Michael Lennon’s 25-year international career in housing, planning and urban development spans his role as CEO of the Glasgow Housing Association, where he oversaw and lead the largest housing stock transfer in Europe. Prior to then he was the inaugural CEO of Housing New Zealand Corporation, resulting in a period of rapid growth and success.
He has finely honed skills and experience in urban development – initiating, planning and delivering a range of renewal, infill, greenfield and mixed-use developments. As a result, Michael has acquired high level commercial judgement combined with wide-ranging policy analysis acumen.
In 2008 Michael established and became the CEO of Housing Choices Australia, until 2012 and returned as Managing Director in 2014. In the interim he led the restructure of the internationally recognised Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.
His leadership within Housing Choices has seen the organisation grow to a substantial asset base of over $600m, current operations in three states and a major focus on growing the business substantially nationally. Michael is committed about making housing affordable, safe and accessible for the most marginalised community members, utilising a mix of commercial and government investment. Collaboration with quality service partners is key to his business strategy.
Additional experience includes work with high lever government, industry and academia, including Advisor to the World Health Organisation and an experienced Board Director as a University Governor and a range of organisations.