Find out more about Encounter Youth


Nigel Knowles

Nigel Knowles – Chief Executive Officer

Nigel has been in this role since 2009. He passionately leads Encounter Youth as it continues to grow as a cutting edge organisation that impacts the lives of young people. Nigel is motivated to see more young people educated and empowered to make positive choices while navigating the increasing social pressures in the community. Nigel loves to spend his free time gardening with his wife Kate, road cycling and watching the latest movies.

Dr Andrew Scholefield

Dr Andrew Scholefield – Education Manager

B.Sc PhD
Andrew is our Education Manager and enjoys growing the impact that Encounter Youth Education™ has on young people, parents, teachers and local communities. Andrew has a background in research and loves applying his experience in continually developing the program. He is excited by the expansion of our program and is always looking for further opportunities for the program to support more young people and community groups across Australia. In his free time, Andrew likes visiting the beach, diving, fishing and spending time with his wife, Mel and their children.

Courtney Turner

Courtney Turner – Education Officer

B.Mus M.Mus
Courtney is our Education Officer. She presents the Encounter Youth Education program to students across a variety of schools and year levels. Courtney comes from a music teaching background and loves being able to use her teaching and performance experience to be an effective and engaging presenter. She is passionate about making an impact in the lives of young people and is dedicated to supporting them in making positive choices that are right for them. Courtney can often be found playing board games, attempting to be a MasterChef at home or curled up with a good TV series.

Kim Price

Kimberly Price – Educator

B.HlthSci/B.Ed (Middle/Secondary)
Kimberly is a Registered Teacher and is passionate about taking a holistic approach to alcohol & other drug education and values that we also equip parents and teachers to have effective conversations with their young people. She enjoys utilising her skills as a teacher to develop our content to be effective for young people and to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. Kim loves playing netball and watching footy, as well kayaking and fishing. 

Courtney Ardill

Courtney Ardill – Business Manager

Courtney’s experience and education in finance makes her a great fit as our Business Manager. She feels very passionately about Encounter Youth’s mission in the community, particularly the impact of the Encounter Youth Green Team and how all the volunteers come together as one body so willingly, to serve young people across South Australia. Outside of work hours, Courtney enjoys being active and outdoors and loves camping, playing volleyball and netball, and being at the beach with friends and family.

Alecia Curran

Alecia Curran – Partnerships & Communication Manager

Alecia is responsible for managing our corporate sponsorships, partnerships and communication for Encounter Youth. She enjoys working alongside sponsors to help them form a meaningful connection with young people through our programs. Her drive to deliver on key objectives, care in formulating strategies and commitment to communication make her a real asset to our partners. If given the choice, Alecia would probably move the office to the beach as she loves the ocean and exploring the coastline. She also enjoys yoga and dining out on Thai food.

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Craig Kirkby – Marketing & Website Manager

B.Com (Marketing)
Craig has a Bachelor of Commerce degree and runs his own marketing and web design agency. He is an ordained pastor and over the past two decades, he has overseen missional projects in several countries—including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Japan and New Zealand. Now based in Melbourne with his wife and two daughters, he serves the team in the ongoing development of Encounter Youth’s website and online marketing initiatives. Craig loves the beach and all things sport. He enjoys putting words into sentences and has written several books. 

Deana Brine

Deana Brine – Programs Manager

Deana is our Programs Manager. Her role has a focus on developing our team of Project & Volunteer Managers to successfully manage and deliver all of our volunteer programs. She feels honoured to be a part of the team working together to positively impact the young people of South Australia. She loves spending her free time cooking up a storm, drinking good coffee, cheering on the Power at the footy and going for a cheeky skate.

Hannah Moore

Hannah Moore – Project & Volunteer Manager

Diploma of Event Management
Hannah is one of our Project & Volunteer Managers within the Schoolies Operation. Hannah’s role focuses on managing the Schoolies Festival at Victor Harbor and co-developing stakeholder relationships to ensure the school leavers celebration is managed safely. She is also responsible for the recruitment, training and empowerment of the Encounter Youth Green Team volunteers to serve inside the Festival and surrounding streets of the precinct.  In her spare time, Hannah loves catching up with family and friends, watching classic British comedies, going for hikes or simply relaxing with a good book.


Ryan Scott – Project & Volunteer Manager

Ryan is our Project & Volunteer Manager for the Street Programs. He is responsible for developing and maintaining our community and corporate stakeholder relationships in this space, as well as overseeing the Encounter Youth Green Team volunteers on Hindley StreetRyan is so encouraged by the dedication of our volunteers and the impact they are having with young people and the wider community. He is currently studying a Masters of Social Work, loves watching soccer, attempting DIY and spending time with his family.

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