The Team

Jonathan Marin – Interim CEO

Jonathan joined BBM as Interim CEO to support the Board and the BBM team while our CEO Henrietta Ardlie is on personal leave. Jonathan has extensive experience working across executive level roles in education, aged care, disability and mental health sectors. With a focus on strategy development, branding, marketing and business planning Jonathan is well placed to ensure the organisation continues to deliver on its strategy.

“I’m excited to be joining BBM because of its passion and commitment to creating opportunities for young people. I want to be a part of an organisation that supports the growth and potential of our youth across trade and vocational areas.”

Henrietta Ardlie – CEO

On Extended Personal Leave

Henrietta Ardlie has driven transformative change across the Not-for-Profit sector over the past 15 years within both fundraising and program development. She is highly regarded for her authentic, collaborative leadership style and impressive track record, raising many millions of dollars for charity.

“I am committed to ensuring BBM’s future is firmly built on the legacy and strength of its past, as my grandfather, Colonel John Caddy, was a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Big Brother Movement for over 20 years.”

Carmen Welss – Communications and Programs Manager

Carmen is a communications all-rounder with more than 10 years experience in the not-for-profit sector with experience in tertiary education, environment, advocacy and community services in local and national organisations in Australia and overseas. She brings project management, media, marketing, sponsorship and business development experience to this role with a keen interest in organisational capacity building.

“I love being part of BBM’s agile, purpose driven team and create meaningful, sustainable impact through our programs.”

Sam Andrews – Scholarships Administrator

Sam has over 10 years administration experience in a variety of settings including government, not-for-profit organisations, and small business.

Maria Ellensohn – Legacy Manager

Maria Ellensohn joined BBM as Legacy Manager in August 2021. Maria is a Social Worker with 20 years’ experience in the health and disability sector. Maria will foster the legacy division through the implementation of legacy strategies and is looking forward to supporting BBM’s community of former youth migrants. Maria is a wellbeing specialist and is passionate about the wellbeing of our environment and particularly those she is working with.

“I am committed to supporting those who the foundations of BBM stand upon. I look forward to finding ways to nurture trust, collaboration, empowerment and safety in our interactions. Having positive experiences in the way we engage assists our health and wellbeing. “

Dick Steell – Volunteer Archivist, Big Brother Movement

An ex-Little Brother himself, Dick has been in charge of the Big Brother Movement Archives for several years. He has catalogued the extensive records held at BBM Youth Support and continues to assist Little Brothers and their families to access their records and tell their “Living Stories”.

Read Dick’s story.

David Coleman – Volunteer, Big Brother Movement

David Coleman came to Australia in 1963 with the Big Brother Movement. He volunteers his time to archive the records of thousands of Little Brothers who came before and after him. He archives paperwork and photographs and preserves the stories for the Little Brothers and their families who continue to reconnect with the organisation.

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