Allegra brings fresh perspectives from her experience in the corporate, business, government and non-profit sectors. Her passion is driven by the experiences of her own mother, who made the most of every opportunity as a 10-year-old new arrival to Australia. She loves that working with inspiring young people, and the wonderful mentors who support them, makes every day purposeful. Read more
Carolyn is a passionate advocate for the power of mentoring. At ABCN, she specialises in building sustainable community partnerships, driving value for our members and inspiring new members to join our network. Her favourite part of her role is developing partnerships that drive innovation, enabling us to work together in preparing young people for the future of work. Read more
Rebecca is a sustainability and CSR professional who loves helping business drive meaningful sustainable change. Within her role she helps to scale ABCN’s reach and impact, through nurturing and securing new members as well as strengthening and evolving partnerships with our existing members. Read more
Greg heads up our Melbourne office and is responsible for program delivery across VIC, QLD, SA, TAS and WA. He has over 25 years’ experience in senior corporate and commercial roles across a number of different industries and is enthusiastic about inspiring young people to achieve more than they thought possible. Read more
Peta is responsible for the design and development of ABCN programs – the perfect role to combine her experience in the corporate, education and community sectors, with her passion to enable social change through collaboration. She loves witnessing the transformation that takes place for both students and mentors when given the opportunity to connect, share and learn together. Read more
A former journalist, Rose-Anne loves roles that combine her three key interests: storytelling, facilitating and contributing to the community – which makes her current job the perfect fit for her. She’s responsible for ABCN’s brand messaging, she sometimes delivers ABCN programs and she always feels great about working for an organisation that has such a strong social purpose. Read more
Josie brings a creative flair to ABCN’s external communications. She loves to share the ABCN story through photography and digital content, and also lends a hand to student alumni projects. When she’s not in the office, Josie is at university studying Communications and French. Read more
Gerry works behind the scenes to ensure ABCN runs smoothly and efficiently (and is also our unofficial go-to for anything slightly technical). He has a background in science and worked in the industry for 12 years before moving across to the not-for-profit sector in 2009. Not surprisingly, he is passionate about increasing student engagement in STEM, particularly those from low socio-economic areas. Read more
Rachel has a strong background in the not-for-profit sector with senior management roles in international NGOs and national charities, specialising in fundraising, marketing and communications. Responsible for the successful running of ABCN’s Foundation, she is driven by a desire to level the playing field and help more young people to achieve their dreams. Read more
Amy’s experience at ABCN spans program development and management, communications and she now focuses on digital programs and strategy. With a background in teaching, educational consultancy and publishing, she’s passionate about the power of education to change lives. Originally from the UK, she’s lived in Rome, Buenos Aires and most recently Sydney for the past 9 years. Read more
Peta has operational, relationship management and leadership experience across corporate, not-for-profit and Aboriginal organisations. Peta first began her journey with ABCN many years ago as a champion working at one of our member companies, where she saw first-hand the impact of education and mentoring in developing aspiration and creating opportunity for young people. Read more
Sharon has a background in accounting and administration and was a financial controller for 10 years before recently completing a degree in social sciences and counselling. Her career change fulfils a long-time dream to help young people and she is thrilled to be aligned with an organisation making such a difference.
Irene is on maternity leave in 2020. Read more
Maree is originally from New Zealand and also lived in Scotland for many years where she gained extensive experience working in corporate social responsibility. She loves that her role at ABCN combines several passions at once – facilitating programs, witnessing the connections between students and mentors and adding value to the education of young people. Read more
Becky believes in the power of a well-placed word from a trusted mentor to change the trajectory of a young person’s future and she is proud to be part of the ABCN Team. She brings vast experience working with youth mentoring bodies to her dual role, where she combines her facilitation skills with managing scholars and mentors in our ABCN Foundation scholarship program. Read more
Prior to joining ABCN in 2011 Karoline worked in the private sector across various industries. Karoline loves engaging with diverse communities and bringing programs to life. She is constantly inspired by the development and growth of students (and mentors!) who embrace ABCN programs.
Sam studied business law before moving to the UK for five years where she worked in financial services. Now back home, she is happily following her passion of supporting youth in the community and is inspired every day by the students we work with and their hidden potential. Read more
A former English teacher, Ola is passionate about personal development and helping people build their self-confidence. In addition to program management, she sometimes also facilitates ABCN programs, which she loves as she really enjoys working with young people. Ola also works with individuals to help them overcome past traumas and conquer stubborn fears through group coaching and private hypnotherapy sessions. In her free time, Ola loves reading, travelling, and watching movies. Read more
With a background in youth work, community welfare and personal coaching, Vanessa has extensive experience collaborating and working with our younger generation. Her role at ABCN allows her to work closely behind the scenes with our member companies and schools, as well as being front of house facilitating programs for our mentors and students – a fantastic dual aspect of the role. Read more
Jaimee is responsible for research into developing the financial capabilities of young people through collaboration. She has experience in the education and community sector as well as the public and private sector in program management and research. She is passionate about improving opportunities for young people. Read more
Never work with animals and children, they say, but Louise is always up for a challenge and has done both. Her early career as a zoologist transitioned to education and training, mentoring, and learning and development. More recently, an alignment between career and life resulted in a happy return to the not-for-profit sector where she loves organising and delivering ABCN programs. Read more
Catherine worked in hospitality, human resources, facilitating and training before starting her dream job at ABCN. She loves that her role opens a whole new world of possibilities to students who have no access to it any other way. She looks forward to coming to work each Monday morning, knowing she is influencing positive outcomes. Read more
A teacher, literacy coach and content specialist, Katie’s life mission is to support young people to grow and achieve. Katie thrives as a facilitator of learning, drawing on her background in theatre, experience in Indigenous education, talent for communication and her love of creating inclusive spaces. These skills are all used in Katie’s work at ABCN, ensuring students and mentors get the most out of their partnership. Read more
Ulrike left her global corporate career to spend more time with her family and is now using her business acumen and passion for education as a program manager. Originally from Germany, her experience living and working in several different countries and cultures have equipped her with a unique viewpoint not just for business but also for the cultural diversity among its people. She loves to make a difference in young people’s lives.
Heather combines a corporate background with her strong desire to make a difference to the opportunities for youth through mentoring experiences. She loves the variety her role offers in working with both school and corporate partners, strengthening relationships, and facilitating workshops (Interview 2 Impress is her favourite), where she can directly impact program outcomes and delivery. Read more
Alison is a firm believer in the power of education and mentoring to create opportunities for all students. She combines a background in civil engineering with program management and facilitation skills to deliver a variety of programs. Her favourite is Innovate, where she loves seeing students develop teamwork and collaboration skills through STEM-focused activities. Read more
Sarah combines past experience and knowledge in social work with a passion for empowering others in her program management role. She loves facilitating and working with young people and is particularly excited about programs that enable young people to upskill, think outside the box and gain new skills. Read more
After 15 years in the travel industry and a career break to look after three children, Tiffany jumped at the opportunity to join the ABCN team six years ago. She enjoys connecting the two very different worlds of the corporate and education sectors, and loves making and building relationships with such a broad range of people. Read more
In her past life, Anneliese spent many years in theme park management and enjoyed an expat life in the Middle East. She loves the journey that ABCN provides – fine-tuning her facilitation skills and meeting inspiring students and energetic mentors – and is proud to be working for an organisation that makes such a difference. Read more
Cathy has extensive experience in management and the employment services sector. She has worked with unemployed youth, and trained and mentored school students. Responsible for managing and facilitating all ABCN programs in South Australia, she values social justice and has a strong desire to see people reach their full potential. Read more
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