Neil Willmett

Chief Executive Officer

Executive Committee

Neil is an accomplished Chief Executive Officer and Company Director, highly experienced across a range of corporate, government and not-for-profit entities.

A national leader in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander housing, health, economic development and public administration, he is known as a leading thinker and for his work in strategy and policy development and policy implementation.

Neil has an outstanding record of significant achievement in executive roles in both the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. He has been the CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Housing Queensland since 2021 and has held other Chief Executive Officer positions including with the Queensland Aboriginal and Islander Health Council (QAIHC). He was also an Executive Director with Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works where he played a key role in the development of the Queensland Housing Strategy 2017 – 2027; the Queensland Building Plan; and the Queensland Procurement Policy; and the implementation of the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing (NPARIH).

As well, Neil holds a number of current Directorships, including the National Housing Affordability and Supply Council (a statutory authority which provides independent, evidence-based expert advice to the Australian Government on matters that materially affect the supply and affordability of Australia’s housing); Relationships Australia (Queensland); and Selectability, each of which has interests in improving community outcomes.

His experience and knowledge are complemented with a public health degree from the University of Queensland. He is also a published business author.

Neil has connections to the Waanyi people of the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Kuku Yalanji people of Far North Queensland.