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.
Youthsafe has full accreditation having been assessed by Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) as complying with all relevant standards for community organisations set by the Australasian Quality Improvement Council (QIC).
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 Director of the State Spinal Cord Injury Service located at the Royal Rehabilitation Centre Sydney, Senior Medical Specialist for the NSW Spinal Outreach Service and Associate Professor in the Rehabilitation Studies Unit, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Sydney. In addition James holds an Honorary Senior Staff Specialist position in the Spinal Cord Injuries Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital. James also sits on a range of scientific advisory and steering committees.
David Riches, B Ed, Dip Teaching
Board Member since 2009, Vice 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 is also President of the Board of the Arthritis Foundation NSW, providing excellent insights into the NGO sector.
Sharit Dass BCA, Grad Dip CA
Board Member since December 2018
Elected to officer positions by circular resolution 22 April 2019
Sharit is a finance executive over 20 years of experience in financial management, performance reporting, budgeting, forecasting and business partnering in large and dynamic organisations within private, public and not for profit sector 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 twenty 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.
Gerald Khoury PhD, MBus (IT Mgt), BSc
Board Member since 2016
Gerald has nearly 30 years global experience in IT strategy, planning, architecture and development. He has provided leadership and advice in IT strategy and innovation to some of Australia’s most successful organisations across both the corporate and public sectors. Prior to running his own consultancy, GK Strategic, Gerald held senior consulting positions at IBM and Gartner.
Board Member since 2018
Brian has more than 30 years demonstrated experience in business development, marketing and communications in the For Profit sector holding Australian and AsiaPacific regional senior executive roles at for example American Express, Goodman Fielder and Nestle. In 2010 Brian transitioned full time into the Not for Profit sector turning his expertise and insights towards advising and securing diversified funding source opportunities for organisations such as Mission Australia, The Salvation Army and Cancer Council Australia supporting sustainability that enabled them to respond to the growing demand for their evidence-based programs/services. Brian is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Leep; a professional member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Fundraising Institute of Australia; and a member of the Sydney LHD Human Research Ethics Review Committee (Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Zone).