Our Executive

Michael Perusco

Chief Executive Officer

Michael Perusco is the CEO of Unison Housing, one of the largest community housing providers in Victoria. Unison was formed in 2017 as the result of a merger between Yarra Community Housing and Urban Communities Limited. Unison provides a diverse range of housing services across Victoria and in Adelaide, including social and affordable housing, commercial real estate activities and homelessness services.

Prior to joining Unison Housing, Michael was CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, one of NSW’s largest and most diverse community organisations. His experience also includes nine years as CEO of Sacred Heart Mission, a Victorian organisation that works with people experiencing homelessness.

Michael has also been Chairperson of the Council to Homeless Persons and Australians for Affordable Housing, a member of the NSW Premiers Council on Homelessness and the Board of the NSW Council of Social Services. Michael is currently on the Board of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and, the Community Housing Federation of Victoria. He is also a member of the Victorian Governments Family Violence Housing Assistance Taskforce.

Michael also has experience in the commercial sector including KPMG and Arthur Andersen, and has worked at the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet where he had responsibility for a range of social policy areas including the social inclusion and not-for-profit reform agendas.

Matthew Torney

Director Strategy and Growth

Matthew is the Director Strategy and Growth and was previously the Acting CEO of Urban Communities.

Matthew has a Bachelor of Arts, (Hons, First) and before joining Urban Communities in January 2014, Matthew was a public policy consultant and social researcher for 10 years, focusing on strategy and policy development for governments and not-for-profit organisations. During that time, his particular expertise was in helping governments, businesses and communities to identify and work towards shared outcomes.

Before becoming a consultant, Matthew advised the Victorian Government Department of Premier and Cabinet on social policy and was as a strategy advisor for one of Australia’s largest corporations. 

Sue Grigg

Director Operations

Sue has been working in housing and homelessness for 20 years and has senior leadership experience in the community sector.  Sue has expertise in housing and homelessness which includes extensive practice and service delivery experience which has been complemented by working in research, for government and as a private consultant.  Sue commenced at Unison in April 2016 and has responsibility for our Place Management and homelessness services.

Ed Holmes

Director Corporate Services

Ed is an experienced finance executive with extensive experience in the corporate and NFP sector.

He holds a Bachelor of Commerce (CPA) and his financial experience covers many areas, including analysis of major capital projects and manufacturing accounting, external and internal financial reporting and company secretarial requirements. In addition, Ed has experience in  Information Technology , Communications, Fundraising and Human Resources in the corporate and NFP sector.