About / Governance
We are governed by a board of 11 directors that serve on a voluntary basis. The Board is responsible for: setting the strategic vision and policies; monitoring overall organisational performance; and approving and monitoring the annual budget and audit processes. The sub-committees of the Board include: Finance Sub-Committee and Fundraising and Events Sub-Committee.
Dr DAVID YOUNG MBBS. FRACS
David Young is one of Australia’s most prominent and respected Orthopaedic surgeons. With an A-List of Australian and international professional athletes as patients, David is regarded as a leader in his field. David lectures and consults internationally. His vision led to a Trauma-Hospital being built in Sri Lanka following the 2004 Tsunamis and he is firmly dedicated to the health, well-being and education of youth in Australia.
The Andrews family has been a respected member of Melbourne’s business community for decades. Ros has been very involved as a volunteer with many organisations, including the Lady Mayoress’ Committee. She first began assisting the 20th Man Fund’s “Back to School” program 22 years ago. Ros is also a dedicated Trustee of the Ujamaa Foundation, which runs a children’s home in Tanzania set up by her daughter Carley.
John Jenkins comes with decades of experience in all forms of small-to-medium business. As director of consulting firm, Global Matrix Solutions, John delivers streamlined business solutions to hundreds of businesses throughout Victoria. John forms part of the Finance Committee and is a crucial part of the future of the Les Twentyman Foundation.
Jackie’s approach is always authentic and passionate, a creative strategist and team focused leader who knows how to market a good story. Career highlights include decade long associations successfully collaborating with sport, government and tourism industries. Predominantly in the fields of marketing, events, managing elite level and community programs, together with growing widespread thoroughbred racing and breeding industry initiatives. Jackie champions utilising her vast corporate networks and skills towards growing the economic prosperity of rural and regional communities, especially in the not-for-profit space, and is passionate in nurturing opportunities for young people to be more active and valued.
Jen has worked for the Department of Education and Training since 1994 and is currently in the position of Area Executive Director for Central Highlands after being a Principal for 20 years in Warrnambool and St Kilda areas. An advocate of the government education system, Jen believes all students regardless of their background and socio economic status, should achieve their potential irrespective of the school they attend.
Born and raised in Braybrook in Melbourne’s West, Mike is a much-respected local businessman. Having established a number of car-dealerships in Melbourne including Volvo and Honda, Mike went on to co-found communications company, BlueAnt Wireless. Mike is an active member of numerous community groups.
John is a former councillor and Mayor of Sunshine, a Melton Shire Council commissioner, AFL Victoria Director and a Member of the Advisory Committee for City West Water. He has a long history in building and property development and is a qualified Registered Commercial Residential Builder. John brings an extensive knowledge of the Western Suburbs to the Les Twentyman Foundation.
Siba is an experienced lawyer having worked at top tier international law firms and in-house in Australia and Europe in the areas of corporate, property and financial litigation, banking, restructuring and insolvency. Siba has been involved as a volunteer with many organisations, including most recently at: Binarri-binyja Yarrawoo Aboriginal Corporation in the East Kimberly, assisting with setting up the corporate governance framework of the organisation; JusticeConnect, providing legal advice and representation to at risk women and children to ensure they maintain or obtain housing; and the Women’s Legal Services Victoria, assisting with its submissions to the Royal Commission into Family Violence on economic abuse and economic recovery of family violence victims. Siba is also a committee member of the not-for-profit Turnaround Management Association (a global organisation representing the interests of turnaround professionals and committed to promoting the benefits that turnaround offers the wider business community) and Law Council of Australia (the peak national representative body of the Australian legal profession working for the improvement of the law and of the administration of justice).
Paul El Deir
Paul El Deir is the Co-Founder of Rockwood Real Estate. He offers a mix of industry experience you simply can’t find anywhere else. For the last 25 years, he’s been regarded as a leading expert in real estate marketing and advertising. Before joining Rockwood, Paul worked as General Manager for Sales and Marketing at News Corporation, managing the national real estate portfolio and collaborating on strategic initiatives in the inner sanctum of realestate.com.au. Paul frequently presented real estate strategy to the News Corporation Board and executives. Prior to News Corporation, Paul was the Sales Director for 43 Leader newspaper titles across Victoria, educating real estate agents on how to leverage print and digital media to drive better results. He’s also worked as State Manager for Sensis Classifieds and Chief Commercial Officer for VACC. Rockwood is the culmination of Paul’s 25 years experience in business and real estate; a quarter of a century’s worth of inside knowledge, sales expertise and media connections.
Chris is a businessman having owned several leading Motor Dealerships over the last 25 years in the western suburbs. A former Wyndham Business Person Of The Year, Chairman of Ford Advertising Fund and Vice Chairman of Werribee Racing Club, Chris has a very long association with Les Twentyman and the Foundation. Father of four teenage boys, Chris is passionate that all youth have the same opportunities regardless of their background.
Lexi is a graphic designer with 20 years experience in marketing and communications and currently runs a design and print business. She has previously volunteered as the graphic designer for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and currently manages a family foundation along with her sister-in-laws. She and her husband and family have had a long history with Les Twentyman and the Foundation.
Les Twentyman OAM is one of Australia’s best-known youth workers and social campaigners. Raised in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Les has devoted his life to young people doing it tough and is widely considered an expert on a range of community issues, including youth homelessness, addiction, and social welfare