Our Staff | Youth Insearch

Our Staff

The staff are the conduit that brings together the service partners, volunteers and young people, providing our suite of programs that change the lives of many young Australians. They have a collective of skills, experience and passion going beyond the call of duty in each of their roles.


Heath Ducker
Chief Executive Officer

Heath is unique as he brings to Youth Insearch both his experience as a participant in the program and professional expertise. As a teenage participant in the program, Heath was empowered to throw off the shackles of an almost Dickensian childhood. One of 10 children of several fathers, Heath lived in abject poverty, in an old run down housing commission home. At age 11 he was sexually abused by his best friend’s father. The young people at Youth Insearch inspired Heath to overcome his own difficult background.

Heath completed University, and became a lawyer at Gadens Lawyers (a top 10 Australian law firm). He then worked as an Advisor to the Attorney General of NSW. His other work includes: Trek Leader (2IC), Kokoda Trail, with Adventure Kokoda; Lawyer/Researcher, at the South Asian Human Rights Documentation Centre, India; Trainer, Public Speaking & Leadership, with AMM Enterprises; Professional Public Speaker, at conferences such as then Prime Minster Julia Gillard's Social Inclusion Conference, the Young Minds Conference, the Australian Family Law Conference, and RYLA.

His achievements include: an Australian Leadership Award, from Davos Australia; Author, A Room at the Top, Random House Australia (his autobiography with forward written by then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd); Panel Member, on Q&A, on the ABC; Profile, on Australian Story, on the ABC (introduced by then Prime Minister John Howard); the Rotary Youth Leadership (RYLA) and Service Above Self Awards; and audiences as a teenager with the Prime Minister John Howard and Premier Bob Carr to discuss Youth Affairs. Heath has also served as a Director on charity boards such as Aunties  & Uncles. Heath commenced as CEO in 2012.     


sTEPHEN lEWIN
GENERAL mANAGER

After a 19 year career with the NSW Government, Stephen Lewin has taken up the position of General Manager of the Youth Insearch Foundation.

With an enduring commitment to creating public value, Stephen has focused his study and experience on creating organisational change through transformational leadership. Stephen has led teams overseeing the management of Disability Group Homes, Home Care Services, Case Management and Clinical Teams. Stephen is passionate about creating leaders by supporting lasting change in people’s lives. Providing the framework of support to enable our most vulnerable to become leaders of tomorrow.  

   


jENNIE lINTON 

pROGRAM mANAGER

Jennie started working in community services 15 years ago and after 5 years focused on Youth Work. Jennie attended the Youth Insearch program with her clients 10 years ago and was so impressed she continued to support and attend weekend programs. Jennie became a Youth Insearch Adult Leader in 2013 and has taken up a vital role as Team Leader on many of the Weekend Workshops.

Jennie has continued to study over the last 10 years completing, Diploma of Counselling, Diploma of Community Services Management, Diploma of Youth Work, Advanced Diploma of Business Management, Cert IV in Training & Assessment, Cert IV in Youth Work, Cert IV in Community Services. Jennie is a qualified Counsellor and was instrumental in founding the Western Downs Youth Hub. Jennie was appointed as State Coordinator of Queensland in September 2015 and then to National 

 

sHARON sCHOFIELD

sTATE cOORDINATOR - vICTORIA 

Sharon was responsible for setting up Youth Insearch in Victoria in 2005.  Sharon has worked and volunteered for Youth Insearch for the last 12 years, she has a Diploma in Community Services Work as well as completing Youth Insearch Leaders Training in 2007. Prior to coming to Youth Insearch she worked in Marketing and held a the position of Personal Assistant to the Telstra Regional Manager for Victoria for 8 years.

In Sharon’s spare time she volunteers as the Publicity Officer for the Gippsland Branch of  Make-A-Wish Australia and also volunteers at Youth Referral and Independent Persons Program where she supports young people in Police Interviews where they don’t have alternative support. Sharon’s is married to Paul and they run their own plastering company and they have three sons and three grandchildren.   

   

mAREE mAY

cOMMUNITY cOORDINATOR - gIPPSLAND, vicTORIA

Maree May is new to working in the community services sector, after raising four children with her husband and working different jobs to fit around her family including running her own café, she decided to find a job that with more meaning.

Maree completed a Diploma of Community Services Work. Commencing at Youth Insearch in a first year work placement. Maree loved Youth Insearch so much she stayed on as a volunteer. On completing her Diploma  Maree was offered a position at Youth Insearch. Maree has been an Auswim instructor and coached junior netball.      

 

hEATHER cUMMINGS

cOMMUNITY cOORDINATOR - wIDE bAY bURNETT, qUEENSLAND

For the last ten years Heather has been working in organisations supporting and assisting young people and their families who are struggling with issues affecting their lives. Heather has completed a Certificate IV in Education and a Certificate IV in Counselling. Heather has worked extensively with children in the Queensland education system with both mainstream children and children with learning difficulties in primary schools.

Heather is married and has three sons. She is passionate about her community and the wellbeing of young people.