The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme consists of three parts:

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 Tall Ships Australia & New Zealand. He holds a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma of Environmental Law.

Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, AM, RAN : Board Member Representing Navy

Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead 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.   Rear Admiral Mead holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations, a Master’s Degree in Management and a PhD in International Relations.  He has published a book on Indian national security.

Ms Suzanne Daniel : Board Member

Suzanne Daniel is the inaugural Director of Jesuit Social Services in NSW.  Suzanne previously worked as a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC TV and the BBC, London and The United Nations Office, Sydney.  She also worked in Crisis and Issues Management with Hill Knowlton and consulted to organisations thought Australia, New Zealand and Asia.  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.

Her Honour Judge Kate Traill : Board Member

Judge Kate Traill was appointed as a District Court judge for New South Wales Courts in August 2015.  She has more than 30 years’ experience, both as a barrister and a Crown Prosecutor. She served as an independent councillor on Mosman Council from 2004 to 2008 and is a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Australian Naval Reserves, though she is unable to give legal advice while on the bench.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts LLB with Honours in Politics and Fine Arts.

 Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, RAN : Board Member Representing Defence

Rear Admiral Bruce Kafer is the Head Reserve and Youth Division and Commander Australian Defence Force Cadets.   He has served in the Royal Australian Navy for 40 years, specialising as a Hydrographic Surveyor and working as a senior Hydrographic Officer on Australian and British survey ships both in Australia and in the Persian Gulf. He was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for outstanding achievement in the field of hydrography, and made a Member of the Order of Australia for exceptional service to the Royal Australian Navy, particularly as the Chief, Combat Support Group in Fleet Headquarters. Rear Admiral Kafer has  previously served as Director of the Royal Australian Navy Staff College and Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy. He and his wife, Geraldine, have two adult sons.

Ms Caitlin Stephenson : Board Member

Caitlin recently joined the board and is the Deputy Program Integration Manager Helicopter Aircrew Training Systems at Boeing Defence Australia.
A former member of STS Young Endeavour youth crew, she provides a first hand insight into the youth development program.
Caitlin joined Young Endeavour for the 2015 World Voyage, where she represented Boeing, sailing to Gallipoli to take part in the centennial commemoration services on ANZAC day 2015.
Caitlin holds a Masters Degree in Aviation Management from Griffith University and a Bachelor of Engineering, Aerospace Avionics degree with First Class Honours from Queensland University of Technology.

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Staff

Mr Stephen Moss CSC : Executive Director

Stephen Moss was appointed Executive Director of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme in 2004. Previously, he enjoyed a Royal Australian Navy career that included his appointment as Commanding Officer HMAS Kanimbla. In 2002 Steve was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross for his contribution to the Australian Defence Force's 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 is a graduate of the Royal Australian Navy Staff College, and holds a Bachelor of Economics and Graduate Diploma of Environmental Law.
 

Jennifer Reilly : Deputy Director and 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 has sailed STS Young Endeavour in Australia, and also joined the crew in the Mediterranean and North Seas during the 2015 World Voyage. Jennifer has over ten years experience in marketing and public affairs, and has previously worked as a communication advisor for the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Australian Navy. In 2013 she coordinated publicity for the Australia and New Zealand International Tall Ship Festival and the inaugural Sydney Auckland Tall Ships Regatta. She holds Bachelor Degrees in Communication and Applied Economics, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Martin Radunz : Youth Development and Voyage Coordinator

Martin is an officer in the Navy Reserve having served as a Warfare Officer in the Navy for 12 years, and started with the Scheme in May 2010. When asked where he is from, Martin draws a circle all the way around Australia and New Zealand and says 'there'. He now lives in Sydney with all the lifestyle elements he couldn't have at sea - a wife, daughter, two cats and two dogs. Martin has taken up cookery and considers himself competent with Indian, Mexican and Italian food. His primary role with the Scheme is to supervise the delivery of the Youth Development Program that is provided during Young Endeavour voyages and the management of all Young Endeavour applicants and Youth Crew, part of time he sails with the ship. He is also a dab hand at IT and looks after this website.

Angela Harris : Commercial Operations Manager

Angela is new to our team, we will have her story online soon.

Michael 'Harry' Harbach : Commercial Operations Assistant

Harry is new to our team, we will have his story online soon.

 

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Staff at Admiralty House, Sydney

STS Young Endeavour Staff Crew 

Lieutenant Commander Andrew 'Kenny' Callander– Commanding Officer

Captain Kenny hails from Grafton, on the banks of the mighty Clarence River.  Kenny joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1994 as a Sailor (Radio Operator) before receiving his Commission as a Maritime Warfare Officer in 2003. This is Kenny’s third posting to Young Endeavour.  He has previously held the roles of Navigator, Executive Officer, and Operations Officer.

