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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Senior Leadership Team

Michele Rowse, ​Chief Executive Officer

Michele is a mum to three rambunctious boys and grew up attending YMCA holiday programs and camps. Seeing the powerful impact that the YMCA has on local communities has been the driving force in Michele joining the YMCA Victoria Board in 2015 and then joining YMCA Manningham in 2017.

Michele is a management professional with extensive experience in the health, wellness, fitness, accommodation, childcare, property and aquatics industries. With over 20 years’ experience, Michele has established leading customer centric programs, workplace culture improvements, and program management offices. She has led large-scale projects, directing both local and international teams to successful outcomes, including rebrands and design redevelopment of global brands. Experience on Boards both in the health and education industries has further established Michele as a leader focused on community outcomes. Michele’s expertise extends to strategic planning, communications, digital strategies, operations and client services for a range of businesses.

“We believe in the power of inspired young people” is a belief Michele lives every day and is excited about how YMCA Manningham can continue to work with small children through to the older generations to create a healthy, active and inspired Manningham community.


Damien Ear, Gro​up Finance Manager

Damien has been employed with the YMCA since 1988 and was the inaugural finance director for Aquarena. As a result of this consistency, Damien's knowledge and assistance has ensured significant growth in the financial systems necessary to control continuously diversifying business. With the recent growth and diversification by Manningham YMCA into a range of other business activities.

Damien is very well respected by both Manningham YMCA personnel and his fellow financial peers as a caring and honest leader who is committed to the mission and values of the YMCA. Married with two children, Damien enjoys a work environment that is centred on community involvement rather than the harshness of the corporate financial sector.


Fiona Miller, Group ​​Administration Manager

Fiona has worked in the health and fitness industry since 1989 and loves the smell of chlorine in the morning. She has worked at Aquarena since the day the centre opened in 1992, starting as a casual receptionist and finds it much easier to speak to people who are wearing bathers or tracksuits rather than suits and heels. Fiona oversees general administration, member billing, customer service and IT. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Melbourne, and Bachelor and Master Degrees in Education from Deakin University. In 2002 she completed a Diploma of Recreation and in 2007 she completed the Certified Customer Service Managers Course (Dip. Bus. CCSM).

Fiona is tremendously excited about the current redevelopments at Aquarena and can't wait until they are finished. In her spare time Fiona enjoys reading, binge-watching TV series and sometimes getting lost during street orienteering.

​Brendan Hibbert, Stadium​​s Manager

Brendan has been with the YMCA since 1996 originally starting with independent associations YMCA Ballarat and Victoria before joining the Manningham YMCA in 2003. Brendan's experiences have crossed a broad range of areas including community camping, seasonal pool management, lifeguarding, youth development, children's services, outdoor education and corporate training. Brendan is currently the Stadiums Manager for the Manningham YMCA providing a wide range of sports and recreation programs and services to the community. Along with a Bachelor of Management (HRM & Marketing) and military training. Brendan brings a number of skills and life experiences to the Manningham YMCA that enable strong, strategic and responsive management of the organisation.

Brendan enjoys spending time family, is a dedicated junior football coach and is extremely passionate about AFL and his beloved Cats. 

Michael Colling, Youth Servi​​​​​ces Manager

Michael has worked in the youth sector for almost two decades; working predominately in local government and school settings across Melbourne.  In 2005 and again in 2006, Michael wrote and co-hosted award-winning radio specials on youth issues, for NOVA FM.  In 2007, Michael’s first book, The Other Side of Blue, was published to much acclaim.  The anthology of autobiographical stories from young Australians, celebrated the journey of overcoming adversity.  Michael has twice received nominations for Australian of the Year for his work in mental health promotion with young people, including the establishment of a national not-for-profit organisation.  The BETTERMAN Foundation empowered local communities to support their young men, across Australia, with a focus on suicide and violence prevention.  Michael is now enjoying “the best job in the world” having recently become a Dad for the first time.


 




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