About NWYAS Inc.

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Vision, Mission Statement and Values

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NWYAS conducts Strategic Planning to help us define the goals of our organisation for the immediate future and the strategies by which these goals will be achieved and resourced.

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The History of NWYAS Inc.

North West Youth Accommodation Service Inc. (NWYAS) was established in 1985 as a local community response to the needs of homeless and at risk young people.
The organisation formed as a response to local need which was brought to the attention of the community by Father Wally Dethlefs. A group of local residents that included a bank manager, engineer, student, quantity surveyor and minister of religion came together to form the Enoggera Boarding Group in 1985.
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The NWYAS Board exercises oversite and governance of North West Youth Accommodation Services. Consisting of community members who volunteer their time, they are responsible for strategic decisions, financial management and planning.

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Our Annual Reports

These annual reports provide a statistical breakdown of who we deliver a service to and the resources we provide.

NWYAS 2022-2023 Annual Report

NWYAS 2021-2022 Annual Report

NWYAS 2020-2021 Annual Report

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Hans Geffert


Hans is an experienced strategy and public policy professional with close to 20 years’ experience working with the Federal and Queensland Government. He has held a number of strategy, policy and corporate financial advisor roles including advising on a range of social and economic policy issues in areas such as treasury, trade and investment, and sport and recreation as well as providing financial and risk management advice to the Queensland Government. He is passionate about driving reforms across government and industry that strengthen organisational capability and empower individuals to achieve success, and together working toward a stronger and sustainable community.

Hans brings a depth of experience in working collaboratively across government, industry and community stakeholders, applying evidence-based problem solving and research methodologies and a strong commercial acumen to tackle diverse and complex policy and strategic business challenges.

Hans joined North West Youth Accommodation Service as a Board Member in 2021 inspired by stories from young people that have benefited from the support provided by North West Youth Accommodation Service, and motivated by the opportunity to play a role in helping to tackle youth homelessness in the region and supporting vulnerable young people in the community at a pivotal stage in their lives.

Hans holds a Master of Business Administration from Durham University in the United Kingdom and a Masters of Applied Finance from the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, together with a Bachelor of International Business from Griffith University.

Heath Goldfinch


Heath joined NWYAS in early 2021 and is a CPA with experience in construction, publishing, engineering and telecommunications. Some areas of specialisation include leadership, risk and compliance, systems accounting and stakeholder engagement.

In particular, Heath aims to provide a solid understand and interpretation of financial data so as to bring confidence to decision making. A firm believer in personal agency, Heath seeks to support colleagues by showing genuine regard and working collaboratively towards common goals.

A Buddhist in the Tibetan tradition, Heath has previously served as Treasurer for Langri Tangpa Buddhist Centre in Camp Hill. A worldview predicated on universal kindness and compassion has provided a natural desire for community service. And what better service than to put one’s skills towards the empowerment of vulnerable youth on their journey to independence.

Cathy Huang

Board Member

Cathy is a seasoned banking professional with over 15 years of experience spanning Institutional, Corporate, and Commercial banking sectors. Throughout her career, Cathy has developed deep expertise in complex credit transactions and deal structuring, with a particular focus on supporting corporate growth and decarbonisation initiatives. As a recent addition to the NWYAS Board, Cathy brings her robust commercial acumen and financial expertise to the table, aiming to boost NWYAS’ efforts to combat youth homelessness.

Since migrating to Australia in 2008, Cathy has developed a keen understanding of the challenges faced by underprivileged individuals striving to alter their life trajectories. She is committed to leveraging her skills to advance NWYAS’s mission of empowering vulnerable youth toward independence. Cathy holds a CPA designation and a Master of Commerce (Advanced) in Applied Finance and Professional Accounting from the University of Queensland. She is also a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, ready to guide NWYAS toward achieving its strategic goals.

Rosemary O'Hagan

Board Member

Rosemary’s career in governance and risk management has covered a broad spectrum of sectors including agriculture, banking, energy, government. Her current role is as the Risk Manager for Churches of Christ in Queensland, a large Not-For-Profit with operations including aged care, retirement living, housing services and the care, support and advocacy for children, youth and families.

