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Governance

YSAS Board 

Simon Overland

YSAS Chair

Simon commenced his current position as Secretary for the Department of Justice in Tasmania in July 2012.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Administration and Graduate Diploma in Legal Studies from the University of Canberra and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the Australian National University. He has demonstrated a strong commitment to social justice throughout his career.

Simon began his career in the Australian Federal Police, serving 19 years before being appointed Assistant Commissioner (Crime) with Victoria Police in 2003. He is credited with a prominent role in bringing an end to the Melbourne gangland murders and associated crime in Victoria.

In mid-2006 he was promoted to Deputy Commissioner and then to Chief Commissioner, Victoria Police in March 2009 and held that position until mid-2011.

Graeme Barns 

General Electric Company 

Graeme Barns works for the General Electric Company in their Australian Corporate Division.  He specialises in taxation, assisting primarily on treasury operations and mergers and acquisitions.  He holds degrees in Law and Economics. Prior to joining General Electric he worked as a Tax Manager at KPMG.  He brings to the Board an expertise in finance and is currently on the Board's Risk Management and Audit Committee.

Jane Miller

Executive Director of Strategy & Organisational Improvement, The Royal Children's Hospital

Jane Miller is the Executive Director of Strategy and Organisational Improvement at The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Melbourne with responsibility for hospital systems for planning, risk management, quality improvement and information management as well as the Centre for Adolescent Health and Centre for Community Child Health.  Jane has worked in clinical and hospital management roles for more than 25 years, including leading the planning and implementation of service redesign and change management activities for service delivery in the new RCH.  Jane has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Graduate Diploma in Neurosciences and Master of Health Management.  Jane is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jennifer McAuley

Ms Jennifer McAuley is a retired social worker. She has had a wide range of professional experiences and positions at senior executive levels in human services in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Jenny’s last position was that of Department of Human Services Representative on the Victorian Youth Parole Board. A position she held for 12 years. She is the Chairperson of the Hope for Cambodia Children's Foundation. This Foundation supports children and families affected by the HIV virus in Battambang, Cambodia. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Jesuit Social Services.

Jennifer has over 35 years experience working in youth justice, youth services, child protection, disability and housing services, ambulance services.

John Stanway

Deputy Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director Clinical Operations, The Royal Children's Hospital

John Stanway is Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Clinical Operations at The Royal Children’s Hospital with responsibility for the Divisions of Acute Operations, Surgery and Medicine, Integrated Mental Health and Allied Health.  John is Chairman of The Royal Children’s Hospital Education Institute.  Previously John managed Monash Medical Centre, was Chief Executive of the Transport Accident Commission and held various senior management roles at General Motors Holden. John was President of the Victorian Hospitals Industrial Association and Chairman for 10 years.  John has a double major in Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Julie Edwards

Chief Executive Officer, Jesuit Social Services

Julie Edwards joined Jesuit Social Services in 2001. She was the Program Director prior to her appointment as CEO in June 2004. Julie has over 35 years experience engaging with marginalised young people, adults and families experiencing breakdown and trauma. She is a social worker, family therapist and a grief and loss counsellor. Julie has a Masters in Social Work and is currently completing her doctorate in this discipline. In January 2010 Julie became a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Julie has served on a number of government and philanthropic committees that work to promote a more just society and contribute to the health and wellbeing of members of our community. She is also a member of the International Working Group on Death, Dying and Bereavement. Julie is a member of a number of national and international Jesuit commissions and working groups across areas of justice, education, social ministry, ecology and Governance of Natural and Mineral Resources. Julie is passionate about finding ways to give practical expression to her social justice values, about exploring the most effective means to build a more just society and promoting a values-based model of leadership.

Lucinda Nolan

Lucinda Nolan is currently the CEO of the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation and has a wealth of knowledge and experience across the public sector and as a director for a number of boards.  Prior to joining the OCRF, she was selected as the first female CEO of the Country Fire Authority, one of the world’s largest volunteer based emergency services organization.  She also spent 32 years with Victoria Police, reaching the rank of Deputy Commissioner.  Much of her role there was dedicated to reductions in crime rates and the continual improvement of service delivery in the face of complex and competing crime, disorder and service demands.  She was awarded the Australian Police Medal in 2009. 

Lucinda is a director on the Board at Hawthorn Football Club, BankVic, Youth Support and Advocacy Services (YSAS) and the Penington Institute.  She has a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Melbourne University and recently completed the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard University.

