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Charter Hall exec to chair NHFIC

The government has shuffled in some new directors across the boards of its National Housing Finance Investment Corporation and the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute.

Adrian Harrington, head of capital and product development at ASX-listed real estate funds manager Charter Hall, has become chair of the NHFIC, replacing ex-Australand Property Group director and Western Syndey Parkland chair Brendan Cotty.

Mr Harrington is also chair and director of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), but will stepping down from the role upon his commencement with NHFIC.

The government has picked former Victorian Planning Authority director and former Australian Institute of Architects chief executive Jennifer Cunich to replace Mr Harrington at AHURI, for a four-year period from 19 July.

Ms Cunich has also been an executive director for the Property Council of Australia and a board director with AHURI since 2019.


Meanwhile, the NHFIC has also added two other members: Kelvin Ryan, former chief executive of various major housing developers such as Simonds Group and BGC Residential; and Jane Hewitt, a director from Mirvac.

Ms Hewitt was previously a non-executive director at SGCH, a community housing provider.

She has been given a three-year term from 26 July, while Mr Harrington and Mr Ryan will both commence a five-year period from 19 July.

They have taken a seat with the board as Uniting Housing Australia chair David Cant has departed.

Further, Master Builders Australia national director of industry policy, Alexandra Waldren, has also joined AHURI as a new part-time independent director.


Ms Waldren is currently chair of Liveable Housing Australia.

[Related: Senate greenlights regulator of regulators]

Charter Hall exec to chair NHFIC
Adrian Harrington

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Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins is the news editor across Mortgage Business and The Adviser. 

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