Housing Trust has appointed local business leader Roy Rogers as its new Chair, as the organisation continues its high-profile campaign for more Homes4LocalHeroes. Mr Rogers joined the Board in 2018 and has served as Deputy Chair.
Mr Rogers brings to the table a wealth of experience in the community and executive leadership roles, giving him broad understanding of the challenges facing the housing industry along with key insights into the demands of successfully growing an organisation.
In 2016 Mr Rogers was the recipient of the Illawarra Business Chamber’s Leader of the Year Award in his role as CEO of The Flagstaff Group, a not-for-profit organisation providing life skills and work for people with a disability.
His understanding of the community sector and the difficulties faced daily by individuals and families form a strong foundation for his leadership of the Housing Trust Board.
“It is imperative that people facing hardship have access to support in their time of need,” he said.
“People facing an increasingly difficult rental market need to be supported by an organisation that is not only building more affordable rental homes but is proudly advocating for real and effective change in the housing market.
“In the Illawarra, Housing Trust is leading the call for increased affordable rental housing.”
Housing Trust CEO Michele Adair welcomed Mr Rogers’ appointment, saying his experience, leadership skills and empathy would benefit the community housing organisation as it navigates the growing rental crisis in the region.
“Late last year Housing Trust launched the Australian-first campaign, Homes4LocalHeroes, which aims to change the entire image and dialogue around affordable rental housing,” she said.
“More than 10,000 households are facing housing stress in this region alone, and for Housing Trust to deliver this vital infrastructure and support we must stand tall and be heard. Roy’s knowledge and steadfast experience is a great asset and will help us make a difference in so many people’s lives.”