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.
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.
Commodore Bruce Kafer AM, CSC, RAN : Advisory Board Member Representing Defence
Commodore Bruce Kafer is the Director General of the Australian Navy Cadets and Reserves. He has served in the Royal Australian Navy for more than 35 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. CDRE Kafer has previously served as Director of the RAN Staff College and Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy. He and his wife, Geraldine, have two adult sons.
Young Endeavour Youth Scheme Staff
Mr Stephen Moss CSC : Executive Director
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.
STS Young Endeavour Staff Crew
Lieutenant Commander Michael Gough – Commanding Officer
LCDR Gough recently resumed command of STS Young Endeavour - he's busy delivering the Young Endeavour Youth Development Program and will tell us all about himself when he returns to the office.
Lieutenant Adam Powell – Executive Officer
Adam is one of the most recent members to join the Young Endeavour crew, and is as eager as he is ready for the challenges that come with sailing a tall ship. Adam joined the Royal Australian Navy as a Maritime Warfare Officer in 2010. Since joining the RAN, he has specialised in Navigation and in his last posting was the Navigating Officer in a Patrol Boat, conducting border protection operations in Northern Australia.
Joining Young Endeavour is one of Adam's biggest career goals.
“I joined the navy for fun and adventure, and what better adventure than sailing a Brigantine around Australia, maybe even internationally”.
“The challenge of sailing the Young Endeavour for any young Australian is without doubt, a priceless, once in a lifetime experience”.
In his time ashore, Adam loves to travel, play Aussie rules football and adventure sports, in particular snowboarding and rock climbing.
Lieutenant Kyle Rensford – Navigator
LEUT Kyle Rensford was born in Zimbabwe and moved to Toowoomba, Queensland along with his family at the age of 13. He joined the Navy in 2007, after leaving High School, and has since completed a Bachelor of Science in Oceanography and Geography.
Kyle has driven conventional Navy ships as a Maritime Warfare Officer for a few years and was an Instructor at the Navy's School of Navigation.
“The challenges of navigating a tall ship are entirely unique and something I have really enjoyed discovering since joining the crew”.
Kyle has a keen love of the ocean, exploration and the thrill of adventure. He enjoys teaching young people how to navigate and his hobbies include rock climbing, camping, hiking, surfing and the occasional tri-athlon.
He looks forward to circumnavigating Australia over the next 18 months and harnessing the power of the wind and ocean to navigate the ship.
“It’s a truly humbling experience to work in harmony with Mother Nature as she determines the parameters in which we operate”.
Lieutenant Evan Healy – Navigator
Evan joined STS Young Endeavour in the Canary Islands in early September 2015 straight from passing his intermediate Navigation Course. Evan navigated the ship back to Australia from Tenerife via the Cape Verde Islands, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town.
Prior to joining Young Endeavour, Evan was Second-in-Command of an Armidale Class Patrol Boat crew operating out of Darwin and lists this as one of the most challenging but rewarding things he has done.
Originally from Sydney, Evan went to boarding school in Bathurst prior to moving to the United Kingdom on completion of his Higher School Certificate, and says, "I love to travel as much as I love home”.
Evan currently resides in Sydney but regularly spends time in Hong Kong visiting close family and travels as often as his time and bank account will allow him.
“Next on the list is India, NE America and Rural France and in the mean time I am looking forward to checking out more of our own back yard”.
Evan has crossed Bass Strait three times on Young Endeavour and lists Deal Island in the Kent Group as his favourite place to visit in Australia. Although Evan is one of the Ships Navigators and has a keen interest in teaching Navigation, it is the development side of the job that he loves the most.
“It was at boarding school where I first witnessed the power of teamwork and friendship and it is those lessons which I am most passionate about passing on whilst onboard. I consider myself extremely privileged to work for an always inspiring group of young Australians. Everyone has their own special story with something to takeaway”.
When not working, Evan enjoys getting out on the water in any form, playing rugby, hiking, body boarding, travelling and spending quality time with friends and family.
