Ardoch CEO, Kylee Bates

Kylee was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Ardoch in August 2016 following diverse roles in the human services sphere in the not-for-profit, government and commercial sectors.

Kylee’s previous experience in the not-for-profit sector includes as State Director (Vic/SA) for Mission Australia, where she managed a diverse portfolio of services; at Volunteering Australia, where she served as Deputy CEO between 2003 and 2007; and short-term leadership roles with the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Her government sector experience spans a range of policy, program and service delivery roles in the Commonwealth Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Families, Communities and Indigenous Affairs. She also served in the offices of two federal ministers.

Since 2014 Kylee has served as the World President (and ‘Chief Volunteer Officer’) of the International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE), a global membership organisation headquartered in Washington DC and dedicated to promoting, strengthening and celebrating volunteering in all the many ways it occurs throughout the world.

In 2012 she was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship to travel to six countries to examine and report on employer-led initiatives to increase the workforce participation of people with disabilities. In 2016 Kylee was jointly awarded the Greg Vickery Scholarship by the Australian Red Cross to undertake a study of emerging trends in volunteering and investigate use of technology in mobilising volunteers. She is also a recipient of a Women’s Board Leadership Scholarship awarded by the Victorian Government for 2019.

Kylee has served on a range of committees. Between 2014–2016 she served as an honorary member of the Australian Red Cross Members and Volunteers Board Sub-Committee. Kylee currently serves on the City of Melbourne’s Family and Children’s Advisory Committee and the Strategic Partnerships Program Advisory Committee for the Victorian Government. She is also Chair of the Victorian Community Services Assessment Panel for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Kylee holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and post-graduate qualifications in both law and non-profit studies and is currently enrolled in the Senior Executive MBA Program at Melbourne Business School.