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Cranlana Confidential – 26 August


Cranlana Confidential is one of the opportunities we’re creating for our alumni to continue to draw on each other’s experience.  This online program is a series of 60 minute conversations, offering an opportunity for you to engage with a prominent alumnus from your own sector, or one you’re interested in.  Our Lead Moderator, Peter Mares, will start the session with a one-on-one interview discussing the guest’s experience of trying to lead their organisation ethically and effectively, before segueing to a group conversation.

Capped at 20 participants, and conducted under the strictest confidentiality, this is your opportunity to talk frankly with leaders in your field, and engage in in-depth, meaningful discussion with your peers.

Exclusive to Cranlana alumni, these sessions are rare chances to share experiences with professional colleagues who can act as a sounding board, feeding into your thinking and actions on important issues.

The focus of our next Cranlana Confidential discussion is housing. COVID19 has revealed more starkly than ever that a safe home is a necessary foundation for a flourishing life. Yet the pandemic has put Australia’s already struggling housing system under huge additional stress as many households struggle to pay rent or mortgages. State governments acted quickly on homelessness, booking thousands of people into hotel rooms. But what happens when the health crisis eases? Do these people just get sent back onto the streets?

Cranlana moderator Peter Mares discuss the ethical and practical challenges of housing policy with two leading alumni who work in the field.

As Victoria’s first Commissioner for Residential Tenancies, Dr Heather Holst provides independent advice to the Victorian Government to help make renting fairer. Heather has worked in housing, renting and homelessness for 30 years, designing and operating housing projects, support programs and rough sleeping solutions. Heather has worked for Tenants Victoria and Launch Housing, and developed Australia’s first not-for-profit real estate agency, HomeGround Real Estate.

Haleh Homaei is the CEO of one of Victoria’s largest not-for-profit housing organisations, the award-winning Housing First, which owns or manages about $800 million in assets. Housing First’s vision is “Affordable HOUSING Accessible to ALL”. Haleh has more than 20 years’ experience in the housing field and held leadership roles in the Victorian government as well as in the community sector. Internationally, Haleh was centrally involved in the momentum, negotiation and outcome of United Nation’s Post-2015 Development Agenda where she successfully promoted the agenda of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste and a group of conflict affected and fragile states.


*Please note this event has been moved from 19 August to 26 August

Exclusive to alumni


26 Aug 2020