Our team is on a relentless quest to give young people educational experiences that change their lives, and the world, for the better.
We are a diverse mix of professionals from the education, business and community sectors.
We are passionate about our work and consider it an absolute privilege to be able to help guide young people to reach their potential.
National management team
PAUL KELSEY: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Paul joined High Resolves in 2009 as the organisation's first CEO. After more than 20 years in financial services in various senior roles covering strategy development, organisation design, operations management, project management, and project portfolio management he finally realised there were much more noble causes to focus on. With three young children and a growing concern for their future, Paul now uses his skills to ensure High Resolves is able to utilise its limited resources with super efficiency so that all our efforts can be focussed on reaching and developing high school students to become leaders of positive change in society. Paul’s extensive experience in project management is also being utilised in the development of social action and change management methodologies for high school students.
COLIN HYDE: NATIONAL OPERATIONS MANAGER
Colin joined High Resolves bringing diverse operational, marketing, communications and event management experience from both the private and public sectors. Whilst in the UK he worked on a number of successful campaigns promoting community cohesion; developed educational booklets on asylum seeker and refugee issues; and was appointed as Welsh Language and Diversity Officer for his local government area. This latter role saw him introduce an annual community event on the National Day of Wales that is still running successfully in North Wales. In Australia and New Zealand he has worked with numerous not-for-profit organisations to develop their online fundraising capabilities, assisted with the development of a multi-cultural event in Western Sydney and further developed his passion for global citizenship and cultural exchange by running guided tours across Sydney with visitors from all over the world. Colin holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Sheffield and gained a distinction in his Masters Degree in International Management at Sheffield Hallam University.
LEE MARTIN: NATIONAL MANAGER, STUDENT EXPERIENCE
Lee worked as a teacher in socially diverse areas of the UK for seven years. As well as being a secondary history teacher, Lee also worked as a form tutor, Head of Year and Young Enterprise Coordinator. At Lakelands School (Shropshire), Lee was promoted to Head of Department where he developed completely new schemes of work and resources and played a significant role in the development of the school’s Virtual Learning Environment. In May 2009 government inspectors reported that the history department and its management were “outstanding”. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History/Politics from the University of Warwick and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from the University of Sheffield. Lee is particularly interested in using popular culture as a way of engaging young people and encouraging debate in world issues.
ROXY PIRNIA: PROGRAM DIRECTOR (USA)
Roxy Pirnia is extremely passionate about education reform and equity, particularly in the United States. Upon graduation from university, Roxy joined High Resolves as an intern, analysing student work and reporting on program outcomes. After her internship, Roxy returned to the United States to continue pursuing her passion of working with youth. She worked as both a Corps Member and Team Leader with City Year in Boston, and subsequently as a Program Manager with Boston Scholar Athletes. Through her various roles, Roxy has continuously seen the importance of providing the space, resources, and skills for young people to build the social emotional capacities that are often not explicitly taught in school settings. Roxy is excited to again join the High Resolves team, and to build the bridge to the United States. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego, and a Masters Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
CHANTELLE KOHN: PROGRAM DIRECTOR (CANADA)
Chantelle has a strong passion for social action and working with disadvantaged youth both within Australia and overseas. Chantelle has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) from the University of Queensland and has taught in high schools in Brisbane and London. Whilst at university, she volunteered for a community development program in India teaching English and Drama to disadvantaged children. In 2011, Chantelle volunteered in Cambodia training local teachers and teaching English to students. She also worked with ‘Daughters of Cambodia,’ an organisation that provides training and employment in hospitality for boys and girls wanting to escape the sex trade. Whilst teaching in Brisbane, she was appointed Senior Drama Coordinator and contributed to the creation of an accelerated program that focused on participatory learning in English and drama curricula. Chantelle hopes to use her experiences to educate young people about global issues and to empower them to make a positive change in the world.
State management team
RACHEL HINDS: PROGRAM DIRECTOR (QUEENSLAND)
Rachel has worked in the education and arts sectors in both Australia and overseas. Rachel discovered her passion for teaching when she was working with at-risk students to help them develop their life and social skills. This led her to England where she was instrumental in setting up an alternative education program for disengaged students within a mainstream school. Upon her return to Australia, Rachel pursued her other passion – the arts – and worked as a Corporate Events Officer at the Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art. Rachel has a strong commitment to empower students to be the leaders of tomorrow and a belief that all young people can make a difference to their own lives. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Griffith University.
