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As you would be aware, the foundation has gone through a period of strong growth over the past 3 years, allowing us as an organisation to assist more and more of Victoria’s vulnerable youth.

This growth can be attributed to your help as supporters of the foundation and to the drive and work ethic of our CEO, Wayne Owens and his dedicated team.

What is even more remarkable is that Wayne has been overseeing such growth, whilst battling a serious health issue in the past few months.

In order for Wayne to best recover, he requires some extended leave from the foundation and will commence a 6-month sabbatical from March 01, 2019.

Whilst these will be enormous shoes to fill, the foundation is pleased to announce that Simon Weatherill, the current Managing Director of ‘World Wide Sports Management’ will be stepping in as Acting CEO across the next 6-months.

Simon comes to us with a wealth of managerial and leadership experience and is seen in sporting circles as one of the driving forces behind Melbourne’s emergence as the ‘sporting capital of the world,’ during his two-decade role as the CEO of the Melbourne Sports Hub.

During his time at the Melbourne Sports Hub Simon oversaw the construction and development of facilities that hosted over 35 million visitors and 3600 events at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre, Lakeside Stadium, State Netball & Hockey Stadium and Sports House.

Simon’s experience and leadership will prove to be a great asset to the foundation across the next 6-months and he will be in touch with our key partners and supporters across the coming weeks.

We also look forward to Wayne having a speedy recovery to illness and returning to his role as CEO in the later part of the year.

During this transition period it will be business as usual for the foundation in helping the vulnerable youth of Victoria, with our ‘In Schools’ program now up and running at Pakenham, Berwick and Cheltenham Secondary College, our Back to School program for 2019 nearing completion and all support services operating at capacity and continuing to help thousands of young people.

The foundation would like to thank you for your continuing support, without which we would be unable to provide the much needed help and assistance to the ‘in need’ youth of Victoria and their families.

Kind regards


David Young

Chair of The Les Twentyman Foundation