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Meet our first 8 young board directors!

The #1000youngdirectors campaign has started with a bang and it’s been wonderful to profile and share some AMAZING Board Directors. The campaign is growing too with young professionals contributing these details to be profiled every day.  Do you know a young director who should be profiled?
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Look out for the #1000youngdirectors hashtag for board vacancies to help get your first board appointment too.  Here are our first group of inspiring profiles.

Rhys Williams
Mayor in the Making
Rhys has had extensive board experience in both government and the community sector. He currently serves as the Chair of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and John Tonkin College and is also a board member of Regional Development Australia Peel.
Rhys previously served as the Chair on the Diversity South board and the treasurer for the Small Business Centre Peel board in 2015. Prior to that, he served on boards for the Peel Region Planning Committee, iPeel, Peel Development Commission, Regional Development Australia (Peel), South Halls Head Primary School, City of Mandurah and the Peel Community Development Group.
Krista McMeeken
Reconciliation Campaigner
Krista serves on the board of Celebrate WA, the Museum for Freedom and Tolerance (WA) and the Western Australian Aboriginal Advisory Council. Celebrate WA is a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on the promotion and organisation of WA Day celebrations. Krista received the Human Rights Awards Young People’s Medal in 2012 and was listed in the Westpac and Australian Financial Review 100 Women of Influence Young Leader category in 2013.


Dr Sam Prince
Entrepreneurial Innovator
Sam is the founder and chair of One Disease. One Disease has a mission to eliminate preventable disease from remote Indigenous communities. Sam received the Young Australian of the Year, ACT award in 2012 for his efforts with One Disease.
Sam has also established several other organisations including the Mexican franchise Zambrero , incorporating a humanitarian ‘Plate 4 Plate’ scheme- for each purchase, a plate of food is donated to someone in a developing country. More recently Sam has also founded Life Letters, bringing accessible genetic testing to Australian healthcare community.


Marita Cheng
Technology Pioneer

Marita has extensive board experience. She currently serves as a technology advisory board member for Clinton Health Access Initiative Inc. She is the founder of Robogals Global and currently serves as a board member. Robogals aims to increase the number of girls studying science, engineering and technology disciplines at a tertiary level and to provide leadership opportunities for female engineering students. Marita also sits on the board for the Victorian State Innovation Expert Panel and has also served on the board for the Foundation for Young Australians since 2012. In 2012, she won Young Australian of the Year.

Nicole Brown
Women’s Supporter
Nicole has served on the board for DressForSuccess Sydney from 2015. Dress for Success is an organisation that supports women to achieve self-sufficiency and financial independence, providing clothing, styling advice and confidence building support. Nicole also undertook a Graduate Diploma in Corporate Governance to enhance her contribution to her corporate and not-for-profit roles.
Max Wasley
Project Design, Measurement and Reporting Enthusiast

Max has served as a board member for Youth Without Borders since November 2014. Youth Without Borders is a youth-led organisation that empowers young people to collectively lead positive change in their communities through collaborative projects.

Liz Rhodes
Passionate Contributor

Liz currently serves on the board for Oaktree. Oaktree is a youth-run organisation seeking to end poverty.
“I had recently finished up working at Oaktree and was asked to join the board. It was a great way to stay involved with the organisation and contribute to something I’m passionate about, but also I wanted to gain skills and experience in governance and strategic thinking.
Her advice for young professionals wanting to find their first board position: “Growing your network to include people who are actively on boards and being open about wanting to be on a board is my advice. Our board recruits through people we know and are connected to and I’m sure many others are the same.”

Marc Zen
Health Promoter

Marc has served as a board member for the Australian Association of Adolescent Health (AAAH) and was elected as the secretary in 2015. AAAH endeavours to improve and advocate for the health of young people across Australia. Marc completed the Emerging Leaders in Governance Program (ELGP) in 2015.

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