Our team are here to make a difference

Our Ambassadors

Sylvia Jeffreys

Youngcare National Ambassador

Journalist and Presenter on Channel Nine’s breakfast show Today Extra. Sylvia has previously been a news presenter on Nine’s breakfast show Today, a reporter and presenter on Nine News and a reporter on A Current Affair.

Youngcare ambassador Michael Atkinson

Michael Atkinson

Youngcare Ambassador

Michael Atkinson is a sports reporter at Nine News Queensland. Before joining the Nine News team, Michael worked in professional rugby as a Team Manager with the Queensland Reds.

Youngcare ambassador, Lisa Cox, smiling and sitting in wheelchair alongside the Brisbane River

Lisa Cox

Youngcare Ambassador

Lisa Cox is a multi-awarded writer, presenter and consultant based in Australia. She is also the author of two books, an advocate and ambassador. Lisa is on a mission to muse, educate and challenge. Her work has been published nationally and internally for publications like Huff Post and The Sydney Morning Herald.

Josh Hazelwood

Youngcare Ambassador

Josh Hazelwood a renowned Melbourne artist celebrated for his intricate and expansive sculptures joins Youngcare as an Ambassador. Our collaboration began with the thrilling #TheBigDrive fundraiser —a cause Josh passionately championed.

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Our Board

They bring to the organisation a strong mix of skills and experience ranging from property and construction to finance, media and marketing. The Board is responsible for setting Youngcare’s strategy and ensuring that we are on track to meet our goals. They make sure that every dollar we receive is put to the best possible use in our mission to fight for freedom of choice for young people with high care needs and their loved ones.

The Board oversees corporate governance, ensuring that we act in a socially responsible way, manage risk and comply with all the relevant rules and regulations. Outside of the boardroom, members play an active role in supporting Youngcare by representing us at fundraising events and functions, meeting MPs and government officials and promoting the Youngcare cause.

Paul McLean
Paul McLean

Board Chairman – McLean Advisory

Clare Sultman
Clare Sultmann

Board Director – Noosa Mayor, Founder and Director of Dear Molly

Jamie Shine
Jamie Shine

Board Director

John Tyquin
John Tyquin

Board Director – GOA Billboards, Joint Managing Director

Matthew Kayrooz
Matthew Kayrooz

Board Director 

Nic De Luca

Board Director – De Luca Corporation, Managing Director

Jenny Barends
Jenny Barends

Board Secretary – Youngcare Finance Manager & Company Secretary

Peter Beaton
Peter Beaton

Board Director – KPMG Australia, Partner

Wendy Jones

Board Director

Our Team

Youngcare’s team are passionate, positive, innovative, transparent and just a tad cheeky! Bringing a vast array of strengths, skills and experience, together we are making real headway in affecting positive change for young people with high care needs and their loved ones.

Youngcare Leadership Team

Greg Johnson, Chief Executive Officer

Shane Jamieson, Youngcare Connect Manager

Tim Lambert, General Manager Development

Jenny Barends, Finance Manager & Company Secretary

Karen Descovich, Head of Fundraising & Community Engagement

Carolina Gadsby, Head of Marketing & Communications

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A huge thanks to our supporters 

Channel Nine
Une Parkinson Foundation
Betta Home Living
ALS Global
The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust
The Co Group
Stan and Maureen Duke Foundation
Network First
National Storage
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