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The CHA Team

Scott Figenshow - CEO

Scott Figenshow

Scott brings over 22 years of experience in the community housing sector, across non-profit, Government and private sector roles. Holding advanced degrees in planning and housing finance, he is passionate about affordable and social housing as part of a holistic approach to mixed income, mixed tenure community development. From the USA, Scott previously served as the executive director of a non-profit special needs housing developer in Southern California and as a housing finance and organisational development consultant, involved in development of affordable housing over a five county area. He was instrumental in establishing the Queenstown Lakes Housing Trust, leading a team to utilise linkage zoning for housing, setting up the Trust’s shared ownership programme for housing development and working on affordable housing issues with private developers. Phone (021) 0619664
Chris Glaudel - Deputy Director

Chris Glaudel

Deputy Director
Chris brings over 20 years of experience in community development with core skills in housing finance, housing development, asset management and policy. He has overseen the development of more than 1,500 affordable ownership and rental homes in central California. He was also responsible for the asset management of 115 properties throughout California with over 5,000 units, all serving low-income households. A particular emphasis of his housing work has been with social service organisations to provide housing opportunities for persons experiencing homelessness and/or serious mental illness. Chris relocated to Wellington with his family in January 2012 and joined CHA in November 2013. Phone (027) 4620605
Angie Cairncross - Communications co-ordinator

Angie Cairncross

Communications co-ordinator
Angie Cairncross, BSW hons, Dip edit and papers in Public Policy from Victoria University, joined CHA in 2015 as the communications coordinator. Her previous roles include managing the communications at Occupational Therapy New Zealand and writing copy for a website company. Before working as an artist and managing her art gallery, Blue Skies Art, she worked at the interface of housing and mental health issues for Kites Trust in Wellington. During this time she was instrumental in establishing housing projects such as Easy Access Housing (Atareira) and Locus Housing. Angie has a background in the funding and social services sector, this includes managing Vincents Art Workshop and advising on funding for the Lottery Grants Board. Phone (027) 535 7794
Gunda Tente - Programme assistant

Gunda Tente

Programme assistant
In her role as Programme Assistant, Gunda is responsible for project and administrative services providing support to members and our programmes. Gunda is originally from Berlin in Germany and has academic qualifications in the area of social sciences from Freie Universität Berlin. Gunda has worked in different roles in international and multi-cultural environments with not-for-profit organisations, working with homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers, migrants and ethnic communities, women’s refuge and rape crisis. She has also worked in New Zealand's parliamentary offices. Phone (027) 535 7792
Hope Simonsen - Senior programme manager

Hope Simonsen

Senior programme manager
Hope is an experienced property professional who has worked in community housing for over ten years. Her experience spans central government, local government and community. In her previous role as principal advisor – housing for The Property Group, Hope worked alongside community housing organisations assisting with applications to the Community Housing Regulatory Authority and providing a range of property advisory services. Hope also worked with local authorities on a number of housing projects. Prior to this, Hope held a range of senior roles within Housing New Zealand, including the delivery of the Crown’s Housing Innovation Fund programme in Auckland. Hope is a member of the Australasian Housing Institute and is based in Auckland. Phone (027) 702 6333
David Zussman - Senior programme manager

David Zussman

Senior programme manager
David has experience of social housing in both the UK and in New Zealand. His previous roles in New Zealand include tenancy manager with HNZC, community development manager for the Talbot Park Community Renewal project and, for the last 10 years, he has been the trust executive for emergency and community housing provider, Monte Cecilia Housing Trust. Phone (027) 349 0461
Marc Slade - Senior Programme Manager

Marc Slade

Senior Programme Manager
Marc has 25 years management experience in local and central Government and in the not-for-profit sectors in the UK and New Zealand. He has experience in consultancy, social housing and central government policy. Marc has worked in housing consultancy, tenancy management, homelessness, stock transfer, policy and governance roles. He has also worked with the Community Housing Regulatory Authority in New Zealand and is a certified lead auditor for Global-Mark for the current CHA Community Housing Accreditation Scheme. Marc has a degree in Housing Studies and post graduate Diploma in Management. Phone (027) 202 5899
Jordan Kendrick - Programme Assistant

Jordan Kendrick

Programme Assistant
Jordan joined CHA in mid 2016 as an intern and was brought on permanently at the end of the year. He holds a B.A from Victoria University of Wellington and his work centres around CHA’s Data Supply Survey. In his spare time he enjoys rock climbing and getting lost in the wilderness.