Meet the Board
Chris Leptos AO
Chris Leptos AO was appointed Non-Executive Director of Summer Housing in August 2022, and shortly after was elected Chair. He is an advisor to a range of commercial and not-for-profit organisations, and most recently was elected to Chair the Summer Foundation. His other roles include Chairman of the National Heart Foundation of Australia, Non-Executive Director of IDP Education Ltd, Senior Advisor to Flagstaff Partners, a member of the Advisory Board of The University of Melbourne Faculty of Business & Economics, and the Advisory Council of Asialink. He was previously a Senior Partner with KPMG and Managing Partner Government at Ernst & Young where he had national responsibility for leading the public sector practice, and earlier he was General Manager of Corporate Development for Western Mining Corporation. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Fellow of the AICD.
In 2000 Chris was designated a Member of the Order of Australia for services to business and the community, and in 2022 was designated an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the not for-profit sector, to the public sector, and to education.
Dr. Di Winkler AM
Di Winkler is an occupational therapist who has worked with people with severe brain injury for more than 20 years. Di established the Summer Foundation in January 2006 after becoming frustrated by the lack of appropriate housing and support for young people with disability who were being admitted to aged care.
In 2013, Di was awarded the 2014 Stanford Australia Foundation Dyson Bequest Scholarship. In 2018 Di was conferred with a Doctor of Laws honoris causa from Monash University for her distinguished service to the community through her leadership as a practicing occupational therapist and researcher. In 2019 Di was appointed as a member (AM) of the Order of Australia (General Division) for significant service to people with disability.
Mr. John McLeod
John co-founded JBWere Philanthropic Services on its establishment in 2001 after 16 years as a financial analyst and manager of the Resource Research group within the firm's top-ranking strategy team.
He researches and produces widely read reports on the operation of and trends in the for-purpose and philanthropy sectors. He co-authored the Impact – Australia report in 2013 highlighting the practice and growth potential for Impact Investing and more recently co-authored Growing Impact in New Zealand. He also authored The Cause Report examining the evolution of the NFP sector in Australia over the last 20 years and examined the implications for its future direction.
He has compiled the annual list of Australia’s major philanthropists for the Australian Financial Review’s (AFR) annual special, Philanthropy 50 since 2016. In 2018, John authored The Support Report which focused on the dramatic trends occurring in Australian giving and the implications for recipients over the coming decade. More recently, he also authored the JBWere NAB Charitable Giving Index report providing a timely view on giving during COVID. John also authored The Corporate Support Report in 2022 and has co-authored the list of Australia’s top 50 companies for corporate community investment published in the AFRs Boss magazine since 2019.
He also sits on the Board of several charities including Philanthropy Australia.
Mr. Robert Pradolin
For the past 35 years, Robert has lived and breathed residential property development with 18 of these years at Frasers Property Australia (formally Australand). Since leaving Frasers, Robert founded Housing All Australians to represent the voice of the private sector, that believe it is in Australia’s long term economic interest to house all Australians, rich or poor. He also sits on the Board of Homes Tasmania, Summer Housing and Melbourne University’s Hallmark Initiative which focuses on affordable housing. Robert spent close to a decade on the PCA’s Victorian Divisional Council and the HIA Executive Council (Victoria). He was a past member of the PCA Residential Development Council and sat on the Board of the UDIA (Victoria), the Heritage Council of Victoria, Livable Housing Australia, Salvation Army Housing and on the Victorian Board of advisors of the Property Industry Foundation.
Professor Rosemary Calder AM
Rosemary is a leading health and social policy expert. She is Professor of Health Policy at the Mitchell Institute, Victoria University, and has held positions as a senior executive in health policy and administration in both State and Commonwealth Departments of Health. Rosemary was head of the Office for the Status of Women in the Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet from 2000 to 2003 and has extensive experience in policy and organisational management in the not-for-profit sector.
Mrs. Wendy Brooks
Wendy Brooks is passionate about social justice, equity and human rights. Her career has spanned law, music (professional violist), marketing, business development and fundraising for the tertiary education, environment and conservation, arts, health and medical research and social welfare sectors.
Wendy’s voluntary leadership positions include: Co-Chair, Human Rights Watch (HRW) Australia; Board Chair of InLife Independent Living Ltd; Board Director of Kokoda Track Foundation and Flying Arts Alliance. Wendy serves on the HRW International Disability Rights Advisory Council and is a founding member of the Australian Charity Law Association and the Melbourne Women’s Fund.
Through Wendy Brooks & Partners, Wendy provides strategic fundraising services and a range of administrative services to the community sector.
Adrian has more than 30 years of experience in the funds management and real estate industries. Adrian is currently Chair of the Federal Government’s National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation and the former Chair of the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI). Adrian has held senior positions at Charter Hall, Mirvac, James Fielding, Deutsche Asset Management and the Property Council of Australia.
Adrian holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) from the University of New South Wales, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Adrian was appointed to the Board in September 2022 and took leave of absence on 27 February 2023 to take the role of Interim CEO of Summer Housing.
Tobias comes to Summer Housing with more than a decade’s experience in the professional services and legal sector. He is experienced in guiding the growth of professional services organisations while also improving operational efficiencies.
Complementing his experience, Tobias is formally educated in law and communications, with a Bachelor of Arts (Communications and Professional Writing) from the University of Technology Sydney, and a Graduate Diploma in Law from the Legal Profession Admissions Board.
Tobias is a staunch advocate for diversity and inclusion. In 2021, his passion to build and support more inclusive workplaces and communities became personal when Tobias was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). The experience highlighted first-hand the significant barriers faced by people with a disability.
Tobias hopes by sharing his experience, passion, and access to resources he can help others overcome barriers of inequality and stigma and allow people with disability to contribute and live meaningful lives. His experience informs direct, specific actions to improve workplace access, ensuring meaningful contributions for employees and employers.
Tobias joined the Board in December 2022.