Encounter Youth Staff Team
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.
Jess Morris – Chief Operating Officer
Jess has been working with Encounter Youth since 2010. Her strategic planning and communication skills, coupled with her experience within Encounter Youth, make her a great fit for this role. She feels honoured to continually be a part of the team working together to support the young people of South Australia. Jess loves to spend her weekends eating brunch with her husband Ben, playing with their two children and is a self-confessed coffee snob.
Dr Andrew Scholefield – Education & Analytics Manager
Andrew is our Education and Analytics Manager. He provides management and development support to our alcohol & other drug education program and works across our whole team in developing measures to evaluate our programs. Andrew has a background in research and loves applying his experience to measure the impact our programs are having and creating new ways to grow that impact. In his free time, Andrew likes visiting the beach, diving, fishing and spending time with his wife, Mel and their children.
Natashia Green – Senior Educator
Natashia is our Senior Educator. She presents Encounter Youth’s education program to students across a variety of schools and year levels. Natashia is a registered teacher with over fourteen years’ experience and loves using her expertise 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. Natashia enjoys coffee and brunch, spending time with friends and family, and creating epic handmade cards.
Courtney Turner – Educator
Courtney is one of our Educators. 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.
Kimberly Price – Educator
Kimberly is one of our Educators. She is passionate about taking a holistic approach to alcohol & other drug education and values the importance of equipping parents and teachers to have meaningful 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.
Deana Brine – Business & Development Manager
Deana is our Business & Development Manager. Her role is to lead the finance, communications and business management areas for Encounter Youth, as well as exploring and developing new volunteer missional opportunities. Deana feels honoured to be a part of a team working together to positively impact the young people of South Australia. She loves spending her free time planning and hosting dinner parties, hunting out good coffee and cheering on the Power at the footy.
Natalie Brown - Front of House Coordinator
Natalie is our Front of House Coordinator. As the first point of contact at our office or on the phone, Natalie is friendly and warm, and loves making people feel welcome. She provides integral administration and finance support across all our programs. Natalie loves spending time with her husband Jonathan and three adult children, and focusing on her creative passion in acrylic painting.
Natalie Smith – Finance & IT Manager
Natalie is our Finance & IT Manager. She is responsible for ensuring all our finance & IT systems make people’s jobs easier, instead of slowing them down. She loves a good spreadsheet and enjoys finding ways to streamline processes. Outside of the office, Natalie is usually found spending time with her daughter and husband, or training for her recently discovered hobby of competitive jigsaw puzzling.
Craig Kirkby – Marketing & Website Manager
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.
Corinne Hamdorf – Programs Manager
Corinne is our Programs Manager. Her role is to develop our team of Project & Volunteer Managers to successfully manage and deliver all of our volunteer programs. She is passionate about the opportunities we have to support young people to make a difference. In her free time, Corinne likes to catch up with friends over a good coffee, practice her Spanish and dream of the next overseas location to visit.
Daniel Grear – Project & Volunteer Manager
Daniel is one of our Project & Volunteer Managers within the Schoolies Operation. In his role, he works closely with his fellow Project & Volunteer Managers, focusing primarily on the Welcome and Festival Zones within the Schoolies Festival. He also works on co-developing stakeholder relationships to ensure the school leavers celebrations are managed safely. In addition, Daniel is responsible for the recruitment, training and empowerment of the Encounter Youth Green Team volunteers to provide support within both the Festival and Welcome Zones. In his spare time, Daniel loves camping with friends, playing and watching sport or just tinkering with something on his car.