Garry Ellender has over 20 years’ of senior management experience and a clear vision of commercially sustainable business models for community housing. Mr Ellender's early career at the WA Department of Housing’s Community Housing and Aboriginal Housing Directorates was characterised by his ability to convert long-term strategic vision into workable programs with deliverable outcomes. In 2006-07 he led the state government’s strategic review of community housing in Western Australia which culminated in a $210 million budget increase. He was subsequently appointed to implement the integrated strategy to reform policy, to establish a regulation system and to grow the commercial viability of the not-for-profit community housing sector. Mr Ellender holds an honours degree in Politics from Warwick University, UK, and received in 2007 and 2012 the Australasian Housing Institute awards for Inspirational Colleague and Outstanding Achievement respectively. He is a company director of PowerHousing Australia Ltd which represents 28 of the largest not for profit affordable housing providers around Australia with $7.0 billion of assets under management. He is also a director of two Access Housing subsidiary companies – Access Housing Realty Pty Ltd and Access Housing CCIN.