Our Executive

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

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James King

CEO

James is highly experienced in the areas of construction management and property development.  Showcasing his strong leadership skills, he moved into the role of CEO at Unison Housing, 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 also a non-executive director on the Board of Community Housing Industry Association, Victoria.

James has 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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Sue Grigg

Director Housing and Homelessness

Sue Grigg has been working in housing and homelessness for over twenty years and has extensive experience working in the not for profit sector, for government and in research and consulting roles.

Sue has postgraduate qualifications in Social Planning and also brings to the Director’s role a passion for learning and practice development.

    

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Danni Nash

Director Asset Management

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

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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Sheri Johnston

Director Finance

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

In Sheri’s diverse roles she has managed offshored 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 also volunteers as a non-executive director on the Board of a not-for-profit organisation and a school.

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Anne Roach

Director Corporate Services

Anne has over 20 years’ experience in Corporate Services nationally and globally. Her breadth of experience spans leading ASX listed companies including, Financial Services and Insurance, Telecommunications, Aviation and Transport, Mining, Metals and Energy, and Employment Services industries including government and privately owned organisations. Anne has managed national and global teams, lead a 400+ RTO division, managed risk, compliance, and communications in the aviation, transport, mining, employment services and government sectors, built engaged, high performing teams and transformed cultures. Anne has supported business environments from 450 up to 70,000 employees, managed operating revenues to $46M, project budgets to $50M.

Anne’s holds qualifications from Monash University, BA, Dip Ed, Masters in Adult and Vocational Education and Training, from RMIT, Masters in HR (deferred), Grad Certificate in HR, from Melbourne University, Postgraduate in Organisational Change. She has also undertaken further professional development such as OH&S Certificate (VTHC), Senior Leadership Program (Mt Eliza Business School) and attended the International Human Resources Management and Development program (ICEDR) where she was selected as one of 5 high HR potentials at NAB.