Our Leadership Team

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.”

Committee Membership:
Services Committee
Nominations Committee
Audit and Risk Committee

Lex Lutherborrow, Deputy CEO & Director of Sydney Homeless 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.

Ranna Peera, Director of 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.

Chris Sutherland, Director of Aboriginal Services

Chris is a proud Waiwan/Kamilaroi man from north west of NSW with working in residential care, drug and alcohol, and education. Identified early by Father Chris Riley as a leader in our community Chris started as a trainee Youth Worker for Youth Off The Streets and worked his way to Director of Aboriginal Services.

Chris brings a wealth of organisational, cultural and industry experience to our services and is passionate about helping young indigenous people connect with their culture and achieve their full potential.

Ngapera Paki, Senior Manager - Centre for Youth & Learning (KOCH)

Ngapera is a strong Kaitumutumu woman from the Waikato-Tainui Tribe in New Zealand. She has vast experience in the youth sector having worked in community services, mental health and in alternative education. Ngapera has developed a number of youth and community programs in the Macquarie Fields area and works closely with her team to ensure the best outcomes for young people.

Terri Martin, Director of Corporate Services

Terri has extensive operational experience having successfully run both commercial and NFP organisations. Having been one of only 30 people chosen for the Marketing Academy Scholarship Program, Terri thrives on how creativity can help solve societal problems. Her current role encompasses Finance, IT, Fundraising, Marketing, Corporate Partnerships, Fleet, Facilities, Operations and Op Shops. She believes operational excellence provides imperative backbone support to the incredible work Youth Off The Streets services do.

Bruce Nix, Director of People and Culture

Bruce joined Youth Off The Streets in 2014 after spending most his career in corporate organisations where he developed a strong understanding in the areas of service provision and people engagement. Driven by a strong belief in capacity and capabilities in people Bruce made a career change from business gathering and after sales service activities to Human Resource Management late last century. Bruce now blends his knowledge in service delivery and people management to develop people related solutions in an equitable manner.

Since joining Youth Off the Streets Bruce has transformed the focus of the People and Culture from a transactional base to a service driven proactive unit. This outcome has developed a continuous learning and improvement formula in the team whereby People and Culture team members are looking for more predictive methods.

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