Board of Directors

Samantha (Sam) Kennerley
Board Chair
GAICD, FGIA, FCIM

Samantha is a Director and Chair of the Bric Housing Board of Directors. An experienced CEO, Managing Director and Non-Executive Director, Sam’s qualifications are in governance and risk and strategic marketing and communications, including digital marketing strategy.

Sam is highly strategic and flexible and has consistently delivered on KPI’s with outcomes and impact in roles that span sectors including disability, tertiary education, legal, FMCG, professional and financial services across commercial and not-for-profit environments both in Australia and the UK.

With a proven track record, Sam specialises in devising strategies that deliver new levels of profitable growth, business outcomes and brand reach against changing macro environments. She has driven cultural change in challenging situations and is a strong believer in genuine communication and, an interest in people are vital to harnessing a positive culture and building strong, mutually beneficial stakeholder relationships.

Sam has achieved industry recognition as leader in corporate transactions strategy and has considerable experience in managing reputational risk and all media matters including crisis management. 

Eddie Chung
Director
B Com, M Com, M Tax, FCA, CTA, GAICD

Eddie Chung is a Director of the Bric Housing Board of Directors. As a Partner of the Tax Advisory, Private Clients division of the accounting and business advisory firm, BDO (QLD) Pty Ltd, Eddie specialises in providing business and taxation advisory services to a wide range of clients. These services include traditional compliance work (such as preparation and lodgement of financial statements and taxation returns) and other specialist taxation and business advice on tax planning, business transactions, business and investment structuring and restructuring, acquisitions and mergers, and succession and estate planning. Eddie also acts for clients in relation to taxation audits, objections, and disputes, including the preparation and lodgement of private ruling applications and objections with the Australian Taxation Office.

With over 20 years of experience in the accounting and tax profession, Eddie has an industry specialisation in the property sector, which includes property development and construction, commercial and residential property investment, real estate agency operations, managed property funds and trusts, and other property support services (eg, architects, surveyors, town planners, consulting enringeers, etc).

Eddie has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for over a decade and has been a director and treasurer on a number of not-for-profit boards.

David Black
Board Deputy Chair
MBA, BInfTech, GAICD

David is a Director of the Bric Housing Board of Directors. He is also the Chief Information Officer for the Queensland Building and Construction Commission. David has performed executive and information technology focused roles in a number of organisations.

David has significant expertise in business planning, portfolio management and effecting digital transformation. He has experience with information management, business change and technology across industries including construction, healthcare, utilities, mining, defence and justice.

David holds tertiary qualifications in Information Technology and Business Administration. He has completed the Company Directors Course Diploma and has been active in information technology governance and advocacy bodies.

Allison Evans
Chair - AFRC
BBus (ACC), CA, MAICD

Allison Evans is a Director and Treasurer of the Bric Housing Board of Directors. Allison brings over 15 years of experience in the both for profit and not for profit sectors. She has extensive experience at budgeting and forecasting as well as having worked in tax and advisory positions (preparation and lodgement of financial accounts and taxation returns). Allison has also been responsible for instigating business efficiencies through the implementation of proper accounting policies and procedures across finance departments and organisations.

Allison is currently a Financial Accountant for a not for profit organisation. In this role she is responsible for the preparation of financial accounts, ensuring that all statutory reporting obligations are adhered to. Allison has been a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia for almost 10 years.

Matthew Bradford
Director
LLB (Hons) BBehSc, MAICD

Matthew is a Director of the Bric Housing Board of Directors. He is a Partner at Mullins Lawyers and advises on the acquisition, sale and leasing of commercial property, property developments and businesses, particularly for hotels, clubs and development sites. Matthew has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating a range of contracts for the acquisition and disposal of assets, put and call options, joint venture agreements, agreements for lease and leases in a manner that maximises results for his clients.

