Chief Executive Officer
Leo Fieldgrass is an accomplished youth worker, policy advocate and senior executive with a breadth of experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors. He holds a Master of Arts in social sciences (policy and human services), a Bachelor of Arts in child and adolescent studies, and a Diploma of Higher Education in youth and community studies. In his most recent role as YACVic’s Deputy CEO, Leo led operations, assisted in strategic implementation, and used his policy advocacy expertise to represent YACVic across the youth and community sectors. Leo was also formerly the national director of the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition, the national peak body for young people and youth workers, and joined YACVic as CEO in August 2017.
Chief Operating Officer
Shaye has an outstanding range of skills and operational experience. She joins YACVic from the aged care sector, where she was overseeing Home Care Packages, as well as disability, mental health and Aboriginal community programs across Victoria. Prior to this, Shaye held several senior roles in the Department of Health and Human Services, which included housing, disability client services, disability partnerships and service planning.
Shaye’s career is also solidly grounded in youth work – she has managed multidisciplinary youth services, council youth services, and regional programs. Originally from New Zealand, Shaye has managed alternative education, peer support programs and student advocacy. She holds a Graduate Certificate in public sector management, a Master of Health Sciences, a Post Graduate Diploma and a Bachelor of Arts in education.