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Encounter Youth Staff Team

Nigel Knowles is our CEO

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 whilst navigating the increasing social pressures in the community. Nigel loves to spend his free time gardening with his beautiful wife Kate, road cycling, and watching the latest movies.

Andrew Scholefield

Andrew Scholefield - Education Manager

B.Sc PhD
Andrew is our Education Manager and enjoys growing the impact that our Party Safe Education™ program has on young people, parents, teachers and local communities. Andrew has a background in research and loves applying his experience to continually develop 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 or 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 our Party Safe Education™ program to students across a variety of schools and year levels. Courtney comes from a musical background and loves being able to use her 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.

Jessica Morris

Jess Morris - Programs Manager

Jess has been working with Encounter Youth since 2010. Her role has a focus on developing our team of Project & Volunteer Managers to successfully manage and deliver all of our volunteer programs. Her strategic planning and communication skills coupled with her experience within Encounter Youth makes her a great fit for this role. She feels honoured to be a part of the team working together to positively impact the young people of South Australia. Jess spends her free time drinking coffee, playing netball and watching Netflix.

Stephanie Hartley

Stephanie Hartley - Project & Volunteer Manager

Stephanie is one of our Project & Volunteer Managers within the Schoolies Operation. Stephanie’s role has a focus on managing the Schoolies Festival™, the surrounding public streets and developing volunteers to serve in unique ways. This includes being responsible for the recruitment, training and empowerment of Encounter Youth’s volunteers known as the Green Team.  In her spare time Stephanie is known to enjoy a good computer game session, cheer on her NBA team of choice the Chicago Bulls or settle in for a good knitting club meeting.

Anna Abbott

Anna Abbott - Project & Volunteer Manager

Anna is one of our Project & Volunteer Managers within the Schoolies Operation. Her role includes a focus on the partnerships with accommodation providers to continually improve the safety of school leavers during their celebration, as well as managing the Free MAC Schoolies Festival™ Bus service. Anna is also responsible for the recruitment, training and empowerment of Encounter Youth’s volunteers known as the Green Team. In her spare time Anna likes being outdoors and adventuring. Even more so if it’s in the sunshine, accompanied by a milkshake.

Deana Brine

Deana Brine - Project & Volunteer Manager

Deana is our Project & Volunteer Manager for the Street Programs. She is responsible for developing and maintaining our community and corporate stakeholder relationships in this space, as well as the management of the incredible Green Team Hindley Street volunteer body. Deana is continually blown away by the impact that our volunteers are having on Hindley Street and is dedicated to enhancing the campaign that encourages young people to make a stand against binge drinking with the message, “Drink a little less, have a lighter night.”  She loves spending her free time op shopping, cooking up a storm, drinking good coffee and cheering on the Power at the footy.

Alecia Curran

Alecia Curran - Partnerships & Communication Manager

Alecia is responsible for managing our corporate sponsorships, partnerships and communication approach for Encounter Youth. She enjoys working alongside sponsors to help them form a meaningful connection with young people at Schoolies Festival, our Party Safe Education™ program in schools and our weekly Hindley Street Program. Her drive to deliver on key objectives, care in formulating strategies and commitment to communication make her a real asset to our sponsors. If given the choice, Alecia would probably move the office to the beach as she loves the ocean and exploring the coastline. She also likes a hit of tennis and dining out on Thai food.

Natalie Smith

Natalie Smith - Business Manager

Natalie uses her administrative and finance skills to support the work of Encounter Youth. She loves the opportunity to equip the staff team, as well as the volunteers, allowing them to focus less on admin and more on making impact in the lives of young people. She is such an asset to our organisation & is a real problem solver. Outside of the office, Nat fills her time hanging out with friends, drinking coffee, or getting lost in a good book.

Hannah Moore

Hannah Moore - Administration Officer

Hannah’s role is to support the Business Manager and Encounter Youth staff with all things administration and finance. She is the first point of contact in the office and enjoys being a part of the Encounter Youth team. She uses the skills she has learnt in administration and event management to impact our community in a positive way. 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.