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.

Our Founder & Executive Director

Father Chris Riley AM

Father Chris Riley AM

Father Chris Riley AM has 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. Father Riley established Youth Off The Streets in 1991.

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

Our leadership team

CEO

Lex Nadine Lutherborrow

DIRECTOR YOUTH SUPPORT SERVICES

Ranna Peera

DIRECTOR ORGANISATION CAPABILITY

Bruce Nix

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

Catherine Harland

HEAD OF FINANCE, RISK & COMPLIANCE

Marlon Generoso

HEAD OF REVENUE & PARTNERSHIPS

Christine Roberts FFIA

CULTURAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Nicole Laupepa

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

Karen Penning

CEO

Lex Nadine Lutherborrow

Lex has extensive and diverse experience in the community services sector. Before becoming CEO, Lex was Deputy CEO and the Director of Sydney Homeless Services. Prior to joining Youth Off The Streets in 2012, Lex worked as a Unit Coordinator for the Department of Juvenile Justice, among other roles. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology and Criminology) and is undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Management.

DIRECTOR YOUTH SUPPORT SERVICES

Ranna Peera

Ranna has worked in the community and youth services sector for over 15 years. She has extensive experience working with young people facing disadvantage, primarily designing and delivering educational programs. She joined Youth Off The Streets in 2014 as the Development Manager for Outreach Services, before moving into the roles of Director Outreach Services and Director Services.

DIRECTOR ORGANISATION CAPABILITY

Bruce Nix

Bruce joined Youth Off The Streets in 2014 after spending most of his career in corporate organisations, where he developed a strong understanding of service provision and people engagement. Bruce has transformed the People and Culture team’s focus from transactional operations to a service-driven, proactive approach, as well as embedding continuous learning processes across the organisation.

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 FINANCE, RISK & COMPLIANCE

Marlon Generoso

Marlon has over 10 years of financial and management accounting experience. He has a demonstrated track record in leading teams, preparing and analysing financial reports, and implementing system and process improvements. Marlon provides oversight and direction to the Board and leadership team on all areas of financial, risk and compliance management.

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.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER

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.

Our Board

CHAIRPERSON

Anne Fitzgerald

DIRECTOR

Craig Davis

DIRECTOR

Pamela Jack

DIRECTOR

Nikki Robinson

DIRECTOR

Paul Smith

DIRECTOR

Julia Zaetta

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

Nikki Robinson

Nikki is currently the partner in charge of the Sydney office of Clayton Utz. She has practised law for over 22 years, specialising in all aspects of real estate law, focusing on urban renewal and infrastructure projects. Nikki has a passion for ensuring that equality across all sectors of society is improved. At work, she is a champion of gender diversity and those who identify as LGBTQIA+. She also works with various not-for-profit groups providing support to the people of Timor Leste.

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

Julia Zaetta

For over 40 years, Julia edited some of the highest circulating magazines in the country, including Better Homes and Gardens, Australian Women’s Weekly, Family Circle and New Woman. She has won numerous awards including the Women in Media Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017 and Editor of the Year in 2018, and she was inducted into the Australian Magazine Awards Hall of Fame. Julia has been a friend of Father Riley’s for many years and is dedicated to supporting vulnerable young people.

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.