Board Members

Carmen Osborne Headshot

Carmen Osborne GAICD

Board Chair

Master of Planning, Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons), PGD Land Economy.

Experience and Expertise:

Carmen has over 30 years of experience in planning and Property development. She brings financial management, governance and management expertise and experience to the Board.

Special Responsibilities:

Chair of the Development and GrowthCommittee until Feb 2020.

Chris Ryan

Christopher Ryan

Member Director

Master of Planning, Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons.), Post Graduate Degree Land Economy

Experience and Expertise:

Christopher has been a tenant and Board member of Planet X Co-operative since 2000. He was the Director of the Pact Theatre Co-operative, Sydney and has worked at the Queensland AIDS Council (QuAC). Chris also has a Communications Degree and Master of Planning.

Special Responsibilities:

Member of Development and Growth Committee; Member of CCA (CENSW & Cooperative Agreement) Working Group.


Dennis Vaccher GAICD

Technical Director

Chartered Accountant, BCom (Accounting, Finance and Systems) UNSW

Experience and Expertise: Dennis has 30 years experience as a Chartered Accountant in Internal and external audit, financial management, corporate governance and risk management.

Special Responsibilities: Secretary & Treasurer; Chair of Compliance, Audit, Risk and Governance Committee.

Rose West

Rose West

Technical Director

Combined Bachelor of Arts (Human Geography and Education) UNE

Experience and Expertise: Rose has served on the Board of Common Equity since 2016. She has also been the Secretary for BRANCH Co-op and a member tenant of Planet X Co-op. She is also a Board member for her local community neighbourhood centre.  She completed a Bachelor of Human Geography/Education and has worked in community development in Sydney and Melbourne. She is also undertaking her Honours Thesis on community-led housing activism in regional Australia.

Special Responsibilities: Member of Development and Growth Committee.

Peter Page

Peter Page

Member Director

Bachelor of Arts (Economics) (UQ), Diploma of Education (UNE), MPS (Adult Education (Loyola, Chicago)

Experience and Expertise: Peter has served on the Board of Great Lakes Co-operative for ten years, five of those as Board Principle Executive Officer. He has initiated various infrastructure installations andimprovements for the co-operative. Currently he is the Secretary/Treasurer for the Co-op Board.

Special Responsibilities: Member of Development &Growth Committee

Lisa Danker

Lisa Danker GAICD

Bachelor of Science (Architecture) and Master of Urban and Regional Planning


Experience and Expertise: Lisa has over 17 years experience in planning and property development. She has expertise in master-planning large communities and building governance frameworks for strategic and complex projects. Lisa has a passion for place-making and strives to create liveable places while driving broader social and sustainability outcomes.

Special Responsibilities: Chair of Development & Growth Committee from February 2020 to present.

Anthony Quach

Anthony Quach

Associate Director

Degrees in Law and Commerce

Experience and Expertise: Anthony is a lawyer with over 20 years experience in financial services, commercial and corporate law.  He has a broad range of experience gained from working for law firms, large ASX listed companies and financial regulators. Anthony is a passionate supporter of Co-operative Housing.

Special Responsibilities: Member of the Compliance, Audit, Risk & Governance Committee.


Amalina Wallace

Member Director


Experience and Expertise: Amalina was a board member of Newtown Neighbourhood Centre for 9 years, and Secretary for six years. Amalina was an early activist in the housing co-op sector. She was instrumental in the development of a template for the incorporation model for Co-operative Housing in NSW. Amalina has been a Co-op member tenant for over 20 years and worked for ARCH (CENSW predecessor).

Special Responsibilities: Member of Development and Growth Committee..

Melanie Carmeci

Melanie Carmeci GAICD

Technical Director

Master of Law and Legal Practice (majoring in Dispute Resolution), Bachelor of Arts/Psychology.

Experience and Expertise: As a solicitor Melanie specialises in commercial, property, consumer and intellectual property law as well as corporate governance. With a background in psychology, she brings a broad range of skills and experience in law, management, corporate governance and risk management.

Resigned: 31 July 2020

Special Responsibilities: Member of Compliance, Audit, Risk & Governance Committee.

Paul Wilson Brown

Paul Wilson Brown

Member Director

BA (Arts Management) QUT, Masters (Applied Linguistics) UTS, Diploma of Management (UNE), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Experience and Expertise: Paul has been involved with the Co-op sector since 1986. He spent 5 years as Chair of the Association to Resources Co-operative Housing (ARCH) and was integral to its transformation to Common Equity NSW.

Special Responsibilities: Member of the Compliance, Audit Risk and Governance Committee.