Rosemary is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of International Business and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance. In a voluntary capacity she has been a member of the Governance and Risk Committee for a NSW based charity, tutored in English to refugees and currently is heavily involved in facilitating local community networks.

Yolanda Mui-Normand

Board Member

Yolanda is an Australian-trained psychologist with over 15 years of clinical, operational and strategic leadership experience in the community sector. A highly experienced, qualified and accomplished Senior Manager, specialising in Child, Youth and Family Services within community-based and social purpose organisations.

With a proven track record of delivering programs and services to a consistently high standard through diverse roles and environments, including over a decade of specialist experience working in youth justice, criminal post-release rehabilitation, tertiary child protection, universal early intervention and family support services; with driven passion to advance Australian children’s welfare. Demonstrated ability to identify, assess, manage and resolve complex issues with a calm, measured and mature approach. A highly competent practitioner who has become a senior manager and sector leader successfully bridges the divide between strategic thinking and frontline operations. Excellent work ethic, reliable and trustworthy. Sound appreciation and respect for confidentiality, discretion, cultural sensitivity, and high levels of personal and professional integrity.

A passionate advocate for engaging children’s voices and helping children and young people reach their fullest potential, Yolanda is excited to join NWYAS in 2023 to extend her commitment to helping the vulnerable further.

Harry Kacak

General Member
Harry has dual degrees in business and information technology. Harry’s career began with a major consultancy, where he worked with client leadership to develop strategy, improve performance, and improve risk and governance processes.
Harry left consulting in 2019 to direct his career toward helping communities, especially young people. Joining the North West Youth Accommodation Service Board in 2021, Harry is now focussed on impacting the for purpose sector.
Harry is motivated by helping others, and with honesty his most core value, believes in leading through transparency and vulnerability. Driven by learning and growth, he is always seeking new and innovative ways to tackle challenges.

Ella Craig

General Member
I have been a non-executive board member with NWYAS since mid-2020 and have thoroughly enjoyed diving feet-first into this position. I currently work as a lawyer, dealing predominantly with corporate governance and commercial litigation matters, and am excited to use my professional experience to build and support NWYAS in any way I can.
Growing up in Mitchelton, and attending the local state schools, I am passionate about creating positive social change for the area and the surrounding suburbs. I firmly believe that housing is a basic human right, and I appreciate the opportunity to work closely with a group providing direct support for some of the most vulnerable people experiencing homelessness in our communities.

Jake Araullo

I’ve been working with NWYAS since the early 2019 and am currently a non-executive board member and the company secretary. Working primarily in politics and non-profit NGOs I have seen firsthand the strong positive impact and influence that well supported community sector organisations can have on a local area.
Living locally, I am keenly aware that the community we build together is the community we will pass down to future generations. My hope is that through working with NWYAS I will help in strengthening and growing our organisation. This means the community that we leave behind for our children and theirs is one of empathy, compassion and true, meaningful support for those who need it most. These are values that NWYAS demonstrates on a daily basis, and why I am proud to be associated with the organisation.

Sue Thomson


Sue Thomson has a strong background in marketing, communications and engagement. She has held executive level marketing and management roles across public, private and not for profit sectors, delivering integrated marketing communications programs in local, domestic and international markets.

On a personal level, Sue has volunteered for different organisations in Queensland that offer early intervention and prevention programs for vulnerable and socially disadvantaged children aged 1 to 11, and support services for at-risk youth aged 12 to 25. She joined the NWYAS Management Committee in 2020 and is excited to be working with the team to provide services that support the vulnerable in our community.

Sharon Gingell

Sharon Gingell has been the Coordinator of Northside Connect since March 2012. She has over 26 years’ experience in the Community Sector and has worked in the areas of homelessness, family support, domestic violence and mental health.
Sharon joined the NWYAS Board at the 2020 AGM and has an interest and commitment to ensuring that all young people are housed in safe, appropriate accommodation with access to the support and services they need to achieve their goals and dreams.