Board Members

Lisa Danker GAICD

Board Chair

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

Experience and Expertise: Lisa has 20 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 that drive broader social and sustainability outcomes.

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.

Robert Bakewell

Technical Director

Bachelor of Commerce, Chartered Accountant

Experience and Expertise: ASX listed company CFO with extensive international experience across a range of industries and geographies. Robert is highly skilled professional in all aspects of financial management and control including balance sheet and capital management, treasury, liquidity management and equity raising.  Broad experience in Investor Relations and key stakeholder engagement including all levels of government.

Robert is an active leader who brings new ideas and energy to his work, helping his organisation grow, transform, and achieve.

Robert aims to inspire, develop trust, and challenge people to achieve shared goals.  Robert’s forte is in the development and leadership of high performing teams.

Liz Mackdacy

Technical Director

Experience and Expertise: Liz Mackdacy is grateful and delighted to be joining the Board at an exciting time of expansion of Co-ops. Liz has been involved in the social housing sector for more than 20 years wearing a number of hats.

Liz was a volunteer with her local community housing organisation, Burwood Community Housing, for a number of years just prior to the sector amalgamations in NSW. Liz worked in state housing authorities in both NSW and Queensland running policy, programs and operations. After leaving the public sector in the late 90s, Liz set up a consulting business. Through this business, Liz had the opportunity to research social housing issues and strategies across Australia including homelessness (and its funding), self-build projects, crisis housing, affordable housing feasibility studies, state planning policies and local government roles in facilitating and delivering affordable housing.

Liz recently retired from running her forensic psychology practice, that was set up 12 years ago. Liz looks forward to meeting as many of the Co-op members as possible in our COVID world.

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

Bruce Tosello

Technical Director

Bachelor of Design, Master of Business Administration.

Experience and Expertise: For twenty-five years Bruce created strategies, developed businesses, and held senior leadership roles in consumer goods, building products, and financial services sectors. He then moved to the for-purpose sector in 2015 and leads client engagement, commercial management, and strategy development for a disability sector provider. Bruce is passionate about listening to and learning from clients and customers, while supporting for-purpose organisations to live their values and be strategic and commercially astute.

Lakshmi Venkat

Member Director

Experience and Expertise: Lakshmi has been an active member of Emoh Ruo since 2015, attending meetings regularly and CENSW forums and sector meetings. This experience has provided Lakshmi with a great foundational knowledge about co-operative housing visions and goals.

Lakshmi is a teacher by profession and likes to take part in friendly discussions on various social topics and enjoys swimming for leisure. Lakshmi looks forward to the opportunity to engage with Co-op life, visions and goals of affordable housing for people in need.

Special Responsibilities: Member of the Development & Growth Committee.

Laura Anthony

Member Director

Experience and Expertise: Laura is a member of Alpha House Co-operative. She has been a member of Housing Co-operatives on and off since 2006. She is also a board member of The Co-op Federation. This gives her understanding of both the member experience and the larger social and structural function of co-operatives. Laura hopes to promote the benefits that co-operative living provides to the wider community as well as providing a member voice to the board.

Special Responsibilities: Compliance, Audit, Risk & Governance Committee

Elspeth Cameron

Member Director

Experience and Expertise: Elspeth has been a member of Palace Women's Housing Co-op since 2013, inspiring a deep commitment to the co-operative model of housing. I bring to the Board the voice of lived tenant experience of the difference the co-operative housing model can make to a life - in my case, immeasurable.

Special Responsibilities: Development & Growth Committee

Magdalena Tausch

Member Director

Bachelor of Arts, Graphic Design And Photography

Experience and Expertise: Magdalena has a long history of ‘giving back’ from her fathers’ influence when she was a child in Romania to her current life living at Alpha House Artists Co-op.

She currently runs her own Graphic Design, Photography and Consultancy business in Sydney. Magda is very active in the Co-op and the broader community, having organised community forums and co-founding YEmpower, a nonprofit organisation whose purpose is to empower the next generation.

Magda is very passionate about advocating for sustainable, compassionate communities.