The Executive Team

 

Samantha Kennerley

Chief Executive Officer

A multi-award-winning marketing professional with over 25 years’ experience, Sam has a strong track record for providing strategic direction and helping organisations to realise growth opportunities.


She started her career in the UK where she held senior roles in professional services firms including that of Marketing Director at a national law firm.


She went on to launch her own consultancy business, which she ran for over a decade. Dabbs PR and Marketing was ranked as one of the UK’s top 10 financial Marketing & PR consultancies and advised clients such as Ernst & Young, HSBC Private Equity and NAB subsidiaries Yorkshire & Clydesdale Banks.


After moving to Australia in 2010, she joined The University of Queensland Business School. As Director of Marketing and External Relations, Sam led a strategic review resulting in a rebrand and repositioning which enabled UQ Business School to significantly raise its profile in Australia and international markets which substantially increased student enrolments.


Sam has been involved in fundraising throughout her career and has organised many high-profile initiatives involving the business community. In the UK she supported the Christie Hospital, the renowned cancer treatment centre, by project managing the annual ‘Christies Against Cancer’ fashion lunch at Manchester United Football Club in association with leading store, Selfridges. She also helped organise an innovative annual talent show for Manchester professionals.


In Australia, she led planning for NAB’s fundraising Ball in the wake of the 2011 Queensland floods and Cyclone Yasi which raised $450,000 for the SES. She is a Committee Member of the Preston James Fund and an Honorary Board Member of the ‘Weekend to End Women’s Cancers’ in aid of The Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital and QIMR.


At Youngcare, Sam began as General Manager Marketing and Fundraising and is now CEO.


Sam’s passion for social justice, together with her own experience helping with the rehabilitation of a family member following a traumatic brain injury, drives her work and her belief that all young Aussies deserve to live young lives.

 

 

Lyn Rankin

General Manager of Marketing and Fundraising

Joining the Youngcare Team in May 2014, Lyn Rankin is passionate about helping ensure every young Aussie gets to live a young life. Her commitment to the cause is backed up with over 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, fundraising and community relations.

As Youngcare’s General Manager of Marketing and Fundraising, Lyn leads a dedicated marketing and fundraising team and manages the lifeblood of the organisation – the volunteer program. Under Lyn’s leadership, the team strives to raise awareness, support and valuable funds to help get young people out of aged care.

Lyn’s career to date has been primarily spent in the education sector for leading Prep to Year 12 independent schools in Queensland and the ACT, where she held positions as Director of Marketing and Community Relations.


Lyn holds a Master of Marketing and Communications from the University of Canberra, and commenced a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies with Queensland University of Technology in June 2014.


Tim Hellyer
Development Manager
Tim joined Youngcare as the Development Manager in September 2009 and is responsible for the concept innovation and delivery of Youngcare’s housing projects.

In a career spanning over 12 years, Tim has worked in commercial property finance at Westpac Institutional Bank, in the UK as a Graduate Civil Engineer with Atkins Consultants Limited, as an Assistant Development Manager with Walker Corporation, and as a Development Manager with Ariadne Australia Limited.

During his time with Youngcare, Tim has overseen the completion of Youngcare’s Spring Hill office refurbishment, delivered the Youngcare Wesley Mission Brisbane apartments at the Gold Coast project and is progressing planning and design work for Youngcare’s Sydney Apartments and next Brisbane housing projects. He has also managed the innovation and development of a number of new pilot Youngcare housing models which may be delivered in future projects.

Tim holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Hons) from The University of NSW and a Masters of Property Economics from Queensland University of Technology.

 

 


 

Joining the Youngcare Team in May 2014, Lyn Rankin is passionate about helping ensure every young Aussie gets to live a young life. Her commitment to the cause is backed up with over 20 years’ experience in marketing and communications, fundraising and community relations.

As Youngcare’s General Manager of Marketing and Fundraising, Lyn leads a dedicated marketing and fundraising team and manages the lifeblood of the organisation – the volunteer program. Under Lyn’s leadership, the team strives to raise awareness, support and valuable funds to help get young people out of aged care.

Lyn’s career to date has been primarily spent in the education sector for leading Prep to Year 12 independent schools in Queensland and the ACT, where she held positions as Director of Marketing and Community Relations.

Lyn holds a Master of Marketing and Communications from the University of Canberra, and commenced a Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies with Queensland University of Technology in June 2014.

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