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About Us

WelcomeMat is a tenant-matching portal for affordable rental housing.

The WelcomeMat platform has been designed to provide both a more accessible and equitable system for those seeking affordable rental housing, and to deliver efficiencies and cost savings for housing providers.

WelcomeMat was co-founded by Faith Housing Alliance – the peak body for faith based affordable and community housing providers in NSW – and a social impact investor. 

We have a highly experienced board and management team. The team’s diverse expertise covers housing and social services, government, technology design and delivery, law, online portal communications and marketing. Most importantly, our team is united by a passion to make a difference in the affordable rental housing space and reduce housing stress for many Australians. 


Board of Directors

Mark Khoo

Co-Founder and CEO

Mark is our Co-Founder with a passion for helping people access affordable housing. He is a  senior legal practitioner with more than 17 years’ experience and began the design and development of  WelcomeMat in 2018.  Previously, he spent 6 years as a Partner at Salvos Legal, an award-winning social enterprise law firm wholly owned by The Salvation Army, and was the  inaugural Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Commercial & Property team.  He also worked at several top tier law firms and early in his career was the Associate to Justice Murray Wilcox AO of the Federal Court of Australia.

Mark is a Board Member of Faith Housing Alliance Inc, Fellow of the Australian Property Institute (FAPI) through its Property Leaders Program and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).  He was also a Member of the Law Society of NSW’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee for 3 years.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Laws (1st Class Honours) from University of Technology, Sydney.

Paul Simos


Paul has 20 years’ experience holding senior management roles in public & private companies in Australia and the USA, providing strategy, corporate advisory and legal services.  He has also held senior roles at corporate advisory firms advising early stage digital businesses, focusing on the proptech, healthtech and renewable energy sectors.

He was the Head of Strategy at REA Group, the operator of realestate.com.au, from 2012 until 2016 and previously Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development at Move Inc, operator of Realtor.com, the #2 property website in the USA.

Paul practised corporate law for eight years, starting his career at Blakes (now Ashurst) in Sydney before working in the USA for global law firm Skadden Arps.

Paul holds a Master of Laws degree from King's College, University of London and a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney.

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