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Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Hannah on the move as young YMCA CEO
YMCA South Australia CEO Haydn Robins will hand his chair over to 21 year-old Clare Health and Fitness Team Leader, Hannah Salter, in April after she was announced as the successful 2019 YMCA Young CEO Movement applicant.

As part of the leading not-for-profit’s commitment to empowering young people, YMCAs around Australia will be led by young people, aged 18 to 30, on Friday 12 April to mark the start of Youth Week.

Hannah is Clare born and bred and was the first local employed by the YMCA after it assumed management of The Valleys Fitness & Lifestyle Centre in July 2017. A personal trainer with her own business, Hannah started with the YMCA as a group fitness instructor and progressed to be appointed as the centre’s Health and Fitness Team Leader in November last year.

The Valleys Lifestyle Centre manager, Ben Whalen, alerted Hannah to the Young CEO opportunity and her commitment and enthusiasm to lead stood out, resulting in her selection.

“I’m bossy,” she laughed. “My position has its challenges but the staff are great and work as a team and I love it.”

“I want to understand how business decisions are made and what information is used to make them. Management has so much to it. It’s so rewarding to the staff when we have a good month and some good outcomes for members and I want to be able to influence that.” 

Hannah added that her long term goals included the possibility of managing her own centre or business but she understood that this would take time.
“Running something of my own would be good in time but I love what I am doing now. I want to do more study and learn more about the industry.”

YMCA South Australia CEO Haydn Robins said the day would provide Hannah, as one of the youngest Team Leaders in the YMCA, with exposure to a broad range of organisational challenges with an opportunity to provide input into strategy and solutions.

Hannah will attend a training day in Melbourne with a group of other successful Young CEO nominees from across Australia on Thursday 28 March, underlining the YMCA’s commitment to empowering young people.