the housing connection


Brett Duell

Brett is a director in PwC’s Transaction Services practice in Sydney Australia, he has worked for PwC for 13 years in various offices globally.   Brett assists domestic and international clients in performing due diligence for mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, and a variety of other transactions. He focuses on buy-side and sell-side advisory services for both corporate clients and private equity investors, primarily in the technology, media, and telecommunications sectors.

He is originally from the US and has spent time in Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Cincinnati all with PwC. He graduated with a finance and accounting degree from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.






Sarah Brown

Sarah is an executive with 19 years’ experience in banking and consulting. She currently works as the Executive Advisor to the Group Executive, Institutional Banking & Markets. Prior to this, she held roles at UBS as a Director in Investment Banking, at Blackmores and Qantas in Strategy and Transformation, and at Macquarie Bank in Equities Research. She was also an Executive Mentor in the Inaugural Growth Project, working with the Sids and Kids charity.








Michele Goldman

Non-executive Director since August 2013 and Chairperson since October 2014.

Michele’s career has spanned the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, initially in marketing, communications and fundraising, and more recently in leadership positions.   She is currently CEO of Asthma Australia, and is passionate about leveraging talent and resources to affect social change.








Morgan Woods

Morgan has been a board member Treasurer of the Housing Connection since May 2013. He is a Procurement Compliance Analyst with Transport for NSW and has been involved in the migration of various Transport agencies to the current enterprise system. He has a background in Finance and Accounting, graduating Macquarie University and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant after joining the Ernst & Young audit division in 1999. Since that time he has worked in a variety of international locations as an internal auditor for several multi-national companies before landing back home in Sydney in 2010.







Mary Ellen Burke
Master of Psychology, Master of Arts (special Education), BA (Hons)

Mary Ellen Burke has been a non-executive Director since October 2016 and is also chair of the support and monitoring sub-committee.. Mary Ellen has over 40 years’ experience as a Clinical Psychologist in the public sector and as a consultant providing clinical services to support individuals and families, support systems and agencies to effectively address the needs of people with complex needs and challenging behaviours.  Mary Ellen has been recognised as a strong advocate for establishing and using effective monitoring practices to ensure outcomes for people with disabilities and carers; has significant experience in supported accommodation and community support services.

Mary Ellen uses her strong foundation in the direct provision of sound individually focussed supports coming from an evidence based approach, to inform her work in review of service provision, quality improvement systems, and staff development and education.

Mary Ellen has been a Professional member of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal since 1995.




Patricia McKenzie

Patricia McKenzie is an experienced Chair and non-executive director in the energy, health, government and not for profit sectors.  She was the CEO of Gas Market Company Limited, which introduced competition into the retail gas markets in NSW and the ACT, and prior to that led the AGL Group’s legal department.  She is a director of the APA Group, Australia’s leading energy infrastructure group, Chair of Essential Energy, a State owned corporation operating Australia’s largest energy distribution business, and Chair of Healthdirect Australia, a COAG company providing a range of digital health and telehealth services.   She was previously Chair of Diabetes Australia.

In the disability sector, Patricia has been Secretary of the NSW Down Syndrome Association, President of the Early Education Clinics, director and Chair of Sunnyfield, and Chair of the Cromehurst Foundation.  She was an advocate for women with disabilities on the NSW Premiers Council for Women, a member of the Disability Standards Review Panel, and Executive Director of the 7th World Down Syndrome Congress.  Patricia’s daughter Kate is supported in her accommodation and social interactions by The Housing Connection.




Mary Ellen Burke 

Non-Executive Director, joined September 2018.
Previously Director, Sylvanvale Foundation (disability services).
Tracy is a non-executive Director and Certified Chair of the Advisory Board Centre.
With an accounting background, strategic HR and Consulting expertise, Tracy facilitates Board and Executive strategy development and change programs, in addition to mentoring and developing Executive Leaders.