Since 1983, Byron Youth Service has been the primary provider of youth services in the Byron Shire.  BYS was incorporated in 1987.

Byron Youth Service (BYS) is a not-for-profit charity incorporated association committed to providing services for young people between the ages of 12 - 24 years. Our services are based on a sound understanding of young peoples’ needs and experiences. 

BYS is made up of an exceptional team of experienced, passionate and dedicated youth-workers who support young people to meet their life challenges and fulfil their potential.

We are governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, made up of a range of local people with skills in education, government, community services, business, the creative arts, and youth work. We work in partnership with many members of the community to develop and deliver a dynamic range of programs and services.

BYS operates from the Byron Youth Activity Centre (YAC) in Byron Bay and The Cottage in Mullumbimby.  We run outreach programs throughout the Byron Shire.




Deb Pearse — Early Intervention-Mullumbimby, Street Cruise Coordinator

Rosalie Bryant — Early Intervention-Byron, Youth Enterprise Coordinator

Stephanie Sims — YAC and SDCL Coordinator

Jonathan Edwards — Accountant

Lindy Lou Smith — Skills4Life Coordinator

Dale Shaddick — Education Support Coordinator, Skills4Life Facilitator

Karim Kauffman — Northern Lights Coordinator, Skills4Life Facilitator

David Dalton — Street Cruise Youth Worker

Christina & Phil — Byron Flea Coordinators

Amelia Richards — Social Work Student


2018 BOARD

Lyn McCormick — President

James Wright — Vice President

Ian Leggo — Treasurer

Christina Gobet-Freeman — Secretary

Nickolla Clark — Member

Judith Shelley — Member

Scott Fuller — Member

Adam Collett — Member


Digby Hildreth — Honorary Member

Annual General Meeting 2018

Thursday 8th November 6 – 7 pm

Agenda will include reports and the adoption of a new Constitution

Recruitment of Association and Board Members

To work toward best practice and excellence in all that BYS does as well as sharing the significant workload, the Board commits to recruiting a skills-based Board.

In great anticipation of fulfilling our commitment we invite you to take 2 actions.

1.   Become an Association member nowcommitting to being a supportive friend of BYS and attending at most 2 meetings a year.  You can join tonight.

2.   Consider nominating for the Board or discussing with a friend, colleague or relative who has one of the skills below and who may nominate.

 A passion for supporting young people through BYS is important and a willingness to take on a portfolio to support the significant workload a modern Board has to cover, and to attend 90% of Board meetings. Meetings are once a month on the 3rdTuesday from 5-7pm i.e. only 2-hours longexcept with the express consent of the members present. Meetings are chaired efficiently to allow effective use of time and sound decision-making.  Members are required to be over 18.

Portfolios or areas of expertise could include:

·      Grant writing

·      Design, PR, Marketing

·      Accounting/ finance– the ability to guide and review strategy

·      Strategic planning

·      Social media and/or IT skills

·      Legal– overseeing compliance with legislation

·      Managing risk

·      Human resources management and leadership

·      Achieving change  - skills in identifying, leading, managing and achieving change and adapting to change

·      Relationship building/ networking

·      Specific Not for Profit knowledge– passion for the cause, experience in similar sectors/ industries

·      Behavioural competencies– innovative, positive, futuristic




Name *
hereby apply to become a member of the above named incorporated association. In the event of my admission as a member, I agree to be bound by the rules of the association for the time in force. Please be advised that your membership will not be finalised until a fee of $2 has been paid to the front office at BYS/YAC.