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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.

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

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.

Nicole Rieveley

(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

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

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.

 

Timothy Sunwoo

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

Other role: CEO, Windgap Foundation

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.  

Jeremy Sandbrook

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).

 

Prue Warrilow

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. 

 

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.

Louisa McKay

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.

Bree Godden

Bachelor of Communication – Journalism (Western Sydney University); Master of Teaching (University of Sydney); Certificate in Engagement (IAP2)

Executive Leader, Corporate Affairs (job share)

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.

Emma Whale

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, Corporate Affairs (job share)

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.

Natalie Thomas

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.

Michelle Nolland

Bachelor of Sports Management; Bachelor of Human Nutrition (Major: Journalism

Executive Leader, Operations

Michelle Nolland has spent almost 20 years in a range of operational roles within private, not-for-profit and local government sectors. She is a skilled leader in multi-site and multi-sector management. She has led centre transitions, multi-million-dollar developments, large-scale redevelopments and been responsible for activating underutilised assets. Michelle is passionate about improving the wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Madeleine Taylor

Cert IV Training and Assessment; Advanced Diploma in Procurement and Supply; Bachelor’s Degree, Management; Master of Business Administration

Executive Leader, Risk, Safety and Procurement

Madeleine Taylor has extensive experience managing a range of portfolios including risk, safety, child safeguarding, quality, property and procurement. She has worked for a variety of not-for-profit, public and private organisations across Australia and Asia and has a passion to use her expertise for an organisation dedicated to youth empowerment.

Marc Hassan

Bachelor of Humanities English Literature (Honours); Certified Practicing Accountant; Certified in Management Accounting; Microsoft Solutions Developer and Database Certified

Executive 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.  

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