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The YMCA struc​​​ture

The National Council of the YMCAs of Australia (YMCA Australia) is a federation of 17 Member Associations across Australia. Each is governed by a local voluntary Board of Directors elected by its members. YMCA Australia, through its membership of the World Alliance of YMCAs, controls the rights to the use of the YMCA name and trademarks in Australia. Through a process of licensing and Charter Membership, YMCA Australia devolves the right to use the YMCA name and trademarks in local communities to independently incorporated YMCA Associations, such as our YMCA of the Northern Territory.

Northern T​erritory governance

YMCA has been providing services to communities in the Northern Territory since the 1950's through separately incorporated YMCAs in Alice Springs, Katherine, Palmerston and Darwin. In 2016, YMCA Members agreed to amalgamate into the YMCA of the Northern Territory. YMCA now operates two companies, The Young Men's Christian Association of the Northern Territory Ltd and The YMCA of the Northern Territory Youth & Community Services Ltd.

The Board can have a total of ten Directors of which six are elected by the Members and four can be appointed by the Board itself.

At least three of the elected Directors are drawn from the Community Advisory Committees which have been formed in each region.

The Community Advisory Committees are comprised of members who have an interest in furthering the YMCA's vision in local community. This structure ensures local engagement and that local community needs, relevant to the YMCA's vision, are heard and represented on the Northern Territory Board.​​

 Our Board of Directors

Board Member

Matt Fawkner

President and representative of the Katherine Community Advisory Committee

Matt is the principal legal officer at the Katherine Woman’s Information and Legal Service. As a director of YMCA Katherine, he has been influential in the amalgamation of the three Territory YMCAs into the YMCA of the Northern Territory. Matt is a foundation board member of the charitable organization, Youth Assist and has held several director positions on Aboriginal corporation and agency Boards.

Board Member

Helen Williamson

Treasurer and representative of the Alice Springs Community Advisory Committee

Helen holds a Masters in Business Administration and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. As the CFO of Tangentyere Council in Alice Springs, Helen’s connections with one of the largest Aboriginal organisations in the Northern Territory provide an excellent reference point for YMCA’s work in improving the lives of some of the most vulnerable and disadvantage people in Australia.

Board Member

Foster Stavridis

Board Director and representative of Darwin/Palmerston Community Advisory Committee

Foster has an extensive background in HR Management, executive leadership and strategic planning developed through executive and senior project positions within the Queensland Police Force and with the Northern Territory Government since 2003, particularly with Aboriginal Health Service agencies. Foster has a strong commitment to serving communities through his leadership roles. He is currently the President of the children’s charity, Variety NT, Deputy Chair of the Northern Territory Advisory Board for Red Cross and has director and committee involvement in a range of international charities.

Board Member

Kate Vanderlaan

Board Director elected by the Members

Kate has been a Police Officer for 38 years rising through the ranks to hold supervisory positions as Sergeant and Senior Sergeant. She became a Commissioned Officer in 1997 and held Superintendent and Commander roles in Senior Management, responsible for a Division and Region, including the position of Commander of the Professional Standards Command for 2 years. She currently holds the rank of Deputy Commissioner. Kate’s experience brings to the Board extensive problem solving skills and an understanding of the social issues surrounding disadvantaged youth, alongside a strategic focus and a commitment to governance and adaptive leadership.

Board Member

Carol Dowling

Board Director elected by the Members

Carol is a local Indigenous woman from Katherine. She was a teacher for over thirty years with a wide range of experiences and knowledge. Carol is an active member of the wider community. She is a member of the Kalano Community Association Council, Chair of the Katherine Region Action Group (KRAG), member of the Katherine Women’s Crisis Centre committee and a member of the Katherine Local Reference Group on Domestic and Family Violence.

