Richard Hughes - Chair
Bachelor of Building (University of NSW); Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors).
Director since 2014
Other Role: Principal, Catylis Properties Pty Ltd
Richard Hughes has more than 40 years’ experience in property development, investment and construction in Australia, Europe and Asia. He has established and led property development and project management businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Warsaw and Jakarta. Richard’s experience covers all property sectors, including commercial, industrial, business parks, residential, retail and mixed-use. He has specific expertise in obtaining re-zoning approvals and master planning of sites for large mixed-use developments. Richard is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Property Council of Australia.
Master of Education (Adult) (University of Technology); Bachelor of Social Science (Macquarie University); Bachelor of Optometry (University of NSW); Diploma of Management.
Director since 2016
Other Role: CEO, Focus Care and Disability Services
Christina Harlamb has a diverse background as a clinical optometrist, owning and managing several practices, followed by executive roles – leading programs in health and community services across business development, policy, strategic planning and communications. She has also held positions in clinical workforce development and training in NSW Health and aged care workforce development, leading the Aged Care Workforce Innovation Network (WIN) Program. As CEO of Focus Home Care and Disability Services, Christina leads an innovative new entrant in the aged-care industry, applying her executive leadership, transformation and strategic skills in a rapidly growing and complex business environment.
(Master of Business Administration – MBA (Monash Business School); Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (Honours); Double Major Psychology (La Trobe University); Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors).
Director since 2018
Nicole Rieveley has more than 20 years’ executive experience in consumer marketing, digital, customer experience and human resources, with a significant track record in business transformation in fast moving and complex environments. During Nicole’s career, she has worked across multiple industries including technology, finance, telecommunications and tourism. Nicole has held executive positions in high growth, international technology businesses, new acquisitions and large-scale Fortune 500 corporates, principally GE and Telstra. Nicole is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Commissioner Leigh Johns OAM
Master of Laws (University of Melbourne); Bachelor of Laws (Monash University); Bachelor of Economics (Monash University).
Director since 2019
Other role: Commissioner, Fair Work Commission
Commissioner Leigh Johns has extensive experience in employment law, workplace relations, equal opportunity and anti-discrimination law, disciplinary proceedings and workplace mediation. He has also been involved in a range of not-for-profit organisations for more than 25 years across areas including the arts, youth, community/primary health and health promotion. For this outstanding service, and significant contribution to the industrial relations field, Commissioner Johns was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2017. Three years earlier he was appointed to the Fair Work Commission, following a career as an experienced and highly skilled senior government executive.
Master of International Affairs in International Finance and Business (Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs); Bachelor of Science in Finance and Economics (New York University Stern School of Business).
Director since 2020
Timothy Sunwoo has held senior executive roles in strategy and finance for large listed Australian companies. His background also includes a stint as a management consultant, based in New York and Sydney, for an international strategy consulting firm. His industry experience spans across banking, insurance, funds management, technology and social services. Currently, he is the CEO at Windgap Foundation, a disability service organisation based in Sydney. Tim is passionate about the mission of the Y and the critical link it provides to the wider community. As a youth growing up in America, he spent countless hours playing basketball at a local YMCA gymnasium.
Master of Philosophy (Massey University); Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (Victoria University of Wellington); Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies (Distinction) (Massey University); Management Diploma (NZIM); Certificate in Governance as Leadership (Harvard-Kennedy School).
Director since 2020
Other role: CEO, Integritas360 Pty Ltd
Specialising in integrity and governance, Jeremy Sandbrook is a Chartered Accountant with more than 25 years’ experience in both the international development and corporate sectors. Prior to establishing Integritas360 in 2014, he held several senior leadership positions in SOS Children’s Villages across Africa, Europe and North America. He was also appointed Special Advisor on Anti-Corruption, where he was responsible for leading the international aid organisation’s efforts to tackle fraud and corruption across its 131 operating countries, 35,000 staff and €1.1 billion annual budget. Jeremy is a member of both the Independent Review Panel of Accountable Now (a body made up of the world’s largest INGOs) and the Advisory Committee of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE).
