Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are responsible for the governance of YWCA Housing and represent the interests of all stakeholders, including members.


YWCA Housing Board of Directors

Anna Draffin – Chair

B Comm, B Arts, GAICD

Anna Draffin has had an extensive career across the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, exercising her skills in strategy, business development and communications within complex, multi-stakeholder companies. She has coached and worked with dozens of Boards and businesses to build and translate innovation and shared value into sustainable, commercial models. She is currently CEO of ShareGift Australia, a shared value platform for shareholders and ASX-listed companies that provides economic returns to the community. 

Between 2016-2018, Anna has been a Director of the YWCA Victoria Housing Board, focusing on strategy and impact investment.

Kirsty Rourke – Dep. Chair

LLB (Hons), B Com, GDLP

Kirsty Rourke is a real estate professional with 10 years’ experience in the property and construction industries. Previously a successful property lawyer, Kirsty is now the Head of Investments at the City of Brisbane. Kirsty is responsible for acquisitions and the management of CBIC's existing commercial property investment portfolio. Kirsty is passionate about young women’s leadership and providing women and families access to long-term, stable accommodation.

Kristy is dynamic in her approach and a specialist in legal, strategic and risk management. As Director of YWCA National Housing she assists in managing the community housing properties by giving advice, undertaking project budget updates and reporting;  business case development; risk management; contract negotiation and administration;  consultant procurement and management; and stakeholder engagement.

Prior to joining the YWCA National Housing Board, Kirsty was a Director on both the YWCA Queensland and YWCA Australia Boards. 

Yien Hong

Bachelors Law, Arts & Commerce

Yien Hong is an energetic, positive, accomplished and experienced corporate legal counsel at a major Australian bank with fifteen years' experience in banking and financial services.

Yien also has experience in leading teams and major transactions in Asia, Europe and Australia in both international leading law firms and investment and commercial banks.

Melinda van der Westhuizen

B Business (Land Economics and Valuation), MBA (Marketing, Human Resources, and Association Management)

Melinda van der Westhuizen began her property career in centre management with a number of major Australian shopping centres. Melinda next joined Jones Lang LaSalle, a global real estate organisation specialising in property and asset management, where she became a National Director in 2002 and was promoted to Regional Director in 2017. Melinda has held business development and leadership roles including the Head of Property and Asset Management in Victoria since 2014. Melinda is also experienced in the not for profit sector in property acquisitions including development sites for future aged care and affordable housing. 

Melinda comes highly endorsed by her colleagues, especially in the areas of corporate real estate, property management and real estate development. She is skilled at leading multidisciplinary teams, strategic business planning and change management. Between 2016-2018, she provided these skills to the YWCA Victoria Housing Board, where she served as a Non-Executive Director.

Julie Boyd

FAIM, FAICD, CM, Registered Nurse/Midwife (Retired)

Julie has a recognised capacity as a professional company director, with more than 19 years as a non-executive Director and director of a family company for 28 years. She served as Mayor of Mackay City, one of the fastest growing regional cities in Queensland, for 11 years. Julie also has over 4 years’ experience working in the export sector as Special Trade Representative for the Queensland Government.

She has extensive experience as both a Chair and non-executive director. Julie brings expertise in Corporate governance and compliance; Leadership development; Strategy setting; facilitation and change management; Policy and a broad based knowledge both in government and industry.