The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme consists of three parts, the Advisory Board, the Staff of the Scheme and the Ship and her Staff Crew.

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Advisory Board

Mr Marshall E. Baillieu : Chairman

Marshall Baillieu is Co-Head of Rothschild in Australia. He specialises in corporate finance advisory and mergers and acquisitions, particularly within the mining and oil and gas sectors, with over 19 years of investment banking experience with the Rothschild group. Marshall holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical). Marshall also attended the World Bank sponsored Executive Development Program at Harvard Business School. His interests include wooden boats and he has extensive yacht racing experience.

Mr Stephen Moss CSC : Executive Director

Stephen Moss was appointed Executive Director of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme in 2004, following a career in the Royal Australian Navy. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 2002 for his contribution to amphibious and afloat support capabilities. Stephen is actively involved in sail training and is President and International Representative of the Australian Sail Training Association. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma of Environmental Law.

Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer CSC and Bar, RAN : Board Member Representing Navy

Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer is the Commander of the Australian Fleet, responsible for all Navy ships, submarines, aircraft squadrons, diving teams and establishments, and for the personnel serving in those units. His naval career spans three decades, including postings in Australia and overseas. RADM Mayer holds a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts and Business Administration, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. His pastimes include sailing, bushwalking and kayaking.

Mr Marcus C Blackmore AM (D Univ) : Board Member

Marcus Blackmore is the Chairman of Blackmores Limited. He is an honorary trustee of the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) and in 2015 he was appointed National Chair of the Defence Reserves Support Council . In 1998 Marcus was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for service to business, industry and the community. His interests include yacht racing and he holds a helicopter pilot's licence.

Ms Suzanne Daniel : Board Member

Suzanne Daniel is a Communication Consultant who has worked as a journalist for the United Nations, ABC TV, the Sydney Morning Herald and the BBC London. She was awarded a Vincent Fairfax Fellowship in 2000 through the St James Ethics Centre, is a member of The Institute of Company Directors and sits on the board of Hunter Hall International Ltd. She counts sailing the roaring forties off the west coast of Tasmania in 'Defiance' as good preparation for parenting.

Mr John Dixon : Board Member

John Dixon is the Chairman of Redstar Transport. He was formerly Managing Director Silk Logistics Group, Chief Operating Officer / Executive Director of SKILLED Group, Executive Director of Patrick Corporation, Executive Director of Fox Group Holdings, and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics. John has over a decade of involvement with community-based awareness programs ranging from hospitals to youth assistance. He is a keen competitive yachtsman and restorer of wooden boats.

Ms Kate Traill : Board Member

Kate Traill is a Barrister-at-Law and a Director of the NSW Bar Association. She served as an elected Councillor on Mosman Council from 2004-2008. Currently she is an Acting Crown Prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Kate holds the rank of Lieutenant in the Royal Australian Navy Reserve and is Aide-de-Camp to Her Excellency the Governor of New South Wales. She holds a Bachelor of Arts LLB with Honours in Politics and Fine Arts.

Dr Rebecca Kuehn : Youth Representative

Rebecca Kuehn sailed in Young Endeavour from Brisbane to Sydney in 2006, and in 2007 received an Australian Sail Training Association Youth Exchange Scholarship to sail in STS Lord Nelson. She sailed the 2008 Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in Young Endeavour, qualified as a Watchleader in the Spirit of New Zealand in 2010, and sailed in Leeuwin II in 2010 as a companion for a young blind person. Rebecca also completed the Jubilee Sailing Trust Leadership At Sea Programme in 2007.


Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Staff

Jennifer Reilly : Marketing Manager

Jennifer joined the team in January 2009 for Young Endeavour\'s circumnavigation of Australia. She looks after media, marketing and business development, including the Youth Ambassador program, Community Scholarships and the Admiral 100 Club. Jennifer sailed from Townsville to Cairns in Young Endeavour with the youth crew of V10/09, and has also sailed on Sydney Harbour, the Derwent River and in the Whitsundays.

Martin Radunz : Youth Development and Voyage Coordinator

Martin is an officer in the Navy Reserve, and started with the Scheme in May 2010. His primary role with the Scheme is to supervise the delivery of the Youth Development Program that is provided during Young Endeavour voyages.

