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Y NSW welcomes new Board Members with passion for empowering youth

The YMCA NSW (Y NSW) Chair Richard Hughes has announced the appointment of three new Board Members, with immediate effect. 

Mr Hughes welcomed Jason King, Helen Wild and George Perry to the not-for-profit’s Board of Directors and thanked departing Directors Philip Knox and Frances-Anne Keeler for their service. 

“I would like to thank and acknowledge Mr Knox and Ms Keeler for their valuable contribution to the Y NSW across their four- and two-year respective tenures, and for playing a significant role in weathering the recent storm of COVID-19 while staying true to who we are,” Mr Hughes said. 

There has never been a more important time for the Y NSW to live up to our purpose and support the youth of NSW through the economic and social upheaval of the pandemic. 

“We move forward in this pursuit with Mr King and Perry, who bring extensive experience in sports administration, events and venue operations to the Y NSW, and current Company Secretary for the Australian Institute of Company Directors Helen Wild, whose financial expertise will help increase our footprint and impact sustainably, ensuring the oldest youth organisation in the world holds that title for generations to come,” he added. 

CEO of the Y NSW Susannah Le Bron joined Mr Hughes in welcome. 

“Having diverse expertise and voices on our Board is absolutely fundamental to the Y’s success, so I’m thrilled to see a suite of such high calibre Directors wanting to join the Y family,” she said. 

The new Board Members share a passion for empowering young people. 

“Young people are the future of our community. It is vital that environments are created so that they have the opportunity to live their best lives, physically and mentally,” Ms Wild said. 

“I’ve seen first-hand the important role the Y plays in our communities and jumped at the chance to be involved. As a father of three young boys, I couldn’t think of a better purpose than believing in the power of inspired young people to be aligned with,” Mr King said. 

“The Y has such a range of opportunities for today's youth, often maligned as device-hugging. To develop and enhance their physical, social and mental wellbeing is something I feel passionate about and look forward to contributing to in a meaningful way,” Mr Perry said. 

The Y NSW Board Members provide leadership and strategic guidance for the Y NSW in addition to overseeing management’s implementation of significant initiatives. 

The Y NSW supports diverse communities through 22 recreation centres, 62 Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) centres, two outdoor education and camping locations and myriad valuable youth and community services. The latest Y NSW Community and Annual Report can be accessed here.

More information on the new appointments and our Board can be found here

Madeleine Clarke 0400 974 816 or Andrew Williams 0439 427 52

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