Executive

Ms Jan Mason
Ms Jan Mason

Managing Director

Qualifications
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Social Science
Diploma in Continuing Education
Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School)
Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Biography
Ms Mason was appointed as Managing Director of DHA in November 2016 after acting in the role for 12 months. Before joining DHA, she was a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Finance and was responsible for a range of major areas, including taxpayers’ multibillion-dollar investments in government businesses (including DHA); oversight of major government construction projects, technology and procurement; the sale of Medibank Private and reform of the Air Warfare Destroyer Program. She has private-sector experience and was the ACT winner (Community and Government category) and a national finalist in the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.


Key responsibilities
•    Ensure DHA fulfils its role in accordance with the Defence Housing Australia Act 1987.
•    Conduct DHA’s day-to-day business in accordance with the Public Governance Performance and Accountability Act 2013, the Public Service Act 1999 and other relevant legislation.
•    Relationship management, including Shareholder Ministers, departmental secretaries and the Chief of the Defence Force.
•    Strategic management, including achievement against the Corporate Plan and oversight of the Executive group and staff.

Mr Elvio Bechelli

Mr Elvio Bechelli
Acting Chief Financial Officer

Qualifications

Bachelor of Business
Certified Practicing Accountant

Biography
Mr Bechelli joined DHA in December 2013. Before joining DHA he held various positions in the financial services sector, working as Chief Financial Officer for FuturePlus Financial Services and St George Bank. He has extensive knowledge in investor relations, income tax compliance, APRA reporting and compliance, statutory reporting, ASX reporting, property and procurement functions and superannuation.

Key responsibilities
•    Fiscal management
•    Investment management and funding strategies
•    Strategic business and valuation services
•    Research services

Mr Ross Jordan

Mr Ross Jordan
General Manager, Governance

Qualifications

Master of Social Science
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Law
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Biography
Mr Jordan joined DHA as Company Secretary in August 2008 and was appointed General Manager, Governance in February 2017. Before joining DHA he held various public sector appointments at the Department of Finance and the Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. He also worked in the education sector in Tasmania, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Key responsibilities
•    Company secretariat, including liaison with the Chair of the Board, Board of Directors and the Managing Director
•    Governance and legislative compliance
•    Shareholder and ministerial relations
•    Customer relations
•    Legal services
•    Internal audit

Mr John Dietz

Mr John Dietz
General Manager, Property Provisioning Group

Qualifications

Master of Project Management (in progress)
Bachelor of Economics
Bachelor of Science

Biography
Mr Dietz joined DHA as General Manager, Property Provisioning Group in February 2011. Before joining DHA he held various appointments within the Defence industry predominantly focussed on project management and the delivery of large commercial software, information technology, accreditation and security access control systems.

Key responsibilities
•   Program delivery, including land development, apartment development, Defence-funded programs, retail construction, acquisitions and upgrades, leasing, resource management and development marketing
•   Provisioning support, including project management and coordination, procurement and contract management

Brett Jorgensen

Mr Brett Jorgensen
General Manager, Property and Tenancy Services

Qualifications

Master of Business
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Advanced Business Diploma
Diploma of Real Estate Management
Diploma of Contract Management

Biography
Mr Jorgensen joined DHA as the National Manager, Governance in August 2008. He was appointed General Manager, Property and Tenancy Services in May 2012. Before joining DHA he held a number of appointments at the Department of Defence as a civilian and was a member of the Royal Australian Air Force.

Key responsibilities

•    National service delivery, including regional offices, maintenance contact centre, housing contact centres and the Living-in Accommodation contact centre
•    Property and tenancy services
•    Repairs and maintenance contractor management
•    Support services

Ms Suzanne Pitson

Ms Suzanne Pitson
General Manager, Portfolio Management Group

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Law
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Biography
Ms Pitson joined DHA as General Manager, Sales and Marketing in February 2017 and was appointed General Manager, Portfolio Management Group in September 2017. Before joining DHA she held various senior appointments at the Department of Finance and in private sector law firms in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Key responsibilities
•    Funding delivery, including the Sale and Leaseback program, disposals program and mid-lease sales program
•    Members Choice Accommodation and Rent Band Choice portfolio management
•    Investment marketing and brand
•    Communication and Client Relations

Shane Nielsen

Mr Shane Nielsen
General Manager, People and Corporate Capability

Qualifications
Bachelor of Applied Science (Computing Science)

Biography
Mr Nielsen joined DHA in August 2006. He was appointed Chief Information Officer in 2008 and General Manager, People and Corporate Capability in September 2017. Before joining DHA he held various appointments in the financial services sector including at Macquarie Bank and Zurich Capital Markets. He has extensive knowledge in Information Communication and Technology (ICT) delivery, digital delivery and business process re-engineering and optimisation.  

Key responsibilities
•    People and capability, including human resources, workforce planning and learning and development
•    ICT, including business solutions and infrastructure
•    Project Management Office (PMO)
•    Procurement
•    Safety, health, environment and quality
•    Corporate shared services and operational support