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Our Australia & New Zealand Team

Chad Brown
Executive Director, Digital Services

Chad grew up in a small town in country Victoria, Australia, and started his first business at just 19 years old. Delivering an innovative physical activity program to Melbourne primary schools, he helped students to not only be more active and healthy, but also to develop critical life skills, such as teamwork, respect, co-operation and dealing with success and defeat.

Chad’s own ‘Peak Experience’ occurred in his early twenties when he travelled to Uganda to volunteer in rural communities through a not-for-profit organisation that had been set up by his parents after their first visit to the country. He is now the Vice President of ‘HUG – Help Us Grow’ and continues to support the amazing work that HUG and the local communities in Uganda are carrying out on a daily basis.

Chad has also spent ten years living, travelling and working abroad, including five years in Spain and five years in the UK. During this time, he worked in a variety of organisations of all shapes and sizes to improve both employee and customer satisfaction through the constant refinement of user experiences. He now applies this real-world experience and knowledge to help achieve the maximum possible impact in his work at High Resolves.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I believe in the limitless power of young people and their critical role in solving the greatest challenges of our time. The opportunity to work for an organisation that facilitates such a powerful movement of global citizens and gives them the skills and confidence that they need to change the world is a humbling and inspiring experience that I’m incredibly grateful for.

Allana Duncan
Operations Manager, Digital Services

Allana is a High Resolves alum, having participated in the program as a student in 2009. Coming full circle, Allana is excited to work with an organisation that was pivotal in cultivating her passion and interest in social justice. Allana holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Philosophy from the University of Sydney, writing her Honours thesis on the political rights of children. Allana’s previous work experience includes Project Officer and Instructional Designer for HammondCare, a not-for-profit aged care provider. Allana spent her early career working with children in educational settings, as well as holding volunteer positions, working with students at 826NYC and Children of Promise. In her free time, Allana enjoys performing in improvisational theatre.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I believe that every young person should be recognised as, and empowered to be, a contributing member of their community.  I am passionate about the mission of High Resolves, to encourage young people to be critical thinkers and vocal advocates for the change they want to see in their world.

Daniel Dyer
Program Leader, Sydney

Dan grew up in Southern California where regular trips to Mexico and South America opened his eyes to the disparities in wealth between communities around the world. To pursue his passion for social justice and help the poor, Dan got a degree in International Development from Seattle Pacific University where he learned about the globalised world and the ways in which it empowers some and creates hardship for so many others. He has worked for various non-profits that focussed on the development and empowerment of young people and is passionate about creative teaching methods that inspire young people to work for the greater good and help those that are in need around them. 

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

To see young people learn something new and realise that they can have a positive impact on the world around them is so inspiring to me. I love being a part of an organisation that truly believes in the power of young people to create change on a local and global scale. 

Tas Fitzer
Program Leader, Wollongong

Prior to joining High Resolves, Tas spent a number of years working in the tertiary education sector, primarily facilitating both study support and personal development workshops for students of a variety of backgrounds. Studying History and Sociology as part of a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Wollongong really furthered his passion for being a part of improving the world we live in and built on his experiences and involvement in a variety of social justice campaigns and movements both growing up and into adulthood.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

There are few things more rewarding than being able to work with young people on the issues that matter. At High Resolves, I can match my education, passions, and professional background to do something I really care about.

Beth Henry
Customer Success Manager, Digital Services

Beth has spent over 18 years working with young people as a facilitator, manager, Youth Worker, coordinator, mentor, volunteer and coach. With a background in Youth and Community Development, Beth is passionate about working with young people in creative ways to help them develop to their full potential and to find positive connections to themselves and their community.

Having spent 10 years with PCYC Queensland, she has hands-on experience in managing and facilitating a diverse range of community and youth development programs across metropolitan, regional and remote Queensland. In this time, she managed State-wide projects and programs around leadership development, crime prevention, a program working with young people with diverse genders, sexualities and/or bodies, and a domestic and family violence response program.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

The organisation has very clear values and a vision of what we want to achieve and how to achieve it. I love that High Resolves is about action and that we are giving others the tools to intentionally use their powers for good and make a difference in their lives.

Rachel Jackett
Program Leader, Newcastle

Rachel has been working with young people predominantly in the arts and education sector for the past ten years. She spent the majority of this time on the road touring as an actor with theatre in education company, Brainstorm Productions, delivering well-being programs to primary and secondary school students across Australia. Rachel recently spent 18 months back in her regional hometown, Port Macquarie, on the Mid North Coast of NSW as a School Outreach Officer for Charles Sturt University, inspiring students to follow their career goals and aspirations.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

We get the privilege of helping to mould, and learn from, tomorrow’s leaders and changemakers who are working to create a world worth living in.