Bachelor of Arts in Education (Macquarie University); The Executive Connection (TEC) and Diploma of Teaching in Early Childhood (Nursery School Teaching College).
Director since 2020
Other role: Director and CEO of Childcare At Work Australia Pty Ltd, trading as Families At Work
Prue Warrilow is a strategic solution provider who has spent 30 years consulting to corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore in the niche area of work/life wellbeing strategies. This breadth of experience provides Prue with unique insights into best practice in human resources/diversity, people and governance. Prue is an industry expert in children’s services and child and family services. Prue has, and currently sits, on several NSW and Australian government advisory councils and non-government organisations that strategically influence public policy thinking on child and family matters. Prue’s paid and voluntary work is underpinned by her strong personal value working to ensure children and young people grow to adulthood to be the best they possibly can be.
Bachelor of Laws (Macquarie University); Bachelor of Business Administration (Macquarie University)
Director since 2021
Other role: General Manager, National Rugby League
Jason King has extensive experience in sports administration, having held leadership roles in operational, commercial and strategic functions. He has led programs in high performance and athlete development, and been responsible for designing and implementing strategy for elite sporting competitions. He has played a pivotal role in advancing women’s sport, from establishing player pathways and increased female participation, to delivering international competitions. Jason’s a former professional rugby league player for the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles where he played 239 matches and captained the club from 2010 to 2014. Jason also represented the New South Wales Blues in 2010 and 2011.
Bachelor of Commerce (University of Newcastle); Certified Practicing Accountant (Fellow); Certified Internal Auditor; Fellow member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; Fellow member of the Governance Institute of Australia; Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators; Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance (Governance Institute of Australia)
Director since 2021
Other role: Company Secretary for the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Helen has over 25 years’ strategic commercial experience encompassing private, government and not-for-profit organisations, holding senior management and executive positions across industries such as education; insurance; aviation; manufacturing; rail; construction and local government. Her executive positions include 23 years’ as CFO (and equivalent) and 16 years’ as Company Secretary. The breadth of Helen's experience includes financial management, corporate governance, risk management, legal compliance, human resources, administration, information technology, knowledge management and media relations.
Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University)
Director since 2021
Other role: Infrastructure Project Manager, VenuesLive (operator of Stadium Australia and Bankwest Stadium)
George Perry has over twenty-five years’ experience in the sport, major events, and venue management industries. George’s careers include some of the largest sporting events Australia has seen including the Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the Rugby World Cup. George held an executive position in Rugby Australia and was CEO of Sydney FC. George also held an executive position in the highly-respected not-for-profit consumer group, CHOICE where he was responsible for all the commercial and financial aspects of the organisation. More recently, George was responsible for the opening of Bankwest Stadium at Parramatta – Sydney’s first new major stadium in over 20 years.
Doctor of Philosophy Strategic Innovation (University of Canberra) - completing; Master of Public Administration (University of Canberra); Graduate Certificate in Laws (Australian National University); Graduate Certificate in Politics and Public Policy (Macquarie Univesity); Bachelor of Applied Entrepreneurship from the University of Canberra; Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Director since 2021
Other role: Non-Executive Director, allcare
David is an experienced entrepreneur, non-executive director and public sector leader. He brings fresh thinking and a passion for human-centred design to his roles in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has a passion for economic development, education and driving social impact.
David is a PhD Candidate at the University of Canberra where he is researching strategic innovation, innovation systems and innovation governance in a public sector setting. David is active and supportive in the innovation ecosystem in both Sydney and Canberra.
