Thomas is a Policy Officer at PIAC since March 2020. He works across a range of PIAC projects, including policy work for the Homeless Persons’ Legal Service. Thomas has a strong background in housing policy with a Master’s degree from Sciences Po Paris in urban planning and public policy. He believes that strong, healthy and inclusive communities are underpinned by a just and equitable housing system.
Thomas dedicated the beginning of his career to community engagement and participatory planning. He worked for the City of Paris on innovative uses of public space as part of the implementation of the Paris Participatory Budget. Passionate about creating inclusive cities, Thomas led the Waterloo Capacity Building project at Inner Sydney Voice after moving to Sydney, supporting and resourcing the community through the Waterloo Redevelopment Master Planning process.
Most recently, Thomas was Senior Policy Officer at Shelter NSW, the peak body for housing policy. His work there focused on vulnerable renters, delivery of affordable housing through planning mechanisms, tenancy law, and creating a shared vision for a functioning housing system that delivers a secure home for all. He also sits on the Board of Inner Sydney Voice. His experience and understanding of European housing systems, having lived in Marseille, Paris and Amsterdam, allows him to push the boundaries of conversations around housing policy in Australia to work towards a housing system that provides a home for all.