55 Central is a specialist organisation that operates in the inner metropolitan area and works to break the cycle of homelessness by providing person centred, evidence based services to people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
55 Central is an Incorporated Association with public benevolent institution status. It is governed by a Board of Directors who meet at least six times a year and hold an Annual General Meeting within four months of the end of the financial year.
The Board exercises the governance functions of 55 Central and are responsible for setting the strategic direction and establishing the policy framework for the organisation’s work. The names of Board members throughout the year and at this date in time are:
- Eric Purvis, Chairperson
- Brendan Shalders, Treasurer
- Liz Gliddon, Secretary
- Angela McKimm, Board Member
- Don Tunnicliffe, Board Member
The members bring with them a range of skills, expertise and community based experience. The positions of Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer are appointed by the Board members. New Board members are nominated and appointed at the Annual General Meeting. In fulfilling its obligations to its stakeholders, the Board of Directors are a strong advocate of best practice in governance.
We are honest and ethical in all our dealings with clients and stakeholders.
55 Central acknowledges that discrimination exists institutionally as well as at a societal level. We will seek to address discrimination by recognising who is at risk and ensuring that safeguards are in place to reduce this. Our services will seek to be sensitive and responsive to the diverse cultural, ethnic and religious diversity of client’s needs.
The views and needs of clients are central to the development and delivery of all our services. In the delivery of good outcomes for socially excluded groups, we will seek to involve the inclusion of other specialist services towards this objective.
We are committed to achieving best practice standards and excellence in the quality of services we deliver.
We hold a regard for the dignity and uniqueness of every individual and their capacity to achieve an independent and personally fulfilling life journey.