Our Board

The governance of Junction Australia is supported by an experienced Board of Directors with broad management experience and high levels of expertise in the community, health, housing education and business sectors.

Mike Canny - Chair Mike5.jpg

Mike Canny has been the Chair of Junction Australia’s Board since 2011, and is Principal of Dawley Advisory and a Director of Dawley Project, holding Civil Engineering, Town Planning and building qualifications. Mike is a current and former director and chairman of a number of private and not-for-profit organisations including the Committee for Adelaide Roads and Ennio International, as well as being a current member of two council development assessment panels.

Mike has extensive experience in the building, development and manufacturing industries and previously held senior executive roles in Sydney, Melbourne and overseas during a 23 year career with CSR Limited. In his consulting role Mike has worked with a number of companies and not-for-profit organisations in the areas of strategy formulation, business development and growth. 


Pauline RooneyDeputy Chair PaulineRooney.jpg

Pauline joined the Board in April 2014 as a result of the merger between Junction Housing and The Women’s Housing Association of which she was President. 

She is currently Chair of Waterfind, an Australian water brokerage company and has served as President of the Real Estate Institute of SA; National Chair of the First National Group of Agents and Presiding Member of the Women’s Advisory Council for SA, as well as serving as a director on many state  and regional art, education and business boards.

Pauline has been committed to bringing improvements to rural family life and standards of business service for more than past 35 years

She holds an MBA and Dip Ed and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Pauline has industry and sector experience in Financial management; Marketing and sales; Property development and investment; real estate; small business management; strategic leadership and training.


Kathryn Govan Kathryn.jpg

Kathryn joined the Junction Australia Board in October 2011.

Kathryn has held the position of General Manager, Finance, Motor Accident Commission (MAC) for the past nine years. She has extensive experience in contemporary business, financial management and leadership skills in a diverse range of business environments including the Motor Accident Commission, Gerard Industries, Deloitte, DFC, Indigenous Land Corporation and ATSIC.  Her experience encompasses financial & management accounting, budgeting, statutory reporting, taxation, company secretarial, human resource management, payroll, investment, cash flow, asset management and corporate administration matters.

 In addition, she has formal qualifications which support this experience. She is a Fellow of CPA Australia and has qualifications in Commerce, Human Resource Management, Company Secretarial practice and Corporate Governance.  


Rebecca Foster RebeccaFoster.jpg

Rebecca Foster Joined Junction Australia Board in October 2013.  She is a Chartered Accountant with over 6 years experience at a leading SA charity and extensive experience in a variety of other industries including building, mining and manufacturing. 

Rebecca has worked extensively with Executive and Board committees both professionally and as a volunteer and understands the dynamics of a mission based organisation and the importance of achieving better outcomes for the community. 

Her strong management and leadership skills enable essential rigour around strategy and decision making.  She also has strong risk, governance and compliance skills enabling her to support the mission and vision of Junction Australia.

Rebecca completed her Master of Business Administration in 2010 and Graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors in 2013.


Ann Nelson AnnNelson.jpg

Ann joined the Board in March 2014, following the merger with the Women’s Housing Association, where she was Vice President.

Ann is also a

  • Member of the Physiotherapy Board of Australian Registration and Notification Committee;
  • Member of the Development Assessment Panel of the City of Unley
  • and formerly Member of the Ian Wark Research Institute Advisory Board.

She is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a Masters in Business Administration.

Ann has over 20 years executive management leadership in both the ‘not-for-profit’ and public sectors involving disability services delivery, small business development and industry growth. In her most recent executive role as Deputy CEO and Infrastructure Director at Bio Innovation SA, Ann developed and delivered 14,000m2 of specialised facilities for bioscience research and manufacturing. 

Ann won a Telstra Business Women’s Award in SA (2004) and has a street named after her in Thebarton.

Helen Thorne HelenThorne.jpg

Helen joined the Junction Australia board as a result of the merger between Junction Housing and The Women’s Housing Association of which she was a Board Member.

Helen has been involved in graduate management education at both the University of South Australia and the University of Adelaide for many years. Initially she taught strategic management accounting to practising managers, primarily as part of the MBA program. In later years she was the Head of the International Graduate School of Business at the University of South Australia and before that she was the Acting Director of the Graduate School of Management at the University of Adelaide. In these roles she has been responsible for achieving high quality teaching and learning outcomes for managers from many different walks of life, as well as ensuring the financial viability of the MBA and a range of other graduate management programs.

In addition to her life at University, Helen has played an active role in supporting a number of not-for-profit organisations including the South Australian Film Corporation, the Gawler Health Service and The Women’s Housing Association. In each of these organisations she has contributed not only as a board director but also in chairing their various finance committees. Although, as a CPA, Helen’s formal qualifications are in accounting, her broad management experience, systematic approach and strong financial common-sense have made her an effective contributor in many different settings.



Junction Australia’s registered national community
housing provider is Junction and Women’s Housing Ltd.

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