Our Team

The YWCA National Housing team is led by Shannon Wright.

Shannon Wright

Shannon Wright, Director, Service Development and Delivery

Advanced Diploma Community Sector Management

Shannon has held senior leadership roles in both the government and non government sectors for over 30 years and has a strong commitment to social justice and a passionate interest in regional service delivery and linking teams across distance.

She has a background in policy and advocacy with a focus on women’s health, domestic and family violence, homelessness and alcohol and other drugs. As well as supporting teams across the organisation she also manages multiple local, state and federal grants with varying funding agreements, acquittal processes and evaluation methodologies.

Shannon is supported by our Senior Manager of Community Housing, our National Housing Team Leader, and a team of Community Housing Officers in Victoria, Queensland and Northern Territory.

Kate O’Donohue

Kate O’Donohue, Company Secretary


Kate has over 15 years’ experience in corporate governance and as a Company Secretary in not for profit, corporate and listed entities.

She was previously a contracted Company Secretary and Governance Professional and she provided secretarial and governance services to a range of entities, including a dual listed bank, listed mining company, unlisted public financial services company and various not for profit companies.  Kate has also been Company Secretary of an ASX listed Financial Services company and, in the UK, worked for the Financial Services Authority and LogicaCMG a global IT company dual listed on the FTSE and Euronext.

Kate is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course, holds a Masters of Corporate Governance and a Bachelor of Arts, and is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (UK)

YWCA National Housing activities are supported by YWCA Australia infrastructure including finance, communications, human resources and governance support. Find out more about YWCA Australia’s executive team.