Board of Directors

The Board of YWCA National Housing are responsible for the governance of the organisation, with a view to ensuring financial sustainability and continually improving access to affordable accommodation for women across Australia. They also sit on specialised sub-committees established by YWCA Australia.

Anna Draffin

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

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

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.

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Sarah Scruby

Sarah Scruby

Sarah Scruby is a real estate development professional with 15 years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Currently Sarah is the Senior Development Manager within the Development and Construction team at Racing Queensland and is responsible for strategising and delivering development outcomes for Racing Queensland and club owned land holdings including master planning major racecourses and acquiring new sites for key infrastructure.

Sarah is a passionate advocate for gender equality and has been involved in developing gender focussed initiatives to improve equality in the property industry. Sarah has also acted as Chair and Deputy Chair of the Property Council of Australia’s Future Directions Committee for close to 3 years with the intent of helping other young people navigate their professional pathways in the property industry.

Tracy Thelander
Tracy Thelander

Tracy Thelander

BBusAccountancy, CPA

Tracy Thelander is a Quandamooka woman from Minjerribah, North Stradbroke Island, QLD.

Tracy is a qualified CPA Accountant, bringing eight years of various experiences from competition law, the not for profit sector and a large professional services firm. Tracy is responsible for managing finances across the firm in her role as Finance Manager for PwC Indigenous Consulting.

Tracy enjoys coaching, sharing her knowledge and collaborating with professionals across the board as an emerging leader. Tracy brings a lot of optimism and passion towards driving change for vulnerable people, especially around housing and health and will continue to do so in her role within her Board Director role.

Rebecca Thomas
Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca Thomas

Rebecca is a banking and funds management professional with deep experience in debt and equity financing, having led large scale investments across both Europe and Australia over the last 15 years. She has a strong passion for driving change, especially in the Australian housing sector believing that everyone should have a safe place to call home.

Rebecca is responsible for directing institutional investment into the for purpose sector in her current role as Director, Impact Investing at Social Ventures Australia. She brings her enthusiasm and extensive expertise of investment in the social and affordable housing sector to her Board Director role.