Habitat for Humanity is proud to have the expertise and guidance of our Business Advisory Committee. Read more about our members below.
A Commercial Leader with Transformation & Business Development Experience in the Infrastructure, Services, Maritime, Defence and Government Sectors
Irene Bellette was born in Christchurch, New Zealand. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Technology, Sydney where she graduated with a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance and sub-majoring Law. She completed her Masters of Business Administration at the Melbourne Business School.
Irene has held leadership positions in general management, business development, commercial and finance; leading strategy development, international business growth and business improvement/transformation initiatives for companies such as P&O, Serco and Ventia.
Irene has held Executive and Non-Executive Directorships on Singaporean, Paraguayan and Australian based subsidiary and joint venture boards and is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Andrea Della Mattea
Andrea Della Mattea currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Insight Asia Pacific. In this role, Ms. Della Mattea is responsible for the long term growth and profitability of Insight Asia Pacific, a $5B leading provider of IT solutions to commercial and government organizations. During 2006 and 2007, Ms. Della Mattea served as the Senior Vice President of Software for North America & Asia Pacific, based in Dallas, Texas.
Prior to working with Insight APAC, from 2004-2006 Ms. Della Mattea served as the Vice President, North America, Software Spectrum Inc a $3B leading provider of software solutions to organizations across North America, EMEA and APAC. She was responsible for increasing market share and customer loyalty.
Prior to 2004, Ms. Della Mattea held several senior management and executive positions in the United States and Asia Pacific for publicly listed and privately owned organisations.
Andrea earned her Bachelor of Engineering degree, First Class Honors, from James Cook University in Australia.
Previously, Nisha was the Chief Risk Officer at The Salvation Army, Australia Eastern Territory, and held a variety of risk management positions at BPAY, Macquarie Group Limited, Insurance Australia Group and Ernst & Young.
Nisha has held a number of non-executive and advisory roles in not-for-profit organisations, including Baptist World Aid Australia, The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory and (now!) Habitat for Humanity Australia.
In her career, Nisha has designed and established risk management frameworks encompassing strategic, operational, compliance, business resilience, project assurance, and continuous improvement strategies that are relevant and effective to the organisation’s culture.
Nisha holds a Bachelor of Information Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment, and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jerry was educated in London and at the University of Durham, before beginning a 35 year executive career in the media industry. His early career was with the News Corporation in a variety of sales management roles with Times Newspapers and News International-Hachette where he was the Publisher of the UK edition of Elle magazine.
Moving to Australia in 1990, Jerry spent a year as Associate Sales Director of Australian Consolidated Press, before rejoining News as Advertising Director of The Australian. In 1996, he was appointed Managing Director of Mirror Australian Telegraph Publications, and joined the board of News Limited.
Jerry moved to Brisbane in 2001 to become Managing Director of Queensland Press, a position that he held until 2011, when he was appointed Managing Director, Group Newspapers and Digital Products of Newscorp Australia. Jerry stepped down from News in 2015, and is now building a portfolio of non-executive, consulting and mentoring roles. He is a member of the advisory board of the Sarina Russo Group and the Redlands City Council Economic Advisory Board.
Greg was appointed CEO of Grant Thornton Australia in July 2015, and proudly leads a talented and passionate team of advisors focused on helping our mid sized business clients grow. Under Greg’s guidance Grant Thornton is expanding on its traditional service offerings to include technology, trading with Asia, and leadership and culture solutions. Greg is committed to diversity and innovation
In July 2015, with Habitat for Humanity Australia, Greg and 130 of his Partners travelled to Phnom Penh in Cambodia where they worked as one to build 10 homes for 10 families. The Habitat for Humanity experience was one of the best things that Grant Thornton Australia has done on numerous levels including personal, team building, CSR and engagement with clients and our people.
Greg is a former Office Managing Partner of our Melbourne and Sydney Offices, and previously headed our National People & Culture, Marketing, Industry and Asia teams. He established the Hong Kong Joint Venture and resided in Hong Kong in 2012-2014.
He is a current member of Grant Thornton International Limited’s Board of Governors, and Strategy Committee, and Governance Committee. Greg is a member of the Grant Thornton Australia Limited’s Board and heads the Leadership Team which is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of Grant Thornton Australia.
Kate joined Sparke Helmore as the People and Culture Director in September 2016. Sparkes is a leading mid-tier law firm specialising in insurance, government, and workplace safety, with 700 employees across Australia. With over 25 years’ experience in financial service and professional services as an HR Executive, Kate has worked with major Australian organisations including CBA, AMP, Mallesons and Westpac. She has held roles responsible for employees in businesses located throughout Australia, Indonesia, China/HK, Vietnam and the UK. Kate’s core capabilities are around business strategy, organisational and cultural transformation, talent development and succession planning, with extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions.
Kate has held non-executive director roles in subsidiary companies during her time at CBA and has a strong understanding of governance and risk management. Kate has a long standing relationship with Habitat for Humanity Australia having participated in the “Hand in Hand” builds in 2011 and 2013 in Nepal. Kate has been involved with other NFPs as a volunteer and consultant including St Barnabas Church Broadway, Global Sisters and Wesley College (in the University of Sydney) and the Australian Republican Movement.
Kate is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Bachelor of Education (ACU), Diploma Corporate Management (ICSA) and a Master of Commerce in HRM (UNSW). Kate is an AFL “tragic”, member of the Sydney Swans and the Sydney Theatre company and an avid traveller. She has two school aged children.
Adrian P. Stewart
Adrian oversees servicing of PIMCO’s institutional and global wealth management clients and is responsible for overall management of the Australian business. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2014, he was with Macquarie for nearly seven years, most recently as head of wholesale distribution and of the Macquarie Professional Series, responsible for distribution, marketing and product management.
Earlier roles at Macquarie spanned banking and financial services. Previously, Mr. Stewart held senior roles at Challenger Financial Services Group and ASGARD Capital Management Ltd. He has 23 years of investment and financial services experience and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of New England, and has also completed the PLD at Harvard University.
Brian Tasker is a highly experienced property professional with an active property development and corporate real estate track record. Currently he leads Boral’s property team who has responsibility Boral’s significant and diverse property portfolio i.e. from acquisition, operation and through to ultimate divestment/ development joint venture.
Brian has previously been responsible for running several successful property-related businesses including his own for 10 years before accepting Boral’s offer to join its ranks.
Brian’s team ensures that Boral’s ‘license to operate’ is continually protected. A significant part of Brian’s responsibility is in the treatment of former operational properties. This involves a number of differing strategies from remediation through to landform rehabilitation. With Boral and prior to joining Australia’s leader in the construction materials marketplace, Brian has also been responsible for planning, developing, leasing and selling non-brownfield property.
Brian holds a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Building technology and a Graduate Diploma in Urban Estate Management. Brian is a FRICS and former chairman of the Property Council of Australia’s Property Development Education Committee whilst previously sitting on its NSW Council. On Boral’s behalf, Brian is also a director of the Penrith Lakes Development Corporation.