Our Governance

Phil Doorgachurn

Executive Director - Safeguarding

Phil Doorgachurn is passionate about ensuring that children and young people feel safe and are safe – at the Y, in their families, and in their communities. Phil commenced at the Y in 2019, with an ambitious leadership challenge to develop the inaugural National Safeguarding Unit. Under Phil’s strategic leadership, the Y across Australia has been equipped to meet and exceed organisational, cultural and transformational goals.

Phil joined The Y with extensive safeguarding experience, including:

– Head of Safeguarding, Arsenal Football Club, UK.
– Executive Manager Risk, Quality Assurance & Governance, Premier League, UK.
– Head of Safeguarding Training for the 2012 London Olympic Games, UK.
– Senior Consultant, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, UK.

Current and previous Non-Executive Director & Advisory roles, include:

– Member, Prime Minister’s Office for Child Safety Advisory Board, Australia.
– Non-Executive Director, Safe Sport International.
– Non-Executive Director, LimeCulture, Safeguarding organisation, UK.
– Senior Consultant, Children’s Protection Society, Australia.

Phil is also committed to educating organisations to create a true child safe culture organisation, and is a passionate and seasoned international speaker, as follows:

– 2022 – Advisory Panellist Safeguarding Speaker, YMCA World Council, Aarhus, Denmark.
– 2020 – Speaker, Keeping Children Safe International Conference, online.
– 2019 – Panellist, Safeguarding in Sport in Africa, Jose Foundation, South Africa.
– 2019 – Speaker, The Response to Sexual Violence, ISVA, Birmingham UK.
– 2019-2022 – Keynote Speaker, The Y’s National AGM, Melbourne, Australia (& hybrid).
– 2018 – Speaker, Safeguarding Elite Athletes, Safe Sport International, Madrid, Spain.
– 2018 – Speaker, Innovation & Cultural Change Safeguarding, Farrer & Co., London, UK.
– 2017 – Speaker, Online Safety, ChildFund, Vietnam and China.

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