Media release

CEO Brian Yates to conclude remarkable community sector chapter

After almost two decades of service Job Centre Australia CEO Brian Yates will step down.

Sydney, Australia – Monday 1 April 2019. Job Centre Australia Chair David Alexander today announced CEO Brian Yates will step down. After almost two decades of combined Job Centre Australia service, Brian has tendered his resignation to commence the next chapter of his career and is leaving us to pursue personal and professional opportunities.

With 19 years of general management, operations and training leadership roles at Job Centre Australia, Brian can take pride in strategically guiding the organisation through unprecedented periods of growth and transformational change.

His major achievements include expansion into Queensland and the ACT, building the organisation’s profile and influence, developing important partnerships with employers, growth in the organisation’s cash reserves, effective Government relationships, and collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in the development of our Reconciliation Action Plan and with the Board and executive on Strategy 2021.

In addition to his CEO role, Brian is also a current National Disability Services NSW Committee Member and former Committee Member of Coast Community College and Central Coast Disability Network.

“On behalf of the Board, staff, employment partners and government stakeholders, I’d like to thank Brian for his tireless dedication, integrity and passion to build communities where all people can achieve their potential,” David said.

Brian said that throughout his time at Job Centre Australia he had been accompanied by staff who are passionate, capable and customer focused. He has been proud to lead such a committed group of individuals over his last five years in the CEO role.

“In my time here, which is two thirds of the company’s 27 year life, I’ve been given so many personal and professional opportunities and been privileged to participate in the enormous development of Job Centre Australia from its humble beginnings on New South Wales’ Central Coast to a well-respected community services provider operating in three states and territories and making a real difference for people.”

David said the Board would now begin implementation of a comprehensive succession and recruitment plan with the aim of having an Interim CEO in place in the near future and a permanent CEO mid-year.

“Job Centre Australia has strong foundations, a wonderful team at both the staff and board level, and a real commitment to person centred support. The organisation has a solid strategic vision and is ready for its next leap forward.”

About Job Centre Australia
With origins from 1991 and a vision of ‘communities where all people can achieve their potential’, Job Centre Australia is a community services organisation providing training and support services from 35 sites in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Living by our values of person centricity, community focus, outcomes orientation, collaboration and responsiveness, we create opportunities for development, empowerment and enhanced independence. We build people’s capability and strengthen communities through fostering awareness of diversity benefits, employment and education, active engagement with local partners and customised support.  With funding from Government programs and corporate assistance, key relationships include the Department of Social Services, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet. McDonald’s Australia, Accor Hotels and Clubs NSW.  Particular strengths are our regional footprint, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community collaborations, employer partnerships, Government relationships, values based approach, expertise with vulnerable youth and innovation.

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For further information, please contact Job Centre Australia.
Sarah Stratford, Job Centre Australia General Manager – Operations          E          M 0438 462 697