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

David Ligovich

David Ligovich

Chair of Board of Directors, Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee, Member of Governance Committee

David Ligovich is the Chief Financial Officer and EGM Corporate Services of the Silver Chain Group and has over 30 years experience in finance and business management in leading private and not-for-profit businesses both within Australia and internationally. As a qualified Chartered Accountant, David is highly skilled in operational and strategic leadership, governance and risk management with technical, financial, commercial and M&A capability.

Jo Buontempo

Josephine Buontempo

Chair of the Tenancy Services and Engagement, Member of the Governance Committee

Jo Buontempo has over 25 years’ senior and executive management experience in the social services, legal and government sectors.
She has worked extensively across a wide range of community corporations in rural, remote and metropolitan regions of Western Australia & led and managed organisations and services in the areas of community law, education and training, social housing, employment, disability and family, youth and children’s services. Jo is currently the Managing Director of an international migration consultancy practice and governance and strategy development consultant within the for purpose sector.

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

Chair of the Governance Committee, Member of Finance and Audit 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. 


Darren Cooper

Deputy Chair, Member of the Development & Assets Committee

Darren Cooper has over 25 years senior and executive management experience within the banking and property industries. He is currently Managing Director of a private consulting business, Board Chair of The Go2 People Limited and a Board Member of Nature Play WA Inc.
He is also a Life Member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (WA Division) and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Executive Profiles


Chris Smith

Chief Executive Officer


Chris joined Foundation Housing in September 2014 from a statutory investment fund where he held various senior and executive roles in Portfolio Management and General Management. Chris has extensive experience in completing a range of commercial transactions, including establishing new businesses, acquisitions, joint ventures and management agreements.

Chris has a longstanding interest in working for better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and those more broadly within the community. Chris recognises the significance of Foundation Housings’ role in managing significant housing infrastructure and wants to make a positive impact in the communities across WA

As CEO of Foundation Housing, Chris is responsible for managing Foundation Housing’s strategic priorities in line with policies determined by the Board. Chris is assisted by an experienced executive team, with which works to ensure Foundation Housing meets its corporate and strategic objectives.

Jeremy Jacobs

Jeremy Jacobs

Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary


Jeremy has responsibility for Foundation Housing’s finance, treasury, governance, company secretarial, and ICT functions. He has extensive experience in the provision of commercial management and corporate strategy across a diverse range of industries including not-for-profit, aged care, consulting, banking, and finance. Jeremy has also served as a Board Member within the not-for-profit sector.

Kerryn Edwards

Kerryn Edwards

General Manager (Operations)

Kerryn Edwards has responsibility for Foundation Housing’s housing operations including tenant services, property services and our fee for service arm. Kerryn also manages the community and business development team, spanning stakeholder engagement, communications, community engagement and housing projects. Kerryn has worked in social and community housing for 25 years, including 12 years in senior management at a large London based housing association, private consulting across Australia and the past seven years at Foundation Housing.

Michelle Gilmore

Michelle Gilmore

General Manager People and Culture

BA (Hons)

Michelle Gilmore has responsibility for Foundation Housing’s People & Culture function.  Michelle has over 20 years’ experience in organisation development and human resource management at senior levels in the housing, education and finance sectors.  Michelle’s background includes workforce transition, remuneration, employee retention and leadership development, working closely with CEOs, executive and Boards in public and private sectors.  Prior to joining Foundation Housing, Michelle was Senior Manager of Human Resources at Link Group.

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 Road
Fremantle WA 6160

T: (08) 9239 0700

Office Hours:
By appointment only

Sanori House, Suite 3, 126 Grand Boulevard
Joondalup WA 6027

T: (08) 9422 0700

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