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

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 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.

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.

Marlon Generoso, Head of Finance, Risk, & Compliance

With a strong background in healthcare and not for profit, Marlon is a highly experienced professional with over 10 years’ experience in financial and management accounting. He has a demonstrated track record of leading teams in preparation and analysis of financial reports and a proven expertise in driving efficiencies through successful implementation of improved quality systems and processes. He has a passion for mental health advocacy, early childhood education, disability services, and stakeholder relationship management. Marlon joined Youth Off The Streets in 2020 and provides oversight and direction to the Board and Executive Team on all areas of financial, risk, and compliance management.

He holds both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Accounting and is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).

Christine Roberts FFIA, Manager Revenue & Partnerships

With has a broad base of business experience across a number of different sectors ranging from legal work, sales, marketing, financial management, retail, television and seven years in event production and program management for the Festival of Sydney. Always a passionate volunteer, Christine took on fundraising for a variety of causes eventually serving seven years on the board of Aunties and Uncles.

After three years of volunteering for Youth Off The Streets, she commenced in a full time role in 2002 and has worked across and managed a diverse number of portfolios, setting and managing the relevant budgets, all with a view to supporting the front line work of the organisation and maintaining financial sustainability.

After undertaking various not for profit studies as well as gaining an Advanced Diploma of Management, Christine was invited to join the NSW Committee of the Board of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and has served in that role for the last ten years. Christine continues to hone her fundraising skills and was made recently made a Fellow of the Institute.

Our Board

Anne Fitzgerald, Chairperson

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).

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.

Pamela Jack, Director

Pamela Jack has had an extensive career as a partner in Australia’s major law firms. She has specialised in construction law and has acted for many of the country’s major contractors, many ASX 100 companies as well as various public sector clients.

Pamela has recently retired from MinterEllison where she has been a leading partner for almost 20 years. In addition to her legal practice Pamela held many leadership positions within the firm including sitting on the firm’s board, leading the Projects and Construction business unit and running the firm’s strategic client’s program, amongst other roles. Previously Pamela led the construction and infrastructure practice at Phillips Fox.

Pamela has been regularly recognised as a leading individual in various legal directories and has been recognised for her collaborative and informed approach. Pamela was also one of the first female partners of a major law firm and is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction and the Reconciliation Institute.

She has a keen interest in effective and commercial dispute resolution. She further developed her interest in dispute resolution and mediation by completing the Harvard Law School summer program in Mediation in 2019. Pamela has recently established her own consulting practice to provide dispute resolution and mediation services.

Father Chris Riley’s Youth off the Streets first came to Pamela’s attention some years ago when as part of her pro bono practice she acted for Youth off the Streets in relation to some construction projects including the development of the Koch Centre. Her involvement on the Board is a wonderful opportunity to assist in the great work of Youth off the Streets in supporting disadvantaged young people.

In addition to her legal qualifications Pamela is graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Nikki Robinson

Nikki is currently the partner in charge of the Sydney office of Clayton Utz. She has been practicing law for over 22 years, specialising in all aspects of real estate law, focusing on urban renewal and infrastructure projects. She practiced in Brisbane, Melbourne and London before settling in Sydney in 2006 with her husband Justin and daughter Madeleine.

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 part of the LGBTQ community,

For over 13 years Nikki has been working with various not for profit groups to provide support to the people of Timor Leste. She is part of a committee formed through St Canice’s Parish that raised funds to build and now supports the operation of a high school, mobile medical clinic and feeding program for students and children in the town of Railaco, Timor Leste. She also provides pro bono legal support to Maluk Timor, a not for profit company established to provide medical expertise and training alongside Timorese health works and in partnership with the Timorese Ministry of Health to support them in dealing with their health challenges in an effective and sustainable way.

In addition to her work and charity commitments, Nikki's other job and greatest joy is being the mother of 3 girls, who she credits for developing her strong negotiation and management skills and reinforces her hands-on approach for finding practical solutions in a timely and high pressure environment. Being a mother gives first hand insight in understanding the pressures of young people and the risks and challenges they face on a daily basis.

Nikki has a Bachelor of Laws, International Business and an Arts degree in Applied Ethics.

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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