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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

Gaurav Sareen


Gaurav leads Deloitte's Tax and Government Incentives team across Northern Australia, drawing on his deep expertise with assisting projects with Government funding and financing. Gaurav has vast experience providing various consulting services to Federal and Northern Territory and local government departments and provides tailored strategic advice to clients in the infrastructure, construction and property development, energy and resources, and tourism sectors. Gaurav has also played an integral role in the Positioning for Prosperity: Developing the North - boardroom consultation series that was jointly facilitated by Deloitte, NAB and the Northern Australia Development of Australia Office. This included coordinating and presenting Deloitte's thought leadership series latest publication 'Get out of your own way – Unleashing productivity'. Gaurav joins the Board as Treasurer and brings to the organisation a strong financial and business background to complement his experience in working with Federal and Territory governments.

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.

Board Member

The Honourable Sally Thomas AC

Board Director elected by the Members

Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AC has served as Magistrate and then Chief Magistrate of the Northern Territory from 1986 to 1992. She was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory from 1992 to 2009; the first female Judge in the Northern Territory. In 2003, Sally was elected as Deputy Chancellor to the Council of Charles Darwin University and to Chancellor of the University in 2010, a position she held until 2016. In October 2011, Her Honour was sworn in as the 20th and first female Administrator of the Northern Territory. Her term concluded in October 2014. In January 2014, she was named a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to the people of the Northern Territory, particularly to the judiciary and social justice, to the advancement of women in the legal profession, to youth, and to the promotion and development of tertiary education. Sally also holds many Board positions on community organisations within the Northern Territory. Her Honour brings to the YMCA Board, not only an invaluable breadth of skill, experience and knowledge, but a compassion and empathy for people, shaped through her many years’ experience serving communities throughout the Northern Territory.

Board Member

Celia Lloyd

Board Member

Celia leads a multi disciplinary team in Darwin Port including Finance, Human Resources, Procurement, Information & Communications Technology and Information & Records Management. Celia is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years of experience across various industries within Australia and the UK. Celia has worked in senior finance roles across a variety of industries in Brisbane, Darwin and London. Celia has extensive experience in accounting-based roles, financial reporting, business analytics and modelling, contract and business process improvement.

Board Member

Ron Mell

Board Director / Company Secretary

Ron 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.

 Our Executive Team

Board Member

Matt Feutrill

Chief Executive Officer

Matt is an executive leader with over 20 years’ experience in the not for profit / for purpose sector. Matt has held senior roles across the categories of recreation management, children services, community services, disability, youth, sport, outdoor education / camping, accommodation, international aid/development, and corporate services. Founded on executive level interpersonal qualities and with refined skills in the areas of governance & planning, strategy execution, business development, marketing and general management, Matt has led complex local, state, national and international programs and business operations. Matt’s qualifications include Executive Education at Stanford University School of Business - Not for Profit Leadership; Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors; Graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program; Fellowship at Leadership Victoria and Advanced Diploma of Management from Sydney University.

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

Alana James

Executive Manager Youth Services

Alana is a firm believer in the power and potential of young people. Her role brings together two passions – empowering young people and positive social change. Alana previously managed YMCA South Australia’s Youth Empowerment programs and served on the Youth Affairs Council of South Australia (YACSA) board. Alana is a graduate of the Governor’s Leadership Foundation program (Leaders Institute of South Australia’s flagship program).

Board Member

Calum Eastwood

Executive Manager Recreation Services

Calum is a dynamic, outcomes focused leader with a passion for sport, recreation and wellbeing. Calum has held senior roles across various disciplines within recreation management, ranging from Facility Operations to Area Management, before taking up his executive leadership position. Originally from Ireland, Calum has led the execution of several large projects across the YMCA Group, including the re-opening of a multi-million dollar recreation centre in Alice Springs, as well as the transition to 24/7 access at two of the Y’s health clubs. Calum has over 10 years industry experience, with a background in both the non-for-profit and private sectors. Calum’s qualifications include a Bachelor Honours (First Class) in Sports Development, and he continues to pursue & advocate for personal, professional and spiritual growth.

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