Board of Directors




Stephen Gagen
Director since 11th January 2017I hold a BSc degree and postgraduate degrees in biological science. I work as a political adviser to a government MP. I previously worked as a research scientist and IT manager in the former Victorian Department of Agriculture.
I am a current Director of Your Community Health (formerly Darebin Community Health) and have been on Boards of various community groups for many years. I am a Justice of the Peace.
Younes Benhim
Deputy Chairperson
Director since 11th January 2017I have 15 years in the welfare sector including planning, leading and managing a variety of welfare programs and services for communities from low SES and CALD backgrounds.
Currently conducting an education needs analysis for six community learning centres based in/near public housing estates.
Prameend Singh
Director since 11th January 2017I have worked in the housing and homelessness sector for 17 years. Notably with the former Homeground Services and North East Housing in the provision of frontline crisis housing services. I was a Board member of the state peak body for social housing Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV) for two years. I am currently employed as the CEO of Inner East Social Housing Group which is a Registered Housing Provider.
Gurhan Araci
Director since 29th November 2018I have 13years’ experience in Local Government and the Homelessness sector. This includes 7 Years managerial experience in property management, homelessness support and finance.
Oscar Ramos
Director since 11th January 2017Board Member of the Youth Workers Association. Bachelor of Youth Studies
Diploma of Youth Work
Certificate IV in Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
Currently undertaking a Bachelor in Psychological Science. 
Richard Agar
Director since 29 November 2018I hold a Bachelor of Business and Post Graduate Certificate in International Education from Monash. I went to Northcote High School and continue to take a keen interest in the services offered in the area.
I have senior managerial experience in private enterprise, education and tourism sectors. I have worked on national research projects, co-authoring published papers on topics including; successful Indigenous enterprise partnerships and: improving Governance in Indigenous Communities-Building on eLearning Success
I currently spend the majority of my time involved with philanthropic pursuits including as a consumer representative at Austin Health on both there Clinical Education Advisory Committee and their National Safety and Quality Health Services Standards Committee.
In 2017 I was a finalist in the Minister for Health volunteer awards.
Heather Yasamee
Director since 29 August 2019
Simon Daly
Director since 26 September 2019
I have been working in the community welfare and education sectors for over 25 years.
As well as being an educator at the Australian College of Applied Psychology, I have a consultancy for NFP community organisations developing policy documents, funding and grant applications, strategic planning initiatives and a range of other administrative information among other things.
My background includes working internationally in the UK, North Africa and Asia. Working in a variety of supporting and educating roles, for people with disabilities, older people and families. In programs and services supporting young people at risk, communities experiencing homelessness, people with substance abuse problems and victims of family violence, among others.
I have degrees in Fine Arts and Linguistics.