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.

Kim Moore

Regional Manager – Disability Services

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 5 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:

Ali Akbarian

Board Chair

 

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.

Karen Ridge

Treasurer

 

Karen is a Chartered Accountant operating an Accounting Practice located at Erina. Karen provides technical advice in relation to Taxation, Self-Managed Superannuation and Financial Planning.

Karen’s strengths are in providing specific advice, advanced strategies and in communicating effectively with clients. Karen continues to maintain professional education in a variety of interesting topics and prides herself on providing quality services and acts with utmost commitment and dedication. Karen is passionate about learning and continual education and is honoured to be associated with the Finance Function of the YC Organisation.

Peter Alward

Director

 

Peter Alward is the creator of Courageous Visions, a website for the development of vision statements, created for people with hopes and dreams and who want a real purpose for their life.

For over 40 years Peter has been managing, coaching, leading and mentoring individuals. Prior to that Peter has worked in executive and senior management roles in various organisations including Woolworths Supermarkets, Byvan, the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and The Salvation Army. We welcome Peter Alward to the YC Group Board of Directors in 2018.

Kevin Spiteri

Director

 

Kevin is an experienced Marketing and Business Development professional. He is the Managing Director of Menace Group, a boutique Marketing, Digital and Social Media service on the Central Coast, servicing national and international clients.

Kevin is also known as one of the leading experts in Digital and Social Media in Australia, and more recently as an Author, Entrepreneur and Startup Investor. Kevin has a proven track record of over 17 years industry experience. We welcome Kevin to the YC Group Board of Directors in 2018.

Michael Blanchflower

Director

 

Michael is a successful entrepreneur and business owner with extensive experience in the banking and financial services industry.

After living in Sydney his entire life, Michael and his wife Katie moved to the Central Coast three years ago after the sale of his professional services business. Currently, Michael owns and operates Central Coast Mountain Bike Tours and serves as a director and committee member of YC Group.

Are you interested in a career at YC GROUP?

We respect and acknowledge the Darkinjung people past and present on whose land we live and enjoy today. We cherish and nuture our youth with knowledge and wisdom through life’s future pathways.

YC Group is committed to embracing diversity and embodying our pillars inclusiveness and empathy, this is why we acknowledge and support the LGBTQI lives, culture, communities and creativity.