NEWS: Youngcare Founding Chairman Hands Over Reins
Nic De Luca
Stepping into the role of Youngcare Chairman in July 2013, Nic De Luca brings with him passion, a strong work ethic and a successful, self-made business.
Brisbane born and bred, Nic graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science – Construction Management. After working in construction roles for some of the most recognised organisations, including Abigroup (formerly Graham Evans Constructions), Richard Crookes and Associates, and Thiess Watkins White Group, Nic founded his own business.
De Luca Corporation (formerly De Luca Properties) was founded in 1994, which Nic credits as his proudest business achievement.
“I started my own business with a fax machine under one arm, a mobile phone (brick) under the other and a dream to create something!” Nic said.
From its humble beginnings, De Luca Corporation is now a multi-million dollar company and is one of the most recognised leaders in the Brisbane construction industry. Nic’s passion for construction, development and innovation sees him as the perfect fit in his new role as Youngcare’s Chairman. Having been involved with Youngcare since its inception, and sitting on the Board since 2012, Nic is dedicated to creating a future where every young person lives a young life, regardless of their care needs.
“The definition of appropriate care and housing to me is – professional, personalised, dignified care and housing,” Nic said.
Nic’s focus is on continuing the work that has been achieved since 2005, and focusing on the mission to ensure all young people with high care needs live a dignified life with appropriate care and housing.
“We have so much soul and passion, and I want to make sure we never lose the hunger to continue to effect change.”
Board Member and Co-Founder
With over 20 years’ experience within the property industry in the South East and Regional Queensland, Nick’s expertise includes company ownership and operations, englobo parcel acquisition for residential developments, joint venture acquisitions and partnership building, project marketing and management, and real estate brokerage sales and contract negotiations.
In addition to previously holding a General Manager role at Youngcare, Nick was the General Manager of his family business for five years, an acquisition and development manager for Wilbow Corporation for four years, and was a Development Director at Mirvac for three years. Nick currently runs his own property investment firm and community building consultancy, Resource Partnerships.
Board Member and Co-Founder
Matthew Lawson is the CFO and one of the Directors of Cutting Edge, which is Australia’s largest privately owned post production company. With 20 years’ experience in financial control positions, Matthew performs a key role in monitoring and guiding the financial growth of Youngcare. Matthew respects the importance of compliance with accounting standards and ethics as well as ensuring that at all times, the use of funds are transparent to the community.
Mark Foley brings over 20 years experience in the electrical contracting field, including nine years as Managing Director of BSA Limited. In his career, Mark has established numerous successful businesses in satellite, electrical, property development and the managed services sectors.
Mark was also a Director of Brumby’s Bakeries Holdings Ltd and most recently, was contracted to the building and construction industry and was Consulting at FK Gardner and Sons. Mark was appointed to the Youngcare Board in 2012 and is currently a Non Executive Chairman for Utility Services Group.
Mark has been a long-term supporter of Youngcare and initially became involved with the organisation in 2006. While at BSA Limited, Mark championed the Youngcare cause and his efforts resulted in the donation of telecommunications and pay TV services for the Youngcare Wesley Mission Brisbane apartments at Sinnamon Park. This generous support through BSA Limited continued at the Youngcare Wesley Mission Brisbane apartments at the Gold Coast.
In both 2011 and 2013, Mark was one of the stoic Youngcare supporters that walked through the Simpson Desert in support of young people with high care needs, collaboratively raising over $1million.
Mark was Chief Executive Officer at Youngcare from August 2012 to April 2014. He has resumed a position at FK Gardner and Sons and remains on Youngcare's board.
Paul McLean is a Chief Executive Officer in the real estate industry, and has an extensive background in sporting administration. Paul brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in both the corporate and community sectors to Youngcare.
Prior to his appointment as a Youngcare Board member in 2012, Paul joined the organisation as a member of the Youngcare Sydney Leadership Group – a team of highly regarded business people providing stewardship to help Youngcare deliver the Youngcare Apartments Sydney.
Since July 2006, Paul has been the CEO of Savills Australia – a publicly-listed property services company providing expertise in sales, leasing, valuations, project management, corporate real estate, and all aspects of commercial, industrial and retail property management.
Paul was the President of the Australian Rugby Union from 2005 to 2009, and the Australian representative on the International Rugby Board from 2007 to 2009. Before this, he was President of the Queensland Rugby Union for six years from 1999. Since 2001, Paul has been the Chairman of the Australian Schools Rugby Union Foundation, which supports Schools Rugby throughout Australia.
Paul’s family has a close connection to Youngcare’s cause through their close friends, Pru and Peter Carson (a former Wallaby halfback). In 2009, Pru and Peter’s then 26-year-old son, Sam, fell from a fourth floor balcony, sustaining severe brain injuries. Sam is one of the thousands of Australians requiring 24/7 care, and currently facing limited options in care and housing.
Peter Hudson is currently a partner of KPMG Australia - a leading provider of audit, tax and advisory services. Peter’s role provides due diligence assistance and advice to a wide range of corporate and government clients undertaking complex acquisitions, disposals and capital raisings.
With over 20 years’ experience in the corporate finance sector both overseas and in Australia, Peter holds valuable insights into, and knowledge of, various strategic funding and financing initiatives. This expertise helps Youngcare to grow further and, ultimately, assist more young people with high care needs and their families.
Knowing that disability can happen to anyone at any time, Youngcare’s cause is one that strongly resonates with Peter.
Kylie Blucher has an extensive knowledge of both the radio and television industry after more than 25 years working with both the Austereo Radio Network and the Nine Network. Kylie held various positions within Austereo, including Promotions and Marketing Director of B105 FM where she was involved in the strategic planning for the station.
From this role, she was promoted to the role of Promotions Manager at Today FM in Sydney, followed by her role of National Sales Promotions Director at the Triple M Network. Returning to Brisbane, Kylie moved into the television industry at Nine Queensland in 1997 where she moved through the ranks as Marketing Director to Programming and Marketing Director, before taking on her current role in 2010 as Managing Director.
During her Career, Kylie has been instrumental in securing and maintaining Nine Queensland's major sponsorships such as the Royal Brisbane Show (EKKA), Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Titans, Surf Life Saving and brought the prestigious Major Brisbane Festival back to the Nine Network.
Kylie has held board positions with the Surf Lifesaving Queensland Foundation, Riverfestival and the Major Brisbane Festival Board which was created after the amalgamation of the Riverfestival and Major Brisbane Festival Boards. Kylie was Deputy Chair of MBF when she resigned from the board in 2007. In 2013, she took up a position as a Director on the Board of the Prevent Blindness Foundation and Youngcare.
Board Member and member of Sydney Leadership Group
A lawyer by trade, Taine is CEO of Light Energy Australia, a company facilitating the change for large commercial, industrial, and residential properties to LED lighting technology. Taine also works as a strategic business development partner for Cutting Edge.
From 1996 to 2012 Taine worked as an Executive Director for Servcorp. Taine acts as a non-executive Director for Servcorp, Youngcare and the European Australian Business Council, sits on the Investment and Export Advisory Panel for the NSW Government and the Sustainable Fundraising Panel for Lifeline. He is a patron of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Vanguard.