There are over 200 members of staff employed at Youth Off The Streets. Together with over 478 active volunteers, we are united in our aim to protect and advocate for youth while providing young people the opportunity to realise their greatness within.
Ranna Peera, Acting Director Outreach Services
Ranna has been working in the community and youth services sector for 15 years, in a multitude of roles providing youth, family, disability and early childhood services. Ranna spent a considerable time of her professional life working with disadvantaged young people primarily designing and delivering educational programs before moving into managing teams within the non profit sector. She started working for Youth Off The streets in February 2014 as the Development Manager in Outreach services and is currently acting in the role of Director of Outreach Services where she oversees the operations a number of outreach programs.
Chad Ritchie, Director Aboriginal Services
Diploma Community Services
Chad is a proud Dhungatti man who has worked in the community services industry for the last 10 years, mainly dealing with Aboriginal young people. Chad joined Youth Off The Streets in January 2013 as an Aboriginal Youth Worker. Through hard work and determination, Chad is now the Director of Aboriginal Services and oversees all Aboriginal programs at Youth Off The Streets.
Lou Single, Director Education, Centre Manager Koch Centre for Youth & Learning
Diploma Teaching; Bachelor Education (Special); Masters Education (Special)
Lou trained and worked for over 20 years as a teacher and Principal at Boys’ Town Engadine, moving on to tutor and lecture in Special Education at the University of Wollongong and the University of Western Sydney. She has taught children in Primary and with learning difficulties for many years and assisted with training Teachers Aides (Special). Lou continues to be active in other school committees and parent groups. She represents all special school Principals with the IEU for NSW. In May 2012, Lou was the recipient of the National Excellence in Teaching Award (NEiTA). In collaboration with managers she oversees the 4 high schools, Service Learning, National Scholarship and Mentoring Programs.
Mark Twomey, Director Corporate Services
Master of Professional Accounting (MPA); Master of Applied Finance (MAppFin); Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA); Fellow Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FFIA).
Mark has a wide range of business experience in accounting, manufacturing and financial institutions covering a variety of roles ranging from business owner, general management, human resources and group strategic planning to corporate and commercial finance. Mark joined Youth Off The Streets in 2011 and in this role is responsible for the future development and growth of the organisation in collaboration with the CEO and Executive Team within the parameters of the vision and the constitution of the organisation. Mark is responsible for leading and managing the Finance, Fundraising, Human Resources, Information Technology, Operations and Development strategies for the organisation and has accountability for the statutory compliance and corporate governance of the Organisation.
Lex Lutherborrow, Centre Manager Sydney Homelessness Services
Bachelor of Social Science (double major in Psychology and Criminology).
Lex has extensive and diverse experience in the community services sector. Lex has 15 years of experience working with young people in need and has had a variety of roles. She has worked in community services and for the Government as a Unit Coordinator for the Department of Juvenile Justice. Lex draws on this vast experience as she currently manages Youth Off The Streets’ Homeless Services, where she works closely with partner organisations Wesley Mission and YWCA NSW. Lex continues her commitment to education and professional development by undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Management.
Ngapera Paki – Manager Centre for Youth & Learning (KOCH)
Ngapera is a strong Kaitumutumu woman from the Waikato-Tainui Tribe in New Zealand. She has over twenty years experience in the youth sector having worked in community services, mental health and throughout a number of Alternative Education centres. Ngapera started at Youth of the Streets in 2010 as the Mentor Facilitator and upon completing her Cert IV Frontline Managers course at the start of 2015 she accepted the position of Koch Centre Program Manager. Ngapera has developed a number of youth programs and initiatives since coming to Youth off the Streets and looks forward to working alongside her staff to ensure these programs continue as she moves into her new role of Koch Centre Manager in 2016.
Cass FISK, Centre Manager New Pathways Residential Services
BA (Psychology); MA (Child Protection Investigation)
As well as working as the Centre Manager for New Pathways, Cass also acts as the Case Work and Compliance Manager for Residential Services offered through Youth Off The Streets to ensure that Work and Occupational Health standards are met and our accreditation status maintained. Cass’ Masters Dissertation examined the importance of family involvement within the therapeutic aspects of the New Pathways program and attempted to discern the feasibility of formalizing a family based therapeutic component within New Pathways. Cass is also accredited through ANZATSA (Australian & New Zealand Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abuse) and CSOCAS (Child Sex Offender Counsellor Accreditation Scheme).
