Better Homes, Better Futures

Board of Directors


Access Community Housing Company (ACHC) is managed by a volunteer Board of Directors, consisting of professionals and business owners from across the Cairns and Far North Queensland community. The Board of Directors meets on a monthly basis, to ensure financial sustainability, compliance to the Corporations Act 2001 and to set the strategic direction for the company.

ACHC Directors are elected each year at the Annual General Meeting. ACHC is proud and fortunate to have an active, skilled-based board that have a range of skills and expertise which they generously provide to us on a voluntary basis.

ACHC Board of Directors

Mark StallmanChair
Mark has been a qualified valuer for over thirty years and brings property development skills to the Board. He is currently the Capital Manager for Catholic Education Services Cairns, and is responsible for the 29 schools and colleges in the Cairns Catholic Diocese. As such, he sits on various Catholic Education capital sub-committees and working groups responsible for allocation of capital funds throughout Queensland. Previously, he was the Principal of Stallman Property Group, during which time his activities included commercial property developments as a joint venture partner, involving projects with a total value in excess of $16,000,000.
Laurie LindnerDirector
Laurie was born in the UK, and went to primary school in Livingstone, by the Zambezi River, dodging crocodiles, hippos and soldiers after 6pm. Emigrated to Australia in 1974. He arrived in Cairns in 1986 and fell in love with the place. Laurie started building in 1991 and commenced building government projects 12 years ago. Laurie was the inaugural chairman of the CTIC (now Construction Skills Queensland), having a keen interest in vocational training.

Director of Laurie Lindner Constructions, LLC are always on the lookout for challenging and interesting projects around Queensland, having built $200m of project in Cairns, Port Douglas, the Gulf and Cape York. The Design and Construct method of delivery has been the general mode of project delivery, assembling the required team of consultants to deliver successful outcomes. Laurie is looking forward to assisting the board in their building endeavours and beyond.
Nathan WilliamsDirector
Nathan began his radio journalist career in the mid-1990s receiving his Bachelor of Journalism degree in 2005. This then led him to gain employment in Marketing and Communications with both the Federal and State Government for more than ten years. As an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person born in Cairns, Nathan has developed close connections to the Cairns Indigenous Community. Since 2016 Nathan has been employed with the Cairns Regional Council as Community Services Officer working closely with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, Organisations, Service Providers and Groups. Nathan joined the Board of Directors of Access Community Housing Company in 2017 and brings his community connections and cultural perspective to the Board.
Benjamin KeastDeputy Chair
Benjamin has been a Cairns Local since he moved up here in 1998 and completed his schooling. Since that time Ben has been employed at ARC Disability Services in a variety of roles, currently in the position of Chief Executive Officer. Ben holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Australian Institute of Business. Ben is currently involved with a number of not-for-profit boards, both disability and the arts, as well as being a representative of the Regional Disability Advisory Council. Ben has a passion for “for purpose” businesses and ensuring everyone has the ability to live as valued members within their community.
Michelle ChampionDirector
Michelle Champion is the Principal Licensee and Director of Champions in Real Estate. Michelle joined the board in July, 2018. Michelle has an Accounting degree from CQU and has held an REIQ Full Real Estate Licence since 2014. Michelle is active in the Cairns community having been a board member of JUTE theatre and a committee member of the Cairns Jockey Club since 2015. Michelle brings to the board skills in asset management, business analysis and a capacity for innovation and change.
Robert CudaDirector - Treasurer
Robert is a Chartered Accountant and is a Senior Manager at BDO Cairns, providing tax and accounting compliance and advice to clients in the tourism, property and retail industries. Robert brings skills in financial leadership, strategy, technical expertise and risk management. He has been on a number of community based committees including the Safe Night Cairns CBD Precinct Inc and the United Cricket Club. Robert joined the board of Access Community Housing in January, 2019.
Pat FlanaganDirector
Pat Flanagan is a civil engineer with 40 years experience in the planning design and construction of residential and commercial developments and community infrastructure . Pat brings to the board a background of 30 years of operating one of NQ’s leading engineering and planning consultancies. Pat has a long history of leadership roles in industry , professional and community organisations. He is also currently a member of the St Andrew’s Catholic College Board.
Sonia SmithDirector
Sonia Smith has been a serving police officer with the Queensland Police Service (QPS) since 1992 and has worked predominately in North Queensland, including Cairns, Kowanyama, Bamaga, Thursday Island and Mount Isa. She was appointed as a Detective in 2006, and has overseen major criminal investigations with regional Criminal Investigation Branches, Child Protection and Investigation Units and Drug Squads.

Sonia was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2016 for her leadership and commitment to the mentoring of others in remote areas. She is currently performing the role of Inspector, Cairns Country Patrol Group, Far North District.

Sonia recently completed the Foundations to Directorship program with the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is keen to develop in the role of Director. She is a nationally accredited Mediator and performs this role internally with QPS.

Sonia enjoys outdoor activities such as bush walking and camping.

For more information regarding Access Community Housing Company, please contact us on admin@achc.org.au or phone (07) 4031 6702.

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