Who we are

We started as a Family Foundation to protect young people like Thomas, killed by one punch at 18. Following the tragic death of his younger brother Stuart, also at 18, the Foundation evolved and became a national movement of kindness. We are more determined than ever to keep our youth safe through a kinder Australia.

Patron, Directors & Advisors

Allan Sparkes CV, OAM, VA

Patron

Allan is one of Australia’s most highly decorated citizens and is also a Deputy Commissioner of the Mental Health Commission of NSW.  He is only one of five Australians in the past 42 years to receive Australia’s highest bravery decoration and civilian award, the Cross of Valour.  Allan has also been awarded the Commendation for Brave Conduct, for saving the life of an Aboriginal man who had fallen onto the path of an oncoming train at Redfern Railway Station in 2014.  On Australia Day in 2017 Allan was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to Mental Health Support organisations and the community. Allan is one of only 10 Australians to receive the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Justin Greiner

Chairman

Justin was appointed CEO of JBWere in February 2014. JBWere is a leading private wealth management and investment firm in Australia and New Zealand, providing a wide range of investment, advisory and philanthropic services. JBWere has more than $60b in Funds Under Advice and has over 500 employees.

Justin is Chairman of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation and a Director of the Financial Industry Community Aid Program (FICAP). Previous board positions include President of the Harvard Club of Australia, Director of The Institute of Bone and Joint Research and Director of Youngcare Sydney Advisory Board.

 

Ralph Kelly

Founder, Director & CEO

Ralph is the father of Thomas. Initially with the support of a friend and then as CEO of the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, Ralph has pro-actively campaigned for behavioral change in the community, social support for victims of violence as well as violence protection.  This has resulted in the provision of Take Kare Safe Spaces in the Sydney CBD, a Financial Hardship Victim Support program through the Department of Justice and a soon to be implemented UNSW research study of the Safe Space programs.

David Anstee

Director of Sponsorship

David has CEO experience in innovation companies having worked across start-ups, media and technology sectors.  He founded and sold two media and communications businesses to establish Australia’s 2nd largest direct advertising agency.  David works both as a mentor and a consultant focusing on innovation, creativity and business acceleration.

Eric Cao

Director of Youth Communications & Marketing

Eric is a high achieving UNSW student majoring in marketing and psychology.  He has spent the last two years kick starting his career by working full time in the marketing industry whilst also studying full time. Eric considers community awareness of social issues and appropriate behaviours a critical element for our social structure.  He is a firm believer in the importance of empowering individuals to do the right thing, in order to help shift the underlying culture.

Kathy Kelly

Director Kelly Family

Kathy is the mother of Thomas. Kathy is an advocate for behavioural change in the community, harm reduction and the provision of social support for victims of violence.  She sees communication, prevention and education as key platforms supporting the drive for social change.  Kathy is able to provide powerful advocacy for the Foundation as she engages with people from across the community, communicates social issues from the heart and motivates action to create change.  She is a firm believer in the need to take a pro-active approach to exploring and implementing strategies for harm reduction.

Mark Langsworth

Director of Governance & Finance

Mark is an experienced Banking and Finance Senior Managing Director, with over 30 years of experience in the Australian financial markets. Mark’s roles have encompassed trading, risk management, portfolio management, sales and distribution, origination, product development, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.

Simon McGrath

Director of Strategy

Simon brings a wealth of experience in strategic development and management of corporate and organisational growth as well as excellent input into our Take Kare initiatives. Simon is currently the Chief Operating Officer of Accor Hotels – Pacific.  He currently oversees the operation of 250 hotels. He has extensive experience in the development and implementation of strategic initiatives and driving performance measures.

Natalie Zelinsky

Chief Operating Officer & Company Secretary

Natalie is both the Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary for the Foundation.  She is responsible for ensuring the daily administration and operation of the Foundation.  Natalie is also responsible for ensuring that the Foundation complies with its statutory and regulatory obligations, TKYF polices and provides a range of support to the Foundation board.  As COO Natalie ensures the provision of strategic and executive support to the CEO in ensuring that the vision, mission and values of the Foundation are upheld.  Natalie supports the Foundation in its key relationships as well as in the provision of programs and services and managing specific projects that contribute to the strategic growth and impact of the Foundation.

Advisors

Tracy Baker

Advisory Board

Tracy’s experience spans 25 years working in the fashion, advertising and PR industries with some of the world’s biggest brands and high profile celebrity talent.  Tracy is an innovation-leader with a track record of delivering visionary cross-discipline communication strategy that integrates content, talent, PR, digital, above the line, stakeholder engagement, activations and events with equal emphasis on creative and commercial outcomes. She has the ability to foresee trends, rather than fads, positioning brands ahead of the pack and building enduring and respected corporate reputations.

Elizabeth Broderick

Advisory Board

Elizabeth has brought together captains of industry, governments and Defence Force chiefs to address gender inequality in Australia and beyond.

As Australia’s longest serving Sex Discrimination Commissioner (2007-2015), Elizabeth worked tirelessly to break down structural and social barriers faced by women and men, and to promote gender equality.

A key advocate for Australia’s paid parental leave scheme, Elizabeth influenced changes to regulations to increase the numbers of women at decision-making level, and to elevate the voices of women in marginalised communitie.

Howard Brown

Advisory Board

Howard is a 61 year-old failed legal student who after studying Law for six years found himself unable to pass the subject of Taxation. He then became a Private Investigator and was working as same in 1988 when one of his friends was murdered. It was at this point that Howard realised that what he had learned at Law School was not really accurate and that there was no real protection for Victims of Crime. Howard attended the inaugural meeting of VOCAL and became a member and went straight onto the committee, in 1989.  Howard then established the Sydney arm of the Victims of Crime Assistance League (Vocal) in 1991.

Jayne Ferguson

Advisory Board

Jayne is a senior director with over 30 years of commercial, strategic and operational experience across international media organisations.Equally at home in commercial and creative environments, she is accomplished in leading multi-platform brands in the fields of lifestyle, luxury, mass and niche markets.

Spearheading digital innovation Jayne was the joint lead in the creation of a major digital network and advertising offer for Australian women. She is a great communicator with an engaging and collaborative style, a sense of humour and a willingness to understand and grow brands at all stages of their development.

Prof. Peter Miller

Advisory Board

Peter is Professor of Violence Prevention and Addiction Studies at the School of Psychology, Deakin University. Peter has recently completed three of the largest studies ever conducted into licensed venues, comparing 11 Australian cities (and Wellington, NZ) over 5 years and talking to more than 15,000 patrons.  Peter has edited one book and has over 100 peer-reviewed articles as well as numerous government reports.

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