Australian social housing non-profit Home in Place hires ex-Thorn Group GC as company secretary

Alexandra Rose left Thorn Group at the end of last year following the sale of its commercial finance business

Australian social housing provider Home in Place has hired Alexandra Rose as group company secretary.

Rose was most recently general counsel and company secretary at Australian financial services provider Thorn Group. There she was responsible for all legal, risk and compliance work, as well as company secretarial matters. In addition, she helped manage the sale of Thorn Group’s commercial finance business before leaving the company at the end of last year. At Home in Place, she will handle all company secretary responsibilities.

New South Wales-based Home in Place provides social, affordable and disability housing in the Australian states of New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria, as well as New Zealand.

Writing on LinkedIn, Rose said: “I’m happy to share that I’ve started a new position as group company secretary at Home in Place, one of Australia’s largest non-government social housing providers. I’m delighted to be working again in the not for profit sector.”

Rose spent just over four years at Thorn Group, having previously been head of compliance regulatory reporting at Allianz. She also had spells at Commonwealth Bank as senior legal counsel overseeing regulatory projects and at IAG as senior manager for group compliance and regulatory affairs.

Prior to that, Rose was GC at Australian charity The Benevolent Society, GC at QSuper, one of Australia’s largest pension funds, and GC Virgin Money Australia, among other roles.

In other recent non-profit-related in-house moves, last November US foreign aid agency the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) hired Paul Weiss counsel Peter Jaffe as GC. MCC invests in core infrastructure and other initiatives, often in emerging markets. Also that month, US faith-based non-profit healthcare provider Adventist HealthCare said it was promoting deputy GC Dwayne Leslie to the GC role, replacing Ken DeStefano who planned to retire at the end of last year.

And in March last year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – the world’s second largest charitable foundation – appointed long-time legal counsel Lauren Bright as chief legal officer, replacing Connie Collingsworth, who was retiring. 

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