There’s a change in leadership at the Y Canberra Region!

After more than three years at the helm, Torrien Lau has resigned as Chief Executive Officer of the Y Canberra.

“Torrien has been a committed leader of the Y, leading us through a global pandemic, the most challenging of times, and has executed his role with immense professionalism, compassion and dedication”,  said Elisabeth Judd, Chair of the Y Canberra Region.
“While the Board was disappointed that he was unable to continue in his role we understand and support his decision to be with his family and express our deep gratitude for his service and leadership”.

After a robust recruitment process, the Y Canberra Region is now delighted to announce the appointment of Kirsty Dixon as its new Chief Executive Officer!

An experienced CEO, senior executive and advocate for supporting children and young people to thrive, Kirsty is passionate about universal human rights and believes in the power of early intervention childhood programs to support the best life trajectory for young people.

“Kirsty brings significant experience in overseeing children’s services, youth programs and place-based community services”, said Elisabeth Judd. “Her background in the not for profit sector, and in particular her work with children and families across a range of communities make her an excellent fit for our organisation.”

Kirsty has worked in complex service delivery across government, health, early years and the human services sector for over 20 years and has experience working in human rights-based global movements.
Most recently, she has been the CEO of Play Matters Australia, and has held senior leadership roles in Mater Health and the Australian Red Cross.

A dedicated learner, Kirsty also has qualifications in Business and Health Science and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Harvard Business School. She is particularly passionate about the role not-for-profits play as leaders in making a difference in local communities.

“The Board is looking forward to working with Kirsty as she leads the Y Canberra into its next chapter and we warmly welcome her to team.”

Currently in Brisbane, Kirsty is excited to make the move to Canberra – a region she has visited regularly over the last decade with her close family residing here. She is honoured to be part of the Global Y movement in building a better world for young people.

“The Board would also like to thank Andrew O’Neil, Y Canberra Chief Finance Officer, who has been acting as CEO during this transition period. We are grateful to him for his continued deep commitment to the organisation, it’s mission and values, and to our staff”.

Kirsty will formally commence as Y Canberra Region’s CEO from the 15th of May.