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.
Lex Lutherborrow, director 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.
Ranna Peera, 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.
Chris sutherland, Director Aboriginal Services
Chris is a proud Waiwan/Kamilaroi man from north west of NSW with 13 years’ experience working in the sector. Chris has completed a Certificate 4 in Youth Work, a Certificate 4 in Mental Health, a Certificate 3 in Business Leadership and Management and is in process of completing a Diploma in Leadership and Management.
Throughout his career, Chris has had experience working in residential care, drug and alcohol, and education. For the last 7 years Chris has been working in Aboriginal services, as a Youth Worker, Manager and most recently as Acting Director.
Lou Single, Director Education
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.
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 role of Koch Centre Manager in 2016.
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.”
Julie Cleary, Director
Julie has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.
Julie has been a Partner within KPMG’s Audit practice for over 10 years. She has over 22 years of experience in auditing public and private companies in Australia. She also brings international experience to Youth Off The Streets after working for two years in the KPMG US office. Julie’s focus has been primarily in the consumer markets and the energy sectors. As an audit partner she is responsible for understanding the risks that underpin her client businesses, the drivers underpinning financial results and the economic conditions that impact her clients.
As the People, Performance and Culture Partner for the KPMG Sydney audit group (leading approximately 250 people), Julie was responsible for all matters impacting people including remuneration, working environment, work/life balance and diversity matters. She has also been the operations partner for the Energy line of business audit group (leading approximately 70 people) and was responsible for driving efficiency and growth.
Julie is the Vice President for the Tara Anglican School for Girls Parents and Friends Association and 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.
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).