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Book Launch: Champions of Change - Shelter NSW, community activism and transforming NSW’s housing system

  • VSCC Lecture Theatre, Room 208 Veterinary Science Conference Centre (VSCC)   Regimental Drive, Camperdown, NSW, 2050 (map)

Champions of Change is the history of Shelter’s 40 years as the housing justice peak in NSW, recording both its highs and lows and using this as a lens to view events in the wider social and affordable housing systems in NSW and nationally.  The role of activism from which Shelter grew in the 1970s is centre stage – from the Green Bans and squatters in to the 70s, through street protests against Housing Ministers, to recent struggles at Millers Point. It asks how an advocacy peak that grew out of direct housing struggles, was the mid-wife to many other groups such as the Tenants’ Union, and now exists on a crowded housing policy stage, can continue to be a Champion of Change.

Event commences at 5pm. Refreshments served at 6pm. 

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Sue Cripps

Sue Cripps is the Chair of Shelter NSW.  Sue has been working with and providing strategic advice on social issues for more than twenty years.  She was the founding CEO of Homelessness NSW in 2004, a leading public voice on homelessness that has seen her working across a wide range of social policy issues as solutions are sought to end homelessness. She has held senior management roles in not for profit human services and has worked in Housing NSW. 

As a 2011 Churchill Fellow Sue investigated international models of service integration to end homelessness.  She is a psychiatric and general nurse having worked in both hospital and community health settings. She holds a Master of Health Management and Diploma of Business (Governance).


Dr Tony Gilmour

Dr Tony Gilmour is the author of Champions of Change. Tony is an affordable housing consultant and researcher, with a passion for helping not-for profit housing, homelessness and disability support organisations deliver high quality services. He founded and is President of the consultancy firm, Housing Action Network.  Tony originally trained as a historian, earning a BA and MA from the University of Cambridge. His later two-decade career in banking spanned Britain and Australia, and he gained an MBA from the University of Manchester. Tony’s 2009 PhD at the University of Sydney reviewed approaches to building community housing capacity in Australia, Britain and the United States through networks of peak bodies and knowledge transfer by consultants. Tony was President of the Australasian Housing Institute 2011-13.

He has co-authored AHURI reports as well publishing internationally on developing the community housing sector, public housing estate renewal and financing affording housing. Tony is co-author with Hal Pawson and David Mullins of After council housing: Britain’s new social landlords (2010), edited and contributor to Dialogues in urban planning (2008), and sole author of Sustaining heritage: giving the past a future (2007) and Navigating change: a history of Compass Housing (2015).


Dr Peter Rogers

Peter Rogers is a creative living, writing and performing out of Sydney's Inner West. His poetry has been performed locally for a host of community collaboratives, including Reclaim the Streets and the Unlikely Project. From humble beginnings performing in the backyards and side-streets of Sydney he has gone on to perform internationally, self-publishing several chapbooks over the last 5 years . His most recent feature performance, in collaboration with Tug Dumbly and the Brett Whitley Gallery performance poetry program, explored faith in an era of ‘post-truth’ . As Dr Peter Rogers his academic research explores issues of resilience in its many forms, most often with a focus on crises and disasters - be they environmental, industrial, political or features of the mal-adaption embedded deeply in neoliberal forms of capitalism as we move deeper into the anthropocene. Peter Roads will be performing his spoken word, “This is our city.”