HAAG Committee of Management
As a member-based Organisation, our members drive the decisions and directions of HAAG which are overseen by our Committee of Management. The focus of the Committee is on the strategic direction and the core policies of the organisation, rather than day-to-day operational decisions, which are delegated to the management team.
HAAG’s Committee of Management is an elected, representative and collective body made up of members of the organsiation from professional backgrounds and those with lived experience of the issues that HAAG tries to address. Having this variety of skills and experience on our Management Committee is an integral part of the organization and one way in which HAAG strives to remain a community group, for the community, led by community.
Meet our current Committee of Mangement:
Phyll Williams is a retired university lecturer who received a HAAG pamphlet in the mailbox 9 years ago, and has been a member ever since. Living in an Independent Living Unit (ILU), Phyll brings her lived experience of older persons housing needs to HAAG and has been a dedicated member of HAAG’s ILU working group, the Campaign and Policy Group, the Strategic Planning Group, the Ageing on the Edge National Project Group, and has served twice on HAAG’s Committee of Management. She was elected as Chairperson in June 2017 and is looking forward to providing stability and consistency to the organisation.
Pamela Young is 75 years of age and has been on the Committee of Management Housing for the Aged Action Group since June 2018 as Secretary.
She volunteers with Community Radio and co-ordinates a Community program weekly and Jazz program Saturday nights. She is the co-host "Raise the Roof" for HAAG with producer and host Shane McGrath on 3CR. She is also the Membership Officer of the Robert Stolz Vienesse Music Society. For 10 years she was the Supervisor at Glenloch Homes for the Elderly where she resides and when this job was dissolved and a paid CEO was installed she found that she still wanted to help the Elderly in some way and joined Housing for the Aged Action Group.
The three charities that she supports in Melbourne are Pencil Community, Books for Disaster Areas, and collection of items for Rotary Clubs that are needed for their many projects. Internationally she supports an Australian girl in Tanzania who is running Secondary and Primary schools for the very poor children all with sponsorships and donations from Australia. She is retired now, and her work life was spent mostly in temporary work in various states of Australia and PNG as her husband was an Officer in the Army and they moved often and this work suited the lifestyle. She was the Membership Officer for the VCSA and mostly was involved in the private sector from chemical companies to retail and many more. She is very concerned about the rights of people and compassionately helps where she can.
Peter Sibly has worked the majority of his life in the not for profit sector and has held a number of different community housing positons in Latrobe Valley and western suburbs of Melbourne. Peter worked with the Mornington Peninsula Shire for six years in a social planning role and also completed 18 month International Development role in remote part of Timor Leste. Currently he is the General Manager of the United Housing Co-operative in Yarraville which manages 102 long term social housing properties. He has served as HAAG Treasurer since the Special General Meeting in June 2017, and brings management, finance and governance experience to the Committee.
Education: Graduated from the London School of Economics (LSE) with a BA, MA and Ph.D.
Post Grad in Labour Law - Melbourne University
Fields of Study and Research: I’ve travelled and lived in India, South Africa, (unfortunately during the apartheid years, but interesting), USA and Tehran for between eleven and eighteen months respectively.
I visited many other countries for shorter durations.
Employment: Since arriving in Australia in 1972 I’ve worked as a journalist. I’ve also worked in publishing and my final twelve years in Industrial Relations, being an Associate to the Deputy President of the Industrial Relations Commission of Victoria.
Volunteering: I’ve volunteered at the Sacred Heart Mission and spent some time teaching English to refugees.
Hoda Nahal is a qualified and accredited mental health social worker with 30 yeas of experience in the welfare field. She is committed to social justice and empowering individuals, families adnd communities to take charge of their life.
Hoda has worked in the not for profit sector as a counsellor, case manager, community development worker, mediator, team leader and manager. She has worked with clients in complex situations involving family violence, homelessness, housing issues, mental health, drug abuse, family separation, gambling addiction, and with migrants and refugees.
She has been involved with HAAG since 2016 as a Bi-lingual community educator, delivering information sessions about housing options for older people in Arablic speaking Assyrian and Chaldean communities.
Andrew Rogers is a semi-retired educator and trainer who currently works in the field of diversity and inclusion. He is also active in his commitment to improving the wellbeing of older LGBTIQ people. As a trainer with Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, Andrew has a developed understanding of the needs and supports necessary to ensure the healthy ageing of older people in the LGBTI community.
Andrew is a volunteer speaker for Beyond Blue, which allows him to speak of his lived experiences of suicidality and mental health conditions. He is also a member of the Thorne Harbour Suicide Prevention Project consumer advisory group and a participant in this year’s Victorian Government/Leadership Victoria LGBTIQ Emerging Leaders program.
Andrew’s prior professional experience as a banker and as a university lecturer adds to his capacity to contribute to the direction and activities of community organizations such as HAAG.
Kris Spark's involvement with Housing for the Aged Action Group began 17 years ago when she started work in COTA Victoria’s information service, Seniors Information Victoria. Throughout her 14 years at COTA, there were many opportunities to work with, and support, HAAG, advocating for secure and affordable housing for older people. Kris believes continuity will be important with re-establishing trust across the organisation after recent events, and ensuring that the mission and values of HAAG are not open to compromise. She is committed to consultation with members and transparency of Committee of Management’s decisions and actions.
Pauline Crameri is the co-ordinator of Val’s LGBTI Ageing and Aged Care, a program of Rainbow Health Victoria at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. Val’s aims to improve healthy ageing pathways, care and visibility of older LGBTI people. Val’s works directly with service providers and facilitates a network to foster an understanding of the histories and experiences of older LGBTI people, and how these may impact their access to support services and care as they age. Pauline has been at ARCSHS for the past 6 years. She previously worked in a range of human services programs over the past 25 years. Pauline came to Val’s with 15 years’ experience in community aged care and aged care planning in local government, including practical experience in LGBTI service development in a mainstream service, culminating in the achievement of the first Rainbow Tick accreditation.
Margaret O'Laughlin has worked in the Commonwealth and Victorian public service as a senior manager in statistical consultancy, strategic planning and program management, including Aged Care planning and community programs. She made a career change and became a social worker in the last 12 years of her working life, in the homelessness sector as a housing worker and case manager, including in women’s housing, where her interest in homeless older people, especially women, was sparked. She has professional qualifications in economics, politics, urban sociology and social work. She has volunteered at Sacred Heart Mission, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre, West Welcome Wagon and at HAAG as an Aged Care System Navigator.