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CEO and Executive Team

  Francis Broekman

Chief Executive Officer

Francis Broekman is the Chief Executive Officer of Brophy Family & Youth Services and has over 35 years experience working in the welfare sector. Francis has a Bachelor of Social Work and a Masters of Community Service Management.

During his 20 years as CEO for Brophy, the agency has grown from 8 staff located in one office in Warrnambool, to over 110 staff located across two offices in Warrnambool, the Foyer Warrnambool, and offices in Portland and Hamilton. Two of his greatest professional achievements are overseeing the establishment of the Community Youth Complex which provides a welcoming space where youth and community can access services and activities, along with incorporating environmentally sustainable design principles; and the Youth Foyer which provides 18 independent living units with a communal lounge, kitchen and games area for young people aged 16-25. Brophy provides 24/7 supervision.

On a personal note, Francis was born and raised in Geelong and comes from a family of six. He and his wife Jacinta Ermacora had a sea change to Warrnambool in 1991 and raised their two daughters in Warrnambool. Francis is passionate about bike riding, and enjoys golf and swimming. His greatest personal achievement in cycling has been completing the Great Victorian Bike Ride nine times and just recently undertaking the 145 km Great Ocean Road and Otways Classic. He enjoys his connection to community and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Warrnambool Central for 5 years and was President in 2014-15.




 Kathy Sanderson

 Executive Manager, Youth Services

Kathy Sanderson is the Executive Manager of the Youth Services Division and has worked at Brophy for 16 years. She has a background prior to Brophy in education, local government and the community services sector over 20 years. With qualifications in education and training, Kathy's speciality is in the area of youth transitions, youth engagement, youth disadvantage and support of specialist youth support projects and includes representation on the National Network of Youth Connections Providers (5 years) and a member of the Great South Coast Beyond the Bell Regional Leadership Group (over 4 years).

Kathy has a passion for books, films, art, travel, music, nature, food and the Geelong Football Club and enjoys spending time with her immediate and extended family and socialising with friends.

  Ruth Isbel

Executive Manager, Child & Family Services

Ruth commenced working at Brophy in 1997 and has 27 years experience in the health, education and welfare sectors. Ruth’s specialty is children, youth and families and reducing the impact of abuse and poverty. Ruth has a Bachelor of Arts (Social Science), Post Graduate Bachelor of Social Administration (Social Work) and is a member of the Australian Association of Social Work. Ruth is passionate about preventing family violence and reducing the impact on children who have witnessed or experienced family violence. She also enjoys wine, food, travel and is an avid supporter of the Richmond Football Club.

  Josh Hill

Executive Manager, Corporate Services

Josh started with Brophy in April 2016. Prior to Brophy he worked at South West Institute of TAFE for 14 years. He has qualifications in Management and IT, and business management experience in small, medium and large organisations as well as private enterprise. Outside of work Josh’s passion is following his sons to junior sporting events.

  Anne Waters

Executive Manager, Health Services

Anne has been working in her role of Executive Manager, Health Services since 2012. Her speciality is working in the community services sector and has over 27 years experience in the disability, local government and youth services fields. Anne has a Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management, Diploma of Community Services and Disability studies. She is a member of the Great South Coast Suicide Prevention Strategy working group; Eating Disorders Service System Network; Mental Health Community Support Services Catchment Based Planning Governance Group and the Beyond the Bell Moyne Action Group. Anne is passionate about travelling and enjoys outdoor activities including gardening, swimming and walking. Her greatest personal achievements have been trekking in the Annapurna Ranges in Nepal and walking the Inca Trail.