Announcement – SGCH Board succession

17 June 2020 – Leading community housing organisation SGCH is today announcing a succession of the Group Chair. Current Group Chair Mr David Thrift will be succeeded by Ms Annette Gallard at the June Board meeting. Mr Thrift will remain as a Director until November to support a smooth transition. Ms Victoria Weekes will continue as Deputy Chair.

A competent and confident non-executive Director, David is proud of his role in developing a high-performing Board, creating excellent relationships with the CEO and the broader leadership team.

“I’ve had the privilege of working with a strong and cohesive Board that has overseen a clear strategy and helped to develop a sector-leading executive team, led by an energetic and visionary CEO. My fellow Directors have also been deeply committed to the highest standards of governance and maintained a culture of continuous improvement focused on being good stewards of the resources entrusted to us now and into the future. The appointment of Anna Buduls and Simon Shakesheff last year demonstrated our work on skills-based succession planning that provides for continuity of good governance through Board renewal. The succession of my role as Group Chair continues in this vein.”

Incoming Chair Ms Annette Gallard says “David has many strengths and as Chair has helped set a Board culture that has anticipated the increased and changing expectations for good practice governance.  David commissioned the latest governance external review process to ensure the board was robust, diverse and fit for the future. His strong background in finance and risk has been instrumental in ensuring that our governance processes have been appropriate as we have secured substantial new financing for SGCH. His contribution as a director for 11 years spans a period of incredible professionalisation and growth where SGCH effectively doubled in size, three times.

Ms Gallard continues “It is wonderful to be working with a team of experienced directors with a great diversity of skills and backgrounds. Our intention has been to build a board that has the depth of expertise and insight to set and steward the strategy of SGCH. 

The professionalism, commitment and depth of our board complements our industry-leading management team.”

Mr Thrift noted his strong support for Ms Gallard’s appointment as the new Group Chair “Annette’s experience as a senior executive in government, working in the Community and Housing sectors, complements her deep passion for customer outcomes, and a great understanding of the drivers for a successful community housing business. Annette is an experienced non-Executive Director and she is ideally positioned to help steer the Board as Group Chair so that SGCH continues to embrace the challenges and opportunities that are coming and continue to deliver more opportunities for more people.”   

Group CEO Scott Langford expressed appreciation to Mr Thrift for his service and contribution to SGCH. “Serving as a director for 11 years, and three years as Chair, David has been an integral part of our organisation. His impressive background in financial services and risk management has brought a wealth of expertise to the Board table. The continuity of stable leadership endures with Annette having served on the board since 2013.”

Ms Gallard noted that “while our external environment is turbulent, our foundation is built on strong governance and deeply held values which has allowed us to remain focused on core priorities. Even in these unprecedented times these foundations allow us to be poised to create opportunities that deliver on our vision of ‘great places for everyone’. For SGCH, there is scope to innovate and imagine ways to amplify our impact. I’m looking forward to working with all of our stakeholders for the benefit of our communities.” 

For more information please contact Head of Corporate Affairs and Communications, Michelle Moore-Fonseca