Platform has a management board that keeps an eye on the “big picture” and provides oversight and guidance to our CEO and staff. The people on our board bring a rich diversity of experience and skills to the organisation and a passion for improving the lives of vulnerable young people.
Cheryl Barnes — Audit & Risk Committee Member
Qualifications: Diploma in Community Services and Counselling, Certificate IV in Mediation.
Cheryl is the Community Coordinator – Aboriginal at Wentworth Community Housing. Cheryl has worked in the local community for many years and the Social Housing sector for over 12 years. Cheryl is an active committee member of West Connect Domestic Violence Service in outer Western Sydney, Merana Aboriginal Community Association for the Hawkesbury, a member of the Western Sydney Aboriginal Women Leaving Custody strategy local service group, a member of the Muru Mittigar NILS Advisory Committee and a member of the Aboriginal Advisory Board in Mount Druitt. Cheryl joined Platform Youth Services in October 2016.
Lee Middleton — Chairperson, Governance Committee Member
Qualifications: Bachelor of Education — Science
Lee has a long history with Platform and the services that eventually merged to create Platform Youth Services. She initially joined Open House Foster Care in 1995, and was Chairperson of Blue Mountains Youth Accommodation and Support Services. Lee is currently Head Science Teacher at Lithgow High School. She has worked with young people from varying backgrounds and continues to advocate for vulnerable youth within her community. Prior to teaching, Lee had a successful career in analytical chemistry.
Anna Wemyss — Vice Chairperson, Chair Governance Committee
Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Dip Ed
Initially joined Platform Youth Services November 2013. Anna is a Probus Club Member and a local to the Blue Mountains district. Being a retired High School Teacher specialising in English, she has over 30 years’ experience in working with young people. Anna has also successfully owned and run a catering business.
Colin Lenton – Treasurer, Chair Audit and Risk Committee
Qualifications: B.Bus — Accounting, FAICD
Initially joined Blue Mountains Youth Accommodation and Support Services 2008. Colin has several current Board positions: Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (Health) Chair Family First Credit Union (Banking) Chair Bridge Business College (International Education) and various NFPs. He has owned and operated a hotel and guesthouse-conference centre in the upper Blue Mountains. Colin’s goal is streamlining and improving businesses and their structures through Board Corporate Governance.
James Ahearn – Governance Committee Member
James joined Platform Youth Services in 2017 as a casual member. James has been in senior management roles in the transport, haulage and logistics industry for over 30 years and is currently joint Managing Director of a privately-owned transport consultancy business specialising in providing advisory services to corporations in optimising haulage systems and equipment. In the past James was involved for over several years with Lucy Creeth Village in WA which is an organisation specialising in care for people with disabilities including Spina Bifida, MS and other debilitating issues.
Simone Angus – Audit and Risk Committee Member
Simone joined Platform Youth Services in 2014 after being on the Turning Point Youth Accommodation Service Board. Simone is local to the Penrith area and has worked in youth accommodation and outreach. Simone previously worked for Nepean Youth Drug and Alcohol Service and now manages the Centre for Addiction Medicine in Mount Druitt having worked in Drug and Alcohol for 13 years.
George Rabie OAM — Audit & Risk Committee Member
Initially joined Nepean Youth Accommodation Services 2009. George owned and operated Little and Rabie Betta Home Living, an electrical appliance retail store that he started in 1974. He has served on the Boards of Betta Stores for three years and Retravision for some 17 years. George is on the Board of the Penrith Business Alliance, Nepean Medical Research Foundation (Medical Research Funding) and Rotary Club of Penrith Valley. In 2014, George was awarded OAM for his services to the community.
Jeanne Appleton —Governance Committee
Jeanne initially joined Open House Youth Accommodation Services 2002. Jeanne is a school counsellor in Catholic Primary Education and has held various senior management positions over a three-decade period for numerous organisations including large charities. Jeanne’s expertise is in human resources as well as the funding, legislation and statutory requirements for managing a welfare service.