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The YFS Board has announced the appointment of Christopher John as the new Chief Executive Officer of YFS. Christopher will join YFS on 3 July 2023.

Christopher brings 17 years of CEO experience within the not-for-profit sector. He is current CEO of Bloomhill Cancer Care, following roles as CEO at Prince’s Trust Australia Ltd, United Synergies Ltd (now YouTurn Ltd) and Lifeline Hobart Inc.

Christopher’s commitment to reducing social disadvantage and improving quality of life aligns with YFS’ vision, purpose and values. I am confident that his extensive sector knowledge, leadership experience and stakeholder relationships make him the right person to lead YFS into its next phase.

YFS is a unique, place-based organisation providing a wide range of services and opportunities for people in Logan and surrounds. Christopher’s management experience in mental health, homelessness, family, youth and children’s services and social enterprise activities equip him to hit the ground running as CEO of our diverse organisation.

The Board and staff of YFS express our enormous gratitude to our outgoing CEO Cath Bartolo AM. As CEO, Cath has spent more than 20 years building YFS into a dynamic organisation, achieving great outcomes for the people and communities we work with. She has been a passionate advocate for the people of Logan and surrounding areas.

Cath has kindly agreed to continue as CEO until the end of June. She will work with Christopher and the Board over the coming months to ensure a smooth handover.

We are confident that Christopher will build on Cath’s work, retaining YFS’ values of excellence, integrity, optimism, steadfastness and courage while pursuing strategies to increase our impact and support more people.