Executive Leadership Team
Susannah Le Bron
Master of Business Administration (Charles Sturt University) – completing.Chief Executive Officer
Susannah Le Bron has more than 18 years of senior leadership experience including strategy development, operations and customer service delivery and innovation. Prior to joining the Y NSW, Susannah was Executive Director Customer Service with Sydney Trains, Transport for NSW. She was responsible for the leadership and accountability of 2431 frontline customer service representatives across 178 stations and the experiences of more than 1 million travellers each day. For almost 15 years she held senior managerial roles at QANTAS, including introducing innovations in customer service, relationship management and program transformation. Susannah believes the customer should always be placed at the centre and she has a strong desire to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of communities, including its most vulnerable members.
Graduate Diploma Social Science – Community Services (Western Sydney University ); Associate Diploma Early Childhood – Children’s Services (TAFE); Diploma of Systemic Counselling Skills – Effective Group Leadership component; Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment (FDC Peak Training).Executive Leader, Youth and Community
Louisa McKay is passionate about social justice and improving the social wellbeing outcomes of communities and young people. She has vast experience working in NGOs, government departments and peak bodies in direct service delivery, program design and implementation, government relations, policy and advocacy, outcomes measurement, strategy development and senior leadership roles. Louisa has presented and consulted in Australia and internationally on Results Based Accountability (RBA) and developed a disciplined and relentless approach to quality improvement and social impact. Louisa is committed to developing and empowering teams, believing that the best results happen from a team that is continually striving to grow and improve.
Bachelor of Communication – Journalism (Western Sydney University); Master of Teaching (University of Sydney); Certificate in Engagement (IAP2)Executive Leader, Corporate Affairs
Bree Godden has more than 15 years’ experience in brand building, media, PR, crisis and change communications, stakeholder and government relations, tender writing strategic marketing, corporate partnerships and authentic employee engagement in Australia and the United Kingdom. Having led complex, large scale corporate strategies and communications projects across a variety of industries, Bree’s corporate affairs experience has covered not only the not-for-profit arena, but also healthcare (including managing communications for the UK Swine Flu crisis), and for government bodies and departments, where she coordinated the PR and media strategy for the $2.3 billion sale of the Sydney desalination plant. Bree believes that timely and accurate communications are critical to building internal and external advocates and ambassadors for an organisation. She values the input of people of all ages, including young people, to ensure their work is recognised and they are given a platform to have their voices heard.
Master of International Relations, Global Politics (Macquarie University); Bachelor of Arts, English Studies (Macquarie University); Bachelor of Arts, Culture, Text and Discourse (Western Sydney University).Executive Leader, Business transformation, Health Risk, and Safety
Emma Whale has more than two decades experience in communications and marketing, with journalism the foundation of her career. She has extensive experience in NSW Government across planning, growth and strategy portfolios – managing teams across these areas and in media and external communications. Emma has considerable crisis and change communications experience and is an accomplished organisational spokesperson. She also has extensive media relations, digital marketing, branding and publications management expertise. An accomplished writer and editor, Emma enjoys sharing her passion for speech writing and empowering her team members to embrace the latest, best practice trends.
Certified Practitioner, HR (Australian HR Institute).Executive Leader, People and Culture
With extensive experience from her appointments at QANTAS and Sydney Trains, Natalie Thomas has effectively delivered cultural transformation through the development and execution of people and culture strategies, solving complex problems and ensuring successful alignment of the people strategy with the business goals. Natalie is passionate about increasing employee engagement, developing diversity and inclusion strategies, managing change and developing high performing cultures through effective people strategies and solutions.
Bachelor of Humanities English Literature (Honours); Certified Practicing Accountant; Certified in Management Accounting; Microsoft Solutions Developer and Database CertifiedExecutive Leader, Finance and Information Technology
Marc Hassan has diverse experience in industries, including financial services, education, consulting and NFPs, most recently leading the Mission Australia finance team. Marc founded the finance function at BFSA and over 10 years saw the company grow from a loss-making start-up to a $10 million profit-before-tax business. He has also led other back-office functions including IT and HR.