The Foyer Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of two new board members, Mrs Tracey Burton and Ms Kristy Brittain.
Chairman, Keith Bryant, said: “I am very pleased with the new appointments to the Foyer Board. Both Tracey and Kristy bring strong industry experience and are highly regarded in their respective fields. With our bold ambition of 50 Foyers by 2030, it’s been important these two appointments complement our existing board to ensure we have the right mix of skills to provide guidance and oversight as we focus on growth.”
Mrs Tracey Burton is currently the Chief Executive at Uniting NSW/TAS with an extensive background as a health and community services leader dedicated to excellent client service and employee experience and outcomes. Tracey is known and respected for delivery of growth, service improvement and financial performance through building strong teams and relationships with key stakeholders; underpinned by extensive industry experience across multiple sectors and geographies.
Tracey is enormously proud of the work Uniting has achieved with its partners to establish Foyer Central in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, dedicated to young people leaving the care system.
Tracey said, “I’m very excited to be joining the Board at this stage of Foyers’ evolution. It’s proven to work – changing the trajectory of young peoples’ lives and all young people need housing security and support to be equipped to live their best lives. The work of the Foyer Foundation is ambitious but also pragmatic and effective. It will be a privilege to add my experience and commitment to this endeavour, fuelling the future of our inspiring young people.”
Uniting currently has over 10,000 employees and over 1,000 volunteers, serving more than 100,000 people across their services. Annual revenue exceeds $1 billion with services that range from Early Learning and Youth support programs through to Residential Aged Care and Retirement Living.
Prior to joining Uniting, Tracey held roles with St John of God Health Care , Ramsay Health Care, St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney, Mater Private Hospital, South Brisbane and Hawkesbury District Health Service Ltd.
Ms Kristy Brittain is a proud Yued Balladong Nyoongar young woman who is currently the Accommodations Manager at Wunan Foundation, based in Kununurra, regional WA. Kristy brings an extensive background in youth and community work within organisations such as Youth Futures WA, Save the Children, Binarri-binyja yarrowoo Aboriginal Corporation and Department of Communities WA.
Kristy has a Bachelor of Social Science, with a major in Youth Work plus years of professional experience focussing on Trauma Informed practice, delivering community collaboration initiatives and strengthening program systems to improve evidence base outcomes.
She is currently a Governing Council member, North Regional TAFE and have held previous committees engagements such as Aboriginal Education, Employment and Training Committee (AEETC), Kununurra Empowering Youth & Families Program committee and Girls Academy Advisory committee (Kununurra).
Kristy is looking forward to sharing her extensive experience with regional community perspective and bringing a lens that focuses on cultural safety plus ensuring the Foyer approach develops a co-delivered response to local community need.
Kristy said “The outcomes that safe and stable housing with integrated supports provide are underestimated. Once a young person has a solid foundation to build from, I’ve seen many take positive steps towards their future. Settings such as Foyer can help create opportunities for many young people. When one is in a supportive environment, they can reflect on one’s own steps and adjust accordingly. I think the Foyer approach aligns with my experience in working in partnership with young people who may be at risk of or experiencing homelessness”