Our people

Our staff, volunteers and Board are united in our aim to advocate for young people while providing them with opportunities to reach their full potential.

Founder

Father Chris Riley AM

Father Chris Riley AM

Father Chris Riley AM worked with young people experiencing disadvantage for more than 40 years in a variety of roles including teacher, youth worker, probation officer, residential carer and school principal. Youth Off The Streets was officially incorporated in 1994.

To learn more about Father Riley’s life and achievements, click here.

Leadership Team

CEO

Judy Barraclough

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Fiona Campbell

Catherine Harland
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Catherine Harland

HEAD OF REVENUE & PARTNERSHIPS

Christine Roberts FFIA

CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Nicole Laupepa

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Karen Penning

Head of Finance & Operations

Andrea Banic

Director, Youth Support Services

Michelle Ackerman

CEO

Judy Barraclough

Judy has extensive leadership and operational experience in both the for-purpose and corporate sectors, with specialist expertise in strategy and philanthropy. Her not-for-profit experience includes eight years with The Smith Family, where she held several executive leadership roles, including Deputy CEO and Acting CEO.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Fiona Campbell

Fiona has more than 20 years’ experience leading people and culture and operational functions for local councils and international hotels. She is passionate about delivering stakeholder-focused programs and initiatives that strengthen employee engagement and achieve organisational objectives. Fiona joined Youth Off The Streets in 2022 and brings creativity and strategic decision-making expertise to the role.

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Catherine Harland

Catherine has been involved in education for over 30 years, holding leadership roles in the Department of Education, Catholic and independent school systems. She joined Youth Off The Streets in 2008 as a teacher at the Chapel School, Merrylands. In 2018, Catherine was appointed School Principal overseeing Key College, Chapel School, the Step Up program and The Bowen College.

HEAD OF REVENUE & PARTNERSHIPS

Christine Roberts FFIA

Christine joined Youth Off The Streets in 2002, working across several roles focussed on ensuring the financial sustainability of the organisation. After undertaking various not-for-profit studies and gaining an Advanced Diploma of Management, Christine was invited to join the NSW Committee of the Board of the Fundraising Institute of Australia. She was recently made a Fellow of the Institute.

CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Nicole Laupepa

Nicole is an experienced and passionate community advocate for social justice and cultural diversity. Her expertise includes early intervention, child protection, out of home care, homelessness, domestic and family violence, alcohol and other drugs, and criminal justice. She has worked with several organisations to design and deliver services and policies that are equitable and evidence-based.

HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Karen Penning

Karen has over 20 years of experience in communications, content and marketing. With a background in documentary filmmaking, book publishing and the not-for-profit sector, she brings a creative and strategic approach to raising awareness of Youth Off The Streets’ work and impact, and the issues affecting young people and their communities.

Head of Finance & Operations

Andrea Banic

Andrea has over twenty years of professional experience delivering financial, strategic, business planning and change management to organisations in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors. In her roles, Andrea has fostered strong relationships and created meaningful change partnering with teams across functions. With a passion for human rights, equality and supporting the community, Andrea is Director and Treasurer for My Foundations Youth Housing and Women in Aid & Development.

Director, Youth Support Services

Michelle Ackerman

Michelle has worked in the Community Services sector for over 23 years across youth, community and sector development, housing and homelessness, quality assurance and compliance and organisational leadership fields. Michelle joined Youth Off The Streets in 2021 as Manager of Engagement & Support – focussing on youth justice and youth engagement programs – before moving into the Interim Operations Manager and Acting Director, Youth Support Services (YSS) roles.

Board

CHAIRPERSON

Anne Fitzgerald

DIRECTOR

Craig Davis

Pamela Jack - Homeless youth charity
DIRECTOR

Pamela Jack

DIRECTOR

Paul Smith

DIRECTOR

David Goldman

DIRECTOR

Luke Magee

DIRECTOR

Tilda Sikes

CHAIRPERSON

Anne Fitzgerald

Anne started her career in the government sector and went on to work in a number of large corporations, including Medibank Private. Anne then joined ClubsNSW as Executive Manager of Member Services and Marketing. It was during her early days with ClubsNSW that Anne became aware of Father Riley and Youth Off The Streets, and for a number of years she was a volunteer mentor. Anne holds an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a qualified mediator with the Resolution Institute.

DIRECTOR

Craig Davis

After a successful career playing AFL for Carlton, North Melbourne, Collingwood and the Sydney Swans, Craig is now the Facilities Manager for the University of New South Wales. He was CEO of the NSW Australian Football League (1990–1998), Chairman of Selectors, Sydney Swans (1986–1987) and Deputy Chairman of the NSW Sports Federation (1996–2003), as well as Chairman of the Non-Olympic Sports Task Force (1996–2000). In addition to his significant Board experience, Craig holds a Surveying Certificate from RMIT.

DIRECTOR

Pamela Jack

Pamela has been a partner in some of Australia’s major law firms, specialising in construction law and acting for many of the country’s major contractors, ASX 100 companies and public sector clients. Pamela recently retired from MinterEllison, where was a leading partner for almost 20 years.

She now runs her own consulting practice to provide dispute solution and mediation services. In addition to her legal qualifications, Pamela is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

DIRECTOR

Paul Smith

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business and is a CPA with over 40 years’ experience in finance, compliance, risk management, governance, process improvement and internal audits. Paul has worked in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors, holding senior finance positions with CBA, Australis Media, The Seven Network, Seven Group Holdings, Seven Media Group, Seven West Media, NSW Trains and Countplus. Paul currently works as a consultant with Gravity Media, assisting with integrating a new operation into their primary business.

DIRECTOR

David Goldman

David has over 20 years’ experience as a strategic, digital and customer-focussed senior executive working in the corporate sector for organisations including The Coca-Cola Company and NewsCorp. More recently, he transitioned into the not-for-profit sector and is currently the Chief Marketing and Revenue Officer of Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife. David is a volunteer mentor at Youth Off The Streets, an experience that inspired him to do more and join the Board. He holds a Master of Commerce from UNSW and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology from the University of Adelaide. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

DIRECTOR

Luke Magee

Luke has worked as an IT consultant throughout Australia, the UK and Switzerland. He has managed the complex requirements of SMEs, multinational corporations and federal and state government departments, delivering innovative and industry best practice solutions. Luke’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Business Administration. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Luke first worked with Youth Off The Streets in the early 2000s when he provided IT services to the organisation, an experience that inspired him to seek appointment to the Board.

DIRECTOR

Tilda Sikes

Tilda is Director, Communications and Change for the Legislative Assembly in the NSW Parliament and has extensive experience in the education and community sectors. She is also on the board of Poetry in Action and has been on the boards of organisations such as Arts and Cultural Exchange, Multicultural Arts Alliance, Community Arts Marrickville and the Greek–Australian Lemnian Association of NSW. Her professional experience includes working at the Department of Education, Premier and Cabinet, Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney Festival and Carnivale. She is passionate about community development, advocacy, the arts and education. Tilda is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Institute of Community Directors.

Our governance

Youth Off The Streets is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001.

Meet some of our amazing volunteers!

Youth Off The Streets is led by an experienced Board and passionate leadership team, staff and volunteers.