Raj is an executive leader, deeply committed to humanitarian services.
With twenty years experience in research and advisory, IT services and pharmaceutical industry, his personal vision is ‘respect and dignity for all’ which inspires him to pursue a world that is just, equal and free of extreme poverty.
Raj is passionate about the education and mentoring of children and young people. He is closely associated with U&I, a not-for-profit organisation that is involved in offering numeracy, language and computer skills to underprivileged children in 10 major cities in India, through a network of committed volunteers.
B. International Studies & Economics (University of Denver)
Karen’s journey with Young Life began in High School, where a young teacher invited her to club and then summer camp at Frontier Ranch in Colorado. There, in the Rocky Mountains she was first captivated by the love of Jesus. After finishing university, Karen moved to Sydney with her husband, where she connected with Young Life Australia. In her 25 years of involvement, she has been a volunteer leader, a staff member, a committee member, a donor and now a board member.
Karen has run the National Student Leadership Forum in the Australian Parliament for 11 years, overseen the NSLF Internship program and the development of “Forum Bridging Initiatives” in several communities around the South Pacific. In 2017 she stepped down as CEO, but remains involved, sitting on the NSLF Board and mentoring University students. Karen has extensive experience in operations and project management, and is currently working full time helping manage an e-commerce start up in Sydney.
Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
Corporate Finance qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW)
Diploma in Financial Planning
Bachelor of Commerce (major in Accounting)
Shannon has 20 years experience in various leadership roles within investment banking, corporate finance, private and business banking and is well versed in sales leadership, financial analysis, credit, risk management and governance. She spent the last 9 years working in a sales leadership role in one of the 4 major banks in Australia. Shannon is a passionate people leader and enjoys developing people to achieve their full potential. She also enjoys solving problems and helping customers realise their financial aspirations.
Outside of work, Shannon is involved in church ministry and leadership. She loves connecting with young people as the next generation of leaders in God’s kingdom. Shannon is married to Linus and they enjoy spending time with their twin boys, travelling and camping in and out of Australia.
MPA, MBA, BA, Grad Dip Management, Grad Dip Applied Finance & Investment, Grad Dip Applied Corporate Governance. Accountant, Chartered Secretary, Fellow Financial Services Institute, Fellow National Tax and Accountants Association, Associate Governance Institute of Australia, Associate Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.
Llew has 30 years experience in banking in Australia, Asia and Pacific Islands. During his career in banking, Llew led a number of transformational projects, setting up new banking operations, reviewing and implementing diversification projects, building new premises, recruiting and training staff.
For the last 12 years Llew has focused on work for the not-for-profit sector and family businesses.
He is married to Barbara, has three sons and attends his local Anglican Church.
EMPA (2022) MPH BPharm
Grad Cert Business (Public Sector Mgmt)
Ryan is a senior public servant in the NSW Government. An experienced public policy professional, Ryan enjoys working with diverse groups to tackle tricky problems with simple, outcomes-focused solutions.
He has broad experience across the NSW public health system and has worked in professional advocacy, quality and patient safety portfolios.
Ryan has been involved with Young Life since 2006, serving at Club in West Ryde and several Summer Camps.
Ryan is married to Bec, has two sons, and attends his local Anglican Church, where he has recently served as a Warden and Parish Councillor.
Mark has worked in the Engineering industry for most of his working life. He currently works in the Sales and Project division at Winder Controls Australia providing materials and handling equipment to the mining industry.
As a Christian, Mark has been involved in Youth group leadership, Beach Mission, Fusion, Church councils and helping to launch Ski Mission, as well as serving on the YoungLife Board between 2002 and 2019 and as its Chair from 2012 to 2019.
Mark has been involved with Young Life for over 15 years and has been Chairman of the Board since 2012. He is committed to YoungLife’s vision and strategy and seeing new leadership come to the surface.
He is married to Danielle and has two children.