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Youth Projects is governed by an independent skilled Board of Directors. As a registered charity the ACNC is the principle regulator of charities in Australia such as Youth Projects.

The Board is guided by the principles of good governance as set out by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, ASIC and the ACNC.

In addition the organisation must comply with many other standards such as quality accreditation and reporting requirements of funding bodies and stakeholders in the public and private sector.

Melanie Raymond, OAM, BA (Hons) MA (Hons) MAICD
Chairperson

Melanie holds a number of leadership positions including a member of both the Victorian Premier’s Ice Taskforce and Taskforce on Rough Sleeping, and is Chair of Melbourne’s newest philanthropic fund Melbourne Connected Communities. She is a former Chair of  the Victorian Prostitution Control Council and the Victorian Liquor Licensing Council, AICD NFP Committee and was a Director of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade where she also chaired the CFA-MFB Joint Activities Committee.

She is a member of the City of Melbourne’s Homelessness Advisory Committee, its Social Enterprise and Micro Finance grants committee, as been a Director of the Inner North Community Foundation, and Chair of both Opportunities for Carlton, a large, place based  urban renewal project in the inner north and the Inter-Government Working Group comprising several government departments leading a new whole-of-government strategic plan.

Melanie was listed in Fairfax Media’s leading women of 2016, News Limited top 50 women in March 2017 and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal in 2017 for services to youth, social justice and the community. Melanie, was named one of Australia’s Top 100 Most Influential Women in the Westpac & Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Awards 2012.

Melanie has a MA (Hons) and studied executive management at the Harvard Business School, Cambridge MA.

The Hon Monica Gould
Director

Monica Gould, joined the board of Youth Projects in 2007. In 1993 Monica was elected to the Victorian Parliament in the Legislative Council at a by-election representing the seat of Doutta Galla for over 13 years. She held various appointments while she was a Member of Parliament including Minister for Industrial Relations (1999-Feb 2002), Minister of Education Services, and Youth Affairs (Feb-Dec 2002), Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council (1999-2002), Shadow Minister for Aged Care (1996-1999) and Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council (Feb-Oct 1999).

Monica Gould was elected 18th President of the Legislative Council of Victoria in 2003 and was the first female to hold this position. Prior to entering Parliament she held a number of offices in the union movement including a member of the ACTU Executive (1991-1993) and the General Vice-President of the National Union of Workers (1980-1993). Monica also serves on the Board of VicForest and the LUCRF Community Partnership Trust.

Non-parliamentary memberships and interests include the Australian Human Rights Society, Heidelberg Emergency Housing Group and Australian Rules Football.

Adam Rollnik LLM (Melb) LLB (Hons) B App Sc (Chem)
Director

Adam Rollnik joined the Board in July 2014.

Adam is a barrister who appears regularly in all Victorian State Courts, the Federal Court and VCAT in connection with various commercial disputes.  Adam has particular experience in the areas of arbitration, building and construction, corporations, employment law, bankruptcy and insolvency, retail tenancy, misleading conduct, tort, contract, and franchising disputes.

Adam is a former lecturer in Torts Law at Monash University and has taught advocacy at the Leo Cussen Centre for Law.  Adam was a Senior Associate at both King & Wood Mallesons and Ashurst in the UK prior to engaging in practice as a Barrister.

Mark van Miltenburg MBA (Finance), B.Eng (Cons. Management)(Hons), MAICD
Director

Mark van Miltenburg joined the Board in July 2014.

Mark is a senior real estate investment and development executive with extensive experience in creating investor value in Australian commercial real estate.

Mark’s specific areas of expertise include setting real estate investment strategies for direct assets and prudently managing associated risks; identifying real estate investment opportunities; development management; transaction management; managing partnerships; and, rigorously maintaining financial accountability for teams in his control.

Mark has held senior roles with some of Australia’s leading funds management businesses including Charter Hall, Macquarie Bank, Mirvac and Lend Lease.

Mark is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and involved in numerous property industry groups including the Property Council of Australia.