OUR PEOPLE

At YC GROUP, our staff are our most valuable asset. The breadth of staff experience and expertise across multiple industries enables our broad suite of services.

Our diverse professional backgrounds range across:

  • alternative education
  • social work
  • disability support
  • vocational trades and training
  • social enterprise
  • partnership brokerage
  • project management

YC GROUP prioritises the professional and personal development of our staff, facilitating opportunities for career progression, skill development and further training. Our staff culture is one of mutual support, integrity and empowerment.

WE ARE UNITED THROUGH OUR SHARED VALUES. WE BELIEVE IN:

Empathy

Inclusiveness

Good judgement

Flexibility

YC GROUP is managed by our Chief Executive Officer and senior Executive team. They include:

Claudia Devlin

Chief Executive Officer

With a 23-year career in the commercial arena, Claudia brings exceptional business acumen and management to YC Group.

She completed an MBA specialising in international law in 2015 at Deakin University and has Bachelor’s Degrees specialising in accounting and economics. Before assuming the CEO position in 2016, Claudia held the roles of Chief of Operations and Finance for 14 months and Chief Financial Officer for 2 years.

She has been responsible for an organisational restructure to ensure sustainability across all divisions, stimulating revenue growth and reducing dependence on government funding through social enterprise investment.

Claudia is a member of CPA Australia and Treasurer of Prison Fellowship Australia. She is passionate about delivering social impact outcomes alongside improving business performance.

Andrea Cingi

Executive Manager – Education and Training

Andrea has extensive experience across corporate and not-for-profit sectors, in Australia and internationally. For eight years prior to joining YC GROUP, she was the CEO of TLK Community College and represented the Central Coast, Newcastle and Hunter regions on the Community Colleges Australia Peak Body.

Andrea joined YC in 2011 and successfully led the National Partnership Broker, Youth Connections, Links to Learning and growing disability programs. She also founded and is the Principal of our alternative independent school Ngaruki Gulgul and manages our Registered Training Organisation, YC Industry Link.

Layo Adebayo

Executive Manager – Finance

Before coming to Australia in 2012, Layo worked with multinational banks in Treasury Management and Trade Finance and Services roles for 6 years. Once here, he worked with Stanley and Williamson Chartered Accountants from 2013 – 2015 after studying at Macquarie Graduate School of Management, where he completed his internship with Pfizer.

He joined YC Group as an Accountant for The Skills Generator and Trade Staff Australia in September 2015 and was appointed Executive manager, Finance in January 2017. He works closely with the social enterprise business areas of the group, overseeing pricing of services, cash flow management and business process improvement. He is a member of CAANZ, fellow of ACCA, UK and an alumnus of University of East London.

Paul Rockley

Executive Manager – Employment

Paul joins the Executive Management team in 2018 as the Executive Management of Employment.  

Paul’s qualifications include a Diploma in Business Management and Certificate III in Workplace Health and Safety.

Paul’s career began as a Welder and he successfully operated his own fabrication construction business throughout the Newcastle and Hunter regions for over 15 years. Paul’s previous roles include the State Operations Manager for Bluescope Steel, before he began his journey with YC Group in 2014 as a Supervisor with The Skills Generator.

YC GROUP is governed by 4 Board Directors, each of whom boast diverse professional experience across business management , HR, education and consultancy. The Board provides strategic and operational advice to the organisation. They include:

Pat Lewis

Board Chair

Pat is a former secondary school principal and teacher with more than 40 years experience. Throughout his career, Pat was involved in Vocational Education and Training (VET) in schools and at District and Regional levels.

Pat has strong ties with Rotary and has extensive networks on the Central Coast. He believes very strongly in the potential of all young people and is passionate about providing opportunities and encouragement to them, especially those who have not had their learning needs met by the traditional school system.

Marj Kong

Board Secretary

Marj is a former secondary school principal with 35 years experience in adolescent education and a career long commitment to vocational learning, the successful transition of young people from school to work and further study, and innovative programs to support student and teacher wellbeing.

She is passionate about creating viable future options for young people, meeting their needs and aspirations, and empowering them to explore opportunities to grow and clarify their direction in life with the support of mentor programs and relevant practical experiences. She currently works as a consultant supporting Principals and their executive teams engaged in school development projects.

Anne Byrne

Director

Anne operates her own Human Resources consultancy. She has 18 years experience with not-for-profit organisations and has established several committees in the education and employment sector. She has a passion in developing better opportunities for individuals to reach their full potential.

Ali Akbarian

Director

Ali is Managing Director of a nationally leading Road Safety consultancy firm specialising in safety for disabled and child occupants. Through this role he has developed extensive experience in assisting those in need and experiencing disadvantage.

He holds an MBA specialising in Technology Management and is highly skilled in Strategic Business Management and Analysis. He brings to the Board a hands-on small business acumen, identifies and clearly articulates important issues, and possesses a collaborative approach to problem solving.

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