Kathleen Gregory

Foundation Housing Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Gregory AM is retiring after 12 years at the helm of the community housing provider. Kathleen has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 30 years and is an active representative on several community services bodies including a member of the WA Alliance to End Homelessness Facilitating Group and a board member at Shelter WA.

Under Kathleen’s guidance Foundation Housing has grown from offering 550 units to around 2,000 units of accommodation to people who might not otherwise have somewhere to call home. She led Foundation Housing through turbulent external economic times and leaves the organisation in great shape.

[L-R] Chief Executive Officer of Foundation Housing Kathleen Gregory with husband Martin.

Under her watch Foundation was the first provider of the ‘Foyer’ model in WA. Foyer Oxford located in Leederville, has 98 Apartments for young people, including 24 for young parents and their children. To live at Foyer young people have to be 16-23 years of age, and motivated to connect with employment and training. It is the largest single site homelessness service for young people in Australia and combines holistic support, high quality housing and access to flexible training to give young people who have no stable, long-term place to stay.

In 2016 Kathleen received an Order of Australia Medal as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honour Awards for her work in the not-for-profit sector.

Chief Executive Officer of Shelter WA Michelle Mackenzie paid tribute to Kathleen’s breath and depth of expertise. Kathleen has made a significant contribution to housing in Western Australia. We look forward to continuing to work with Kathleen, tapping into her enormous knowledge and expertise of social and affordable supply to drive systemic change so everybody has a place to call home.

Foundation Housing’s Board of Directors has announced that the organisation’s Chief Operating Officer, Chris Smith, will succeed Kathleen. 

Chris Smith.

Chris has worked at Foundation Housing since 2014 across a wide range of areas that include development and acquisition, joint-venture projects, commercial management, external client management services and tenant services.  

Combined with his 20 plus years of experience in other commercial management and executive roles, Chris will continue the legacy established by Kathleen since Foundation Housing’s inception 12 years ago. Growth strategies to be led by Chris include leveraging development opportunities afforded to Foundation Housing by accessing better finance terms through the newly created National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation (NHFIC). The organisation will also explore potential partnerships with other community housing providers so that it can expand the geographical footprint to include the South West of the state.

Ms Mackenzie congratulated Chris on his appointment.

Foundation Housing has announced the creation of the Kathleen Gregory Scholarship which will provide an opportunity for one of their tenants to study community housing.

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