Our Board 

On the YFS Board are business and community leaders from the greater Brisbane region.

Helen Sharpley

Chair
MBA, B.Ec., Australian Institute of Company Directors Member

Helen has 25 years in executive roles across not for profit, public, private and consulting sectors. Helen brings to the YFS Board expertise in strategy development and innovation, transformational change, financial management and governance.

Aunty Heather Castledine

Director
B. Social Work

Aunty Heather is a cultural consultant at Queensland Health within the Metro South Child and Youth Mental Health unit. Aunty Heather also holds key roles in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. She is a member of the Logan District Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation of Elders and Chair of Reconciliation Queensland Incorporated.

Special responsibility
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships Portfolio

Cher Bartlett

Director
M.Laws, B.Laws, B.Bus

Cher graduated from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in 2005 with a Master of Law. She also holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Business from Southern Cross University. Cher is currently the Head of Legal – Upstream & Development at Origin Energy. Cher’s previous roles at Origin Energy include Senior Corporate Lawyer and Corporate Lawyer – Planning and Environment. Cher is passionate about the law with solid experience as a trusted legal advisor to senior executives and leading a team to deliver high quality and cost-effective legal solutions.

Special responsibility
Risk and Audit Committee

Patrick Turner

Deputy Chair
B.Laws, B.A. (Hons), MAICD

Patrick is a Senior Associate in employment and industrial law at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and is a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Occupational and Discipline Law Committee. Patrick has previously worked for the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service and a former Deputy Premier.

Fiona Murcott

Director
B.A. (Journalism and Government), Grad.Dip. Professional Communication (Public Relations)

Fiona has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing, stakeholder engagement and journalism, and has been running a successful Brisbane public relations consultancy since 2004. She brings to the YFS board marketing expertise in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, including in the areas of business and marketing strategy, communication campaigns, fundraising and sponsorships, social-impact assessment and management, stakeholder and community engagement, and government and media relations.

Special responsibility
Social Enterprise Working Group

Janelle Thurlby

Director
Janelle has had a long career in Queensland Treasury, with responsibility for complex policy areas including communities, housing, justice and intergovernmental relations. Within Treasury she advocated for greater collaboration between government agencies and the social sector. She was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding contribution to financial management and planning.

Janelle brings to the Board experience in policy development, budget reporting and stakeholder management.

Catherine Bartolo AM

Company Secretary, Director
Member of the Order of Australia
M. Social Admin and Planning, B.Soc.Sc, Dip.T (Primary)

Cath is the CEO of YFS Ltd and has worked in various roles in the Logan community for more than 33 years. Cath is a member of the Logan Together Leadership Team.

Special responsibility
Risk and Audit Committee

Simon James

Director

Bachelor of Arts (Hons) Business, FAICD

With a background in healthcare, community services and sports management, Simon brings to the YFS Board 12 years of executive leadership experience and six years of Board experience as a non-executive director in the profit and not-for-profit sectors. He has taken on executive roles with the Brisbane South Primary Health Network, Open Minds, HOCA and two of Australia’s largest hospital operators.

Special responsibility
Property and Investment Working Group

Philip Beresford

Director

MBA, BCom, GAICD, MACS(Snr)

Philip has 30 years’ global experience working for several large corporations within the investments and technology sectors. As an executive he has been charged with the development and implementation of strategic growth strategies, and has advised organisations on product development, organisational structure and change programs.

Philip is an experienced non-executive director and brings to the Board a focus on strategy, organisational structure, risk management and corporate governance.