our method

What we do

We connect with a young person, uncover what’s holding them back, and equip them with the tools to set goals, deal with conflict and stand up for what they believe in.

We give them the skills to navigate life’s challenges.

We do this for 40,000 young Australians every single year. Creating generations of confident, self-aware, passionate young people shaping the world to be a better place.

Our Crew

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.

Check out our crew

About us

Our History

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 and Sydney. 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!

Our People

Supported by a team of passionate people

There’s a bunch of dedicated people who work for Reach in Melbourne and Sydney. They have a combo of skills, experience, expertise and passion – and contribute their hearts and heads to making Reach tick.

The Reach Leadership Team

Philippe Magid, CEO
Anna McCann, COO
Sarah Colcough, Head of People & Culture
Telaine Cowdrey, Crew Representative

Our People

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.

Our People


We also have an amazing number of volunteers who support us by contributing their skillset and time on one of our Board Subcommittees.

Audit & Risk Committee

  • Tom Imbesi (Chair), Deloitte Australia
  • Anthony Klein, PwC Australia
  • Alice Macdougall, Freehills
  • Craig Salter, Actions OHS Consulting
  • Meg Aitken, K&L Gates

Fundraising & Marketing Committee

  • Chris Wilson (Chair), Koda Capital
  • Alice Macdougall, Freehills
  • Mike McShane, McLardy McShane
  • Charmaine Green, PwC Australia
  • Lizzy Geremia, Reece Group
  • Celeste Whitelaw, White Story

NSW Committee

  • Rebecca Wilson (Chair), Austbrokers ABS
  • Grant Patterson, Providence Independant Investment Advisory
  • Andrew Buchanan, Goldman Sachs
  • Alice Scott, Qantas

Wake by Reach Advisory Committee

  • David Lundberg (Chair), Altus Traffic
  • Peter Williams, Deloitte Australia
  • Jennifer Brice, ANZ
  • Sean Carroll, Culture Smith
  • Paul Lacy, kikki.K
  • Rocky Scopelliti, Youthquake

Our Commitment to Child Safety

Child safety is an overarching commitment for Reach as part on any young person’s wellbeing and this is reflected in all activities, policies and practices. Reach has zero tolerance for abuse of young people and is committed to acting in the best interests of the health and wellbeing of the young people Reach comes into contact with. In achieving a safe environment for all young people, Reach recognises the particular needs of Aboriginal young people, young people from linguistically diverse backgrounds, gender diverse young people and those with a disability.

Our Young Person Wellbeing Policy

Principal Partners

Supporting what we do

Reach couldn’t realise its potential without our generous supporters and valued partnerships. We’re fortunate to receive gifts of time, money and talent from individuals and organisations. It’s an awesome feeling to receive these gifts and to know that so many people share our vision.

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