Our PeopleEmpowering Youth for a Brighter Future

OurPeople across NSW

At Youth Futures Network, our people are dedicated professionals from diverse backgrounds, united by a commitment to supporting young people’s career pathways. With extensive experience and local knowledge, they work tirelessly to connect students with meaningful work placements, bridging the gap between education and employment. Their passion and expertise drive our mission to create brighter futures for youth across NSW.


The Committee at Youth Futures Network consists of dedicated professionals from various sectors, committed to supporting young people’s career pathways. They bring a wealth of experience, ensuring the network’s initiatives align with the needs of students, industry, and the community.

Megan Mulrooney


Wiradjuri Country, Wagga Wagga, Riverina-Murray NSW

Megan Mulrooney has over 22 years of experience in Business and Industry, particularly in the Vocational Education sector. As the CEO of COMPACT Incorporated, she has designed and delivered successful youth-focused career development events and meaningful workplace learning opportunities. Megan is dedicated to identifying and addressing the career and social development needs of young people, especially in regional areas. She has built extensive relationships with key education, industry, and government partners. As YFN Chair, she is committed to fostering these partnerships to benefit youth in NSW.

Melissa Hughes

Deputy Chair

Lismore NSW

Melissa Hughes has over 25 years of experience in the youth services sector, currently serving as CEO of Connect Northern Rivers. Previously, she worked as a Careers Adviser for over 14 years. Melissa is passionate about creating inclusive and supportive environments for young people, ensuring access to education, employment, social services, and community engagement. She supports innovative programs that address diverse youth needs. As Deputy Chair of the YFN, Melissa aims to foster collaboration among members to enhance support and opportunities for young people across the network.

Samantha King


Cammeraygal Lands, Northern Sydney NSW

Samantha King has over 20 years of experience working with young people, drawing from her background in community services, events, and hospital support. She leads Youth Up Front with strong collaboration skills, engaging strategically with local, state, and federal governments. Samantha excels in advocacy, collaborative practice, and social impact. Her work focuses on student engagement, career and transition support, and industry exploration. Although based in Sydney, she also supports youth in Central Western NSW. As a representative of the Youth Futures Network, she is dedicated to advancing career support for all young people.

Jenny Fraser



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Debbie Taekata

General Committee Member


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John Purcell

General Committee Member


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The Operations Officer at Youth Futures Network oversees the coordination and implementation of career services. With a focus on efficiency and impact, they ensure seamless collaboration among member organisations, facilitating successful work placements and career development opportunities for students across NSW.

Greg Madigan

Operations Officer

Gadigal Country, Sydney NSW

Gregory Madigan is a commercial and customer-focused executive leader with over 30 years of experience across various industries. He has 20 years of board-level experience in youth not-for-profit leadership and management. Gregory holds an MBA in Corporate and Not-for-Profit Strategy and Governance. He has successfully achieved organisational growth and strategy implementation in competitive markets. As YFN Operations Officer, Gregory is committed to executing the organisation’s strategic plan, expanding stakeholder reach, and benefiting members and other stakeholders.