Chief Executive Officer since January 2019
For Arthur Papakotsias, approachable and authentic leadership is the cornerstone of his management ethos.
As the chief executive officer of Western Australia’s leading youth mental health agency, Youth Focus, Mr Papakotsias is committed to improving health and wellbeing outcomes for young people.
Since joining Youth Focus in January 2019, he has embarked on significant reform to diversify the organisation’s programs, expand its reach and provide comprehensive wrap-around services for young people across the state.
Originally trained as a psychiatric nurse, Mr Papakotsias has significant experience in leadership roles, particularly across the mental health sector, and has actively advocated for improved mental health policies and programs for much of his career.
In his previous role as chief executive officer at Neami National, Mr Papakotsias steered the organisation through significant growth, increasing the business from two staff – himself and a part-time administration role – to a workforce of more than 1000 supporting 9000 people across five states.
He worked at Neami for 27 years providing community-based mental health services, helping people to improve wellbeing and live independently. Neami is now one of Australia’s largest and most successful specialist mental health non-government organisations.
From 2011 to 2019, Mr Papakotsias served as a director and chair of Housing Choices Australia, a national provider of affordable housing.
In addition, he was a director of Mental Health Australia from 2011 to 2018 and the chair of its Finance, Audit and Risk Committee between 2014 and 2018.
Mr Papakotsias holds a Graduate Diploma of Business (Health Services Management) from RMIT University, has attended three residential leadership programs at Harvard Business School and was awarded The Mental Health Services Learning Network (TheMHS) Award for Exceptional Contribution to Mental Health Service in 2018.
He is also a member of the Western Australian Association for Mental Health (WAAMH) Board and has served on numerous other Boards including On the Line, VICSERV (now called Mental Health Victoria) and Mental Health Coordinating Council.
Chief Financial Officer since May 2016
Raj’s experience exceeds 20 years of specialising in finance and business management. A CPI qualified accountant, he is an individual with global experience.
Raj has lived and worked in three countries – Australia, Kenya and the United Kingdom as well as studying in the United States. Raj holds a Bachelor of Administration (option in Finance) from California State University, Hayward.
Raj’s career spans the education, private and not-for-profit sector sectors and his roles have included leading corporate and finance teams, and covering taxation, treasury, company mergers and takeovers, negotiating significant contracts with commercial ventures, universities and governments.
In his current role at Youth Focus, Raj manages all administrative functions including human resources, finance, IT&T, facilities management and risk management.
Raj is also a Board member of the Centre for Stories, an independent, inclusive arts and cultural organisation that uses storytelling to inspire social cohesion and understanding.
Chief Operating Officer since September 2020
Angie is the previous Service Delivery Manager at Zonta House Refuge Association, an organisation which supports women who have experienced, or are at risk of experiencing, family and domestic violence through accommodation, holistic support services and education.
Prior to that, Angie held various roles across government and community organisations such as Centrecare, Hope Community Services and Next Step.
Angie has a raft of community service, social welfare and business qualifications, including a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in social welfare, Graduate Certificate in Business and is currently working towards an MBA.
Angie has more than 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors and has worked in areas focusing on drug and alcohol, pharmacotherapy, homelessness, mental health and domestic and family violence. She is committed to driving change through innovation, evidence-based practice and inspiring staff to support people to achieve their goals through self-determination.
Chief Development Officer since April 2022
As Chief Development Officer at Youth Focus, Addy is responsible for leading a high-functioning multi-disciplinary team to drive revenue growth across several key fundraising streams including the prestigious Hawaiian Ride for Youth.
With a background in sales, Addy moved into the not-for-profit sector in 2013 and has worked in various fundraising and marketing roles at children’s charities supporting health and education.
Addy relocated to Perth from Melbourne in 2017 and was responsible for partnerships and philanthropy at Cancer Council WA prior to joining Youth Focus in September 2021.
He is also a Board Director of both Hannah’s House and Gymnastics WA, a Business Development Advisory Group Member of the International Children's Palliative Care Network, a Board Fundraising Subcommittee Member of Maurice Zeffert Home and on the WA State Committee of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.
If you are in an emotional crisis and require urgent support, please contact:
- Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
- Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
- Lifeline on 13 11 14
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