Michael Coffey joins us as Senior Manager, Strategic Directions & Planning

December 14, 2017


We’re delighted to announce the employment of our new Senior Manager, Strategic Directions & Planning. Michael Coffey commenced his role with us yesterday, Thursday 14 December. This engagement now sees all CatholicCare Executive team member positions filled.

Michael was CEO of Yfoundations (formerly known as the Youth Accommodation Association) from 2002 to 2017 and successfully led this organisation through many changes.  Michael has experience in youth homelessness, housing, employment, health, education and youth affairs at a Federal & State level.

Michael holds a Ph.D (2013), B.Ed Hons 1st class (2001) and B.Ed (2000) in Education gained at the University of Technology Sydney.  Michael was awarded University Medal for Best Thesis Across all Faculties at UTS in 2001 and Australian Institute of Training and Development Adult Education prize for Best Thesis Project Bachelor of Education (Honours) in Adult Education also in 2001.

Michael has successfully advocated for significant growth in NSW Government funding of youth services in NSW Homelessness programs in excess of $50m, established the successful annual Youth Homelessness Matters Campaign, established an independent youth housing company ‘Myfoundations’ providing a model to grow new youth housing options and pathways for young people to move out of the homelessness status.  Michael was also instrumental in reframing the policy debate on youth homelessness as being more than just a bed for the night.

Michael is experienced in strategic planning, organisational rebranding, advocating to politicians,  tender coordination and writing, and successful in fund raising and attracting sponsorship.   Michael is well published and has good connections with universities with a passion for research.  Michael has been a member on many Boards in his career and lectured/tutored in Adult Education and Indigenous Faulty Courses (UTS) and Wirra Wirra Indigenous Faculty (Macquarie Uni).

It’s wonderful to have Michael joining the team.