Churchill Fellowship Awarded – Kim Samuel

Kim Samuel, Associate Director, Urban and Regional Planning, has been awarded a prestigious 2019 Churchill Fellowship.

115 visionary Australians from all walks of life have been funded to travel internationally to gather insights and knowledge that will benefit Australia.

Kim will be exploring innovative options for disability housing that focus on user-choice and self-determination in several locations in the USA.

She has previously implemented policy and legislative changes relating to over 120,000 social housing homes, identifying that a large proportion of those clients are living with a disability, both physical and intellectual.

Kim is passionate about finding affordable and accessible accommodation that offers greater self-determination.

Sharing her perspective on what social housing should include to support the needs of residents, Kim says: “Residents need to form a connection with the people with they share their home with, as well as the broader community. The ability to access education, employment and social activities within and outside the home are important in creating a sense of permanency even if the residents do not own the home.”

“Each of the Churchill Fellows will return to Australia armed with the practical knowledge and experience needed to advance their projects and create new opportunities in Australia” said CEO of the Churchill Trust, Mr Adam Davey.

This is a fantastic opportunity for Kim to bring back best-practice knowledge to Elton Consulting and share with and support our clients on policy design and decision-making in the future.