Meet the team

During the week, RYLA is run by a team of former rylarians know as facilitators. Get to know them below.

RYLA Facilitators 2017

Amanda Firkins

Attending RYLA in 2013 was one of the best things I have ever done. I had a whole week to concentrate on my own personal development and realise that the only thing holding me back from the things I want to do is myself. I still feel like I am in the RYLA bubble! I look forward to seeing the new group of RYLArians experience the same wonder that this program offers.


Russell Ng

I joined RYLA team because of the amazing effect I saw it had on me and my peers (now friends!). It was a truly great week and I want to be able to continue passing on the 'RYLA effect' to others now.

Chris Loveday

RYLA is dynamic program that helped me discover many life skills to add to my journey. This week is about moving outside your comfort zone and taking as much from the program as possible. I became a facilitator to help RYLArians such as yourself get the most out of your week at RYLA, as I believe in the program and the values it withholds within the community.


Adam Smallhorn

Attending RYLA in January 2012 gave me an opportunity to learn and develop as a leader. Leadership does not happen in a vacuum and being involved with the RYLA program means I’m constantly continuing to learn from those around me. It is an immense pleasure to serve at RYLA 2017 and to facilitate the same experience to other young adults. Bring it on!

Jono Gilliam

I joined the RYLA facilitator team to give back the skills that I gained after completing this amazing seminar. I am very interested in community work and love working as part of a team to draw the best out of everyone around me. 


Andrew Muirhead

I am involved with RYLA due to the amazing experience I had as a RYLArian in 2015. Still being involved in RYLA is not only fun, but it also gives me the chance to give back to something that has given me so much, by allowing me to help other people grow and develop through this program.

Taylor Murphy

Before attending RYLA as a participant in 2015, all anyone would ever tell me was that it would change my life – and it certainly has! RYLA has provided me with the knowledge and confidence to change the way I view my role as a leader and act accordingly. I am honoured to have met people within RYLA that have impacted my life in so many wonderful ways. I just can’t wait give back to a program that has given me so much!


Kiera North

Participating in RYLA 2015 was by far one of the most incredible experiences of my life and expanded both my personal and professional objectives. RYLA’s focus on leadership is multidimensional, encapsulating aspects such as self-growth and realisation that have had such an influence on every aspect of my life. What this program offers is truly amazing and unlike no other, I just couldn’t stay away from something that gave me so much! This is an incredible opportunity for all participants embrace every moment!

Marlous Teh

Participating in RYLA 2013 truly helped me spark my passion in personal and professional development. I’ve learned a lot about myself and about leadership, and I am so grateful to have made some of the best friendships in my life! I am keen to give back and would love for new RYLArians to have a great experience too. I am here to support you along the way!

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Pip Hodgson

RYLA is such a unique opportunity which allows you to focus and develop on qualities to become the leader that you’d like to be, all the while making incredible friendships. You’ll be challenged, encouraged and everything in between! My experience as a RYLArian in 2015 was unforgettable and I’m so excited to help facilitate your RYLA experience this year!

Adam Friedmann

RYLA gives you the opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and develop new skills which will help you in your personal and professional life. You’ll meet some amazing people and have an all-round great experience. My RYLA experience in 2016 was incredible and I look forward to meeting you and ensuring you have a great experience too!


Sam Glazebrook

Participating in RYLA had a great impact on the way I see leadership. It challenged me and inspired me in ways I never thought. To be in an environment where you are exposed to so many dynamic and engaging people allows you to further explore who you are both as a leader but equally as a person. I personally believe RYLA changed my life and to have the chance to come back help others on the same journey is truly special.

Sarah Schooley

Being a RYLA participant truly helped me learn about my passions and personal strengths. I applied to be a facilitator to give back to the wonderful program that is RYLA and develop myself as a leader, team member and mentor. My experience at RYLA 2016 was so much fun and I'm here to help you make the most of every moment!


Darren Zeng

RYLA is a fantastic opportunity for individuals to develop a strong foundational platform for future personal and professional development. I can definitely say that, the skills I learnt on RYLA continue to assist me to this very day, as I journey through a dynamic world. It is a special opportunity that should not be missed by any individual and I look forward to ensuring others enjoy RYLA as much as I did!

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