Donna Bennett, CEO

Donna Bennett has in excess of 25 years experience managing and delivering transitional, outreach and crisis accommodation services to young people including families and she has made a significant contribution in the Homelessness Sector via capacity building, community development and systems development.

Donna has established leadership and strategic development skills and has been CEO of Hope Street since 2000.

In 2015 she was nominated for the 2015 Victorian Homelessness Achievement Awards, in the category of Excellence in ending homelessness among young people, recognising her continued and tireless work, over the last 15 years at Hope Street. Donna has ensured that the voice of at risk and disadvantaged young people is represented and heard at local, state and national levels within the community, through grassroots engagement of young people and their families, and in her advocacy as an executive officer to local and federal members of parliament and departmental ministers.

As the leader of a community organisation, Donna's enthusiasm and energy inspires Hope Street staff in their ongoing pursuit to empower vulnerable young people to overcome early life disadvantages and achieve their desired goals. She supports and encourages staff to focus on delivering high quality programs that meet the shifting needs of at risk young people, their families and the community, ensuring that the organisation continues to be a proud leader in the field of youth homelessness.

Donna dedicates herself daily to creating opportunites and improving systems that are aimed at ending youth homelessness. She is a well-respected, long-established and active participant of the sector and is widely recognised for her unwavering commitment to bringing about social change:

Young people who access our services receive an individually designed wrap around response that includes immediate, short-term and long-term goals. Our approaches are centred on early intervention and prevention and focus on all aspects of each young person’s life. Young people determine and drive the achievement of their goals.

I have seen hundreds of young people blossom and make significant meaningful changes in their lives.

Who We Are

  • Ulrike Read, Financial Manager
    Executive Leadership
    Ulrike Read commenced at Hope Street in the role of Financial Manager in January 2019. Ulrike comes to Hope Street with more than 20 years' executive management, finance and operations experience working with large corporate and small not-for-profit organisations.

    Read more

    Jen McAughtrie, Operations Manager
    Executive Leadership
    Jen McAughtrie commenced at Hope Street in the role of Operations Manager in May 2019. Jen has over eleven years of senior leadership experience in the care sector focusing specifically on Criminal Justice and Family, Children and Adult Services. She most recently worked with Carers Victoria as a Senior Manager of Client Services and prior to this she was the Operations Manager at Part...

    Read more

    Matthew Johnston, Case Manager
    Program Teams
    I have been working in the community services field, across quite varied environments, for 7 years which has proven to be both challenging and rewarding.  These areas have been composed of working with young people in correctional settings, the Education First Youth Foyer model and now as a case manager at Hope Street's Brunswick West Youth Refuge.

    Read more

  • Frank Scifo, Business Development and Partnerships Manager
    Executive Leadership
    Frank Scifo commences at Hope Street in the role of Business Development and Partnerships Manager in January 2021.  Frank has accumulated more than 10 years of experience in senior leadership roles that have included sales, marketing, and business development responsibilities. Frank’s experience extends across multiple sectors including business events, learning and development, and ho...

    Read more

    Carla Reid, People and Culture Manager
    Executive Leadership
    Carla Reid joined Hope Street as the People and Culture Manager in March 2020. Carla has over 15 years’ experience in Human Resources, the majority of those spent in the Not for Profit Sector. Carla has an Honours Degree in Human Resources and is a member of the Australian HR Institute (AHRI).

    Read more

    Sue Scott, Programs Manager (North East)
    Program Leadership
    Sue Scott commenced at Hope Street in the role of Programs Manager (North East) in March 2020 and has over 20 years' experience in the homelessness sector.

    Read more

    Donna Bennett, CEO
    Executive Leadership
    Donna Bennett has in excess of 25 years experience managing and delivering transitional, outreach and crisis accommodation services to young people including families and she has made a significant contribution in the Homelessness Sector via capacity building, community development and systems development. Donna has established leadership and strategic development skills a...

    Read more

See Also

Go to top
JSN Boot template designed by JoomlaShine.com