The Leadership Team

CEO - Julie Rehn

Julie Blake

Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts (Communications), Graduate Certificate Social Science (Housing Management and Policy) and Graduate Diploma Business Administration.

Experience

An experienced Executive Manager with 20 years’ experience in social housing and the construction industry, Julie strongly believes that housing is the most effective social inclusion and anti-poverty tool available to society. Alongside her work in the not-for-profit sector Julie is also a trainer for the Real Estate Institute of SA.

CEO - Julie Rehn

Peter Clayfield

Corporate Services Manager

Qualifications

Bachelor of Economics and Master of Business Administration, University of Adelaide
Fellow of CPA Australia, Associate of the Governance Institute of Australia

Experience

Peter has had over 20 years’ experience as a Senior Manager across many industries, more recently in the not-for-profit disability sector. His main responsibilities at Westside are Finance, Human Resources, and Information & Communications Technology.

CEO - Julie Rehn

Alison Clare

Office Manager

Qualifications

Diploma in Management and Human Resources – TAFE SA
Cert IV in Paralegal and Conveyancing Studies – TAFE SA

Experience

Alison has spent most of her career in high level policy, program support, reporting and office management roles. Having started her career in the building and construction industry and private real estate, Alison moved to the community housing sector 8 years ago. She worked to help grow a prominent tier 1 association before moving across to Westside. Her current role sees her support the current CEO in aspirations to nurture Westside into a tier 1 housing association, meet regulatory requirements, support staff through the development of policy and procedures and support the Westside Board.

CEO - Julie Rehn

Helen Van Der Giessen

Manager Housing Services

Qualifications

Certificate 4 in Community Services (Youth Work) and Community Services (Alcohol and other Drugs), Mission Australia
Flinders University’s New Venture Institute’s Enterprise Workshop 2.0
BT Finance and School for Social Entrepreneur’s Social Entrepreneur Incubator Program
Helen is currently completing a Bachelor of Law at Flinders University

Experience

Helen is a passionate professional who is works within a sustaining tenancy management model to achieve better outcomes for tenants. Having literally ‘risen up the ranks’ of the community housing industry, she has specialist knowledge in housing services for youth, women and supported housing programs. Helen has joined the Westside team to develop and oversee our tenancy management, customer service and stakeholder relationship building.

CEO - Julie Rehn

Paul Shannahan

Manager Assets and Development

Qualifications

Associate Degree in Construction Management and Graduate Certificate in Project Management, University of SA

Experience

Paul is a property professional who is committed to providing a high level of customer service. He is an experienced construction project and land development manager with experience in both residential and commercial scale projects, in Adelaide and internationally. Having previously managed large property portfolios in the profit and not for profit sectors, Paul is well placed to deliver great outcomes to our tenants while maintaining high work, health, safety and compliance standards.