the housing connection



Dr. David Rosenbaum SFHEA – Chair
PhD; MBA, GAICD, Cert IV (Training & Assessment)

David Rosenbaum

David is a Senior Lecturer at TOP Education’s Sydney City School of Business where he is responsible for a number of postgraduate and undergraduate units in their Master and Bachelor’s Degree programs.

He is actively involved in ongoing research with his current focus being the implications of the National Disability Insurance Scheme on nonprofit disability service providers from a change management perspective.

He has been a management consultant for 10 years focusing on Change Management, Leadership Development, Strategic Planning and Risk Management in the nonprofit sector.

David has worked in senior and executive management positions in a broad range of industries over a 35-year career including the private hospital sector; investment banking; funds management; local government; federal government; manufacturing, and high-tech start-ups, as well as public accounting.



Morgan Woods – Director

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 – Director
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.




Sarah Brown – Director

Sarah is an executive with over 20 years’ experience in banking and consulting. She is currently a General Manager at the Commonwealth Bank, working in Regulatory Engagement and Quality across a large risk program.

Sarah was also an Executive Mentor in the Inaugural Growth Project, working with the Sids and Kids charity.







Patricia McKenzie – Secretary
Director of AGL Energy Limited. Former Cair Essential Energy and Director APA

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.