Greg Paramor AO
Greg became Managing Director of Folkestone in April 2011. Greg has been involved in the real estate and funds management industry for more than 40 years, and was the cofounder of Equity Real Estate Partners, Growth Equities Mutual, Paladin Australia and the James Fielding Group. Greg was the CEO of Mirvac Group between 2004 and 2008.
Greg is a past president of the Property Council of Australia and past president of Investment Funds Association, a Fellow of the Australian Property Institute and The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Greg is a board member of the Sydney Swans and the immediate past Chair of LJ Hooker. Greg was awarded an Officer in the General Division (AO) of the Order of Australia in January 2015 for his distinguished service to the community through executive roles in a range of fields, including breast cancer research, the not-for-profit sector and real estate and property investment industries.
“I came across BackTrack in an article a few years ago and was impressed with Bernie’s message. Simply - youth are our future and anything we can do to enhance their opportunity to become an active participant in the wider community is worth working for.”
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Bernie is the founder and CEO of BackTrack Youth Works in Armidale NSW. He has spent the past 25 years working and living out his passion…. catching wild dogs and wild kids.For many years he lived in the Northern Territory learning his trade in remote areas, learning the lessons of life in the bush and surrounded by wise and skilful Aboriginal men and old school stockmen.
In 2006 with his children growing up and forging their own paths in life, he was determined to turn his vision of working with the most disadvantaged young people in our communities into a reality. To keep them alive, out of jail and chasing their hopes and dreams. 2014 saw him travel overseas on a prestigious Churchill scholarship to learn from some extraordinary organisations that have helped develop the BackTrack model in Australia.
Under Bernie's leadership, BackTrack has forged a new beginning for over a 1000 young people.Bernie takes great pride in how his vision of giving young people having a hard time a new life journey and a new beginning, is now spreading across NSW with mentoring other communities to get started using the same successful tools that have had remarkable results in Armidale.
"We've started something special here in Armidale.I'm proud of what has been achieved to date.The future is what I'm intersted in and how we grow and extend new tracks going forward."
Rosemary has worked as a journalist in Toowoomba, Brisbane, London and Sydney. She is also the former editor of New England Times and The Armidale Independent newspapers. Prior to this she was a senior reporter at The Armidale Express. Rosemary also ran a delicatessen for two years. She has operated her own independent media business in Armidale since 1998.
“I have been involved with BackTrack since its beginning in 2006 and continue to be a passionate supporter of Bernie Shakeshaft and his highly successful venture to transform the lives of the young people who enter the BackTrack programs.”
Mark completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics degree at the University of New England, holds a diploma in financial planning and is currently undertaking an MBA. Mark has worked extensively in the financial services industry both in Australia and overseas and currently operates a management consulting business from Armidale. Mark is married with two young children and he is passionate about helping people to achieve their goals, however big or small.
“I was introduced to Bernie and Backtrack through my involvement with Regional Australia Bank and was genuinely taken back by the impact Backtrack has on these young people’s lives. Bernie’s “whatever it takes” approach resonated with me and I am really honoured to be involved with an organisation like Backtrack.“
Philip is the Managing Director of Direct Agriculture; specialist agricultural investment advisors facilitating investments in farmland and agribusiness for financial institutions and family offices. A graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, Philip came to Australia after serving eight years as an officer in the British Army, where he served in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Central America.
Married with two teenage children, Philip’s family operate beef and sheep grazing properties in the New England with additional interests in commercial aviation.
"Wholeheartedly supporting Backtrack is my way of giving back to regional Australia, which has given me great opportunity and most importantly, a fantastic family.”
Founder & CEO, BackTrack
Business Development Manager – Social Enterprise
Business Development Manager – Funding and Engagement
Administration Executive Assistant
Head of Education & Training
Media and Communications
Finance and Administration
Trainee – Youth Work
Trainee - Youth Work
BT Works Leader
Supervisor - Carpentry
Supervisor - Fabrication
Supervisor – Agriculture
Trainee – Agriculture
Trainee – Agriculture
Trainee – Agriculture
Trainee - Agriculture
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