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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

Dr 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.

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 or going for a cheeky skate.

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.

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 with activities like camping, playing volleyball and netball, or being at the beach or river with friends and family.

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.