The Les Twentyman Foundation appoints new Chief Executive Officer

Melbourne July 8, 2021 the Les Twentyman Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Burke as its new Chief Executive Officer.

“Paul comes to the Les Twentyman Foundation with an enormous wealth of experience in working on delivering programs for youth and a strong expertise in governance and he will be an invaluable asset for the foundation,” said David Young, Chair of the Les Twentyman Foundation.

Mr. Young said that the Les Twentyman Foundation has been on a pathway of continuous growth over the past decade, helping thousands of young Victorians to reconnect with society and their education.

“Today the young people of Victoria are in more need of support than ever before, the impact of lockdown has been devastating to our youth, with those from low socio-economic backgrounds most at risk, which is why we must work harder than ever to ensure that we do not lose a generation of young people.”

Whilst welcoming Mr. Burke to the position of Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Young also praised the Les Twentyman Foundations outgoing CEO Renee Hancock.

“Renee did a fabulous job guiding the foundation through the difficulty of our COVID impacted world, providing a solid foundation for the organisation to continue to grow under the new leadership of Paul Burke.”

With more than 20 years of experience working in high-pressure policy rich environments delivering key services and economic and social outcomes both in Australia and overseas, including 17 years as a Director and senior member of the Executive Leadership Team at Glen Eira City Council, Mr. Burke is excited by the challenge that leading the Les Twentyman Foundation will bring.

“I am excited to be joining the team at the Les Twentyman Foundation, whose youth programs and dedicated youth support teams are recognised as leaders in the industry. I look forward to working with such a talented team to deliver the Board’s vision for the Foundation and to working with one of the icons of youth services, Les Twentyman himself,” said Mr. Burke.

“The work of the Les Twentyman Foundation is so important to our community, it’s stated aim of ensuring that every young person deserves an equal opportunity is one I embrace and from day one I will be working hard to expand our youth support programs, so we can assist as many children who need help as possible”.

Les Twentyman has also warmly welcomed Mr. Burke to the role of CEO, stating that he was impressed by Mr. Burke’s extensive experience at delivering programs and believes that his skills will assist the Les Twentyman Foundation in becoming an even stronger organisation.

“The work the foundation does is so important, whether that is our Back to School, Positive Futures, Youth Support Services, Sport and Arts programs, all are aimed at developing self-esteem of young people and reconnecting with society. Paul’s experience will help us grow these important programs and I am looking forward to seeing the growth that the organisation will have under his leadership,” said Mr.
Twentyman.

Mr. Burke’s tenure as Chief Executive Officer will commence from Thursday July 8.

About the Les Twentyman Foundation
Working across Greater Melbourne, the Les Twentyman Foundations dedicated team supports hundreds of kids aged between five and 25, who face multiple stresses holding them back from living a life that every child deserves, including poverty, mental health, unemployment, racism, addiction, domestic violence and crime.

The Les Twentyman Foundation’s work focuses on keeping children and young people engaged with their education, families and connected to the community, building hope and ensuring they do not end up homeless, living on the streets or engaged with the youth justice system.

Founded by legendary youth worker Les Twentyman OAM, the Les Twentyman Foundation has a history of more than 30 years supporting at-risk youth and understands that keeping kids connected and engaged with their education, is key to helping young people create a brighter future for themselves and their families.