Tenants' Union Board


Donna Brotherson

 

Donna Brotherson (Secretary)

Donna joined the TU Board in 2014. Donna coordinates the Illawarra/Southern Region Tenant Participation Resource Service and has a Bachelor in Social Sciences (Social Welfare) and a Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Legal Studies. Donna has a long involvement with Community Development and Engagement and strongly believes that everyone has a right to safe and affordable housing.

 


Julia Davis

 

Julia Davis (Deputy Chair)

Julia joined the TU Board in 2014. Julia is a solicitor and policy officer at the Financial Rights Legal Centre. Julia has a Masters in Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics and a juris doctorate from the University of Florida. She is passionate about helping consumers and tenants in NSW.

 


Nicole Grgas

 

Nicole Grgas

Nicole is the Coordinator of Hunter Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service and has worked in the Tenants Advice and Advocacy Network as a tenant advocate for over 15 years. Nicole has been a Member of the Board for 3 years. Nicole has a Bachelor of Social Science (Welfare Studies), a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education in Community Education and a Certificate IV Community Services Advocacy.

 


Charmaine Jones

 

Charmaine Jones (Treasurer)

Charmaine is the Executive Officer of Inner Sydney Voice. Charmaine has been involved, personally and professionally, with community development and tenant participation activities in the social housing arena for many years. Charmaine is a firm believer in affordable and accessible housing being a human right, not a privilege.

 


Aideen McGarrigle

 

Aideen McGarrigle

Aideen joined the TU Board in 2013. Aideen is the inhouse legal counsel for Legal Aid NSW as well as being responsible for developing the client eligibility policies for grants of legal aid. Aideen does a lot of work around legal ethics and is past member of the Law Society Ethics Committee. Aideen is particularly committed to assisting tenants and protecting tenant’s rights.

 


Maree O'Halloran

 

Maree O'Halloran

Maree joined the Board in 2017. She has a background in education, industrial relations and social security law and is currently a solicitor in private practice. Maree has qualifications in governance as well as education and law. Maree believes in systemic advocacy and wants to help change the legal system to improve rights for renters.

 


Paula Rix

Paula Rix (Chair)

Paula is the current Chair of the TU. Paula has a long history of working in the housing sector, including serving on the TU Board for six years. Most recently she was the Senior Policy Officer (Outreach and Education) at Shelter NSW, a position she held for almost a decade. With extensive experience working in organisations with a focus on social justice, Paula is committed to tenant access to housing which is safe, secure and affordable.

 


Lisa Smajlov

Lisa Smaljov

Lisa is a Community Development Coordinator at Rozelle Neighbourhood Centre with over 10 years of experience working in grassroots community projects. She has a Bachelor in Social Sciences and believes collaboration is key to building capacity and opportunities for social housing tenants. She's lived in social housing for 16 years was founding chair of the Inner West Tenant Group, member of Housing & Tenant Liaison Group, Domestic Violence NSW Policy Cttee, CADRE, ASU Exec SACS Cttee and The Australian College of Community & Disability Practitioners Board.


Dean Taylor

 

Dean Taylor

Dean joined the Board in 2017. He has tertiary qualifications in accounting and mathematics. He has a strong interest in shaping NSW housing policy and is passionate about tenant voices being heard and respected in housing debates.