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.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer (Acting)
Derm has been involved in community development, health promotion and youth work for over 25 years. Recently Derm has specialised in working with rural communities on HIV prevention and been responsible for developing programs targeting family violence and responding to alcohol and other drug (AOD) use in specific communities. Derm has worked extensively with Aboriginal communities across Australia and was the National Indigenous Project’s manager during his time at the Australian Federation of AIDS organisations. Derm has a strong commitment to volunteering and has held many governance-based positions on boards of organisations working with young people. Derm holds an Advanced Diploma of community management, loves coffee and spends New Year’s helping to stage the Tropical Fruits Festival in the Northern Rivers area of NSW.