The Executive Team

 

Samantha Kennerley

Chief Executive Officer

Sam is a marketing and communications professional with significant experience and a strong and proven 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 before launching her own consultancy business; 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 and substantially increase student enrolments.

At Youngcare, Sam began as General Manager - Marketing and Fundraising and was appointed CEO in April 2014. Sam’s passion for social justice, together with her own experience helping with the rehabilitation of a close 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.

 

Edmund Leamy

Finance Manager

Edmund is a senior finance professional. He started his career as an industry analyst, forecasting global automotive sales and production before moving into senior accountancy roles with a number of public, private and charitable organisations in the UK, specialising in housing.

He joined the Youngcare team in July 2014, and as Youngcare’s Finance Manager, Edmund is responsible for all aspects of the organisation's financial management, including the delivery of statutory and management accounts, budgets and forecasts.

Edmund is a member of CPA Australia and the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK). He also holds a Master’s degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University.


 

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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