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Our Board of Directors, management and staff are committed to the delivery of responsive and comprehensive services to young people and our communities in accordance with our organisation's vision, mission and principles.

Executive Leadership

Donna Bennett, CEO

Donna Bennett
Chief Executive Officer

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.

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Ulrike Read, Financial Manager

Ulrike Read
Financial Manager

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.

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Olivia Myeza, Business Development and Partnerships Manager

Olivia Myeza
Business Development and Partnerships Manager

Olivia Myeza joined the Hope Street team in the role of Business Development and Partnerships Manager in October 2018. Having grown up in Melbourne and completed a Bachelor of Marketing and Communications at Melbourne University, Olivia started her career off in the corporate public relations sector.

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Acting Operations Manager

Lyn Seeley
Acting Operations Manager

Lyn Seeley has extensive experience in youth and mental health specialist services in the homelessness and mental health sectors.  Lyn has also been in senior management positions with her most recent position as Area Manager for Mind Australia.

Riette Veldsman, People and Culture Advisor

Riette Veldsman
People and Culture Advisor

Riette Veldsman joined Hope Street in the role of People and Culture Advisor in August 2018.  Riette has worked in Human Resources in the disability services sector for over seven years.

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Program Leadership

Geetha Chetty, Programs Manager (North East)
Geetha Chetty commenced at Hope Street in April 2019 and has over 10 years of management experience, spending the last five years in working in the youth and family sector with Anglicare Victoria, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Stepping-Up Consortium. Geetha has most recently worked at Ravenhall Correctional Centre as a Community Reintegration Manager where she provided clinical leadership to help pre and post release clients to successfully transition, rehabilitate and reintegrate.

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Norman Vella, Programs Manager (North West)
Norman Vella has worked in the homelessness sector for over 8 years.  He has been an Advanced Skills Practitioner in the Alcohol and Other Drugs field and in high risk residential care for over 15 years. Norman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Youth Work and various other qualifications including but not limited to: Diploma Child Psychology, Diploma Alcohol and Other Drugs, Trauma based practice, and Supervision.

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