Our Story

In Australia today there are more than half a million people experiencing housing stress. Many are unable to access government support, while others are forced to pay a high proportion of their income on rent. For others, simply finding an affordable home, close to their work, is increasingly difficult.

The supply of affordable housing is limited by the constraints of government funding and a lack of suitable land. Existing dwellings are often old and do not meet the needs of residents. Many in affordable housing are poorly supported and miss out on a chance for a good education, employment opportunities or support services, which would be of great assistance to those in need.

BlueCHP uses it’s not for profit status, strong balance sheet and expertise to deliver affordable housing. As an asset owner, we understand the long-term costs of building and maintaining a housing portfolio. We specialise in the retention of assets, making us the ideal partner for those with complex asset management needs.

BlueCHP has delivered more than 1,700 affordable housing dwellings and retained 680, worth more than $250 million. By focusing on the retention of affordable housing assets, we are unlike private developers, who quickly build and sell their developments or other community housing providers, who also work as tenancy managers. By specialising, we are able to structure financial arrangements to suit the constraints of the sector, while also seizing opportunities, like shared equity schemes, that can boost the financial viability of projects.

BlueCHP’s senior management has more than 30 years of experience in international financial markets. We are a Tier 1 Community Housing Provider and as a not for profit, reinvest any surplus back into the development of more affordable housing. Since 2008 we have been successful in a number of large tenders both under the Housing Affordability Fund, Social Housing Growth Fund and Nation Building Economic Spending Plan.

Charles Northcote

Chief Executive Officer

Charles brings over 25 years’ of senior leadership experience across a broad range of industries and countries including growing two organisations into global companies with sales exceeding a billion dollars. As the Chief Financial Officer at Mission Australia Housing, Charles was part of a team that grew the property portfolio to nearly 2,000 homes in three years. Other achievements include developing proactive corporate partnerships and building strong business systems necessary to support an organisation that was growing rapidly.

Additionally, Charles worked directly with the Registrar, NSW Housing, to establish the compliance framework for community housing provider registration. Charles is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Association of Corporate Treasurers UK, with a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from Warwick University.

Peter Brown

Chief Operating Officer

Peter joins us with 35 + years of senior leadership in public, private and locally run Australian enterprises, holding positions as Finance Director, CFO, and Company Secretary roles.

With a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting, he is a Fellow member of the Australian Society of CPA’s, and a Fellow member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA). Peter has held Directorship and Company Secretarial roles with L.J.Hooker, Hooker Corporate, Kennards Hire and the Grace Removals Group.

Peter’s experience in senior finance and company secretarial roles, combined with his experience in property, will be a major addition to BlueCHP’s operations and long-term future.

Marcelo Steimbeisser

Head of Property Services

Marcelo joined BlueCHP in March 2011 and is Head of Property Services, is responsible for the delivery of new projects, including business development, property development, project management, and fee for service opportunities.  He is a civil engineer with a B Eng (Civil) from UTS.  Marcelo has over 25 years’ experience in the property development industry.

Since joining BlueCHP Marcelo has delivered over 300 dwellings for BlueCHP and its founding members, together with establishing procedures for site acquisitions and development procurement process. He was an integral member in the success of the Logan Urban Renewal Tender. He also delivered The Gardens development, the biggest affordable housing project carried out by a CHP without government funding. This project consists of 101 apartments (i.e. 56 NRAS dwellings and 45 private dwellings). He demonstrated how forward and innovative thinking in modular design produced a development that will clear a path for delivering affordable housing without compromising quality or lifestyle. This project is the first Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) construction in NSW and the largest CLT residential development in the Southern Hemisphere. He has also successfully won over tenders which delivered over 300 dwellings in recent times.

He has vast experience with Local and State Governments and also been exposed to aged care and retirement living projects. Over his career, he has delivered in excess of 5000 dwellings for organisations such as Norwest Limited, Landcom, Anglican Retirement Villages (ARV) and Stockland just to name a few.

Sarah Donovan

General Manager, Governance & Risk

Governance professional and qualified chartered secretary for over 25 years. Senior executive roles in listed, non-listed entities in transport, venture capital, pharmaceuticals and consumer products.

Board Of Directors

Craig Lee

Craig Lee

Chairman, Non-executive Director

Appointed as new Chairman on 23 November 2017.

30 year executive career in infrastructure projects, real estate and complex property finance transactions.

BEcon, BA (Asian Studies), MBus (Banking & Finance), GAICD

Peter Beer

Peter Beer

Vice Chairman

Qualified Building Surveyor, Town Planner and Health Surveyor. Predominantly involved with local government.

Claire Davis

Claire Davis

Non-executive Director

Over 20 years’ experience in the not for profit housing sector in both Australia and the UK.

BA (Hons) Accy, FCA, GAICD, GradCertExecLead

Robert Elvy

Robert Elvy

Non-executive Director

Extensive board committee experience in the building and construction industry, government entities and banking sectors.

BScEng, BComAccy, FIEAust, FCPA, FAICD, FGIA

Vanessa Morschel

Vanessa Morschel

Non-executive Director

10 years’ experience in town planning, real estate valuations & development.

BA BusLaw & Human Geography, AdvDip Property Valuation, MSocSc, DipMgt, MAICD

Stephen Quill

Stephen Quill

Non-executive Director

35 year career at a senior level in the development and construction of major projects around Australia. Those projects include the $350M mixed-use development.

Tony Waters

Tony Waters

Non-executive Director

40 years in senior roles; development of social housing and homelessness policy and programs.
BASocSc (majors Econ & Law), CertCom Acct Procedures, DipAICD