The former police officer of 31 years was recently appointed chief executive of the Federation of WA Police and Community Youth Centres (PCYC).
The married father of two adult daughters most recently worked in the public sector in the Pacific Caribbean Micronesia regions, where he liaised with prisons, police, local government and government agencies.
Mr Gillespie was the community justice co-ordinator in Lautoka for two years, where he helped to introduce alcohol and drug counsellors and crime prevention committees within local government.
‘Our youth here have so many opportunities and facilities and we need to capitalise on that and make sure they are utilised,’ he said.
‘It’s about looking for role models, mentors, opportunities to improve themselves and for further education and to prepare them for employment.’
Mr Gillespie’s next challenge is to assess the infrastructure and programs of PCYCs to ensure they meet the needs of youth at risk and fulfil recommendations of the 2012 Browne Report into the organisation.