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Bridge Housing announces Laurie Leigh as new CEO

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Bridge Housing announces Laurie Leigh’s appointment as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective 5 August 2024.  

“Laurie is joining us at a watershed moment in the sector’s history with the activation of the Housing Australia Future Fund,” Bridge Housing’s Executive Chair Stephen Bull.  

“Her career spent improving people’s lives aligns positively with Bridge’s commitment to enhancing tenant well-being outcomes.”    

This social impact lens is vital as Bridge Housing delivers more social and affordable housing.   For more than 35 years, we have demonstrated that our well-being approach with customised wraparound supports helps tenants sustain their tenancy and thrive. 

“The Board is confident that Laurie’s leadership will amplify our commitment to innovation, inclusion, and integrity as we change lives and strengthen communities.” Stephen Bull added. 

Laurie is an experienced CEO, having led multiple for-purpose Organisations focused on delivering human services and housing to those in need. Laurie has also led those organisations through periods of change, challenge, and growth, which positions her well to take on this role at this time.  

Building on her expertise across the disability, property, and aged care sectors, Laurie Leigh will use her advocacy, policy, government relations, and stakeholder management insights to propel Bridge Housing’s culture of best-practice service delivery.  

“Bridge Housing has always valued tenant outcomes and delivering houses on the ground.  I look forward to joining robust conversations and collaborations with our tenant community, staff and board, valued partners and policymakers to drive positive social change.” Laurie Leigh said of her new appointment as CEO of Bridge Housing.  

“I’ve enjoyed working for a national peak body in the disability sector, but I have missed the satisfaction of direct service delivery,” added Leigh.  

“I’m looking forward to being a part of the community sector once again and having that more direct connection to the people who you work to support.”  

“I’ve long been an admirer of the work of Bridge Housing and when the opportunity came up to apply for the CEO role, I felt that I had to put myself forward.” 

“This is a great organisation, doing valuable work in the community, and one to which I have a real personal commitment.”  

Leigh added that equitable housing is a key challenge for Australian society at the moment, and the work that Bridge does to meet the housing needs to the most disadvantaged people has never been more important.  

“I’m looking forward to being a part of this crucial work.”   

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