Our Leadership Team

Father Chris Riley AM, Founder & Executive Director

Father Chris Riley AM, Founder & Executive Director 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 Founder and Executive Director 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, 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 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.

Bruce Nix, Director Organisation Capacity

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 transnational 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.

Steve Armstrong, School Principal

A teacher by trade, Steve and has worked in a variety of roles within the Education and Community Service sector since 2000. After initially joining Youth Off The Streets as a Teacher in 2006, Steve has proven to be a versatile and flexible asset working across a number of Youth Off The Streets roles. In 2018 Steve commenced in his current role of School Principal overseeing Craig Davis College, Eden College and The Lakes College and continues to develop high quality education programs to give our young people the best foundation for success.

Catherine Harland, School Principal

Catherine has been involved in education for over 30 years, holding Leadership roles in the Department of Education, Catholic and Independent school systems. She has been a part of the Youth Off The Streets since 2008 when she Joined as a teacher at our Chapel Campus, Merrylands. In 2018 Catherine was appointed as School Principal overseeing Key College, Chapel Campus, Step Up program and The Bowen College. Cath continues to inspire students, staff and volunteers alike as a mainstay of education excellence at Youth Off The Streets.

Our Board

Bernie Moore, Chairperson

Bernie Moore began his business career in the transport industry as an accountant for the Ipec Transport Group. He then worked as the South Australian State Administration Manager for Railex, a unit of the Transport Services Group of Mayne Nickless Ltd and eventually became the National Administration Manager for that unit based in Sydney.

During the early years in Sydney, Bernie’s wife, Barbara began a small business and seeing its potential, he joined Legalco/Espreon which flourished and eventually was floated on the Australian Stock Exchange and is now part of ASX listed SAI Global Ltd. During his time at Legalco/Espreon, Bernie held several positions including Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary and Director.

Bernie is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Accountants and an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. In his early years, Bernie served in the Australian Army as a member of the Special Air Service Regiment with 2 years active service in South Vietnam. He serves as Treasurer of the Australian SAS Association (NSW Branch).

Craig Davis, Director

Craig Davis has been a Director since 1998. He was elected Deputy Chairman in 2000 and served as Chair of the Board from 2002 to September 2008. He was also elected a Youth Off The Streets Ambassador in August 2008.

After a successful career playing Australian Football League (AFL) for Carlton, Kangaroos, Collingwood and Sydney Swans, Craig is now the Facilities Manager for the University of New South Wales.
Craig was honoured with the Australian Sports Medal and Life Membership for AFL New South Wales (NSW)/Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in 2000 and brings with him vast experience in Board membership.

Craig was the CEO of the NSW Australian Football League (1990 - 1998), the 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).

Craig holds a Surveying Certificate from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Anne Fitzgerald, Director

Anne started her career in the federal government and then went into the corporate sector working in a number of large corporations including Medibank Private. Close to 19 years ago and with a background in research, sales management, customer service and community engagement, Anne then went into the registered clubs sector working for the peak industry body, ClubsNSW.

As Executive Manager of Member Services & Marketing, Anne oversaw the provision of a range of products and services to assist member clubs, including a strong learning and development framework, the Club Directors' Institute and the ClubSAFE Responsible Gambling Program. It was during her early days with ClubsNSW that Anne became aware of the wonderful work of Father Chris Riley and Youth Off The Streets and for a number of years Anne was a mentor to some of the Youth Off The Streets young women supporting them through new work placements or teaching them to drive because they had no family members who could help.

Anne is currently interim CEO of the Talent Development Project and is a qualified mediator with the Resolution Institute. She holds an MBA from the Macquarie Greaduate School of Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

Paul Smith, Director

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business qualification and is a CPA with over 40 years’ experience in finance, compliance, risk management, governance, process improvement and internal audit. Paul has worked in the corporate, government and NFP sectors, holding senior finance positions in the CBA, Australis Media, Seven Network, Seven Group Holdings, Seven Media Group, Seven West Media, NSW Trains and Countplus.

His most recent assignment was a 12-month contract with Countplus establishing their Internal Audit function and implementing a governance, risk and compliance program across their 18 partner firms. Paul has been a regular attendee at both Board and ARC meetings since 2004. Paul is also currently working as a consultant with Gravity Media assisting in the integration of a recently purchased operation into their main business.

Julia Zaetta, Director

Julia Zaetta, current editor-in-chief of Australia’s number one home magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, is a major force in Australian publishing with over 39 years’ experience.

Over this time Julia has won countless awards such as the Women in Media Awards 2017, Editor of the Year 2018 and was also inducted into the Australian Magazine Awards Hall of Fame.

Julia was also instrumental to the success of magazines such as Australian Women’s Weekly, Family Circle, New Woman and Australian Home Journal. During all this she also launched a specialist publication Diabetic Living Magazine and was appointed to the Murdoch Magazines board.

Julia has been a friend of Father Chris Riley, Founder of Youth Off The Streets, for many years and is dedicated to supporting vulnerable young people.

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