Australasian Housing Institute

Patricia Burden

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Trish is the Executive Manager, Accommodation Services with Unity Housing Company and is responsible for the strategic leadership and operational management of Unity’s diverse housing portfolio which extends across the full spectrum of Social and Affordable housing options within South Australia. This includes all Unity Housing properties and related property and tenancy management teams. In addition to this, Trish is a member of Unity’s Executive Team, whose focus ensures strategic and commercial management in a complex operating environment.

Areas of Expertise

Trish has over 20 years’ experience working in both government and not for profit sectors with a focus on service development and delivery for people from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a more recent focus on service sustainability and corporate business strategy. Her experience has spanned the areas of health, disability, antipoverty & low income support, housing and homelessness services.

Professional Background
Prior to commencing with Unity in 2011, Trish was employed by Uniting Communities for 12 years as Group Manager, Community Services through where the key focus of her work was the development of operational strategy and initiatives aimed at developing pathways for people away from poverty, homelessness and addiction.  Achievements in this role included the development of corporate business partnerships in the areas of microfinance, indigenous business support and energy services.


Graduate Certificate of Social Science (Housing Management & Policy) - current

Graduate Certificate in Quality Management - 2012

Master of Business Administration - 2010

Graduate Certificate in Management - 2003

Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Development) - 1992