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

Kiera Piper

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!


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!

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!


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.

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!

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Peter Clemenson

I was truly inspired by my week on RYLA in 2017, it opened so many doors and offered me so many valuable lessons which I apply in my everyday life. When the opportunity came up I knew that I wanted to give something back to the RYLA community because of its unique nature! 

Damian Rocca

RYLA was an amazing experience which enabled me to improve myself both personally and professionally! The fabulous content during the week made RYLA incredibly enriching for me, and I would encourage anyone to embrace the opportunity to partake in this rewarding program! 

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Olivia Leal-Walker

After participating in RYLA 2017 I became so hooked to this amazing program that I signed up to come back as a facilitator and give as much back to the program as it gave me! There are so few opportunities in life to explore new opportunities, empower others and engage in self-growth RYLA is the ultimate package and it certainly changed my life! 

Liam Rudevics

RYLA is such a worthwhile program that enabled me to further my own development as a person and as a leader. It is truly amazing how relatable this program is to everyday life. The skills I acquired from participating in RYLA will stay with me forever and have assisted me through my own journey! I cannot wait for others to experience all the fantastic opportunities that RYLA has in store! Get on board, you won't be disappointed! 

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Rebecca Thornley

My RYLA experience was an inspiring, exciting week to learn more about myself, surrounded by so many like-minded and supportive individuals. There were so many opportunities at RYLA to develop personally and professionally, and to examine my goals and values. I am truly lucky to have been part of a program that seeks to provide participants with opportunities that will challenge them and help them to develop new skills. I am so excited to return to the program, and I look forward to meeting the new RYLArians as they embrace the challenges and opportunities that RYLA brings!

Deen Rad

Inspiring speakers, leadership simulations which test your character and social activities which bring you to bond with an amazing group of new friends is the best way sum up the week-long RYLA experience! Having been a participant in 2018, I am super excited to share this experience with the cohort of RYLA2019!

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Dimity Morrison

I participated in RYLA in 2016 and it really was life changing for me. It pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me to become a more confident a driven leader and make career changes that I otherwise wouldn’t have felt confident making previously. At RYLA, you will be met by many wonderful, like-minded young people and will be inspired by the calibre of the attendees and speakers. I can’t wait to return in 2019 and see the future Rylarians through their journey!

Chris Mahoney

RYLA was one of those courses that was enjoyable beyond words, and challenged me more than anything I’d ever done previously. I loved the experience, I met so many amazing people, and made so many fantastic friends. The things I learnt about leadership has really shaped my working experience, and will continue to have an impact on how I work and how I interact. If you want my advice, grab this opportunity with both hands and run with it!!

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Ysabel Preller

RYLA 2018 was one of the best experiences and I loved it so much that I had to come back as a facilitator! I met so many amazing, inspiring and motivated people on the week away that I couldn’t help but strive to improve myself as a person too. RYLA is not only a leadership conference, but is also about learning more about yourself as a person and making some beautiful friendships with like-minded people. It is a one-of-a-kind opportunity that will bring out the best in you and is definitely worth giving a shot. 

Tylah McConnell

RYLA completely transformed and changed the direction of my life. I went in with no expectations but none the less was completely blown away. The activities and situations force you to dig deep and make you questions every aspect of your personality, values and morals. RYLA allowed me to see that I am completely in control of creating my own reality and everything is a matter of perspective. RYLA gave me refreshing insights into leadership, communication and teamwork that I continue to carry with me to this day.


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