The RTA Board consists of the Chairperson and Directors and is appointed by the Governor in Council. Board members bring a mix of experience and skill in industry, business and consumer issues. The board provides ongoing support to the Queensland rental sector by establishing the RTA's strategic direction and corporate governance standards. The Board's functions include: establishing strategic priorities ensuring the RTA carries out its functions under the Act and its statutory responsibilities monitoring the RTA's performance and financial position ensuring that significant business tasks are managed effectively providing policy advice to the Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts Paul Melville (Chair) Paul Melville LLB, Solicitor Paul Melville has over 15 years of experience as a Director and Board member and was formerly the joint Managing Director of Halcyon and a Board member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia. Paul has an extensive legal background, previously operating as a solicitor and senior partner within his own firm. He holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland. Sally Watson Sally Watson BSocWk, MPubPolicy Sally Watson has extensive experience working in housing and homelessness services across the public and not-for-profit sectors in Brisbane, Canberra and Cairns. Sally is currently the manager of a homelessness service, Shelter Housing Action Cairns. Previously, she has lectured in Social Work at James Cook University, was North Queensland Coordinator for the Tenants Union of Queensland and Executive Director of Homelessness Australia. Sally holds a Bachelor of Social Work (UQ), a Master of Public Policy (ANU) and a Bachelor of Laws (JCU). She is also a Board member of Queensland Shelter and the North Queensland Women’s Legal Service. Steve Ryan Steve Ryan CertTeach, MAICD, MAIST Steve Ryan is an experienced Board member with over 40 years of experience in strategic leadership, governance and service delivery having worked across the public, union, superannuation and not-for-profit sectors. Steve is the Chair of the RTA Audit and Risk Committee, and a current Board member of Health and Wellbeing Queensland and GROW – a not-for-profit national mental wellness program. Steve was Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors and Board of Trustees at QSuper, and a Board member of the Queensland Studies Authority’s Governing Body. He was president of the Queensland Teachers’ Union and was also an executive member of the Australian Education Union and the Queensland Council of Unions. Janet Benson Janet Benson MA (Public Sector Policy and Leadership) Janet Benson is the owner and principal of Capstone Property Solutions and brings a comprehensive understanding of the Queensland property sector – in particular, residential property management. Janet has a background in the Queensland public sector, previously working as the Executive Director of the Human Services CEO Committee, and Executive Director of Homelessness Programs at the Department of Housing and Public Works. Janet brings extensive knowledge of social housing, rental affordability and homelessness issues in Queensland. She holds a Master of Arts (Public Sector Policy and Leadership) from Griffith University and is a licensed real estate agent in Queensland. Christine Castley Christine Castley Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Christine Castley is an experienced executive with significant experience in organisational change management, strategic governance, project management, community engagement and service delivery. Christine is currently CEO of Multicultural Australia. Prior to this, she was Deputy Director-General in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet and Deputy Director-General, Housing, Homelessness and Sport in the Department of Housing and Public Works, leading the development of the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017–2027 and transformation of housing and homelessness services delivered by 1,500 staff, managing a $1.4 billion business and a $15 billion asset portfolio. Christine holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Arts, Postgraduate Diploma of Arts and Master of Public Administration from The University of Queensland. Cara Walsh Image Cara Walsh Cara Walsh has 20 years of experience working as a leader in Silicon Valley, New York City, and here in Queensland. Cara has undertaken large digital transformations for RACQ, as well as the City of Brisbane. In the United States, she built customer-focused digital products for AT&T, McAfee, and Thompson Financial. Cara believes in human-centric design and not technology-driven solutions. She is Director of Cobble Hill Consulting, Chair of the Business Advisory Board for QUT's Business School, an Activator with SheEO, and a Mentor for Women in Technology. Damian Wright Image Damian Wright Damian Wright is a Chartered Accountant and has been working in the accounting profession for some 30 years. Damian is currently the Partner in Charge of Audit at BDO in Brisbane and provides services to a wide range of businesses, across a variety of industries. Damian has held a number of Board positions and currently chairs Lives Lived Well Limited, a not-for-profit service provider in the health sector. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Queensland, is a Registered Company Auditor and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He also has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (now FINSIA).