Chief Executive Officer
MPH CMC AIMM
Wesley Noffs first trained in fine art and graphic design at East Sydney College of Art and Design. After becoming interested in health promotion he became involved in his father's work at the Life Education Centre in 1986, eventually becoming CEO in 1989. In 1990 he joined the Wayside Foundation, renamed the Ted Noffs Foundation in 1992 to recognise the work of its founder. Wesley became CEO in 1994.
Membership of Councils and Committees
Chair of the Ministerial Drugs Advisory Council (NSW Health) 1994-1997.
A member of the First Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (NSW Attorney Generals Dept.) 1994-1996
Member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council since 1995-2003.
Member: the Australian National Council on Drugs 1998-2001
Member of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Board 1989-1990
Member of the Volunteering NSW Advisory Council.
Chair of the ANCD subcommittee for Training of Frontline Professionals
A founding member of the Kings Cross Youth Interagency
A qualified reviewer for the Community Health and Standards Program (QMS)
Wesley is also a member of a number of other ANCD committees and was co-author of NDARC Monograph 40 (Adolescent Treatment Project Outcomes Study).
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Chief Operating Officer
LLB (UNSW), AFAIM
Amanda Noffs has played a critical role in the development of the Ted Noffs Foundation and its programs over the last seventeen years, most significantly in the establishment of an effective and stable management. She is also the Ted Noffs Foundation Secretary (ex-officio).
Amanda has over twenty-five years experience in management. After working twenty years in the private sector, she joined the not-for-profit sector. She was appointed Public Relations Coordinator of Life Education Centres (1989-1990). In 1990, she and husband Wesley, joined the Ted Noffs Foundation. The positions she has held there are: Community Development and Liaison Officer (1990-1994); Operations Manager (1994-2000); Executive Officer (2000-2002); General Manager (2002-2006) and more recently, Chief Operating Officer (2006–Present).
Amanda is a member of the Australian Institute of Management. She is a board member of the Network of Alcohol & Other Drugs Agencies (NADA), having served three terms since 1991. She has a law degree from the University of New South Wales. Her areas of interest are industrial relations, charity law, juvenile justice, children’s law, public interest law, and mediation.
Amanda is well versed in industrial relations and has good associations with the relevant government departments. She is an Official Visitor to Cobham Juvenile Detention Centre in St Marys. Amanda also initiated ASK!, a joint project between the Ted Noffs Foundation and Mallesons Stephen Jaques. The service offers pro bono legal advice and referrals for young people aged 14-25 years. The service operates once per week, alternatively from the Ted Noffs Foundation premises in Randwick and the Smith Family premises in Parramatta. Amanda is a member of the management Committee for ASK!
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Street University Manager
Matt's first job was sweeping the floor at the Wayside Chapel, in Sydney's Kings Cross. Since then he has completed a BA at UNSW, worked in the drug and alcohol field, and as been the development manager at the Ted Noffs Foundation.
Matt also founded Harmony in the Park, an event that brought 2000 people from all over Sydney together to find peace in the aftermath of the Cronulla riots.
Matt is currently the Founder and Manager of Street University' where severely marginalized young people in the Liverpool will have access to tertiary-style education.
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Rupert Noffs is currently the Development Manager of the Ted Noffs Foundation.
Before this he spent 7 years as manager in retail, public relations and marketing. Rupert worked as publicist and event manager in the FOR-profit sector for companies such as Moet Hennessy Australia, Hugos Group, Simon Johnson, Rolls Royce and Grandma Takes a Trip vintage fashion.
Rupert joined Ted Noffs Foundation 3 years ago as Development Manager.
He oversees a small Development team that looks after all fundraising, public relations, marketing and media. Rupert set up the Ted Noffs' Opportunity Shop last year, entitled One Noffs.
His vision is to have a chain of charity thrift stores working in conjunction with Australia's leading fashion schools, where young fashion students transform the donated clothes into wearable, one off pieces. The fashion student gets a cut, Ted Noffs gets a cut and so do the clothes, thus creating an innovative social enterprise and raising money for the charity.
Rupert also loves performing, drama and public speaking.
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BA (Psych) Macquarie University, Dip. Frontline Management
Mark has worked in the Youth Work/Drug and Alcohol field for the past nineteen years.
Mark first started working for the National Campaign Against Drug Abuse doing street work, and progressed onto working as HELP Coordinator for Manly Council.
This involved working with young people excluded from mainstream schooling. Mark moved into working for several crisis-housing organisations, including Taldumande Youth Services.
After moving to England, Mark worked in several large housing commission organisations, secure facilities for young people and children’s homes. He worked with young people and adults with drug and alcohol issues including running a twenty-five-bed drug and alcohol unit within a large men’s hostel.
Mark has worked for the Ted Noffs Foundation since 2001, commencing as Assistant Manager and has had various roles including managing a number of residential units. He is currently the Program Manager and oversees all the PALM Units and out-clients programs.
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ACT Senior Manager
Ronan’s background is in adult education, addiction counselling, social ecology, community development, environmental work and business skills. He has a particular interest in emotional evolution and human development.
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Manager of Out-Clients
Julie began her career in the field of Drug and Alcohol in 1990 initially in New Zealand where she trained in Drug & Alcohol Counselling working in a residential program. She moved back to Sydney five years later, continuing Counselling work in Detoxification and Residential programs until she decided to work with young people and their families. Julie began the exciting journey in year 2000 working for the Ted Noffs Foundation as an Adolescent & Family Counsellor and completed my Masters in Social Health (a degree specialising in substance use).
In 2007 Julie began a new role as Clinical Manager of PALM Sydney and Assistant Manager for Schools & Outclients Program until in 2008 she was employed as Manager of Schools & Outclients at Mt Druitt (finally leaving her passion of working in residential programs!).
Julie continues with her clinical work with a small case load whilst managing, however, working with and supervising the counsellors also provides involvement in continuing work with young people and substance use – the two areas she is dedicated to.
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Michael trained in Clinical Psychology at Canterbury University and specialised in Child and Adolescent Psychology. He has worked in the Public Health Sectors as a Clinical Psychologist and Senior Psychologist Manager, and worked in private practice in a wide range of consultancy positions including EAP, Disability Services, Education, Business Coaching, Business Training, OHS Development, Forensic Investigations and Reports and Sport Psychology.
He has also developed New Image Rugby for Children in NZ and coached at Senior level of Rugby Union. Michael's life passion has embraced the notion that people have the personal resources and resilience to move to greater purpose, personal actualisation and goal achievement. He believes that effective treatment and learning packages to Adolescents in the treatment of addiction and Mental Health issues and the establishment of effective life skills should activate and enhance these personal resources.