Matthew has also developed niche expertise in liquor and gaming licensing issues, including applications for new site licences, extended hours, detached bottleshops, management agreements and compliance/disciplinary matters. He has achieved favourable outcomes in obtaining approval for many complex and novel licensing arrangements. His experience in a range of complex matters allows him to continually deliver results to his clients in an efficient manner, helping to ensure that a strong commercial outcome is achieved.

In addition, Matthew also advises licensed clubs, sporting associations and individuals on a range of club and sports law related issues, including mergers, constitutions and governance, membership issues, disciplinary procedures and commercial contracts.

Hiro Kawamata
Chair - BDC
BSc, MBA, GradDipEconometrics, AAPI, MAICD

Hiro is a Director of Bric Housing Board of Directors. Hiro brings over 25 years of experience in property market analysis and strategic asset management in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. He has extensive experience in social housing management including eight years as Executive Director responsible for the management of the state owned 60,000 social housing dwellings in the Department of Housing and Public Works and acting Deputy Director-General in the Department of Communities managing social housing as well as disability services, child safety and other social service based properties.

Hiro’s career experience includes being property market research manager, lecturer in a Masters Degree course in property economics and manager in international class hotels.

Hiro is currently Group Manager, Property in a not-for-profit organisation, and is responsible for the strategic and operational management of the organisation’s property portfolio.

Dr Prins Ralston
Director
BBus (Comp), BBus (Acc), LLB, LLM, DJS, Barrister and Solicitor (Supreme Court), FACS, FCPA, FAICD

Dr Prins Ralston is a Director of Bric Housing Board of Directors and has over thirty years’ experience as a Board Director.

Prins has extensive experience having spent 13 years in senior roles in education and training as a CIO and Director of Information and Management Services, 10 years as a National Partner at Clayton Utz, and Gadens Lawyers 10 years in CE roles with multi-national organisations such as Employment Services Holdings, Mission Australia and APM. His industry range is also diverse and covers employment and education, health, human and community services, technology, mining, building and construction and financial services.

Prins is a Principal and leads the Nous Queensland offices of Townsville and Brisbane. He works extensively with Boards and Executives on their critical strategic, policy, organisational design and capability, and leadership opportunities and challenges. Prins experience is unusually broad, covering business strategy and organisational design, public policy, change management, digital strategy, and leadership development.

Executive Team

Craig Brennan
Chief Executive Officer
MBA, B.Comm.

Craig Brennan is the former CEO of Pacific Link – a Tier 1 Community Housing Provider that delivers affordable housing and support services in Northern Sydney, Hunter and Central Coast Regions.

He has an impressive track record as a results-focussed and energetic executive leader as well as substantial involvement within the affordable housing sector. Craig has a commercially focussed skill set and strong leadership skills that complement each other to produce successful outcomes.

Craig’s previous experience also includes senior roles within Defence Housing Australia, the Chief Minister’s Department in the ACT Government, and CEO of Community Housing Canberra.

Craig holds an MBA from the Australian National University and a degree in Communications from the University of Canberra.

Eoin Quinlivan
GM Corporate Services & CFO
Fellow, Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (FCCA)

Eoin is an internationally experienced executive with a strong finance and commercial background and extensive experience working in the private, public and not for profit sectors in Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America and here in Australia.

He joined Bric Housing as the CFO and General Manager Corporate Services during October 2017.

His most recent role prior to joining Bric was a senior executive role of 9 years within the FMCG industry.

Eoin is a team player and strongly believes in collaboration for the best outcome and enjoys working in an environment where not one person has the right answer all the time. 

He has strong leadership and people management skills with a proven ability to recruit, lead, train and develop successful teams to meet and exceed strategic and operational objectives.

Eoin is a strategic thinker with an equally well-developed ability to cultivate and implement commercial and innovative solutions that deliver results.

Jane West
General Manager Housing Services
Bachelor of Arts (BA) (Hons)

Jane is an experienced housing professional with policy, regulatory and project experience from management roles within government and housing providers in Queensland and UK.