Board Of Directors


The Board provides strategic guidance and development to the organisation.

Rhys Herriott

Rhys Herriott – Chair

What I do: I’m the Chair of the Board of Youth Without Borders and a Senior Policy Officer within the Queensland Department of Innovation.
Qualifications: BBusMan (Marketing)/BComm (Accounting), University of Queensland
Why I’m in YWB: I joined YWB because I strongly believe in the potential young people have to do amazing things for their communities, and want to support the organisation to continue to provide young people with that opportunity.
Value: I have first-hand experience delivering a YWB project, having staffed Spark Engineering Camp for a number of years. I also bring experience in organisational strategy, program design and governance from my work in the Queensland Government.
Fun fact: I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, and am a Kentucky Colonel like Colonel Sanders.

Brock Staunton – Secretary

2019 marks my fourth year with YWB, having recently been Brisbane Camp Coordinator for YWB’s Spark Engineering Camp. All young Australians deserve to know our society backs their future. I strive to dismantle boundaries for fellow youth, with a particular focus on STEM paths.

I’m a final year civil engineering undergraduate at the University of Queensland and am eager to bring my scheduling, long-term planning and QLD STEM industry knowledge to YWB.

Fun fact: Apparently I’m related to Kochie on Sunrise, still haven’t received a call from the Cash Cow though …

Jessie Dennar – Board Member

What i do.

Currently working at The Women’s College as the Dean of Learning, my goal is to help our young residents to excel in both their university and professional pursuits.
I am also fortunate to be involved with Youth Without Borders as a Board Member. Having been with the organisation for a long time at the operational level, becoming a Board Member in November 2017 has provided me with the chance to aid the organisation at a strategic level.
My Qualifications
A Bachelor of Business Management (Major: Marketing), and A Bachelor of Arts (Major: Journalism and Communication & Major: Sociology)
Why I’m apart of YWB
The thing I love most about YWB is our focus on youth and upskilling them to be the best versions of themselves! There’s not many organisations that give young people the opportunities and responsibilities that you can get from being involved with YWB! It’s great to see young people making the world a better place for their peers.
What value I bring to the board
I currently work with young people which allows me to keep my finger on the pulse with what challenges the youth in our country currently face. Prior to this role I worked in sponsorship and membership roles so I have extensive experience in delivering value to members in a member-based organisation as well as defining sponsorship value and contract negotiation. I also offer value in the following areas:

▪ Project/Program Management
▪ Stakeholder Engagement
▪ Partnership/Sponsorship Negotiations
▪ Relationship Management
▪ Leadership Buy-In
▪ Communications & Social Media Strategy
▪ Strategic Planning
▪ Proposal Development
▪ Marketing & Brand Awareness
▪ Program Design & Delivery
▪ Portfolio Optimisation
▪ Growth Identification
▪ Presenting & Public Speaking
Fun Fact!
I spent 11 years of my childhood living overseas in Indonesia, China and Singapore!

James Sullivan – Board Member

I joined Youth Without Borders (YWB) in 2018 as a board member. I am passionate about ensuring that all are given fair and equal opportunity to learn and excel.  YWB is a fantastic organization as it empowers young people to both develop and challenge themselves and their ideas. In doing so helps young Australians strengthen their passion and leadership skills so that they can make the change they’d like to see in the world.

I am currently a Lawyer at the Australian Securities Investments Commission in the Market Enforcement team, my work forces on the enforcement and compliance of Chapter 7 of the Corporations Act. I bring both a legal and policy perspective to the board having previously worked for Queensland Department of premier and cabinet.

I have a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice and am currently completing my Masters of Laws.

A fun fact about me is that every year I like to try new hobbies, noteworthy hobbies I’ve enjoyed and kept at over the years are fencing and painting.

Julian Bluett – Board Member

What I do
Julian is a maths and science teacher who works as the Principal of Rowhani Baha’i School in Santo Vanuatu. He also works with youth, adults and young adolescents in a community setting. Julian is an educational adviser to Fiftysix Creations.
He has a bachelors of business management (HR), a graduate diploma in middle years of schooling, a graduate diploma in secondary schooling and has studied in the field of engineering. Julian has completed the post-graduate program of the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity and is an alumni of The University of Queensland and the University of Melbourne.
Why I’m apart of YWB
I love being a part of YWB because the youth of Australia and our broader region have enormous unrealized potential and YWB exists to help unleash that potential.
What value I bring to the board
Julian comes to YWB with a wealth of practical experience working in and designing programs for young people and is a strategic thinker with a strong understanding of enterprise and social impact.
Fun Fact!
Julian has been a keen fisher for much of his life and recently acquired a mean fishing kayak to put to use in the coastal waters of Vanuatu…. Since Vanuatu is something of a fishing Mecca you can expect to see some beasty fish photos posted real soon!