Our Team

You Are Important Australia Ltd is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and established for charitable purposes. It was founded in 2015 by husband and wife team Lyle and Sonia Mackay.

The company is governed by Board Members who provide their expertise on a volunteer basis.

Lyle Mackay – Founder and Chairman

Born and raised in Darwin, Lyle has a strong commitment and engagement with the local community. He has extensive Business and Management experience, for many years being self-employed in Cattle and Buffalo carrying, freight and fuel cartage and the earth moving and mining industries.

For 30 years he has owned and operated local supermarkets in and around Palmerston.

Lyle was awarded Palmerston Citizen of the Year in 1991. He served as Alderman on the Palmerston Town Council for 8 years, Chairman of the NT Rugby League and Darwin Rugby League for 5 years and was Vice President of the Waratah Football Club and Secretary of the Satellite City BMX Club.

Sonia Mackay – Founder and Secretary

Sonia is a Registered General Nurse with a certificate in Aged Care and Diploma in Nursing Management and Nephrology. Her experience spans 40 years in the medical field and includes work with patients in surgical, ED, ICU, High Care, Haemodialysis, transplant, peritoneal dialysis, paediatric, geriatric and aged care both in South Africa and Australia.

The Board

Consisting of Executive Board and Board Members, the board offers a diversity of professional expertise. Our members have experience in Health, Education, Business Management and the Aged Care Sector.