Board Member

William (Bill) Yan

Board Director elected by Members

Bill is General Manager at the Alice Springs Correctional Centre. Bill is a committed supporter of the community and continually strives for inclusiveness for all. He has been the President of the Alice Springs Off Road Race Club and on the Executive Committee for the Finke Desert Race. Through his role at the Alice Springs Correctional Centre, Bill has developed valuable relationships with Government Departments, local regional councils and Aboriginal Elders & Communities.

 Our Executive Team

Board Member

Andy Buckton

Chief Executive Officer

Andy Joined the YMCA in Perth in 2002. He has held a number of senior management roles with the broader YMCA including CEO of Eastern Goldfields YMCA. Andy has a Master of Science in Sport and Recreation Management, a degree in Business Studies and over 20 years’ experience in the Not for Profit Sector. He has held a number of Executive Manager positions for YMCA WA and was responsible for the rollout and establishment of 3 multipurpose sport and recreation centres in both metropolitan and regional locations, and the construction of a $2 million Early learning Centre. Andy has significant strategic and operational expertise and has played a central role in the amalgamation of the three Territory YMCA’s and the establishment of the YMCA of the Northern Territory.

Board Member

Nathan Bye

Executive Manager, Recreation and Aquatic Services

As a seasoned YMCA staff member, Nathan Bye brings a wealth of expertise and experience to his role. His career started with YMCA Victoria as a Lifeguard before quickly being promoted to the role of Duty Manager and then Operations Coordinator. In 2016 Nathan relocated to the Northern Territory to manage the Leanyer and Palmerston Waterparks. After a short time Nathans passion and expertise in his field saw him promoted to the role of Executive Manager – Recreation & Aquatics, leading the Northern Territory forward to becoming a leading service provider in the Health, Fitness and Aquatics Industry.

Board Member

Elizabeth Stiller

Executive Manager, Children and Family Services

Liz Stiller is an experienced early childhood professional with more than 20 years’ experience working in a broad range of early years settings. Most recently Liz worked with the Department of Education NT as an authorised officer undertaking the assessment and rating of early years services as part of the national quality agenda. Originally from Melbourne, Liz has gained impressive experience working in both NFP and government organisations including Gowrie Victoria and the City of Kingston. Liz is a dynamic early childhood leader with a reputation for ensuring ethical practice and leading teams to achieve their best.

Board Member

Tracey McNee

Executive Manager, Youth and Community Services

Tracey McNee joined the YMCA Executive Management Team early May 2017 as Executive Manager Youth & Community Services. Tracey has worked in the community service sector for over 25 years, with a strong focus on youth, youth homelessness and community safety. She has demonstrated experience working in Community based organisations, local government and government. Tracey has called Northern Territory her home for 12 years and has worked in Darwin, Alice Springs and across regional and remote communities in the Top End and Central Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Community Development and Human Services from Southern Cross University and is currently completing her Master of Arts in Community Development through Murdoch University.

Board Member

Tegan McFarlane

Executive Manager, People and Culture

Tegan McFarlane started her Human Resources career in Brisbane, before relocating to the Northern Territory and joining YMCA in December 2015. Tegan took on the role of Executive Manager – People and Culture with YMCA in early 2017, bringing with her a generalist background in Human Resources, as well as strategic and operational experience across a number of different industry sectors. Tegan is an experienced and capable Human Resources professional, supporting her passion for Human Resources by completing a Master of Management, with a specialisation in Human Resource Management in August 2016. Tegan oversees Human Resources across the Territory for YMCA, with her team having a strong focus on fostering a positive workplace environment and safeguarding children and young people.

Board Member

Ron Mell

Executive Manager, Governance and Finance

Ron is the company secretary of the YMCA Territory group. Ron was the principal of a CPA practice and a business proprietor before taking on the role of CEO of the YMCA of Perth. Following the successful development of the YMCA in Western Australia he took on the role of National CEO for YMCA of Australia, a position he held for five years. In 2016, after moving back to his hometown in Perth, he has lead the amalgamation of the three Territory YMCAs and the formation of the YMCA of the Northern Territory.

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