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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

    David Barrett

    Board Director elected by the Members

    David, retired since September 2015, previously held the position of registrar at Komilda College (22 years) and more recently worked for the Northern Territory Community Corrections. He has an extensive background in police and prosecutions work. David has been the Associate Pastor at the Palmerston Apostolic Church since 2000. David has served on the State Council of Isolated Children’s Parents Association (two terms as Vice President), is an ICC accredited cricket umpire and has been a founding and active member of the committee for Christmas Carols in Palmerston.

    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 an indigenous leader in the Katherine community. She is an active member and teacher at the Kalano Community Association Council, is Chair of the Katherine Regional Action Group and a committee member of the Katherine Women’s Crisis Centre and the Katherine Domestic Violence Group. Carol has a strong connection to young indigenous people in the region and is passionate about providing them with an opportunity and a voice.

 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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