rental Affordability Scheme projects, the implementation of Social Housing Management transfers and the NSW Government Stimulus Funding projects.

Iulia Brooks 

Executive Director, Customers – Homes and Places 

BArch, CPPM   

Iulia joined SGCH in May 2023 as Head of Safe and Sustainable Homes. Iulia has held senior roles in not-for-profit aged care and retirement living, multinational consultancy groups in the advisory and construction delivery space and has delivered projects in the university, commercial and government sectors. 

Iulia was part of the team leading the $7 billion procurement for maintenance across the Sydney Water portfolio. She led the divestment of health services to the Western NSW Local Health District and the NSW Ministry of Health, developing customer-centric approaches to collaboration across business streams. 

Iulia develops and builds strong partnerships with key stakeholders to ensure the delivery of successful services with a focus on safe, sustainable, and quality homes for the community. 

Iulia is leading this new portfolio to enhance our customer-centric approach with a focus on the quality and maintenance of the homes we provide.  

Robin Fletcher 

Acting Executive Director, Customers – Service 

BA (hons), MSc, MA   

Robin has more than 20 years’ experience working in homelessness and social and affordable housing in the UK and Australia. Before joining SGCH in 2021, Robin worked at Link Wentworth and Bridge Housing in a range of operational and leadership roles.  

Robin started his career in social housing in Wandsworth, South West London, where he gained a breadth of experience across the Housing Department at Wandsworth Council as part of a graduate management trainee scheme which included completing a Masters degree in Housing Practice. 

In his current role as Acting Executive Director, Customers – Service he oversees the tenancy management operations across SGCH and our Service Outcomes and Improvement team.