With a passion for sailing, Kenny enjoys the challenges of sailing a tall ship (he loves tacking), the interactions between both Youth Crew and Staff Crew, and the amazing parts of Australia (and the world) that the ship gets to visit.  His personal highlights to date include being selected as Commanding Officer and being on board for the entirety of Young Endeavour’s 2015 World Voyage.

When he's not in Command of our beautiful Brigantine, Kenny enjoys sailing, distance running, cycling, and triathlon.

Lieutenant Adam Powell – Executive Officer/First Mate

Adam grew up in the beautiful Yarra Valley in Victoria but now calls Bronte in Sydney home.  Adam joined Young Endeavour as the First Mate at the tail end of the ship's Circumnavigation of Australia in December 2016. Adam has been in the Navy since 2010 as a Maritime Warfare Officer and specialised in Navigation. He has experience in a variety of ships from supply tankers, to his last posting as Navigating Officer of Armidale Class Patrol Boats conducting border protection operations in Northern Australia.

Adam enjoys exploring the Australian coastline and seeing parts that very few are lucky enough to experience.  He loves sailing in challenging conditions and says sailing the Bass Straight Big-4 and the Big blow of 2018 have been two of his career highlights.

In his time ashore, Adam loves to travel, play Aussie rules football and adventure sports, in particular snowboarding and paragliding.

Lieutenant James Bagnato – Training Officer

James was born in country Victoria and joined the Navy at age 18 in 2012.  He first fell in love with Square Riggers when he conducted a youth James grew up in the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, where he developed a passion for sailing and the water.  He first fell in love with Square Riggers when he conducted a youth development voyage on board STS Leeuwin when he was 15. He sailed from Dampier to Monkey Mia in Western Australia and said it was an experience that still brings a smile to his face.

James joined the Navy at age 18 in 2012 as a Maritime Warfare Officer and has served as an Officer of the Watch on board the Navy’s largest refueller HMAS Sirius. During his time aboard they conducted a 4-month South East Asia deployment travelling to 6 different countries.

James joined the Young Endeavour in Gove, NT in August 2016 during the circumnavigation of Australia. Career highlights include exploring the Kimberley’s and sailing into Port Davey on the South-West coast of Tasmania.

James lives in Cronulla, NSW with his fiance Zoe and spends as much time as he can out on his own boat free-diving and spearfishing. He plans to pursue a career as a Navy Diver when they finally figure out a way to get him away from the Young Endeavour!

Lieutenant Harrison Ingham – Navigator

Lieutenant Harrison Ingham joined Young Endeavour in 2017 as Navigator and will take over as Executive Officer in December 2018.  Born in the United Kingdom, Harry moved to Perth, Western Australia with his family at the age of 14. He joined the Navy in 2006, after leaving High School, and has since completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Geography and History through the Australian Defence Force Academy.  Prior to joining STS Young Endeavour, Harry was the Navigating Officer of a Cape Class Patrol Boat operating out of Cairns, QLD and then spent some time as an instructor at the Navy's School of Navigation in Sydney.

Harry is a keen mariner and pinches himself every day that he has the opportunity to sail a tall ship around Australia while training young Australians.  He enjoys meeting all the youth crews and sharing his love of the ocean.  Highlights of his time on Young Endeaour include crossing the Bass Strait under a full press of square sails and exploring Tasmania.

Harry is a Renaissance man and his interests include collecting old books, cycling, sailing and watching films. 

Lieutenant Ivanka Zeko– Operations Officer

Ivanka was born in Sydney, but grew up on the sunny Gold Coast swimming and catching waves at the beach.  She joined the Navy in March 2009 as a GAP year sailor and transferred to Officer in 2010. Qualifying as a Maritime Warfare Officer, Ivanka deployed overseas on operations to the Middle East both on ships and shore establishments and worked with coalition forces planning Mine Counter Measure operations.

Young Endeavour has been on Ivanka’s dream postings bucket list since she enlisted. She joined the staff crew in mid-2018 as the operations officer and she is enjoying sailing a tall ship and working in challenging conditions including climbing in high seas.

Ivanka says that everyday is an adventure on board Young Endeavour and she feels very privileged to sail around Australia with the youth crews, experiencing world class reefs, rivers,  oceans and seas.  

Ivanka’s favourite quote is from Walt Disney - “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Chief Petty Officer Brett Ross – Engineer

Brett has always called Newcastle home and is proud of being born and bred in the steel city.   He joined the Navy in 1999 and progressed through the ranks to Chief Petty Officer.  A Marine Technician Electrical by trade, Brett plays an important role in keeping Young Endeavour under way.

Brett enjoys delivering the Young Endeavour program to the diverse youth crew and keeping Young Endeavour ready to sail.  

Sailing since he was 8 years old, Brett loves being on the water and under it SCUBA diving. When he’s not aboard Young Endeavour, Brett spends time with his wife Kate and dog Linus and cats George and Olive at home cooking fresh produce from his veggie patch and playing with his radio control toys.

