United Housing is a not-for-profit organisation where members, as the key stakeholders have ultimate control over the governance of the Co-operative. Under the rules of the UHC’s Constitution and the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS)Regulatory Framework, members entrust responsibility for the governance of the co-operative to the Board of Directors.

The Board of Directors consists of six Member Directors and two Independent Directors. Member Directors are elected from, and by, the members at the Annual General Meeting, and the two Independent Directors are appointed by the Member Directors. Committees are formed for the purpose of undertaking various specific organisational functions and are accountable to the Board. The rules of the Constitution describe the process for members to nominate to become Board Members and process for conducting the election of a Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting.

The Board of Directors have responsibility for governance matters and to govern responsibly in accordance with Co-operative’s policies and principles. The Board must represent the interest of members and consult with members on policy changes and significant governance matters.  The Board must also ensure regular reporting to the members through various communication channels.

The Board of Directors delegate responsibility for the management of operational matters to the General Manager who is accountable to the Board. The staff team, currently consists of the PropertyManager, Tenancy & Property Management Co-ordinator, Finance Co-ordinator and Member Services Officer, accountable to the General Manager.

UHC’s staff team, currently consists of the Property Manager, Tenancy & Property Management Co-ordinator, Finance & Administration Co-ordinator and Tenancy and Member Services Officer, and are accountable to the General Manager.
Carly Richardson

2013 – current

Previously on the board with the portfolio:
2011 Property Management and Maintenance Director (Casual): 6 months
2011- 2013 Director: 2 years

Year of entry into the United Housing Co-op: 2010

Mission:  For the board of Directors to continue evolving, to ensure good Governance. And to support, inform and encourage members to:

  • Embrace the benefits that being part of a co-operative brings.
  • Achieve empowerment within a mutually supportive group.
  • Explore the option of becoming a Director, to enable a greater involvement in the Governance of UHC.
  • Be open, honest and supportive of each other and our wonderful Co-op.
  • Review and develop appropriate policies.

My Motto: passionate, fair and honest.

Janet Liersch

I am a founding member of the Co-operative in 1982, and have been housed since 1984. I became a Director of UHC in June, 2010 and was elected Chairperson in November of that year.

I was Chairperson for three years, then Director – Property Management and Maintenance for a time, and am now Deputy Director – Finance.

I have been involved in housing issues and community-based groups since the late 1970s, having been involved in tenants groups, the Western Region Housing Council and a local housing advisory committee, amongst others. In addition, I have been involved in other voluntary roles in my community.

My hopes for UHC are to be a part of good governance of the organization and to provide some oversight of the financial systems of the Co-operative.

Erica Weatherlake

Independent Director – Legal

Erica Weatherlake joined the United Housing Co-operative Ltd as the ‘Independent Director – Legal’ in 2017.

Erica has over eight years experience in legal practice, law reform and social policy and have held a range of positions in State Government and Legal Aid.

Erica holds a Bachelor of Laws and Masters in Social Policy.

Mission: To contribute to the provision of stable, secure and affordable housing for the Victorian community.

My Motto: People of quality don’t fear equality!

David Anderson

Independent Director – Finance
United Housing Co-operative Board member since 2014.
Charted Accountant


  • Building a strong team, working collaboratively and delivering results.
  • To ensure high level of financial management and transparency.
  • To work with the Board and management to grow the number of properties owned and managed by UHC.
  • To ensure efficient, effective use of UHC financial resources.

My Motto:  Working together to maximise outcomes.

Paris Wojniak

Director of Member Services

Year of entry into the United Housing Co-op: 2010

Mission: To provide members with opportunities to:

  • Upskill – to create better opportunities for self-improvement through a range of activities.
  • Socialise – to nurture or create new relationships and connect with our community.
  • Communicate – help members achieve their goals in regards to the direction of the co-op and facilitate avenues for innovative ideas to be bought to the membership for everyone to enjoy.
  • Advocate – help to effectively communicate member issues and ideas to the board and/or staff.

My Motto: Kind, generous and thoughtful.

Mea Locksley

Director of Property Management and Maintenance

Year of entry into the United Housing Co-op: 1996

I have been a Board member several times and on many committees


  • To ensure a high standard of housing for our members
  • Have workable and fair policies in place
  • Make sure that members have their say in any maintenance at their property
  • To always be available to discuss maintenance matters with members

My Motto:  Fairness and equality in all things

Heather Alvanos

Director of Tenancy

Year of entry into the United Housing Co-op: 1998

Became a Member of UHC Board of Directors: 2018 (previously served on the Board as Treasurer and Chairperson)


  • To live, love, enjoy life
  • To never miss an opportunity
  • To keep on learning new things

My Motto: What doesn’t kills you makes you stronger and it’s also a great song!

Laurice Younge

Director of Policy

Year of entry into the United Housing Co-op: 1996

Became a Member of UHC Board of Directors: 2016


  • To ensure a high standard of governance and legislative compliance.
  • Have workable and fair policies in place.
  • To contribute to equal opportunity all governance and operations.

My Motto:  Fairness and equality in all things