Ian Cox


Hutt Street Centre

Ian is the CEO of Hutt Street Centre, a frontline service for homeless and vulnerable people in the inner city and eastern region of Adelaide. Ian has been with Hutt Street Centre for just over 24 years and took over the CEO’s role in 2003.

In 2008/2009 Ian took 12 months leave to take on a contract position with the Department for Families and Communities in the Homelessness Strategy Division. Within this role, Ian was involved in helping to develop South Australia’s response to the Commonwealth’s Homelessness Strategy and was further involved in the Housing Stimulus Plans for SA and assisted the Department’s response in targeting housing to homelessness and mental health.

Hutt St Centre is regarded as one of the leaders in the inner city welfare sector and the organization has a strong and progressive vision to both continue offering quality services to its client group, whilst ending people’s homelessness. Last year the Centre provided just over 50,000 meals to approximately 2,000 different individuals and has a wide array of services including the Eastern Adelaide Homelessness Service, a new Street Crew Program (outreach into the inner city streets and parklands), an aged care service, a

Pathways to Education and Employment Program and approximately 14 visiting services (RDNS, GP’s Psychologists etc.)

Hutt St Centre has recently commenced the Aspire Program which is the first homelessness Social Impact Bond in Australia partnering with Common Ground Adelaide, Unity Housing and Social Ventures Australia.

Hutt St Centre received a commendation from the Australian Government in conjunction with the St Vincent de Paul Society and Australian Red Cross for its innovation in partnerships in delivering services in 2012, recently won a third national fundraising award for the Walk a Mile in my boots event and in 2015 won the award for the most outstanding SA community service organisation in the homeless sector.

Ian is currently the co-chair of the SA Anti-Poverty Week facilitating group which aims to highlight issues and is actively involved in efforts to reduce poverty and hardship here in Australia. Ian has previously served as the Chair of the Unity Housing Company Board of Directors for 5 years, which now has a housing portfolio in excess of 2,000 properties and has been involved with the growth of this organisation since the early 1990s. Ian has a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Social Administration Degree and is a fellow of the Governors Leadership Program (known as the Leaders Institute of South Australia).