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Board Members

Richard Hughes - Chair

Bachelor of Building (University of NSW). Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors). 

Director since 2014

Occupation: Principal, Catylis Properties Pty Ltd

Richard Hughes has over 35 years’ experience in property development, investment and construction in Australia, Europe and Asia. His experience covers all property sectors, including commercial, industrial, business parks, residential, retail and mixed use. He has lead property development and project management businesses in Sydney, Melbourne, London, Warsaw and Jakarta. He has also held senior executive positions with Costain Australia, Condux Corporation, Euromost zp z.o.o., P.T. Pakuwon Jati and Macquarie Goodman. Richard is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is also a consultant to Transport for NSW as  part of the Sydney Metro Infrastructure Project.


Shirley Chowdhary - Deputy Chair

Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors). Master of International Law (University of Sydney). Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney). Masters of Arts (Applied Japanese for Business) (University of Sydney). Bachelor of Arts (Japanese, Psychology) (University of Sydney).

Director since 2016

Occupation: CEO, GO Foundation

Shirley Chowdhary has had a number of senior and executive roles in Australian and US-listed companies and not-for-profit organisations in Asia, the United States and Australia. Shirley brings a strong sense of integrity, ethics and commitment and the courage to speak up and challenge prevailing thinking.


Jonathon Rea

Master of Law in Dispute Resolution (University of New South Wales), Bachelor of Business (Charles Sturt University). Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (University of New South Wales - Graduate School of Management). Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Justice of the Peace (NSW).

Director since 2014

Occupation: Consultant, Non-Executive Director

With 25 years’ experience in banking and finance, principally with Westpac Banking Group, Jonathon has held numerous senior executive positions including Chief Manager, Credit Risk Review and Country Head for Taiwan. He has previously held positions in merchant banking, capital markets and treasury. Over the last 15 years' Jonathon has been a Consultant in risk management and mitigation strategies. He has also been a Non-Executive Director to various companies and a Board member for several non-government and not-for-profit organisations. Jonathon has extensive NGO experience including in community health, family and youth services, housing and financial and dependency counselling.

Christina Harlamb

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

Occupation: CEO, Focus Care Solutions

Christina has a diverse background as a clinical optometrist and then in executive roles, leading programs in health and community services across business development, policy, strategic planning and communications.  She has also held roles 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 Care Solutions she 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.

Philip Knox

Advanced Management Program, University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School. Bachelor of Business, Accounting and Finance, (University of Technology, Sydney). 

Director since 2016

Occupation: Chief Financial Officer, APN Outdoor

Philip Knox is a progressive executive leader, operational strategist, and trusted advisor with a record of sound financial guidance in complex settings that demand keen business acumen. He has experience in driving operational and financial efficiency and establishing core metrics that optimise team performance and capital position. Philip’s experience spans a number of industries including working with private equity and multi-national organisations in media, IT and healthcare. As COO of the Garvan Institute, he has oversight and accountability for the financial and operating functions with an extended team of over 100 professionals across finance, business development, IT, HR and operations.

Nicole Rieveley

Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors); Master of Business Administration – MBA (Monash Business School); Bachelor of Behavioural Sciences (Honours); Double Major Psychology (La Trobe University).

Director since 2018

Occupation: CEO Natural Therapy Pages (a subsidiary of hipages Group)

Nicole has more than 20 years executive experience in consumer marketing, digital, customer experience and human resources and 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.

Frances-Anne Keeler

Company Directors Course (Australian Institute of Company Directors); Bachelor of Arts, Joint Honours Degree in Marketing and Hispanic Studies (University of Strathclyde, Glasgow)

Director since 2018

Occupation: Principal at fa Consulting; Advisor to CEOs and SMEs at

Frances-Anne has held senior executive positions involving global tourism, business events, major events, international education and aviation for more than 20 years. She has led high-performing global teams in London, New York, Madrid, Paris and Sydney – developing and delivering multiple award-winning B2B and B2C initiatives. As Deputy CEO of Tourism Australia, Frances-Anne headed the international division to record growth in visitors and expenditure, and was instrumental in the development of an aspirational goal and successful strategy to double the value of the Australian tourism industry. She founded her own international tourism consultancy in 2016.

