Our Leadership

We're fortunate to have a talented and supportive board to help us with our endeavours. 

Keiran Kevans - Coordinator

Keiran has worked at Glebe Youth Service for almost 10 years. He is passionate about creating opportunities for disadvantaged young people and supporting them to reach their potential. Keiran strongly believes in the role and benefit of small community based organisations in supporting and improving the lives of young people and the wider community. He has previously worked for FACS in out-of-home care, as an intensive support foster carer and in a range of youth and community organisations.

Keiran is on the Board of Youth Action, the peak body for youth and is a committed advocate for improved recognition of young people in government policy. He loves to travel, is a tragic AFL fan and a failed mountain bike enthusiast.

keiran@glebeyouth.org.au | 0410 606 940

Emily Whitehouse - Chair

Emily has been on the board since 2015, and took the role of chair in 2019. She started her career as a teacher in London and then moved into the Not-For-Profit sector where she worked on a variety of educational programs that linked schools and colleges with the London business community. The programs focused on raising the achievements and aspirations of young people, developing their motivation and skills for the world of work and increasing their ability to choose and achieve positive career, life and learning goals.

In 2011 she completed a Master’s degree in Voluntary Sector Management, with a specialism in International NGO management. In 2012 she joined the PACE (Professional and Community Engagement) program at Macquarie University. More recently, she has joined the Salvation Army to work as a Relationship Manager, supporting their corporate partnership with woolworths and others.

Julian Laurens - Deputy Chair

Julian has extensive experience in management, administration and social justice projects and policy. He is keenly interested in access to education and justice for young people, and developing strategies that assist young people to participate in and contribute to the development of the social and cultural lives of the community. Julian has a particular interest in the experiences and rights of young people with disability.

Most recently Julian has worked at the UNSW Faculty of Law conducting research on legal education as well as a tutor for first year and Indigenous law students, and interned with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Julian has a BA and LLB (Hons) from UNSW. In 2007 Julian completed the practical training for his Certificate IV in Youth Work (Distinction) at Glebe Youth Service. He is a mad collector and lover of Soul, Jazz, Funk and Reggae music.

Michael Carroll - Treasurer

Michael is an experienced banking executive with over 8 years’ experience in Institutional Banking across a broad range of sectors and roles (Tech, Telco, Consumer and FI), with a proven track record of debt market origination, execution, advisory and relationship management.

- Deal structuring and execution
- Stakeholder management and interpersonal skills
- Comprehensive legal experience from a commercial and structuring perspective
- Extensive experience in financial modelling, risk management and corporate finance

Jennifer Baily - Committee Member / Secretary

Jennifer is an experienced communications professional with a history of working in the not-for-profit sector. She is passionate about combining her love of storytelling and writing with achieving meaningful change for charities in the fundraising and community engagement space. 

Main areas of expertise include experience in internal and external communications; Editing, Feature Writing, Media Relations, Journalism, and Creative Writing. 

Jennifer has been on the board since 2019, moving into the role of Secretary in 2021. 


Victoria Matthews - Committee Member

Victoria spent 25 years working in corporate executive administration, until her passion for social justice and community wellbeing led to a change some years ago to community mental health services, including current role as facilitator with NSW peak body Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC), delivering professional development courses in mental health recovery oriented practice for community service workers across NSW.

Victoria has lived in the inner west area for over 20 years, the last 8 years being in the Glebe area. As a resident of the Glebe estate she takes a keen interest in the local community, contributing voluntary work by catering for the GYS After Dark program regularly, alongside the management committee role as secretary. Victoria also has a range of original, handmade crochet earrings, with all sales donated to GYS.

Libby Hindmarsh - Committee Member

Elizabeth (Libby) Hindmarsh worked as a GP in Glebe for many years. She has also worked with an Aboriginal health services on Elcho Island in NT and in Liverpool NSW. She now works as a medical educator and has had previous experience working as a health educator with adolescents. She hopes to bring some of the learning from these experiences to Glebe Youth Services.

Judy Vergison - Committee Member

July has experience in a diverse range of change specialist roles including:

  • Internal Change Consultant
  • Executive HR Leader
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Management Consultant
  • Coach for Executives and Individuals in Transition

With a strong belief that the key to achieving successful change management (in both work and life) is clarity and commitment. Able to facilitate a pragmatic and planned approach, with a strong focus on: people + priorities + capability + accountability.

Emily Kawalilak - Committee Member

Emily is a marketing specialist who joined the board in 2020. She brings experience across category development, marketing and sales in FMCG and the not for profit sector. 

Ankit Bailwal - Committee Member

Ankit Bailwal is a young person who studied at Sydney Secondary College Blackwattle Bay Campus. He first associated with Glebe Youth Service through the Homework program where he formed a profound connection with the youth workers. Ankit is an extremely passionate individual who loves encouraging young people from his community to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices. He has been a Young Achiever of the year for 2017 and 2018 for PCYC (Police Citizen Youth Club). 

Ankit’s confident speaking ability has allowed him to be a GYS Board member where his purpose is to be a voice for young people in his community and empower them to reach their full potential. Through being a GYS Board member he aims to further develop his leadership skills and continue to gain a better outlook on life. He has been an active volunteer for both PCYC and Glebe Youth Service. He is currently studying Certificate 3-4 and Nutrition in Fitness and is also aiming to join the NSW Police Force in the near future.

Kathryn Farrawell - Ambassador 

Kathryn Dodd Farrawell (Auntie Kath) is a long-term resident of Glebe. She has worked with Glebe Youth Service in many capacities, especially with our mural and art projects.

She has been appointed as an Ambassador for Glebe Youth Service

Justine Saltmarsh - Ex-officio Representative

Justine is a representative from one of GYS' corporate partners, Mirvac. She provides expert advice on corporate partnerships and development opportunities.