Richard Gibbs GAICD, Chairman
Richard has been a Director since 2006. He was appointed Chairperson in February 2011. Richard holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and a Master of International Economics and Finance specialising in macroeconomic policy, finance and public policy administration. He also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia, a Master of Business Administration and a Graduate Diploma in Executive Performance Management. Richard is a member of the Australian Business Economists and the National Association of Business Economics (NABE) in the United States. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Australian National University, School of Arab and Islamic Studies, a Trustee for the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA), a Member of the Australia-Oman Business Council, a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA) and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Anna Ainsworth GAICD, Director
Anna has been a Director since 2002. She served as Chairperson of the Board from 2008 to February 2011. Anna is the Community Development Manager of Eden Gardens and Garden Centre, North Ryde and a Director of the Eden Foundation. Her earlier career was in Public Health Practice where she worked as a Paediatric physiotherapist. Anna is a member of the Development Advisory Committee of the Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and a member of Philanthropy Australia through the Eden Foundation. Anna holds a post graduate Diploma in Physiotherapy from Cumberland College of Health Services, a Bachelor of Science from the University of New South Wales. She is a graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a graduate of the Benevolent Society Sydney Leadership Program.
Rebecca Lynch, Director
Rebecca has been a Director since 2005.
Rebecca is a special counsel at Thomson Geer Lawyers. She holds a LLB (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Sydney and brings with her a great deal of experience in the legal profession. Rebecca has practised in the area of commercial litigation for over 30 years. She was a partner at DLA Phillips Fox until she retired from the partnership in May 2007.
Rebecca was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (1979), Northern Territory (1992) and South Australia (1994). Rebecca also received official accreditation as a mediator by LEADR (1994). Rebecca is a member of the Law Society of NSW.
Father Chris Riley AM, CEO and Founder
Father Chris Riley AM, Founder and CEO of Youth Off The Streets is a member of the Executive Committee and the Board. He has worked with disadvantaged youth for more than 35 years in a variety of roles including teacher, youth worker, probation officer, residential carer and principal. Father Riley officially founded Youth Off The Streets in 1991.
As CEO of Youth Off The Streets, Father Riley oversees the operation of over 25 programs that employ over 200 staff and involve more than 478 volunteers. He has implemented innovative behaviour modification strategies to help young people deal with a history of trauma, abuse and neglect.
Many of these strategies have been adopted by schools across Australia and by Government agencies. Father Chris Riley believes there is no such thing as a “child born bad”, but acknowledges that there are bad environments, circumstances and families that impact negatively on our young. “We must have the courage to demand greatness from our youth.”
Nick Spooner, Director
Nick joined the Youth Off The Streets board as a Director in 2015 having supported the Development Committee since 2009.
Nick is the National Leader for PwC’s Digital Services practice having joined in 2013. Nick has also held a number of executive roles with some of Australia’s leading businesses and has a wealth of commercial experience in leading and running digital enterprises. With close to 20 years within the digital industry, Nick’s experience spans across a range of disciplines including commercial sales, marketing, product, operations, technology and program delivery across consulting, telecommunications, government, media and marketing services.
Prior to his current role, Nick championed and executed a significant business and structural transformation, successfully integrating eight separate businesses to form what is now Salmat Digital. He also played an integral role in the digital success of ninemsn as its Chief Operating Officer and Network TEN as its Chief Digital Officer. In addition to this Nick has held senior roles with Singtel Optus and global consulting group Accenture. And as Chairman of the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) Australia, he sought to promote the convergence and growth of the local digital industry.
Nick’s interest in digital extends beyond his professional life and he is passionate about the opportunities that digital offers to enable transformation beyond the business realm.
Nick is a dual British and Australian citizenship and holds a First Class Honours Degree in Business and Technology (Industrial Studies).
Julie Cleary, Director
Julie has worked at KPMG for 22 years, first as a graduate and was then promoted to Partner within KPMG’s Audit and Risk advisory practice in 2006. She brings international experience to Youth Off The Streets after working for two years in the KPMG US office.
Julie Cleary has focused mainly on consumer markets and the energy sector. After having looked after two very different markets, she’ll bring the flexibility and diversity in experience that the board needs.
Julie has two young children that keep her on her toes. She is the treasurer for the Tara Anglican School for Girls Parents and Friends Association. Julie has said she is interested in utilising her skills to give back to the community and work in an environment that services the needs of children and young Australians.
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