Executive Team

Lisa Giacomelli

Bachelor, Laws (Macquarie University), Bachelor, Social Science (University of Western Sydney)

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Giacomelli has over 20 years’ experience in the human services sector with extensive experience in managing strategy and operations in community, youth and children’s services and aquatics and recreation. Lisa is a well-known expert in Community Capacity Building theory and practice – the need to drive projects and processes from a place of inclusion and partnership both within organisations and with communities and the business sector. She has experience in community development, grants administration, senior management, community planning and project management.

Craig Fisher

Bachelor of Economics (Macquarie University), Chartered Accountant

Executive Leader, Finance and IT

Craig has over 20 years’ experience in the finance industry including overall financial management with major organisations. He has managed audits, cash flow, business restructures, process implementation and financial controls to grow earnings. Since joining YMCA NSW in March 2015 as Financial Controller, Craig has played a pivotal role in ensuring the financial sustainability of YMCA NSW, working with the business to reduce overheads and improve financial management tools and accountability. Craig was appointed General Manager of Finance in September 2015.

Samuel Fouladi

Bachelor of Arts (Languages), Master of Accountancy, Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia)

Acting Chief Risk Officer

Samuel is a qualified CPA and a dedicated risk professional with a passion for building a risk-aware culture within organisations. He has experience working in various industries and organisations where he has continuously improved the internal control and risk management processes through initiating new ideas. Samuel has a desire to add value to the overall organisational objectives through an effective and constructive enterprise-wide risk management. He values the skills and potentials of individuals and is passionate about developing people and teams.

Louisa McKay

Executive Leader, Community Services

Louisa has extensive senior management experience with expertise in outcomes measurement, strategy and community development. Louisa has worked in NGOs and government departments, and consulted to organisations across Australia.

Bree Godden

Executive Leader, Brand & Engagement (job share)

Bree has more than 10 years' experience in senior communications and media roles within the utilities, healthcare, education and not-for-profit sectors. A PR expert, Bree has international experience in crisis communications and stakeholder management.

Emma Whale

Executive Leader, Brand & Engagement (job share)

Emma is a former journalist with extensive communications experience in NSW Government across planning, growth and strategy portfolios. Emma has been integral in reinvigorating YMCA NSW's identity and reputation.

Paul Franc

Executive Leader, Northern Region

Paul has extensive general managerial experience with a proven ability to steer organisational cultural change. Paul is a competent strategist with excellent analytical and planning skills to drive competitive growth and productivity.

Kevin Bone

Executive Leader, Southern Region

A qualified Chartered Accountant, Kevin is a skilled Executive with experience in Corporate, NGO and the Public Sector, who has developed and executed strategies to deliver sustainable uplifts in financial and operational results as well as helping to shape the direction and capabilities of organisations. Kevin is passionate about making a positive difference to both people and organisations and has experience in doing so across a number of industries including; Health, Telecoms, Consulting, Financial Services, Utilities and FMCG. Kevin adds value through a strong consultative approach to stakeholder engagement, with an ability to combine strategic big picture thinking with a keen focus on detail.

Sarah Sammut

Bachelor, Commerce, Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations (UWS), Post Graduate Bachelor, Teaching Secondary (UWS)

Executive Leader, People and Culture

Sarah is an accomplished People and Culture Executive with 10+ years’ senior management experience across Customer Experience and People/HR strategy, operational business transformation, change and communications management and business improvement. She has a genuine care for building great high performance teams who feel supported and nurtured. Sarah has been nationally recognised at the Australian HR awards, having won Australian HR technology award, Australian L&D Strategy award and a Finalist as the HR director of the year amongst others. She also has demonstrated success in leading people to maximise commercial performance in multimillion-dollar global organisations through growth, acquisition, and divestment lifecycles whilst ensuring teams are highly engaged and well informed.

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