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Our Board

Board Chair: David Eldridge
David Eldridge is a retired Salvation Army officer who has worked for over 30 years in a variety of senior social policy and programme development roles in Australia and the United Kingdom. He has been an adviser to State and Commonwealth Governments on social policy issues, particularly in relation to young people and homelessness. He chaired the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness for a number of years and headed two significant Prime Ministerial Task Forces which delivered ground breaking reports and recommendations.   

In 2007 David was Chair of the National Youth Commission Inquiry into Youth Homelessness whose report impacted the Rudd Governments White Paper on Homelessness. Upon concluding his service with The Salvation Army, David was approached by Minister Tanya Plibersek to act as a consultant to the newly formed Commonwealth Homelessness Advisory Committee. In 2009 David was awarded an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for his contribution to developing policy and programs for young people and people who are homeless. 

Board Secretary: Malcolm Roberts
Malcolm Roberts has over 30 year’s legal experience in private practice, educational and corporate settings.  Apart from his work with The Salvation Army Housing, he has worked on a number of community boards including aged care, health, disability, education and public services.


Board Treasurer: Mark Gray
Mark Gray has 15 years plus experience in business and tax advisory area of public practice. Mark is also a Financial Planner with 10 years’ experience in the financial services industry providing advice and wealth accumulation solutions to a varying group of business and individual clients.  

Mark also served as a director on a group of companies in the NT with a combined turnover of $30mill for 8 years. This provided a wealth of experience in all aspects of business development and planning.   Mark is also a key leader in The Salvation Army church in the City of Adelaide and has held this leadership position for 13 years.   

Board Director: Prof Roz Hansen
Professor Roz Hansen has more than 30 years’ experience as an urban and regional planner working in both the public and private sectors in Australia and the Asia Pacific Region.  Roz has worked on a wide range of planning and development sector projects including residential, commercial, community and mixed use development projects; strategic plans, structure plans and policy formulation; and planning permit applications for small, medium and large scale developments. In addition to project managing multi-disciplinary teams Roz has undertaken community engagement and participation in the preparation of municipal and regional strategies.

She is currently chairperson of the Ministerial Advisory Committee for the State Government’s ‘Plan Melbourne Refresh’ project and recently appointed as a board member of the newly formed Geelong Authority.


Board Director: Winsome Merrett
Prior to commencing her training as a Salvation Army officer in 1987, Winsome had graduated with a Bachelor of Speech Therapy and practised as a Speech Therapist  for five years, three years in an early intervention disability service and for two years in a Community Health service connected to a hospital. Winsome is in her thirtieth years as a commissioned Salvation Army officer. She has an A. Mus. A in Piano and a Master of Arts, (Theological Studies). 

She has served for seventeen years with her husband as a corps officer in corps appointments at Kaniva, Morwell, Floreat and Darwin. The appointment at Darwin was for six years, but for the last four years, Winsome took primary responsibility for corps operations, including significant building renovations at the corps. At the same time she assisted in the regional operations of The Salvation Army’s work in the Northern Territory through youth and children’s services, women’s ministries and Officer Personnel.  At the conclusion of this appointment in Darwin, taking in her childhood and young adulthood life in the Northern Territory,  Winsome had lived for a total of more than twenty three years in the Northern Territory. This included experiencing Cyclone Tracey and the recovery process in the years following that natural disaster.   

Following the appointment in Darwin, Winsome served within the Territorial Corps Programme department for four years, with over two of those leading a team of twenty-five in resourcing and supporting corps,  developing policies and training to facilitate healthy corps growth, cross-cultural ministries and new corps starts. Two years followed as Divisional Director of Women’s  Ministries and Divisional Secretary for Officer Personnel in the Western Victoria Division.

Winsome’s last appointment was as Divisional Commander of the Eastern Victoria Division. The first four years, prior to the Salvation Army’s Victorian restructure,  included oversight of both corps and social  programmes within the division, (including property and finance) as well as officer personnel. The social programmes  included  housing and tenancy, homelessness outreach services, Drug and Alcohol Services,  Out of Home Care Services and Youth services.  The development of a  five year strategic plan for the division included property matters and development, particularly around corps and social integration possibilities.  Her current appointment (as from June 2016) is Secretary for Programme.

Board Director: Netty Horton
Netty has a long history of working in the area of homelessness which started in 1987. She was the CEO of the Council to Homeless Persons for more than 12 years and one of the founding members of Homelessness Australia and Foodbank Australia.  In 2001, she successfully completed a Churchill Fellowship examining food banking and homelessness in the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. 

She was the General Manager of Community Services with St Vincent de Paul Aged Care and Community Services until 2011. She is currently
 a member of the Aged Care Sector Committee (and a former member of the Prime Minister’s Council on Homelessness), a Board Director of Wintringham (Aged Care/Homelessness) and McAuley Community Services.

Board Director: David Sinden
David Sinden has over 30 years direct property experience including:

  • Property management – both commercial and residential
  • Estate agency – both commercial and residential
  • Quantity Surveying

He has been the Manager of the Property Department for The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory since 2008.  David previously had a senior management role in Corporate Real Estate for ANZ Banking Group and a General Manager role in Property for Siemens Australia and New Zealand.