Lieutenant James Bagnato – Training Officer
LEUT Bagnato is a recent addition to the Young Endeavour crew - he's busy delivering the Young Endeavour Youth Development Program and will tell us all about himself when he returns to the office..
Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Brett Ross – Engineer
CPO Ross is a recent addition to the Young Endeavour crew - he's busy delivering the Young Endeavour Youth Development Program and will tell us all about himself when he returns to the office..
Petty Officer James Potter – Watch Leader
PO James Potter is a recent addition to the Young Endeavour crew - he's busy delivering the Young Endeavour Youth Development Program and will tell us all about himself when he returns to the office.
Leading Seaman Keely Slis - Chef
LS Keely Slis joined the Royal Australian Navy at the early age of 17, setting herself up for an adventurous career as a chef. Since then she has served in the kitchens of Hydrographic Ships and Adelaide and ANZAC Class Frigates on postings to Melbourne, Western Australia, Cairns and Sydney before joining Young Endeavour in 2016.
“Being a chef in Navy has led me on adventures around the world, and has given me the opportunity to cook for and organise exclusive functions for highly ranked officers, dignitaries, and even royalty.
“I’m very grateful that Navy allows me to work in my role in very different circumstances. The job and life experience you gain is unimaginable.”
Although Keely is a new member of the Young Endeavour family, she has made a startling impression on youth and staff crew alike with her authentic and delicious cuisine. She is currently training to take on a second role above decks as a Watch Leader, and is excited to get outside of her comfort zone.
“Cooking is my passion. I love being creative in the kitchen and coming up with new ideas. But I’m also looking forward to being a Watch Leader. I really enjoy getting to know the youth crew. Meeting people from different walks of life and hearing their stories is very inspiring.”
Leading Seaman Megan Horne – Watch Leader
Megan initially joined the Royal Australian Air Force and was trained as an Avionics Technician, before transferring to work with Navy in 2010. Since then she has enjoyed postings to 816 Squadron which operates Seahawk helicopters, and the Navy’s Training Authority for Aviation.
Megan’s first experience aboard STS Young Endeavour came in November 2015 when she joined the crew sailing the final leg of the 2015 World Voyage from Capetown to Fremantle. She passed the staff crew suitability assessment and officially joined us as a Watch Leader on a voyage out of Brisbane six months later. Megan says that from her very first experience in STS Young Endeavour, she loved the sense of adventure that a voyage brings and being able to engage with young people who had such diverse life experiences.
When she is not aboard STS Young Endeavour, Megan now calls the South Coast home and enjoys surfing and exploring with her family and three dogs.
Able Seaman Lauren Bailey - Second Boatswain, Watch Leader
AB Lauren Bailey grew up in Penguin, Tasmania, before moving to Melbourne to join the Royal Australian Navy as a Boatswain in 2013. So far her career has sent her on postings to Patrol Boats out of Darwin, and to Fleet Support Unit in Sydney where she helped maintain Navy’s survival equipment.
Lauren first set her sights on joining STS Young Endeavour at the end of May 2016, and just a week later was aboard completing a suitability voyage. By the end of the month, she was contributing her knowledge of survival equipment maintenance as STS Young Endeavour’s Second Boatswain. Lauren's other role on board STS Young Endeavour is Watch Leader, and she says that youth crew are often surprised to learn that at the young age of 23, she has more in common with them than they expect.
“Being young definitely makes it easier to connect with the youth crew. I think it motivates them because when they meet me they realize what they can do – age isn’t a factor”.
Lauren's passion for being out on the water is not limited to her work. She is an avid Surf Lifesaver, and rowed at the Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships in 2016 representing Warriewood Surf Club.
Though Lauren reminisces about island hopping with her fellow crew members in the Whitsundays, she looks forward to STS Young Endeavour bringing her closer to home.
“I’m looking forward to sailing back in to Stanley, so my friends and family can come visit to see what I do and what Young Endeavour’s all about”.