Blue Ingram : Voyage Coordination Assistant

Blue joined the Young Endeavour office as a part-time Reservist, and is the first point of contact for all youth crew enquiries. Blue collects all your forms, will send you information on your Voyage, and often meets the ship on voyages arriving and departing from Sydney. Blue is in the office Monday to Thursday each week.

STS Young Endeavour Staff Crew 

Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe – Commanding Officer

Still calls Launceston, Tasmania home

GavLCDR Dawe commenced his current posting in July 2014. It is his third posting to Young Endeavour, and his second in command of the Royal Australian Navy operated square-rigged tall ship. He joined the crew as bosun during the vessel's first World Voyage in 1992 and later returned as captain from 2008-2010.

Gavin began his Naval career in 1976, when he joined as a 15 year old junior recruit at HMAS Leeuwin and began training as an Under Water Control Sailor. He undertook a number of postings before joining the destroyer escort HMAS Derwent. In 1989 he was posted to the commissioning crew of HMAS Canberra in Seattle, USA in 1981 and went on to later serve in Canberra on a further two occasions.

Promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1988 and Warrant Officer in 1994, he undertook several roles as an instructor and course manager and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (1988) for services to the Navy. He accepted a commission to Lieutenant in 1999 and was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 2004. Gavin has served as the Executive Officer of HMAS Betano, Deputy Master Attendant, and Executive Officer Navy Headquarters Tasmania, and has completed service in Bougainville and the Solomon Island.

With a naval career spanning 38 years and a specially trained Royal Australian Navy crew on board, Captain Gav is well equipped to sail Young Endeavour around the world.

Gavin lives in Sydney with his wife Leanne and daughter Jess, but still calls Launceston, Tasmania home. He says being captain of Young Endeavour is the best job in the world, and is also the most rewarding.

"It's always inspiring to see young people, thrown together in an unfamiliar environment with complete strangers, challenge themselves, learn new skills and build great friendships.

"Completing a circumnavigation of the world is a significant undertaking, and to do so with eight crews of young Australians - many of whom will not have any sailing experience before joining Young Endeavour - is both a challenge and a privilege.

"Some of the young people on board have just finished secondary school. Some have been working or travelling for many years. They all bring different experiences and talents to the ship and will complete their voyage with a new appreciation of their own strengths and abilities.

"This World Voyage is a fantastic opportunity for Young Endeavour crew members to represent Australia at events including the Centenary of Anzac commemorations at Gallipoli, and the 2015 International Tall Ship Races - which aim to encourage international friendship and promote education and training for young people.

"We have a magnificent, freshly refitted tall ship to sail, a highly motivated Youth Crew and some challenging oceans to cross.
"As we celebrate the start of 2015 we will certainly be looking to live up to the ship's motto: carpe diem - seize the day!"


Lieutenant Adam Farley – Executive Officer

Formerly of Dubbo, New South Wales, now a resident of Liverpool Shire, Sydney

AdamLEUT Farley is Young Endeavour’s First Mate. He set sail from Sydney in December 2014 to successfully navigate the ship across the Bass Strait to New Zealand, and is now based in Sydney in charge of operations for this extraordinary voyage. He will rejoin Young Endeavour when the ship arrives in England.

Adam was born and raised in Dubbo and yearned for a life at sea. He joined the Navy at 17 and has loved every minute since. He volunteered to join the crew for Young Endeavour’s circumnavigation and says “I feel very privileged and honoured to be part of this historic World Voyage – I’m still pinching myself.”

“I first joined the Young Endeavour crew in 2009 because I wanted a change from postings on regular Navy ships and I fell in love with the ship and the youth development program.

“I returned in 2013 as there is no better posting in the Navy. It’s fantastic to be able to have an impact on a young person’s life. It’s a great challenge and adventure”.

Adam says the highlight of his posting has been sailing with an international fleet of tall ships during the International Fleet Review and Tall Ship Festivals in Australia and New Zealand. During the World Voyage he is looking forward to the long ocean passages.

"We're used to travelling around Australia, so crossing the big oceans will be an awesome experience".

Adam is a keen birdwatcher and mad fan of Mixed Martial Arts - currently a high level Brazilian Jiu Jitsu white belt. Happily married with two children, he now resides in Sydney.


