Nightingale Housing


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Jeremy McLeod

Jeremy McLeod is the founding director of Breathe Architecture. Breathe instigated the Nightingale Housing movement after trialling a new model for delivering housing through the award-winning sustainable apartment project The Commons. Jeremy believes that architects, through collaboration, can drive real positive change in our cities.

Dan McKenna

Dan McKenna
Senior Project Lead

Dan McKenna has been closely involved in the evolution of the Nightingale model, from his days working at Breathe Architecture, to project support lead for all Nightingale licensed architects. Dan has also been involved with local university programs as a teacher and as well as guest lecturing at the University of Melbourne. 


Jeniffer Kulas
Business Development Manager

Before joining Nightingale Housing, Jen gained experience working in various architecture practices with a focus on the design of crisis accommodation and community housing. Jen is responsible for fostering partnerships with a range of organisations, from banks to church groups, and collaborates with stakeholders to deliver Nightingale projects.

Jessica Wood
Community and Communications

Board of Directors


Angela Perry

Angela is a dynamic, passionate and committed leader with great relationship and business building skills. She is qualified as an English Barrister, an Australian Solicitor, and is currently the Chair of Employee Ownership Australia and New Zealand. Angela 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 to governments.

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Peter Lalor
Deputy Chair

Peter started his career at Coopers & Lybrand before spending seven years working in business advisory and tax with Grant Thornton. After several 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.


James Legge

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.



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.

Jason is Innovation Fellow within the Department of Design, Architecture and Building at the University Technology Sydney. He is also a Director of Urban Apostles, a start-up real estate development and consulting business specialising in alternative workplace and housing models for cities.

Dave 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.


Justine Clark Equity, Architecture & Communications

Marcus Westbury Creative Urbanism

Hanna Ebeling Social Impact and Financing

Ben Morris Law

Dr. Mei Ling Doery Health and Entrepreneurship

Dr. Andrea Sharam Housing Affordability

Andy Fergus Urban Planning

Alex Oppes Social Impact

Licensing sub-committee

Alex Oppes
Associate Director, Impact Investing -  Social Ventures Australia

Jill Garner
Victorian Government Architect
The Office of the Victorian Government Architect

Helen Lochhead
Dean, Built Environment
University of New South Wales

Andy Fergus
Urban Designer
City of Melbourne

Jeremy McLeod
Director, Breathe Architecture
Managing Director, Nightingale Housing

James Legge
Director, Six Degrees Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 2

Andrew Maynard
Director, Austin Maynard Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 3

Clare Cousins
Director, Clare Cousins Architects
Lead architect, Nightingale 4