Generations of confident, self-aware and passionate young people
Our workshops are 100% led by young people, from design through to delivery. They allow for deeper connection, a sense of belonging, and the dispelling of judgements.
Reach was founded by Jim Stynes and Paul Currie in 1994 with a pretty clear vision – to inspire young people to believe in themselves and get the most out of life.
Since then, Reach has grown beyond Jim and Paul’s wildest dreams – with hubs in Melbourne, Sydney and the Hunter Region. Thousands of people across Australia participate in our workshops each year and demand continues to increase. Jim and Paul were on to something all those years ago!
We're youth led
Our workshops are for anyone aged from 10 to 18 and are led by other young people who have been on the journey too. We call them the crew.
As well as running all of our workshops, the crew are involved in ongoing training and development, contributing to the leadership of Reach, and training and mentoring younger crew.
Supported by a team of passionate people
There’s a bunch of dedicated people who work for Reach in Melbourne, Sydney and the Hunter Region. They have a combo of skills, experience, expertise and passion – and contribute their hearts and heads to making Reach tick.
Our senior management team
Chris Naish, CEO
Ranko Vukomanovic, Finance & Operations
Chris Doig, Development
Eleanor Bignell, Marketing & Communications
Kim Smiley, Reach Enterprises
Danielle Cirillo, Programs & Government Liaison VIC
Emily Cant, Programs & Teaming NSW
Olivia Powell, Learning & Development
Dr Karen White, Wellbeing
Backed and advised by our awesome board
Our Board are a bunch of successful business leaders and professionals who volunteer their time to oversee the governance and strategic direction of Reach.
Chris WilsonKoda Capital
Alice MacdougallHerbert Smith Freehills
Mike McShaneMcLardy McShane
Lindsay OadesCentre for Positive Psychology, University of Melbourne
Amanda OfficerLegal Secretary
Verity LomaxAssociate, Spark Strategy
Ash MaherReach Alumni