Lieutenant Andrew 'Kenny' Callander – Operations Officer

Formerly of Grafton, New South Wales, now a resident of North Sydney

Kenny LEUT Callander will be the Operations Officer for the circumnavigation, and is currently Sail Master for World Voyage Passage One.

In preparing for the voyage he said, “I’m assisting with preparations and administration, developing staff roster for the World Voyage. We’re doing a lot of maintenance and repairs on the ship and I’m making sure that we travel as lightly as possible”.

Andrew grew up in Grafton beside the mighty Clarence River, which ignited his love of sailing. He has been with the Navy for 20 years – ten as a Sailor and ten as an Officer. “I always wanted to do this and when my posting cycles finally aligned – I did!

“This is my second posting to Young Endeavour. My first was from 2009 to June 2011 and I rejoined for my second posting in February last year. Young Endeavour is just so different from anything else that you do in the Navy.

“There are a few career highlights from sailing in Young Endeavour so far! I enjoyed being part of the circumnavigation of Australian in 2009 – how many people get to say they’ve done that? I also loved sailing in the Whitsundays and around Tasmania. I’m really enjoying working with youth. I just love the job I get to do, the people I get to meet and the places I get to go!”

Andrew will crew Young Endeavour through the Roaring Forties, brave the Furious Fifties and follow the Clipper Route from Australia and New Zealand to South America. The ship is expected to round Cape Horn – a major milestone and a notorious challenge for sailors to this day.

“I’m looking forward to sailing around the world, meeting new people - both young Australians and foreigners and visiting new destinations, especially Europe – I’ve never been there! Competing in the tall ships in Scandinavia will be exciting”.

“The best part of this experience will be the shared adventure between the staff and youth crew, and seeing parts of the world I have not yet visited. I think that the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings will be incredible for the youth crew to experience”.


Lieutenant Matthew McGrath – Training Officer 

28 years old, of Traralgon, Victoria

MattMatt first embarked Young Endeavour at the age of sixteen as a member of the youth crew, sailing the brigantine along the Queensland coast from Brisbane to Mackay. After studying and working in the shipping industry he joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2010 as a Maritime Warfare Officer, and chose a posting in STS Young Endeavour as the ship’s Training Officer in February 2014. He lives in Traralgon, Victoria.

“I chose to join Young Endeavour because I knew about the program from having sailed as a teenager. I enjoyed that voyage and knew it would be an interesting career opportunity, as well as a fun job.

“The highlight of my posting so far is sailing through the Whitsundays and laying aloft one of the mast yards looking at the stars”.

Young Endeavour set sail from Sydney on 22 December 2014 for a twelve month World Voyage, crewed by 24 Australian youth and 12 members of the Royal Australian Navy.

Matt will spend eight months at sea, sailing the ship through the Roaring Forties and Furious Fifties and rounding Cape Horn before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to Europe. He will sail the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel and the North Sea before a crew rotation in the Netherlands. Matt will assume a number of roles on board Young Endeavour, including Watch Leader and Watch Officer, and will teach over 100 young Australians the skills to sail the square-rigged tall ship in some of the most challenging seas in the world.

Matt is particularly looking forward to sailing Young Endeavour through the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, as well as participating in the Centenary of Anzac Commemoration in Turkey.

“Gallipoli will be fascinating, especially to be on board one of very few ships near Anzac Cove and North Beach for the Centenary”.

In the lead up to the departure Matt said, “In preparation for the World Voyage I’m organising ‘damage control’ training, which is about ensuring the staff crew are fully trained in the case of an emergency in the ship.

“The conditions we will experience are different to those we get in Australia. The navigation will be challenging, particularly in the Mediterranean Sea and the English Channel where the area will be busy with large ships, commercial vessels and ferries”.



Chief Petty Officer Taffy Evans – Bosun 

Formerly of Adelaide, South Australia, now calls Darwin, Northern Territory home

TaffyTaffy's back! CPOPT David “Taffy” Evans OAM grew up in Adelaide and has pursued a varied career in the Royal Australian Navy, as a Marine Park Ranger with Parks Victoria and with Defence Maritime Services. He now calls Darwin home.

