The RHL Executive Team

Click on a team member’s name to learn more about them and their role at RHL.

Brett Hanna | Chief Executive Officer


Commencing with the organisation in 2004, Brett has played an integral role in the restructure, development and growth of Regional Housing Limited into one of the leaders of Community Housing in Regional Queensland.

Brett has an extensive history in management roles in the construction and human services industries.
With a background of building, developing, and supervising large commercial developments on the Gold Coast, as well as managing resorts and asset maintenance companies, Brett’s distinctly different career paths have come together as the social housing sector has evolved in recent years.

Brett has worked for over 20 years in frontline homeless services in management roles in large youth organisations both on the Gold Coast and in Bundaberg.

He has a Graduate Diploma in Social Science (Housing Management & Policy) as well as a number of relevant certificate qualifications in management and community services fields.

Brett is also heavily involved in a number of regional, state, and national networks and has a vast history spanning over 25 years of volunteering his time to homelessness services.

Brett’s vision, ‘Every Person has a Home’, also became the vision for Regional Housing Limited. With Social Housing becoming much more commercially oriented, Brett is excited about the future direction for the sector and is looking forward to combining his development experience with his deep knowledge of housing & homelessness to result in quality housing outcomes for people in need.

Renae Clayton | Chief Financial Officer

Renae is a qualified CPA with over 25 years’ experience in commercial, health and not-for-profit accounting roles.

In her current role as the Chief Financial Officer for one of Queensland’s most respected and innovative community housing providers, Renae consistently balances strategic planning with the management of complex operational matters in order to ensure quality outcomes for the organisation, its clients and stakeholders.

Renae brings a varied and valuable skillset with specific experience in the areas of finance, asset management, risk management, quality management, governance and Information Technology, as well as a strong knowledge of government policy and processes.

With almost 10 years of experience in the community housing sector, Renae has developed a deep understanding of the complex operational requirements, and key strategic challenges faced by not-for-profits when delivering services and support to those most in need.

Wendy Masters | Chief Operations Officer - Housing

Wendy joined Regional Housing Limited in June 2012.

Prior to joining Regional Housing Limited, Wendy worked in the state government housing sector for 18 years and has spent the last six years in senior manager positions. Wendy has worked in social housing offices around Queensland including Bundaberg, Logan, Toowoomba, Mackay and Maryborough. Wendy’s career has been centred around people management, service delivery and portfolio management. Wendy has been able to build and sustain positive relationships with team members, stakeholders and clients across all of these regions and brings this experience and knowledge to Regional Housing Limited.

Elvene Whitbread | Chief Operations Officer - Supports

Joining the RHL team in November 2020 following the merger with Coast to Country Housing, Elvene brings with her over 35 years’ experience in the community and social housing sectors.

In her current role, Elvene works with the supports team at RHL to strengthen the resilience of those vulnerable and at-risk community members in need of assistance.

Elvene recently completed her MBA and has a number of undergraduate and certificate qualifications in leadership and management.

Working within the social housing sector and partnering with the community to provide essential services within a value based framework is key to ensuring we meet our vision that “Every person has a home”.