Chief Executive Officer
Jessie is a co-founder and CEO of Nightingale Housing. Jessie jumped into the start-up social enterprise space after working across Creative Victoria, as a Senior Policy and Strategy Adviser and within the Strategic Infrastructure Project team. She's passionate about the opportunity for the emerging democratisation of the financing sector to positively influence the development of urban environments. While working in government, Jessie completed an MBA with Distinction. Jessie has recently spoken and chaired panels at Purpose conference SYD, Remix Conference QLD, Fifth Estate’s Hacking Housing Event SYD.
Lauren has spent most of her career working in publishing as an editor. As well as wielding the red pen, she also commissioned books including the award-winning title, Friday Saturday Sunday: 52 Perfect Weekends in Australia and the delicious sounding The Potato Cookbook. Lauren writes for a variety of publications on topics from camping to the best coffee in Japan, which is a good use of her degree in communications from the University of Sydney. She more recently graduated from the Graduate Diploma of Editing and Publishing at RMIT with Distinction and on the Dean's List.
Board of Directors
Jeremy McLeod is the founding director of Breathe Architecture, a practice known for delivering high-quality design and sustainable architecture on projects of all scales. Jeremy instigated the Nightingale Housing movement after trialling a new model for delivering housing through the award-winning project of eco-apartments called The Commons. Jeremy believes that architects, through collaboration, can drive real positive change in this city we call home.
Angela Perry is a dynamic, passionate and committed leader with great relationship and business building skills. She is qualified as an English Barrister and an Australian Solicitor, and is currently the Chair of Employee Ownership Australia and New Zealand. She also sits on the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership Committee, and has presented on employee ownership issues all over the world, to people and governments.
James is a founding director of Six Degrees Architects. A formative project for the practice in the early 1990s was Meyers Place Bar, the first of Melbourne’s back-lane bars. For this and other urban and hospitality projects, Six Degrees has heavily influenced urban design in Melbourne over the past 20 years. James has taught at the University of Melbourne, regularly undertakes guest lectures and has served on a number of AIA awards juries.
Andrew is an internationally renowned architect and the co-director of Austin Maynard Architects. He has won a range of awards internationally, with his Zero Waste Table receiving recognition at the United Nations World Environment Day Awards, and his work has been exhibited at the Young Guns exhibition in New York City and at the Venice Architecture Biennale. He studied at the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Bachelor of Architecture (with Honours).
Ben Schokman is the Director of International Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC). He has worked with the HRLC since 2006, and since 2012 has managed the HRLC’s Indigenous Rights Unit. Ben also leads much of the HRLC’s engagement with the UN human rights system and our work on children’s rights, disability rights, prisoner and detainee rights.
Nithya Gopu Solomon
Nithya Gopu is the Executive Lead in the Innovation Office at VicHealth. She has international leadership experience in Australia, USA and Latin America, and is uniquely an expert in design and operations of innovative ventures in philanthropy and social investment. Nithya holds a Masters of Administration from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and Bachelor degrees in Chemical Engineering and Performing Arts from Monash University.
Peter started his career at Coopers & Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers) before spending seven years working in business advisory and tax with Grant Thornton. After spending two years as a Director of a mid-tier accounting firm in the Melbourne CBD, Peter co-founded Blue Rock alongside Grant Ralston. As a part owner of a hospitality business, Peter’s real life experience provides an in-depth understanding of the issues associated with running family and privately owned businesses.
DANNY ALMAGOR OAM
Danny Almagor OAM is the CEO of Small Giants, a company he started to effect social and environmental change through business. He is the founder and former CEO of Engineers Without Borders Australia, and the co-founder and Chair of the Impact Investment Group.
Dave Roper is the founder of iconic bag company Crumpler, the producer of Footpath Guides (walking guides to urban architecture), and all round champion of the value and impact of good design.
Catherine has worked in the Property Development / Architectural management industry for nearly 30 years. She is a foundation Board member (Treasurer) of the International Woman’s Forum Australia (IWF Australia).
Jason is Innovation Fellow within the Department of Design, Architecture and Building at the University Technology Sydney, He is also Director of Urban Apostles Pty Ltd, a start-up real estate development and consulting services business specialising in alternative workplace and housing models for cities.
Michael works where art meets commerce. Since his training as a Chartered Accountant, Michael has worked as an arts producer across most art forms, including film, television, theatre, radio, music, writing, visual arts and even puppetry. He co-founded year-round film festival Popcorn Taxi Melbourne, has been on a range of Arts boards, teaches Qigong (Chi Kung) and Taijiquan (Tai Chi), and is a professional investor.
Dr. Mei Ling Doery Health and Entrepreneurship
Dr. Andrea Sharam Housing Affordability
Andy Fergus Urban Planning
Alex Oppes Social Impact
Justine Clark Equity, Architecture and Communications
Marcus Westbury Creative Urbanism
Hanna Ebeling Social Impact and Financing
Ben Morris Law
Director, Breathe Architecture
Chair, Nightingale Housing
Lead architect, Nightingale 1
Director, Six Degrees Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 2
Director, Austin Maynard Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 3
Director, Clare Cousins Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 4
Associate Director, Impact Investing - Social Ventures Australia
Victorian Government Architect
Dean, University of New South Wales Built Environment
Urban Designer, City of Melbourne
How we began
When Breathe Architecture's The Commons swept up a host of national awards and media for its incredible approach to sustainability, Breathe challenged its design peers to build on the initial concept and The Nightingale Model was born through ideation, Six Degrees Architects, Architecture Architecture, Clare Cousins Architects, MRTN, Robin Boyd Foundation, Austin Maynard Architects, Wolveridge Architects, Hip V Hype and Hip V Hype Sustainability.
Nightingale Housing, the social enterprise established to support the growth of the Nightingale Model was created from a steering committee co-convened by Jessie Hochberg and Dr Andrea Sharam, Research Fellow at Swinburne University’s Institute for Social Research. The Committee included Dr Tom Alves, Andrew Maynard, James Legge, Michael Roper, Jeremy McLeod and Tony Lee.