Our Executive

Our Executive brings a rich blend of skills and experience to Unison. They all share a passion for our vision and a strong alignment with our values.

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James King

CEO

James is highly experienced in construction management and property development.  Showcasing his strong leadership skills, he moved into the role of CEO at Unison and led project teams, from inception to delivery of key Unison developments, including the recent UDIA Award-winning project in Footscray.

James started his career in New Zealand delivering Government housing and more recently in Melbourne working in consultancy as a client-side Project Manager / Superintendent. He has extensive experience in both new builds and residential developments, and is transforming Unison into the most sought-after purveyor of social and affordable housing in Melbourne.

James is a non-executive director on the board of Community Housing Industry Association, Victoria.

James holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (BSS) and a Diploma in Construction Management; and is also a Registered Builder in both Victoria and New Zealand.

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Sheri Johnston

Deputy CEO

Sheri has more than 25 years of finance experience in both Canada and Australia. Her career includes positions at a Big 4 audit firm, the banking sector, as well as a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to young people.

She has managed offshore teams, risk and compliance, legal and finance, acted as company secretary, implemented process improvement and change initiatives, and delivered an organisation-wide software project. Her passions include the development and mentoring of engaged, high-performing teams and working within the not-for-profit sector.

Sheri is a Chartered Accountant, holds a Bachelor of Economics and is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia. Sheri volunteers as a non-executive director on the boards of both a not-for-profit organisation and a school.

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Sue Grigg

Director Housing and Homelessness

Sue has been working in housing and homelessness for more than twenty years. She has extensive experience working in the not-for-profit sector, Government, and in research and consulting roles.

Sue holds postgraduate qualifications in Social Planning and also brings a passion for learning and practice development to her role.

    

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Danni Nash

Director Property

Danni has worked in a range of roles across not-for-profit, local and state government as well as private practice over the last 15 years. She brings extensive experience in social housing, combined with a passion to create opportunities for meaningful engagement to inform strategy and decision-making, to Unison. 

Danni’s career has centered on community infrastructure, particularly the development, asset management and program delivery of social housing programs, public infrastructure and local community facilities. This whole of asset life cycle understanding is complemented by hands-on experience working on large building sites in architectural design and delivery of placemaking community engagement initiatives. A theme in her work has been the improvement of organisational systems to create social impact.

Danni has completed post graduate qualifications in housing management, social sciences, environment and planning. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) and has undertaken further study in public participation, project management and organisational change theory.

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Sandy Roughley

Director Corporate Services

Sandy has extensive experience in management and executive roles in values-based, not-for-profit organisations, as well as state and local government.

She has a commitment to working in organisations focussed on improving the lives of individuals, families and communities.

Sandy has a strong background in human resource management, change management, risk and compliance and holds post-graduate qualifications in Business Management