The Executive Team
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO and an Executive Board Member of Youngcare, 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, has been contracting to the building and construction industry and was the Chief Operating Officer 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 Apartments Jindalee. This generous support through BSA Limited continued at the Youngcare Apartments Gold Coast.
In 2011 and 2013, Mark took part in the Simon Desert Challenge in support of young people with high care needs, collaboratively raising over $1.5 million with the help of all trekkers.
In his role as Chief Executive Officer at Youngcare, Mark leads the strategic direction of the organisation, plays a key role driving building and development projects and works very closely with the team to ensure that Youngcare’s mission to get young Australians out of aged care is achieved.
General Manager of Strategy and Research
With almost 20 years’ experience in developing and implementing social policy, Anna Cox brings to Youngcare a deep personal commitment to fairness and strong belief that everyone deserves a proper go at life.
As Youngcare’s General Manager of Strategy and Research, Anna works closely with major stakeholders in the government and health care sectors, and oversees Youngcare’s At Home Care Grants, Youngcare Connect, research initiatives, housing and policy work.
In her career to date, Anna has held positions in a range of not-for-profit and government organisations. These include Ergon Energy, the Australian Red Cross, the Department of Housing Queensland, and Education Queensland, where she worked in the field of education for disadvantaged youth.
Anna holds an MBA from the University of Queensland, with a focus on strategic planning in the not-for-profit sector.
Kathy Packenas (O’Donnell)
Marketing and Communications Manager
Driven by her passion to help others, Kathy Packenas joined Youngcare in 2009 with a diverse background in marketing and communications. Moving into the role of Youngcare’s Marketing and Communications Manager in 2012, Kathy works with the team to develop and deliver innovative marketing campaigns with the aim of raising awareness of Youngcare and its work to assist young Australians in desperate need.
Kathy has been a driving force in both the development and implementation of all Youngcare’s key promotional campaigns. These centrepiece events and initiatives include Thong Day, Budgie Bolt, Youngcare Benefit Concerts featuring Bernard Fanning, the Sydney Project Launch, Ambassador Program establishment, and a promotional stunt in Martin Place rated in the mUmBRELLA top 10 media ideas of 2012.
With both agency and in-house experience, Kathy has worked across various industries including consumer, mining, government and non-profit. In 2008, Kathy was awarded the PRIA’s coveted “New Practitioner of the Year” Award for outstanding achievement in the field of marketing and PR.
In her previous roles, Kathy played an integral role in Business to Business campaigns that won Gold at both the Queensland and National PRIA Awards, and has also received Highly Commended and Finalists Awards for other campaigns at the AMI and PRIA Awards.
Kathy strongly believes that every Australian should have the opportunity to live a young life, and is inspired by the plight of young Aussies who have no choice but to live in aged care.
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 Youngcare’s Gold Coast Apartments 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.