STEVE MOORE: PROGRAM DIRECTOR (NEW SOUTH WALES)
Steve has a strong passion and track record for empowering young people to make a difference in the world. Steve worked for five years with youth leadership organisation Living Leadership as a coach, course director and program coordinator, working with disadvantaged groups and young people wanting to change the world. In 2008 Steve led the What Is Life About project to interview and raise money for struggling communities in Southern India. During this time he was struck by the power of education to create positive change in the world, leading to his becoming a qualified teacher. For two years he worked as a high school science teacher and as a Science Educator for primary school age children. In 2012, Steve led an initiative funded by the Commonwealth Bank to bring leadership programs to low SES schools in urban Sydney. Steve holds a Masters of Physics with Astrophysics from the University of Bristol, and a Graduate Diploma in Education from Macquarie University.
ELIZABETH THORNE: PROGRAM DIRECTOR (VICTORIA)
Elizabeth has extensive leadership experience in the educational sector in Australia and Canada. Previous roles include Publisher at Macmillan Education Australia in Melbourne and Manager of Professional Education at a not-for-profit organisation in Toronto. After publishing groundbreaking resources to support respectful relationships education in Australia, Elizabeth came to High Resolves seeking a role more explicitly in line with her passion for social action. Elizabeth is an organiser and media spokesperson for various feminist collectives, including International Women’s Day Melbourne. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts (Joint Honours) in History and English from the Memorial University of Newfoundland in St John’s and a Master of Arts in History from York University in Toronto. She specialised in race, gender, and sexuality in a modern American context.
Daniel has over a decade’s experience working with youth in high schools and on community projects. He worked for five years as an English teacher in his home country, Ghana, during which time he was Head Teacher for the Department of English. He initiated a high school drama club to build students’ self-belief and teamwork skills as well as a discussion group on sexual health. He organised workshops for female victims of abuse, and initiated ‘music for the soul’ to bring fun and music to children in orphanages and hospitals. He also volunteered for the West African AIDS Foundation as a facilitator of drama games and music for children affected by HIV/AIDS. Daniel’s passion for educating and empowering young people brought him to High Resolves. He holds a teaching certificate from the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and a Bachelor of Fine Arts majoring in theatre directing from the University of Ghana.
Emil has more than ten years experience working with young people in both Australia and abroad as a school teacher and community youth worker. Emil’s passion for building young people’s self confidence and sense of direction has been the driving force behind his career. In Australia, Emil has worked with homeless young people teaching life skills and relationship management, working towards creating more stable futures. Prior to this, Emil spent two years in the Marshall Islands as a volunteer teacher. Here he jointly managed a remote island school. Emil has also taught in various school and classroom settings in Sweden, including teaching newly arrived immigrants and refugees. Emil has a Bachelor of History from the University of Gothenburg and a Master of Education from the School of Education and Communication, Jönköping University, Sweden.
Having taught students of all ages, ranging from infancy through to adulthood, Jon combines his commitment to social justice with an enthusiastic teaching approach. Most recently, he worked with the Eastern Regional Library Corporation (ERLC) to bring both literacy and digital literacy education services to disadvantaged schools throughout Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Jon views his background in Philosophy as the backbone of his commitment to social justice. In particular, Jon is passionate about leading students to reflect on what motivates their moral decision making. Jon holds an Arts degree in Philosophy and Literary Studies from Monash University and a Master of Teaching (Secondary) from the University of Melbourne.
Alexandra is a passionate and experienced teacher and world changer. She has developed her skills working in a variety of public and independent schools including Blue Gum Community School in the ACT and Princes Hill Primary in Victoria. Alexandra has also worked as an educator with a range of inspiring not for profit organisations including CERES Environment Park, Kids Own Publishing and Westside Circus. Ever since the performer Sting came to her primary school to talk about the Amazon rainforest she has been interested in social change and this has led her into many adventures including riding her bicycle from Melbourne to Darwin to support the Mirrar indigenous people’s Stop Jabiluka Campaign and being part of the first Australian Clowns Without Borders tour (supported by World Vision).
Carrie’s passion lies in providing a fun and interactive experience that encourages every student to consider the world of possibilities that is open to them and to recognise the importance of their own impact on the people around them and in the wider community. Growing up in one of Canada’s largest and most diverse cities, Carrie developed a great curiosity about the cultures that surrounded her which led her to study world religions, modern history, and population geography. Having settled in Australia in her early 20s, Carrie’s role as a Program Manager at High Resolves allows her to share her experiences as a young person in a new country. She has taught history, geography and social and community studies in Queensland classrooms, and has worked in Student Services and curriculum development at private RTOs. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching from the University of New England.