Bridge Housing has a senior management team with the skills and experience to manage the diverse range of business operations associated with the provision of social and affordable housing.
- Chief Executive Officer: John Nicolades
- Acting General Manager: Operations, Helen Tighe
- General Manager, Finance & Corporate Services: David Miller
- General Manager, Operations: Rebecca Pinkstone
- Acting Director, Housing: Sarah Barclay
- Director, Development: Christopher Dib
- Director, Assets: Theo Posumah
- Financial Controller: Becky Chan
- Sustainable Communities Manager:Francesca Cathie
John has led Bridge Housing Limited since 2006, growing the organisation from 650 to 1,857 properties. He has led the transformation of the company from a property manager to one that undertakes property procurement and development, raising $25m in debt to finance its development activities. As CEO, he provides the strategic focus for the company’s direction.
Prior to joining Bridge Housing, John held senior positions in NSW Government and the community services sector. He led affordable housing policy development in the NSW Department of Housing and Department of Planning, and was Community Services Manager with the Uniting Church Board for Social Responsibility. He has also advised federal and state governments on housing policy.
John has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work, and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment (FINSIA). John is a former Chairperson of the NSW Federation of Housing Associations and is the NSW Region Director of the national Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA).
Helen is responsible for all of Bridge Housing’s applicant, tenancy management and fee for service functions as well as our community and tenant engagement initiatives and supported housing programs.
She brings over 20 years’ experience working in senior roles within the social and affordable housing sector. She has successfully designed, developed, implemented and reviewed a range of programs and initiatives to deliver client centred outcomes for people seeking housing assistance.
Her deep knowledge of the housing system is informed from a diverse range of experiences including responsibility for direct service delivery as a manager of a supported accommodation program for young women with children, manager of public housing services in high need estate areas (e.g. Mt Druitt, Redfern) and more recently as the manager of a team delivering programs to support a community housing or outsourced model of social housing service delivery.
Helen has worked throughout her career in both the Government and community housing sectors including for the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (Housing NSW), North Coast Community Housing, and in a supported accommodation role with the Red Cross.
David was appointed General Manager, Finance and Corporate Services in October 2012. He is responsible for Bridge Housing’s financial management, reporting and compliance, as well as developing and managing IT systems, best practice HR management, and risk and compliance frameworks.
David is a Certified Practising Accountant and has extensive senior financial, IT and general management experience. He has worked in the property industry for the past 25 years, for large private and public companies including Jones Lang LaSalle, Investa Property Group and Clarendon Homes.
These roles have provided David with experience across commercial real estate, property management, property development and residential construction. David has had financial responsibility for budgets of more than $100 million and has extensive experience in developing and managing best practice corporate services.
David has a Bachelor of Business and Master of Business Administration and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).
Rebecca is responsible for all of Bridge Housing’s applicant, tenancy management and fee for service functions as well as our community and tenant engagement initiatives and supported housing programs.
Rebecca has been involved in program and policy design and implementation to improve service delivery outcomes for vulnerable people. This includes the development of new service models for homeless people and women escaping domestic violence, leading implementation of a common access system for social housing in NSW - Housing Pathways, and the roll out of new policy and programs to encourage tenancy sustainability.
Rebecca has a strong background in the delivery of affordable housing initiatives, having been active in NSW Government’s Property Transfer Program and the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Program handover of properties to community housing management. She also led delivery of the $397 million National Partnership Agreement for Remote Indigenous Housing, delivering housing for remote Aboriginal communities in NSW.
Rebecca is currently on maternity leave.
Christopher is a registered property valuer and an Associate of the Australian Property Institute with considerable property development experience. He previously worked for AV Jennings where he undertook various developments over $100 million. More recently Christopher worked for LAHC acquiring and developing 130 social housing properties ($25 million value).
Christopher was also responsible for delivering ADHC’s Boarding House program, as well as delivery of 40 group homes and currently sits on the LAHC PCG meetings for the Canterbury Bankstown New Supply Program. He has a B.Comm (Land Economics) and is a Registered Valuer, AAPI.
Theo has more than 20 years' experience in urban planning and design and of working in the social housing sector. He joined Bridge Housing in 2016 from the Land and Housing Corporation where he was development director of the Renewal Division for the past four years.
He was responsible for some of the largest social housing urban renewal projects in Australia, involving suburb-wide transformation of old public housing estates into sustainable mixed communities including the Minto, Airds Bradbury and Claymore urban renewal projects. He also worked for Housing NSW (now FACS) in a range of strategic planning roles.
Theo has a Bachelor of Science (Architecture), a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, and a Diploma in Project Management.
Becky is responsible for financial management and reporting at Bridge Housing, including the preparation of budgets, cash management, compliance and statutory reporting, IT implementation, audit, payroll, risk and insurance.
She joined the organisation in 2009 after a career as a financial analyst and financialcontroller in Hong Kong and Australia with leading global IT companies IBM and Sybase.
Among her key achievements at Bridge Housing are a significant improvement in the efficiency and effectiveness of financial management reporting and the implementation of a new IT integrated system.
Becky is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA, full member), Justice of the Peace NSW, and has a Bachelor of Business (Major in Accounting). She is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Francesca has worked at Bridge Housing for over 4 years. She is responsible for leading the Community Team and working across the organisation to ensure that tenants have a real say in the way we work.
Francesca has over 20 years' experience in working in diverse communities in crisis accommodation, community arts, local government, and community housing.
She was responsible for the development and implementation of the award-winning Building Bridges- Bridge Housing’s Community Building and Engagement Strategy in collaboration with senior management, TAG, tenants and support partners.