12 dedicated Youth Services providing support to young people at the Visy Cares Hub

Seeing approximately 18,000 contacts every year

The Youth Junction Inc. offers 10 tailored and supportive programs addressing trauma, providing guidance and weekly upskilling workshops



Who we are



Marilyn Duncan – President

Marilyn Duncan has exceptional communication, people management, and negotiation skills. These skills are associated with a unique ability to almost instantaneously identify the essence of any situation, issue or problem and work towards sustainable solutions.

Marilyn held the position of CEO at Brimbank City Council for 10 years. Before joining council Marilyn held a number of senior executive positions with both the Victorian State Government and Statutory Authorities. Since 2007 Marilyn has worked as an independent consultant assisting a variety of clients in successfully achieving their objectives.

 As President of The Youth Junction Inc Marilyn is committed to supporting the development and delivery of programs that assist vulnerable members of the community and contribute to achieving better outcomes for those who may not have experienced the opportunities or level of support she has enjoyed throughout her career.  

Mat Cranley – Treasurer

Mat Cranley works in Finance & Strategy for the international energy company BP.  A Chartered Accountant, Mat has 10 years’ experience across a variety of Corporate Accounting and Commercial Finance roles in the Financial Services and Energy industries. Mat’s experience has included preparing and analysing financial reports and budgets, capital investment appraisal, conducting portfolio and strategy reviews and executing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) transactions.

 Mat has recently returned to Australia after being abroad for 5 years where he had the opportunity to gain international experience in Europe, USA, North Africa and the Middle East.

 Mat is a qualified Accountant with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is a graduate of the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce.


Glenn Weir – Member

Glenn joined Victoria Police in 1981 as a Police Cadet, after graduating from the Academy he served in the inner suburbs of Melbourne, mainly in uniform general duties. In 1990 Glenn was promoted to the rank of Sergeant performing general duties and specialist supervision roles before promotion to Senior Sergeant in 2000.
Glenn performed a training role and station command of Frankston Police Station before performing several secondments at Inspector rank, In 2006 Glenn had a lead role in the largest police operation ever conducted in Victoria, the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, as Deputy Commander for policing operations in the Public Domain. After performing an assignment as a member of a corporate project team Glenn was promoted to Inspector in 2006.
In 2010 Glenn was appointed as the Local Area Commander in the Bass Coast Police Service Area in South-East Victoria. Whilst at Bass Coast he had command of several international events such as the Australian Moto GP and World Super Bike events.
In 2012 he was promoted to Superintendent and worked as the Divisional Commander for the Brimbank Division of Victoria Police’s North West Metro Region in Melbourne’s western suburbs until November 2015 when he transferred to take command of the Frankston-Mornington Peninsula Division.
Following several periods of higher duties at Assistant Commissioner level in Counter-Terrorism Command, State Emergencies and Security Command and Southern Metro Region, Glenn was promoted to Commander- People Development Command in March, 2017.
Glenn holds a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Management and a Graduate Diploma of Leadership and Management (Policing)

Dianne Semmens – Member

Dianne Semmens is Deputy Vice President of Vocational Education at Victoria University and successfully undertaken senior leadership and executive roles for over 15 years in a number of large TAFEs. She has diverse governance experience on various NFP Boards and Committees of Management.

Dianne’s vocational background as a teacher and then a community services crisis worker, drives her commitment to improving people’s quality of life through training and education.   

As someone who lives and works in the West, her particular interest in The Youth Junction is to ensure it is sustainable, well-positioned and well connected to offer genuine opportunities to marginalised young people to positively transform their lives.  

STAFF at The Youth Junction Inc.

Dr. Karen Hart – CEO of The Youth Junction Inc.

Dr Karen Hart is the CEO of The Youth Junction Inc, appointed in 2005 as executive to the Committee of Management, to develop, manage and sustain the activities and projects of the organisation.

Karen’s professional experience spans over 25 years, where she has held a number of senior management positions in both the UK and Australia, both in government and for the last 15 years, in not-for-profit leadership and management.

Karen qualifications include BA Hons. in Social Work, MSc in Social Science Research Methods and PhD from the College of Law and Justice at Victoria University.

She holds a number of awards including The Australian – American Fulbright Scholarship Award in Not-for Profit Leadership (2014) (published Origin Foundation, Knowledge Hub), Telstra Business Women’s Award Finalist (2016), Alan J. Holding Memorial Community Service Award (2018), The Age – Melbourne’s Top 100 Most Influential People (2010).

Kerry Cowling – Program Manager

Sue Jenkins – Operations Coordinator

Kristine Bugeja – Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Renee Galpin – Coordinator (Brimbank), North West – Youth Learning Pathways

Eliza Kandell – Coordinator, Y.C.L.P

Briar Mikus – Youth Access & Justice Case Manager – Y.C.L.P

Jessica Tulloch – Youth Access and Justice Case Manager – Y.C.L.P

Ben Elliss – Project Officer, North West – Youth Learning Pathways

Emily Moustafa – Youth Access and Justice Case Manager – Y.C.L.P Broadmeadows

John Clark – Front Desk Administrator