Chief Petty Officer Mark Horton –Engineer

'Horto', as he is known by all the staffies and youthies, hails from a small town on Lake Macquarie called Wangi Wangi.  He joined the Navy as an apprentice electrical fitter/mechanic in 1988 and has served on lots of ships.

Horto is a stalwart of Young Endeavour. He first posted to the brigantine in 2004 as the Engineer.  He left full-time Navy service in 2008 and now works as a reservist.  This is his third posting on Young Endeavour, culminating in almost 6 years service aboard our brigantine.

Horto keeps coming back as he enjoys being at sea on a sailing ship and working with the youth of Australia.  His most memorable experience on board was being involved in the 2015 World Voyage which took him from England to Australia via some interesting ports.

When he’s not enjoying life under a full press of sail, Horto enjoys snowboarding, dirt bike riding, diving and holidaying with his family.

Chief Petty Officer Guv Renfrey–Engineer

Guv was born at Semaphore, South Australia and joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1993. He now calls Woy Woy on the NSW Central Coast home.

Guv enjoys sailing and delivering the youth development program on Young Endeavour and has completed more than 50 voyages!  He got a real buzz finally doing the 'Big Four' in early 2018.

Petty Officer Blake Walsh – Watch Leader

Blake was born and bred in Wollongong, NSW and currently lives in Normanhurst, Sydney with his wife and 3 children.

Joining the Navy in 2002 as a Communications and Information Systems Sailor, Blake has served on 6 warships and lived in Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales and the ACT.  He joined Young Endeavour in February 2018 and is loving every minute.   

Blake is a watch leader on board Young Endeavour and is enjoying being part of a close knit team, working alongside inspirational young Australians and seeing incredible locations in Australia.  He loves that every day is different and offers new challenges.

Some of this personal highlights include sailing along the west coast of Tasmania and island hopping around the Whitsundays.  

When not sailing on Young Endeavour, Blake likes to listen to music and spend as much time as he can with his family.

Petty Officer Marcus Lindgard – Catering Manager

Marcus grew up in the ‘greatest rugby nation of all time’, New Zealand and moved  to Australia at 18.  He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2007 as a Maritime Logistics Chef, and after completing training in Melbourne, he spent the rest of his  career in Sydney.  Marcus joined Young Endeavour in September 2017 and is one of the two chefs currently posted to the ship.

Marcus enjoys meeting people from all walks of life.  Highlights of his time on board so far have include exploring remote parts of Australia.  In his spare time Marcus enjoys cooking, fishing and going to the gym. 

Leading Seaman Zacharii Morris - Chef

Zac was born on the Gold Coast on the sun kissed coast of Palm Beach. He joined the Navy as a Chef in 2008 and has worked in a number of ship’s and establishments.

A proud Woppaburra man, Zach has salt water in his blood and is having a great time exploring the Australian coastline and meeting youth crew from around Australia.  He says that being part of the Young Endeavour crew has been the highlight of my Navy Career. 

Leading Seaman Brendon Chaffer - Watchleader

Brendon grew up in  West Wyalong, the main town of the Bland Shire in the Central West region of the New South Wales. He joined the Navy in April 2002 as a Bosuns mate and posted to STS Young Endeavour in June 2017 as the second boatswain

A keen sense of adventure attracted him to join Young Endeavour as a staffy.  He enjoys climbing aloft in a huge sea state to set sails and exploring the Australian coastline like the early explorers.  The highlight of his time aboard has been sailing in the 2017-2018 Sydney to Hobart yacht race.  

When he’s not aboard Young Endeavour, Brendon enjoys fishing, diving ,AFL and camping/exploring.

Able Seaman Karly Beeksma - Watchleader

Watch leader Karly grew up Sydney's Sutherland Shire. She joined the Navy as a Combat Systems Officer Mine Warfare sailor in 2013.

Karly joined Young Endeavour staff crew in December 2017 and had her first voyage from Sydney to Hobart during the yacht race.  She's been hooked on Young Endeavour ever since she saw the youth crew setting and furling sails and climbing the mast.  Highlights of her time aboard include sailing through Port Davey on the west coast of Tasmania and seeing the untouched scenery.

When she's not being an awesome watch leader, Karly enjoys playing the ukelule and the flying trapeze!

Able Seaman Morgan Mitchell - Watchleader

Morgan grew up in a small country town in Tasmania.  She joined the Navy in May 2013 as a boatswains mate and served on HMA Ships Sydney and Newcastle where she was involved in several exercises and undertook a deployment to the Middle East.

Morgan joined Young Endeavour in May 2018 as a watchleader and is having a great time exploring the coast of Australia.  She was attracted to the job as her sense of adventure is strong and she wanted the chance to meet new people from across the country.

Highlights of her time aboard to date include snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and exploring the Whitsundays.  When not at work, Morgan enjoys hiking, swimming, travelling and spending time with her friends and family.

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