Executive Team

Each member of our executive team is a subject matter expert and is incredibly passionate about their field of expertise.

Andrew Anderson, CEO

Andrew Anderson, CEO

Andrew joined the organisation as CEO in May 2019. After gaining significant experience in multi-discipline senior management within commercial organisations. Approximately nine years ago Andrew was attracted to the opportunity of leveraging these skills in the not-for-profit environment.  He has enjoyed this experience immensely and developed a genuine passion and empathy for this sector and in particular health and social services at this exciting and dynamic time of industry change.  For Andrew it is the uniting of Youturn’s community based services, operational and strategic attributes that align with his skills and passion.

Andrew’s qualifications include: Company Directors Program, Australian Institute of Company Directors; Strategic Perspectives in Non-profit Management, Harvard Business School, Boston; Advanced Diploma of Business Management, University of New England; and Master of Business Administration (MBA), Australian Graduate School of Management.

Dr Tanya Bell, General Manager, Community and Partnerships

Dr Tanya Bell, General Manager, Community and Partnerships

Tanya joined Youturn in 2018 and leads the strategic planning and development of our services to ensure we are working effectively with our partners and local stakeholders to achieve better outcomes for those we help and meeting the requirements of government policy.

With almost two decades in the primary health care sector, Tanya has worked for research and academic institutes, state government departments, as well as non-government agencies including Medical Locals and Primary Health Networks.

Darce Foley, General Manager, Homelessness

Darce Foley, General Manager, Homelessness

Darce joined Youturn in 2018 and leads the Homelessness team to support young people and families at risk of homelessness across the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba regions.

Having worked extensively in government and non-government areas of homelessness and housing, for more than 15 years, Darce has an in-depth understanding of the deliverables required to tackle the complexities and intricacies of breaking the cycle of homelessness.

Darce is compelled by the belief that each person has the right to secure and stable accommodation and is driven by this belief to empower young people to meet the challenges of their lives within a supportive and safe home environment.

Nick Fawcett, General Manager, Clinical Services

Nick Fawcett, General Manager, Clinical Services

Nick took on this new role in July 2019, overseeing the management of our headspace centres.

Nick is a registered Psychologist who has been working in the field of mental health for over 20 years.  He has worked in early intervention, education and for government and non-government agencies, including the Central Queensland, Wide Bay and Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network.

Melissa Smidt , Manager, People and Culture

Melissa Smidt , Manager, People and Culture

As a HR Professional, Melissa has 15 years of human resource experience working in large and small organisations in various stages of their business cycle.  Melissa joined Youturn in July 2016 as a Human Resources Adviser, and in 2017 fulfilled the position of Acting People & Culture Manager for a period of two and half years before accepting the permanent position of People & Culture Manager in early 2020.  Melissa manages the People & Culture team within the organisation and provides advice and support to employees and managers across the employee life cycle.

Throughout her tenure within Youturn, Melissa has developed and implemented various projects including the HR Essentials Management Training, Induction Booklets, Training Review and Needs Analysis, the Employee Benefits & Wellbeing program, the Employee Development Program, implementation of new Employee Assistance Program, and provided oversight of the HRIS implementation of enableHR.

Karen Phillips, General Manager, StandBy

Karen Phillips, General Manager, StandBy

Karen joined Youturn in January 2009 and is the General Manager of StandBy Support After Suicide, Australia’s largest suicide postvention program.

Karen has held prior roles of General Manager, supporting the operations of StandBy and Youturn’s five headspace centres and accompanying programs, as well as Program Manager of Education, Employment and Training.

Karen’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Education and AICD Foundations of Directorship. Karen is a Director on the Board of Suicide prevention Australia.

Robert Owens, Chief Financial Officer

Robert Owens, Chief Financial Officer

Rob leads the management of our financial resources and budgets adding value to the strategy and operations of Youturn.  The team he manages is integral to assessing, planning and coordinating our efforts to better support the future needs of our organisation in the most cost-effective ways.

 

Rob joined in 2020 making the move up to the Sunshine Coast from Sydney where he lived all his life.  He brings a wealth of experience holding a number of senior finance and executive positions in both the public and private sectors, covering Banking & Finance, Taxation, Insurance, Tertiary Education, Advising and Local Government.  In addition Rob has held (and currently still holds) various directorships, both locally and overseas, including a not for profit.

Rob’s qualifications include a BComm from UNSW, he’s a CPA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Rachel, General Manager, Child Safety

Rachel, General Manager, Child Safety

Rachel joined Youturn in 2018 and leads the Child Safety stream of Support Services.

Rachel holds a Bachelor of Social Science ( Psychology) and has over 15 years experience in the Community Welfare sector. She has a strong passion for social acceptance, change and evolution. Her work experience includes managing multiple programs and service users with highly complex needs in Social and Community Housing, Homelessness Services and Licensed Care (Child Safety).

Youturn would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We value their cultures, identities, and continuing connection to country, waters, kin and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and are committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, by providing services that are welcoming, safe, culturally appropriate and inclusive

Youturn is committed to embracing diversity and eliminating all forms of discrimination in the provision of health services. Youturn welcomes all people irrespective of ethnicity, lifestyle choice, faith, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Our organisation is a company limited by guarantee. We are registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission (ACNC), classified a Public Benevolent Institution (PBI) with Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

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