Luke Smith 

General Counsel, Australia and New Zealand

Luke, a member of the Risk and Audit Committee, joined YSAS as a non-executive director in 2011.
As a senior lawyer at Verizon – a global provider of communications, information and entertainment products and services – Luke is responsible for advising on a wide range of corporate, commercial and technological matters. Prior to joining Verizon, Luke held in-house legal positions in Australia and the United Kingdom. He started his career in private practice at DLA Piper in Melbourne, and Gilbert and Tobin in Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Laws with honours.

Stephen Vale

Executive Director Medical Services, Aged and Community Care, St Vincent’s Hospital

Qualifications
Bachelor of Applied Science (Physiotherapy), La Trobe University (1987)
Postgraduate Diploma of Physiotherapy (Neurological), University of Melbourne (1993)
Master of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne (1997)
Graduate Diploma of Business Leadership, RMIT University (2003)
Master of Business Leadership, RMIT University (2004)

Stephen commenced his career in health following his graduation in 1987 as a physiotherapist and had 8 years working as a clinician across a number of hospitals including Port Moresby General Hospital in PNG and St. Vincent’s Public Hospital Melbourne. He was later appointed as Chief Physiotherapist and Associate Clinical Dean (Physiotherapy) with The University of Melbourne through St. Vincent’s Clinical School, and then Group Manager for Allied Health and Community Programs at St. Vincent’s. During this time he was seconded to the Policy and Strategic Projects Division within the Department of Health as a Senior Policy Advisor assisting with the development of the Victorian workforce strategy for the allied health professions.

In his current role as Executive Director, Stephen has a broad range of responsibilities including Emergency, General and Special Medicine Units, the Cancer Centre, Addiction Medicine, Mental Health, Correctional Health, Allied Health, Rehabilitation, Geriatric Medicine, Aged Psychiatry, Community Services and four Residential Aged Care facilities across inner Melbourne. Stephen has an interest in bioethics and currently is the Chairman for Eastern Palliative Care Association Inc.

Yvonne Bonomo

Physician in Addiction Medicine and Adolescent Medicine

Associate Professor Yvonne Bonomo is an experienced Physician at Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, Parkville Youth Justice Precinct and Head of the Women’s Hospital Alcohol and Drug Service (WADS).  She is a Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Melbourne.  Her clinical, teaching and research interests are in early intervention in alcohol and drug use and she has published book chapters and peer reviewed papers in the areas of addiction and adolescent medicine. Her experience includes work at the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, the Youth Substance Abuse Service, Turning Point Alcohol & Drug Centre and Western Hospital Drug Health. She is Board Member of the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS), past Member of the Board of the Australian Drug Foundation and she has also filled a number of roles at the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) including Chair of Education and President of the Chapter of Addiction Medicine.

Sean Hanneberry

Co-founder and Managing Partner of Threefold, a strategic marketing consultancy.

Sean has worked in marketing and advertising for nearly two decades across Australia and the UK. Prior to founding Threefold, he was the Melbourne Managing Director of the global communications agency, SapientNitro. In his current role at Threefold, Sean works with leading organisations across the private sector and government to drive more effective marketing and customer experiences.  Sean holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics/Marketing) from Swinburne University. 

 

YSAS Executive

Andrew Bruun
Andrew Bruun
Chief Executive Officer 

Andrew Bruun (ADCW, BSW, Dip AOD Work, Hon Fellow, Dept Psychiatry, Uni of Melb) is the Chief Executive Officer at YSAS, the Director of The Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development and an honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne, Department of Psychiatry.

He has worked in the field of adolescent health as practitioner, educator and researcher since the mid-1980s. His special interest is in young people and families experiencing alcohol and drug-related problems and is committed to enabling service providers and policy makers to better understand and respond to their needs.

Bryanna Nicholls
Bryanna Nicholls
Chief Financial Officer & Director Business Operations

A CPA with 18 years' experience across a number of corporate organisations, Bryanna's demonstrated capability lies in financial and operations management, HR, strategic planning and governance. 

As Chief Financial Officer and Director of Business Operations for YSAS, Bryanna is responsible for the financial management and empowerment of YSAS service managers; organisational compliance and accreditation, and operational support that enables and empowers the service delivery teams to help young people meet their goals.

She is committed to positive leadership and inspiring others by instilling confidence and encouraging autonomy and accountability. Bryanna's vision is for all children and young people to feel safe and nurtured. 

Peter Wearne
Peter Wearne
Director, Services

Peter has over 30 years’ experience in dealing with problems affecting young people, particularly those who are marginalised.

In 1981, Peter founded and managed St Kilda Youth Services and he has been with YSAS since its inception in 1997.

