All our work is underpinned by our core values
The views, happiness and safety of young people
The independence, professionalism and integrity of Youthsafe
Evidence-based practice and partnerships in youth injury prevention
Shared respect and responsibility
Youthsafe is registered with Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) as a public company limited by guarantee – ABN 91 068 371 022.
We are registered as a charitable institution with Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission (ACNC), endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as an income tax exempt charitable entity and authorised by the Office of Charities, NSW Department of Gaming and Racing, to fundraise for charitable purposes.
Any profits Youthsafe makes are reinvested into our community programs to secure the future safety of all young people.
Professor James Middleton, MBBS, PhD, FACRM, FAFRM (RACP)
Board Member since 1997, Chairperson since 1998
James is the Clinical Director of the State Spinal Cord Injury Service, which is a Network of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation. Prior to this, he was Medical Director of the Moorong Spinal Unit at the Royal Rehabilitation Centre (from 1996 – 2006). He continues to work at Royal Rehab as Senior Medical Specialist for the NSW Spinal Outreach Service. James also holds an academic position as a Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine in the John Walsh Centre for Rehabilitation Research at the University of Sydney, located at the Kolling Institute at Royal North Shore Hospital. In addition, James is Chair of the External Relations Committee of the International Spinal Cord Society (ISCOS) and a member of the ISCOS Prevention Committee since 2001. James also sits on a range of scientific advisory and other steering committees.
David Riches, B Ed, Dip Teaching
Board Member since 2009, Deputy Chairperson since 2013
David is Director of his own road safety consultancy firm, with government and local councils his main clients. He has worked as a teacher, road safety education consultant with the Department of Education, road safety manager with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority and senior manager in injury prevention and health promotion with Area Health Services. As such David brings a wealth of experience in education and strategic planning, as well as road safety and injury prevention for young people. David was also President of the Board of the Arthritis Foundation of NSW for over a decade, providing excellent insights into the NGO sector.
Sharit Dass BCA, Grad Dip CA
Board Member since December 2018, Treasurer since April 2019
Elected to officer positions by circular resolution 22 April 2019
Sharit is a finance executive with over 20 years of experience in financial management, performance reporting, budgeting, forecasting and business partnering in large and dynamic organisations within the private, public and not for profit sectors in Fiji, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Board Member since 2010
Max is Managing Director of the Lloyd-Jones Meakin Group. Under his leadership, the group has assisted major Australian and global organisations rapidly shift their culture and improve their performance, using safety as a business driver. Max started out in his business career as an Accountant working for various US multinational corporations and gained a great deal of experience across a large number of markets, countries and cultures, then moved through several general and senior business management opportunities before establishing his strategic safety consultancy.
Gregory Cantwell, BSoc Sc, Masters Public Health
Board Member since 2014
Greg is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Peer Support Australia, an organisation committed to improving the social and emotional wellbeing of young people. His senior management experience includes Executive Officer for the National Stroke Foundation and Executive Director of Road Safety Education Limited. He has over 20 years’ experience in health and youth sectors working in both small and large not for profit organisations including the Australian Red Cross, Kidney Health Australia, Asthma Foundation, Macular Degeneration Foundation and Scouts Australia (NSW). Greg holds a Masters in Public Health, and qualifications in social science and business management. His strengths include business development, influencing government policy and engaging corporate sector support for programs.