Shelter WA thanks Michelle Mackenzie, welcomes new CEO Kath Snell

Shelter WA, the peak body in Western Australia for the community housing and homelessness sectors, farewells a giant in the sector this week with the departure of CEO Michelle Mackenzie.

“The Board is immensely grateful for Michelle’s ongoing dedication to the organisation and the communities Shelter WA advocates so strongly for.” said Shelter WA Chair Kieran Wong.

“Michelle has tirelessly worked to bring about some systemic and significant changes for both Shelter and within the sector.

Viable Future

“Michelle leaves Shelter WA in a much stronger position – a financially secure and viable future; long term contracts in place; a solid and well-respected relationship with its members, other peak bodies, and external stakeholders.

“Under Michelle’s leadership we saw a record investment into social housing, a collaborative and productive relationship with the new Minister for Lands, Housing and Homelessness, and an unprecedented boost in profile and capacity to deliver across the sector.

“We have grown from six to twenty staff.”

“Since 2018 when Michelle first commenced as CEO, we have grown from six to twenty staff, fostered a collaborative and solutions focused relationship between the community housing and homelessness services sector and government, and have secured substantive and ongoing funding for much needed projects that supports our society’s most vulnerable.”

Community Housing Sector

Michelle’s tireless advocacy and fearless campaigning for an effective housing and support system that enables all to thrive has resulted in community housing sector as a delivery partner lifted exponentially.

“Most importantly she has seen the lives of those for whom Shelter WA advocates improved through increased awareness, support, and services across the community and from Government. This has been particularly critical during the pandemic, as the sector and Government have worked to coordinate services in a very dynamic and unpredictable context.

“Particularly critical during the pandemic.”

“While Michelle will be missed, we are thrilled for her that she will have the chance to pursue new opportunities in the Kimberley,” Mr Wong said.

Michelle’s last day will be Friday, 21 October 2022.

[L-R] Shelter WA CEO Kath Snell and Michelle Mackenzie

Board Welcomes Kath Snell

Shelter WA is also excited to announce the commencement of a new Chief Executive Officer Ms Kath Snell to take on the role after the current CEO Michelle Mackenzie finishes this week.

After a comprehensive recruitment process and a fruitful handover period, the Shelter WA Board were delighted to secure Kath Snell for the role.

“The Board believes that Kath will provide Shelter WA with strong advocacy, effective leadership and governance, and strengthen our ability to enhance the capacity and capability of the community housing and homelessness sectors.”

“Kath has a long career in the not-for-profit sector, most recently as CEO of United Way WA, and prior to this as CEO of Volunteer Task Force.

Previous Roles

In her previous roles she has demonstrated strong business development, effective advocacy and a depth of understanding of the role, impacts and need for an effective housing system for all West Australians. She has a Postgraduate in Psychology of Business and Management, Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Tourism Management, Marketing Certificate from Chartered Institute of Marketing, and is a graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“Kath is a strong advocate for social justice and supporter of empowering people living in disadvantage by centring the voices of people with diverse lived experiences.

“Empowering people living in disadvantage.”

“Kath is also passionate about workplace culture, and a big believer in the importance of work life balance and ensuring people working in a sector under unprecedented pressures are feeling supported, engaged and connected.

The Board and staff are excited by Kath’s appointment and look forward to the next stages of Shelter WA’s journey to ensure an effective housing system for all West Australians.”

Media enquiries:

Chantal Caruso, Shelter WA | E: chantal@shelterwa.org.au | M: 0447 201 377.