Peter has a particular interest in working with police to improve their response to young people who have alcohol, drug and criminal behaviour issues.

Peter has been an advisor to various state governments. He was a member of the Victorian Police Youth Advisory Committee from 1998 to 2004 and a member of the Victorian Premier’s Drug Prevention Council from 2001 to 2007. He has been Chair of the Yarra Drug and Health Forum since 2004 and Vice-President of the Trust for Young Australians since 1998.

Ipsita Wright
Ipsita Wright
Director, Services

Ipsita Wright (MSW, BSW, Diploma of Facilitatory Management, Diploma AOD, Cert IV Assessment and Workplace Training, Cert IV) has been working with vulnerable young people for more than 13 years and has particular interest in working with CALD communities and the criminal justice system.

Ipsita joined YSAS in 1999 having worked in local government for three years honing her management, leadership and direct service skills.

Ipsita has developed and implemented many programs and projects at YSAS, including the Southern Region Day Program, Centralised Database System and the Connection for ‘At Risk’ Young People Assertive Outreach Program.

Ipsita’s history of developing strong collaborative working relationships with others, including Youth Justice, Victoria Police, local government and other AOD and welfare service providers, is deeply impressive. Ipsita is a member of many youth advisory groups and has a strong commitment to workforce development and staff supervision.

Warren Eames
Warren Eames

Acting Director, Services

Warren Eames has worked in various roles for YSAS since joining the organisation in 2002. Originally providing support for vulnerable young people as a Youth AOD Outreach worker, Warren went on to establish the Stepping Forward Day Program in the Eastern Region of Melbourne before assuming management roles in community based services at Frankston, Dandenong and Box Hill. Additionally, he has worked in a management role at the Koori Youth Healing Service on the Mornington Peninsula. Warren has been responsible for the development of numerous innovative projects at YSAS in diverse service areas, notably with Young Parents; migrant and refugee communities; recreation and adventure programs; social enterprises; and sports programs. Warren has established a track record of working collaboratively with a range of community partners from local government to statutory organisations through to other NGO’s, Community Legal Services, Victoria Police and grass-roots community groups. He has also led significant advocacy initiatives pertaining to human rights issues for young people from new, emerging and existing communities. Warren has contributed to public enquiries into Racial Profiling of Young People and also sits on the Course Advisory Committee for the Bachelor of Community Mental Health, Alcohol and Other Drugs at Chisholm Institute. Before joining YSAS, Warren worked for several years in the residential disability sector in various roles around metropolitan Melbourne.

Mark O-Brien
Mark O-Brien
Clinical Director

Mark completed his nursing qualification in 1997 and has worked in a variety of settings in Queensland, the Northern Territory, Western Australia, New South Wales and Victoria. He undertook post graduate studies in Paediatric Nursing, Addiction and Midwifery, whilst concurrently working in Medical/Surgical wards, Paediatrics, NICU, ED, Theatres and Maternity.

He has completed a Masters in Community Health and Primary Health care and is near completion of an MBA.

Mark commenced working at YSAS in October 2012, initially as Clinical Manager before being appointed Clinical Director, bringing his experience of managing remote aboriginal and youth homeless health services to the role. In late 2013, he supported the implementation of YHaRS as the Service Director, before returning to his current role as Clinical Director in July 2015.  

Dom Ennis
Dom Ennis
Director, Research, Evaluation, Advocacy and Practice

Dom (PostGrad Diploma Adolescent Health, Diploma AOD, Diploma Community Services) has been a manager and practitioner in the Youth AOD field since 2000, working in and managing community based programs, intensive support withdrawal units and specialized projects. Dom’s entire youth work experience spans over 20 years and includes roles in youth housing, family support and out of home care.

Most recently Dom was responsible for development, design and implementation of the state-wide Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice (YoDAA) service.

Dom is especially interested in the development of innovative service responses that challenge traditional notions of treatment and that incorporate evidence regarding what young people need to develop resilience.

Laura Callow
Laura Callow
Director - Marketing & Campaigns

Laura is a marketing professional with experience across global markets. She holds a 1st Class Honours in Marketing and is committed to establishing strategies and campaigns that deliver strong ROI, increase brand awareness, improve user experience and drive engagement

As Director of Marketing & Campaigns, Laura is responsible for driving the continued success of YSAS's two fundraising campaigns FebFast and Ride the Night, as well as leading the marketing strategy for the organisation. 

She is passionate about the marketing space, and works to support an environment in which innovation and creativity are both welcomed and expected. 

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