YMCA Canberra's Leadership Team is headed by our Chief Executive, Torrien Lau, and comprises Executive Officers from each business unit. Our leadership structure is designed to enable innovation and continuous improvement.
YMCA Canberra is governed by a voluntary board of directors who have carriage for the governance of our subsidiary entities that operate our social enterprises.
Our board members have an extensive range of professional and life experience that contributes significantly in their honorary capacities to ensure the YMCA delivers on our mission, vision and corporate stewardship.
Our Constitution allows us to have up to 9 Directors with a provision of at least two young people under the age of 31 years who are independent members of the association. The Board's role is documented in the Board Charter.
The Board has a number of Sub Committees that assist directors to discharge their duties including:
Governance and Nominations
Finance and Risk
There are a number of working groups that support the strategic priorities of YMCA to help deliver our mission and achieve our vision.
Aaron Froud - Board Deputy Chair
Aaron has Bachelor degrees in Economics and Commerce from ANU as well as a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting. Aaron's passion for the Y comes from a hope to see the families and communities of Canberra thrive. Aaron has been a director of YMCA Canberra since 2014 including a period as President.
Caterina is the Founder and Managing Director of For Purpose, a social business working with for purpose professionals to create innovative solutions to complex problems.
Caterina has worked in the for purpose sector in a range of policy, advocacy and sector development roles, including as Director or Policy and Research at the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education.
Caterina was a finalist of the 2015 ACT Young Woman of the Year Awards, a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School program Leadership, Organising and Change and a published author.
Charine Bennett – Board Chair
Charine has extensive experience in the Commonwealth public service and currently works as a government lawyer. Prior to obtaining her legal qualifications, Charine completed postgraduate commerce qualifications.
Having lived in Canberra for almost 20 years, Charine credits the YMCA Canberra running club as having giving her a love of our many beautiful trails.
As a mother of two daughters, Charine is drawn to the YMCA's contribution to empowering young people and building a healthy, engaged Canberra community.
Charine joined the YMCA Canberra Board in 2015, taking on the role of Deputy Chair in 2017. She also Chairs the Board's Finance and Risk Committee.
Elisabeth has extensive experience working in the public and private sectors across several disciplines related to planning, urban policy, affordable housing, the development industry, and in law. She currently works as a director of a private practice that specialises in architecture and urban strategy.
A mother of three children, Elisabeth values the significant contribution the YMCA can make to the development and well-being of young people in Canberra and to the promotion of social health and well-being in the community.
Elisabeth has been a member of the YMCA Canberra Board since 2017.
Joanna has a strong background in generalist HR/WHS and has worked in a wide range of industries: ASX listed, technology, retail, hospitality, travel, logistics, NFP, government, shipping and manufacturing companies.
Joanna has 12 years of senior leadership skills in people management, leadership capability, board and governance, change management, building compliance, talent succession, innovative practices and engaging a high performance culture that aligns with organisational goals and strategic direction.
Joanna is a qualified and a certified AHRI practitioner and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Majoring in HR), awarded the Australian Rising Star 2016, and finalist for Australian HR Manager of the year in 2017.
Rob has been working in the building services and construction industry for 18 years in a range of roles. Coming from a trade background, Rob brings diversity of thought, decision making and problem solving to the board of the Y.
Rob’s contribution to the Y will complement the work he has already been doing around mental health for young men and women in the construction industry, with a focus on reducing stigma, providing a supportive work environment and ongoing staff training.
Tristan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing, Accounting, Management) and specialises in marketing strategy, finance and accounting, leadership, management skills, and creative communications.
During Tristan's 15-year career, he has launched The Mark Agency, whilst also launching a series of media platforms through networks such as iPrime and Yahoo7. He provides strategic support on all of these projects.