AYC Board


Lasya Rao

Lasya is a young media professional who for 5 years was employed in the public relations field as the Group Communications Executive at Volkswagen Group Australia.  At Volkswagen Lasya was responsible for writing press statements, managing a large departmental budget, coordinating events and creating communications plans. Recently Lasya has commenced a role with  the Australian Trade and Investment Commission as the Community Engagement Manager – Landing Pads helping start up businesses land in innovation hubs around the world.  Lasya has experience working with young people of diverse backgrounds. In a three-year term as a tutor at the University of Sydney Writing Hub, she helped numerous ESL and EFL students improve their writing skills in order to achieve their academic targets. Lasya also served as a secretary at the university student union, overseeing administration of over five Board subcommittees/working parties. Lasya also brings the perspective of young people to our Board.

Deputy Chairperson

Garth Williamson

Garth is a seasoned executive and sales & marketing expert with over 2 decades of business experience. He started out in the Health & Fitness industry where he set up a consortium of corporate gyms before pivoting to the technology sector. Garth spent 10 years at Microsoft in various sales and management roles before leaving to set up a successful online start-up. Most recently involved in consulting for start-ups and serving as a Managing Director at Australia’s largest multicultural news media organisation, his expertise aligns to AYC’s strategic vision. He sits on several advisory boards but his passion belongs with AYC. With a family connection to adult literacy and numeracy programs, Garth has always made the time to give back; being involved in several corporate programs targeting disadvantaged youth and their communities. His philanthropic passion and commercial acumen are key in the development of AYCafe and our move to become an RTO. Grateful for the opportunities he’s had, Garth is humbled by the work AYC carries out and the success stories they continue to create. An amateur travel photographer, he enjoys exploring new places and cultures. He also finds a grounding in growing chillies and building vertical gardens. Recently married, he and his wife recently welcome their baby daughter into the world who continues to school them on sleep deprivation.



Lisa Pham Tran

Lisa is a Chartered Accountant with 4 years’ experience in accounting and finance. She currently works at PwC in the Corprorate Value Advisory division providing valuation advisory services to private and public companies.  Prior to this Lisa worked for Deloitte in the Business Advisory Services team, here she developed her skills in preparing financial statements including work for for not-for-profit and charitable organisations.. Her passion for equality led her to be involved with AYC. Her multicultural background, life experiences and recent graduation from AYC’s youth target population bring insight into the issues facing young people and those from Culturally and linguistically Diverse backgrounds. Lisa joined the Board in August 2018 and became treasurer at our AGM in October, 2018.


Trish Richards

Trish Richards has a passion for making a difference and supporting youth. She has a long history of working with youth, over 25 years ago she was the Youth for Understanding Regional Manager for NSW. She has served on 5 different Boards, from Member to Advisor and on various Board Committees, both locally and globally.

Trish holds maters degrees in Law, Social Science and Education, being a Dr of Adult Education. Trish is also a Justice of the Peace.  Her career has been in senior Human Resources roles across the Media, Travel and Consumer Goods industries.

She is the mother of a young Adult, a passionate cook and an avid reader.


Board Member

Chris Naughton

Chris is a lawyer with over 30 years of commercial experience including having served as Chairman of Trustees of the NSW Responsible Gambling Fund, CEO of two listed anti-cancer research Companies, and Chairman of a US Biomedical company.
He has a Bachelor of Laws from UNSW, a Bachelor of Economics from ANU, and completed the PMD at the Harvard Business School.

Board Member

Andrew Stone

Andrew Stone has a background in HIV and sexual health, holding a Bachelor of Liberal studies(Psychology) and Master of Health Science (Sexual Health) from the University of Sydney. Andrew became involved with AYC when working in youth sexual health in Western Sydney. Andrew was inspired by  the work AYC did  with disadvantaged young people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and after he moved on from his job joined AYC’s board to stay involved with its work.



Board Member

Elise Buisson

Elise Buisson’s interests lie in women and children’s health, health equity, and healthy public policy. She is currently completing her training as a medical doctor in Western Sydney and undertaking a postgraduate qualification in child and adolescent health.

Elise’s belief in the importance of the social determinants of health has brought her to AYC, in the hope of contributing to a fairer, safer and healthier future for the young people of Western Sydney. Elise has held prior appointments on the editorial advisory committee of the Medical Journal of Australia, as a summer research scholar at the Queensland Brain Institute, as the President of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, and on a number of health related advocacy and policy development committees.

Elise is a young mother who resides in the Cumberland LGA. 

Board Member

Hussain Rajwani


Hussain Rajwani is currently a Research and Policy Adviser at Settlement Services International – a non-government organisation focused on assisting the most vulnerable populations contribute socially and economically to Australian society. Hussain was previously a Social Policy Adviser at Commonwealth Treasury and has been a Social Inclusion Adviser at the Aga Khan Foundation, UK.

Hussain completed a Law and Commerce degree at Macquarie University, a two-year graduate program in Islamic studies at The Institute of Ismaili Studies, London and a Masters in Public Policy, Governance and Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Hussain has a keen interest in the diverse communities of interpretation within Islam and has more than five years of experience facilitating workshops and camps for young adults on topics such as Islamic architecture, ethical decision making, spirituality and pluralism. Hussain grew up in the Cumberland area and still lives nearby.


Chair Person

Marc Hassan

Marc Hassan has over 20 years commercial experience in industries including Finance, Hospitality, ICT, Manufacturing and logistics in both Australia and the UK. He has served as a Company Secretary and Finance Director in a multinational Company and also has experience in start-ups and running his own company.
Marc is experienced in providing CFO advisory services and consultation, guiding new business development and leading audit, forecast and risk management functions.
In addition to being a CPA, he holds an honours degree in English Literature and has industry qualifications in programming and database administration.
Marc is passionate about mental health and youth issues.