Taffy volunteered to join the World Voyage crew and is focused on providing an unforgettable experience for every person who crosses the gangway. He says the most important parts of the Young Endeavour World Voyage will be having fun, staying safe, meeting new ‘youthies’, visiting new ports and participating in both the Anzac Day Centenary commemorations at Gallipoli and the Tall Ship Races in northern Europe.

As one of Young Endeavour’s bosuns Taffy is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the ship's rigging and sails. He joined the ship in September 2014 for his third posting to the crew, and has spent the last few months working to put Young Endeavour back together after a significant maintenance period.

“The highlight of this and every posting to Young Endeavour is getting reacquainted with the crew and the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme staff – however this time that reunion is followed closely by the launch of the 2015 World Voyage by the Governor-General in September 2014.

“Many people behind the scene have made a huge contribution to the longevity of Young Endeavour and to the ongoing programming, recruiting and advertising to encourage the youth of Australia to experience a challenge that they will never forget. The Young Endeavour family is now in the tens of thousands – what a family!

“When it comes to sailing a tall ship I believe every day is a challenge, and if it isn’t, you are not trying. Weather can always be a challenge – but that’s sailing!”


Chief Petty Officer Lindsey Smith – Chief Engineer 

Central Coast, New South Wales

LindseyCPO Lindsey Smith first joined Young Endeavour for a three year posting as the ship’s engineer in 2007. His love of the Ship, his dedication to the youth of Australia and the Young Endeavour Program, as well as his desire to avoid going back to a grey ship, has brought him back to us again for the World Voyage.

Lindsey is known as the charge on board, and is responsible for everything engineering and all the ship’s maintenance. He knows the ship inside and out and has been instrumental in the installation of new engines, refurbished generators and new switchboard during the 2014 refit – the most significant maintenance period the ship has undertaken since arriving in Australia in 1987. He will crew the ship for the first six months of the World Voyage, including Cape Horn, the Anzac Centenary, and the ship’s return to England.

Lindsey says the highlight of his career has been return postings to Young Endeavour where he can enjoy developing the youth of Australia. 

“I really can’t narrow down the highlight of working in Young Endeavour to just one thing. Working with a group of young people is fantastic, especially as I have been away from my own daughter for so much of her life. Sailing in huge seas can be terrifying at the time, but when you think back, it’s all a big adventure. When we visit the Kimberleys, see whales with their calves close by, or sail back into Sydney when the city is all lit up – it’s breathtaking.

“I have done some amazing things during my time in the Navy, from being deployed to the Persian Gulf, Banda Aceh to help with disaster relief after Tsunami but by far the best job I have and the one that has given me more job satisfaction than anything else is sailing with youth on Young Endeavour. 

“For me, what’s most important about the World Voyage is the same as what’s important for every Young Endeavour voyage, and that’s self development for youth. That’s what this program is all about”.

When not on board Lindsey lives on the NSW Central Coast and has a strong commitment to family and friends. He spends a lot of time undertaking endurance sporting events, and completed four 100km running events in 2013. He is planning a 100km run in the south of England in mid-2015, and is looking forward to being in Europe for the Tour de France!


Chief Petty Officer Mark Horton – Second Engineer 

Wangi Wangi , New South Wales


HortoCPOMT Mark Horton grew up in Wangi Wangi and first served in Young Endeavour for a three and a half year posting in 2004. Since then he has crewed several voyages as a reservist, and has now rejoined Navy to participate in the World Voyage. He is Young Endeavour’s Second Engineer for this extraordinary deployment.

“The best thing about being back fulltime is getting to know the current crew members and assisting them in tackling the massive challenge that is ahead of us. Our focus has been putting the ship back together and fitting her with new machinery and equipment,” he said.

“In the lead up to the departure I am assisting and overseeing contractor work and making sure high standards of workmanship is conducted throughout the ships refit. In addition, I am increasing knowledge, particularly with regard to new equipment.

“Ensuring that the ship is maintained and operated at a high engineering standard is a priority so the voyage takes place with little or no engineering mishaps. We want to avoid anything that would make the ship too uncomfortable.”

Mark will join Young Endeavour in England where the ship will undertake a short assisted maintenance activity before continuing to northern Europe to participate in the Tall Ship Races. He will stay on board working as engineer and watch leader until the ship returns home to Australia in December 2015.