Lee Martin
Executive Director, Premium Services

Lee has worked at High Resolves since 2010, working in a variety of roles including face-to-face delivery of content to young people and teachers, developing curriculum, and quality assurance and training. He holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sheffield and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in History and Politics from the University of Warwick. Lee worked as a high school history teacher in socially diverse areas of the U.K. and took on the roles of form tutor, Head of Year and Head of Department. In May 2009, government inspectors reported that the history department and its management were “outstanding”.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I have always believed that education is the most effective way of overcoming some of the problems that the world faces today. High Resolves offers me that opportunity by working with young people to develop the confidence, motivation and skills to make our world a better place.

Marlina Moussa
Director of Partnerships and Growth, Digital Services

During her time as an English teacher, Marlina’s passion to empower and inspire young people to be positive leaders in the community and globally saw her develop and implement new educational programs and initiatives that increased student involvement and engagement in understanding social issues. She participated in the Make Poverty History Campaign in NSW, which involved meeting with ministers at Parliament House on the issue of foreign aid. Her experiences in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East further fueled her desire to see students become global leaders and citizens who are motivated to make a positive difference, which led her to High Resolves. She completed a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching (Double English major) at the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Arts (English Literature and History) at the University of Wollongong where she also undertook a 3-year leadership program, delivering a number of projects for social action, development and change in the University and community.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
What we do is for the greater good. Seeing that achieved by empowering young people to be global citizens is inspiring and exciting.

Brandon Paterson
Program Leader, Sydney

Inspired by his own development and aha moments through attending an immersive, ‘peak experience’, leadership camp in the US as a teenager, Brandon saw the value and impact that non-traditional education can have on a person’s life. Brandon volunteered at this same camp a number of summers in a row, getting the opportunity to lead some activities and group sessions. This planted seeds that one day, he too could become a facilitator and create aha moments for others. After developing his skills through acting studies and performance, Brandon began facilitating behaviour change workshops in secondary schools on behalf of corporate clients.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

I want to see a world where we don’t just survive, but we thrive. To do this we need to create a world that works together for everyone, with no one left out. To create this world we need bold, ethical and empathetic leaders who strive not just to propel themselves forward, but who will bring others with them and lead others to do the same. What better way to achieve this, than through immersive education? I see a whole generation of young people resolving to do their part and make a difference.

Annabel Rattigan
Program Leader, Melbourne

Annabel’s career has focused on designing and delivering participant-led programs for professionals and university students to build their cultural competency. Annabel has facilitated hundreds of group programs for culturally diverse groups and focuses on building trust and collaboration as a way to break down cultural differences and develop inclusive practices. Annabel remembers her own peak experience as a 14 year old travelling to Java in Indonesia. This transformative experience led to her passion for global issues and social justice. Since that experience, Annabel has spent time studying in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, living and working in Samoa in the South Pacific and volunteering in Timor-Leste. Annabel has a BA (Hons) in Gender and Asian Studies from the University of Melbourne as well as qualifications in Intercultural Communication from the University of British Columbia and Training and Assessment.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
I love supporting young people to find their spark. High Resolves provides an opportunity for students to find their voice and to think critically about social justice issues and become agents of change.

Carrie Silver
Learning and Development Manager

Growing up in one of Canada’s largest and most diverse cities, Carrie developed a great curiosity about the cultures that surrounded her, which led her to study world religions, modern history and population geography and make the brave leap to move to Australia in her late teens. She has taught history, geography and social and community studies in Queensland classrooms, and holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching from the University of New England.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…
At High Resolves I have the privilege of connecting with young people and finding out what they are passionate about. Every day brings a new story from amazing young people who inspire me, and I’m excited to see what this generation will do to make the world a better place!

Natasha Woolley
Marketing and Communications Manager, Australia

Natasha is a marketing and communications professional with over 12 years experience. Starting out as a filmmaker, she translated her love of storytelling into marketing and content producer roles across the commercial, entertainment and government sectors. She held senior Communications roles at Sydney Water and Telstra, where she designed immersive customer experiences. Her peak experience was finding that working with disenfranchised communities to co-design their journeys and tell their own stories, was what really ignited her spark.

In her role as Marketing and Customer Experience Manager at community housing provider, SGCH, she oversaw a range of initiatives that social housing tenants can access to help improve their health, wellbeing, education, and employment opportunities. She led the Strive Scholarship program, running events and sourcing funding and sponsorship to award scholarships to around 250 economically and socially disadvantaged primary, secondary and tertiary education students each year. Internally, Natasha developed cultural programs to improve customer service and staff morale, leading a team on a staff exchange tour of a Central Australian housing organisation to learn about the Indigenous experience of accessing housing support.

I am passionate about High Resolves because…

We’re familiar with the proverb: “it takes a village to raise a child”. To my mind, it takes a community approach to raise kind, resourceful, independent thinkers.  I believe we need more than an academic education to be well-rounded and resilient. In the modern, digital environment, kids are being exposed to more sophisticated concepts at a younger age. Parents and teachers are under so much pressure to help young people navigate their social networks and relate to the world around them. The work of High Resolves supports educators and gives students the experiences, tools and skills to make informed choices.

Contact our Australia & New Zealand Team