Board and Executive

We are governed by a voluntary Board of Directors who have a skills matrix that provides us with an essential range of business expertise. Our Executive provides effective senior leadership to the business across operations, finance and development.

Board of Directors


Mike Gurry

Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Governance Committee

Bachelor of Science, Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors , Fellow Australian Institute of Management , Senior Fellow Finsia

Mike Gurry has been Chair of the Foundation Housing Board for six years and is a former Managing Director of HBF, a position he held for 12 years. In his professional career, he has held a range of executive and management positions in both Australia and the USA and prior to joining HBF, was also Managing Director of DMR Consulting Group. He is now retired from corporate roles and holds a range of non-executive Director positions.


Jo Buontempo

Josephine Buontempo

Member of the Tenancy Management and Enrichment Committee

Graduate Certificate in Migration Law & Practice, Advanced Diploma in Leadership & Management

Josephine Buontempo has over 20 years’ senior and executive management experience in the social services, legal, government and training sectors. She is currently the Managing Director of an international migration consultancy practice.

Simone Ellul

Simone Ellul

Member of the Finance & Audit Committee

Simone Ellul is the State Manager of Bendigo Bank and has over 15 years’ experience in the banking and financial services industries, leading retail and commercial banking teams across the central and western states of Australia.

John Franklyn

John Franklyn

Chair of the Tenancy Management and Enrichment Committee

John Franklyn is a former principal and owner of a licensed real estate agency, with over 20 years’ experience in property management and development. Having now retired from this business, he works with a range of not-for-profit organisations across WA.

Peter Lee

Peter Lee

Chair of the Development Committee

Peter Lee is a Principal and Board Member of Hassell, a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom. A Fellow of the Royal Institute of Architects, he has extensive experience in the design and project management of major residential, commercial and retail projects.

Elena Macrides

Elena Macrides

Member of the Governance Committee

Elena has over 20 years’ experience as a management consultant and solicitor in Perth and Sydney, specialising in strategy development and implementation. She is currently consulting to the mining industry in the area of employee accommodation and regional community infrastructure development. 

David Ligovich

David Ligovich

Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee

David Ligovich is the Chief Financial Officer of the Silver Chain Group and has over 25 years’ experience in finance and business management in leading private and not-for-profit businesses both within Australia and internationally. He is also a board member of Visibility (formerly Association for the Blind WA) since 2010. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, David is highly skilled in operational and strategic leadership, governance and risk management with technical, financial and commercial capability.

Mike Mouritz

Mike Mouritz

Chair of the Asset Management Committee

Mike Mouritz is the Director of Economic Development at the City of Canning, heading up a team that collaborates with stakeholders to create sustainable development conditions and grow employment in ways that strengthen the economic, social and environmental fabric of the City. This is done via investment attraction, urban regeneration projects and optimising land assets. He has 20 years’ senior experience at State and Local Council level.

Executive Profiles


Kathleen Gregory AM

Chief Executive Officer

BA - UrPlan, GradDipBus

Kathleen Gregory has been CEO since 2005 when Foundation Housing formed via a merger of three smaller associations. She has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 30 years and is an active representative on a number of social services peak bodies including as Board member of WACOSS and Shelter WA. Kathleen previously participated as a founding Board member of national housing body PowerHousing, sat on the Property Council of Australia’s affordable housing roundtable and was a Board member of the Australian Institute of Housing. She was recently named in Pro Bono Australia’s 2016 Impact 25 as one of Australia’s top 25 most influential people working in and around the social services sector.


Jeff Logan

Chief Financial Officer


Jeff Logan has responsibility for Foundation Housing’s finance, treasury, accounts and company secretary functions. He has over 30 years’ experience in a wide range of international financial management positions throughout Australia, Asia, Africa and the United Kingdom, including six years as CFO at United Credit Union immediately prior to joining Foundation Housing.


Pat Higgins

General Manager Corporate Services

BA, BA (Hons), B Psych

Pat Higgins has responsibility for Foundation Housing’s facilities management, human resources, OH&S and IT teams. He has over 25 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector and an extensive service delivery background within the community sector working for organisations such as Uniting Care West, Identity WA and Association for the Blind.


Chris Smith

General Manager Business Development


Chris Smith has responsibility for Foundation Housing’s development and acquisition activities, joint-venture projects, commercial management, external client management services and marketing and communications. He has over 20 years’ experience in commercial management, including 12 years in executive-level roles in funds and asset management. Prior to joining Foundation Housing, Chris worked at Indigenous Business Australia in Canberra as General Manager of Investments.


Tom Tolchard

Impact & Innovation Specialist


Tom Tolchard has responsibility for Foundation Housing’s tenant sustainability, designing and delivering new initiatives which allow us to quantify and improve the wellbeing outcomes for tenants and to make a positive, measurable difference to the lives of people in need. Tom is a regular face across the broader NFP sector, having dedicated his career to building, refining and measuring the impact of social enterprises after becoming a ‘corporate refugee’ in 2007.

Contact Us Office Locations

Office Hours:
8:30am to 4:30pm

297 Vincent Street
Leederville WA 6007

PO Box 214, Leederville, WA 6902

T: (08) 9422 0700
F: (08) 6311 7314

Office Hours:
10.00am to 2.00 pm weekdays (or by appointment)

Unit 6/17 – 19 Foundry Road
Midland WA 6056

T: (08) 6274 3900

Office Hours:
10.00am to 2.00 pm weekdays

100 Hampton Rd
Fremantle WA 6160

T: (08) 9335 6302

Office Hours:
10.00am to 2.00 pm weekdays (or by appointment)

Unit 6 / 129 Grand Boulevard
Joondalup WA 6027

T: (08) 9400 5000

Office Hours:
10.00am to 2.00 pm weekdays (or by appointment)

34 Frederick Street
Broome WA 6725

T: (08) 9193 7641

Office Hours:
10.00am to 2.00 pm weekdays (or by appointment)

3B/3 Hunt Street
South Hedland WA 6722

T: (08) 9172 9700