“At the moment, I am appreciating the time I spend with my wife and boy and putting routines and things in place so that they manage while I’m away.

“When I join the ship I’m looking forward to working with other crew members to provide the best experience possible for the Youth Crew. I enjoy seeing the Youth Crew experience something unique and challenging”.


Petty Officer Marcos Neilsen – Senior Chef 

Sydney, New South Wales

Jenko PO Marcos Neilsen joined the Navy in 2005 after a career in catering. He has been at sea for over eight of the last ten years aboard Huon Class Mine Hunters and Anzac Class Frigates, catering for hundreds of sailors around the world.

Marcos is Young Endeavour’s senior chef, responsible for the crew’s nutritional needs.

As well as ordering and maintaining stores during the world voyage, Marcos caters at least three meals a day for the 36 crew on board while working as the chef. He is also a watch leader and medical care provider.

“I joined Young Endeavour because I wanted to broaden my skill set and learn to lead outside a Navy context – to teach young Australians, to motivate them to learn, and to share my experiences and my skills with them.

"To have a positive influence on young people and the direction they are heading in life is a very rewarding opportunity”.


Petty Officer Musician Brett Douglas – Watch Leader

Emerald, Queensland

DougiePOMUSN Brett Douglas grew up in Emerald, Queensland and studied at the Conservatory of Music through Griffith University prior to enlisting in the Navy. He joined Young Endeavour three years ago for the adventure – and it’s a real change from his career as a musician in the Navy Band!

“I joined Young Endeavour three years ago for the adventure of it all. To learn news things, meet fantastic people and interact with the youth of Australia in a very dynamic environment.

“During the World Voyage I’m looking forward to seeing new places and refining my sailing techniques. I will be challenged by the long voyages between ports, but it will be an amazing experience!”

In preparation for the World Voyage Brett is focusing on establishing imagery, public relations and community engagement, and setting up the music and audio systems on board. He’s also organised HAZCHEM training and certifications, and assisted with the rigging preparation, and says he’s working on improving his rigging knowledge and general seamanship.

Brett will join Young Endeavour in Turkey, bringing the crew of Passage Four to join the crew of Passage Three on board at Gallipoli for the Anzac Centenary Commemoration. He will crew the ship across the Mediterranean, through the English Channel and into the North Sea for the Sail Training International Tall Ship Races and Festivals, before sailing home via South America and Africa.

“To me, the most important thing is to provide an environment where there is no distinction between the staff and youth crew. It’s all about sharing knowledge and working together – and I just love hanging out with adventurous people!”

“The most difficult thing will be being away from my girl Sophie! This whole adventure will be a little bitter sweet - bitter because I won’t have the opportunity to share the amazing experience with her and I’ll miss her terribly, but sweet because I will make the most of this opportunity, learn as much as I can so that I can do it all over again with her!”


Leading Seaman Maritime Logistics - Chef Adrian Jenkins – Second Chef 

Townsville and Mackay, Queensland

JenkoLS Adrian Jenkins was born in Townsville and lived in Mackay for his teenage years. He recently joined the crew of the Young Endeavour and is looking forward to the upcoming World Voyage. He will be the Ship’s Second Chef and is looking forward to joining the ship in Turkey for the voyage across the Mediterranean and into the North Sea.

“I volunteered for the Young Endeavour because of the opportunity to work with youth crew and also because I wanted the challenge of sailing a tall ship,” he said. “A friend who is a fellow chef in the Navy and former Young Endeavour crew recommended the posting.

“I recently did my first ten day voyage from Cairns to Hamilton Island, including climbing to the top of the 35 metre mast. A highlight was seeing the development of the youth crew from day one to Command Day, which is when the youth crew take command of the ship. You see them change and the change in their confidence.”

“For me, joining the ship in Turkey for the 100th Anniversary Commemoration is very important – it’s a significant event for the entire crew. It will also be my first trip to Europe.

“Before I join the ship I’m assisting with orders for food and supplies, and will also complete a high ropes course which will prepare me for my role on deck.

“Sailing for four months will be a challenge - especially keeping the meals to a good standard while learning the evolutions and also mentoring the youth crew. I’m really looking forward to the whole experience”.