Chief Executive Officer
Renee has held executive and senior management roles across the not-for-profit and corporate sectors. Renee’s passion is working with organisations focused on equality and social justice for vulnerable people in the community, especially women, children and young people.
Before joining the Foundation, Renee held the role of Director of Communications and Engagement at YWCA Australia where she led a team across three states focused on advocacy, communications, marketing, fundraising, corporate partnerships, events and government relations. Previously, Renee also held the position of General Manager – Marketing and Innovation at Good Shepherd Microfinance where she led the design and delivery of new and emerging programs focused on economic wellbeing for people on low incomes.
During her time in the corporate sector, Renee was the Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility at ANZ where she led the bank’s approach to community investment, volunteering, giving and disaster relief and recovery. Renee has also contributed her skills and expertise to her local community while she was the Chair of the volunteer board at Wingate Avenue Community Centre in Ascot Vale. She has a Master of Marketing from Melbourne Business School.
Manager – Western Region
Jim Markovski OAM has over 37 years’ extensive knowledge and experience working in the fields of youth, community, recreation and sport. He has developed the highly acclaimed EMBRACE youth leadership personal development program and the successful Redskins / 96ers Basketball Club. He maintains a strong passion and commitment for marginalised and at-risk CALD young people.
Manager – School Programs
Sarah Ryan has worked with the Les Twentyman Foundation for nearly 5 years as a Youth Worker, and Education Manager. She brings 15 years of experience from the Education, Not-For-Profit, Mental Health and Justice sectors to manage our diverse team of expert youth workers and Education programs.
Manager – Community Engagement
Lisa Blackmore has worked in the not-for-profit sector for almost a decade across administration and community engagement roles. She is an experienced events manager and fundraising professional. Lisa is passionate about giving back to the community and works with donors and supporters to attract investment to key programs.
Richard Tregear started his community service journey as a youth worker. This evolved into a community worker to reflect his work of supporting children, young people, and families. The past 25 years have been spent refining support to young people and families with challenging drug use issues. Also important has been the knowledge of educational options for marginalised teenagers outside mainstream school settings.
Sean has been instrumental in the growth of the Positive Futures program in to Primary Schools. Sean’s experience in Residential care, therapeutic homes, schools and the corporate world has enabled him to improve social dynamics, parent-teacher relationships and teaching staff capacity to support at-risk students.
Dan has an extensive history in restaurant and café kitchen management, as well as local council youth services and case management. Dan has a strong focus on real-world application of workplace skills, resilience, and team dynamics. With his multitude of skills and networking abilities, he has run a highly successful youth led social enterprise out of Berwick Secondary College.
Maddy has over 8 years’ experience in the youth sector, in the tertiary education and residential care settings. Maddy has extensive experience in case managing disengaged young people to support re-engaging them back into education/training/employment. This included TAFE in class youth work support, outreach, referrals, family work, and liaison with teachers within TAFE and school settings.
With a diverse vocational background, Graeme brings extensive experience in Trade Skills and Education. Graeme has worked in Education for around 10 years, running the Hands on Learning Program at two secondary colleges, providing hundreds of young people the opportunity to grow and learn in the school environment by teaching them life, vocational and social skills.
Gum Mamur has been part of the Les Twentyman Foundation for more of a decade. Gum first came into contact with us as a basketball player, and later the EMBRACE program. It was identified that Gum had potential as an advocate for South Sudanese young people and children from migrant refugee backgrounds. Gum works in our Youth Service Support Team.
Tekani Perry was participant in the Les Twentyman Foundation’s basketball and EMBRACE programs. Inspired by our work and a keen interest in youth justice, Tekani went on to study a Bachelor of Youth Work. She joined the Youth Support Service as a Youth Worker in 2020 and has a particular interest in supporting young people from Pacific Islander backgrounds.
Social Media Officer
Luzinda’s experience includes both print and TV journalism with the Seven Network Melbourne and the Herald Sun. She has a Bachelor of Communication (Media Studies) and a Bachelor of Social Science (Majoring in Behaviour Studies). She supports the marketing and social media at the Les Twentyman Foundation.