Building connected communities to grow authenticity, hope, awareness and meaningful relationships in young people.

Through dynamic engagement, facilitation and constructive relationships, we seek to take young people from surviving to thriving. This is achieved by helping them to understand the capacity and potential they have in making change within their own lives and the lives of those around them.


A world where young people flourish, understand their influence and impact the world selflessly.

We believe that it’s only through the strength of community that young people can be empowered. Our vision is of a world where young people can flourish. They can then take their strengths to serve the world.



Burn Bright is a social enterprise, not-for-profit organisation, that was established in 2014. At Burn Bright we encourage, challenge and develop students through tailored experiential leadership, wellbeing programs and national camps.  We are student leadership and wellbeing specialists who work with students from Year 5 to Year 12 in a collaborative, fun and inclusive team culture. This brings about positive behavioural change, a shift in mindset and personal wellbeing, allowing students to make informed choices and decisions.

We have a team based in Sydney and Melbourne who travel to all parts of Australia to work with young people and partner with schools on a daily basis.

The acquired leadership behaviours, wellbeing habits and character traits help build meaningful, healthy and positive long-lasting skills and friendships that will continue beyond the school years.

In short, Burn Bright provides the fuel and the spark that ignites the potential within every student, leading to enhanced self-efficacy and a heightened sense of personal wellbeing.

The scope for growth of our work is limitless and we want to invite you to be a part of our journey.


Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission

Burn Bright is a Not For Profit organisation, officially registered as a Public Company Limited by Guarantee. Burn Bright is registered with the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission (ACNC). On the ACNC’s website you can find out the legal information about Burn Bright. Burn Bright does not have Deductible Gift Receipt (DGR) status.







Student Leadership Programs

Our leadership programs educate students through the lens of servant leadership and that to lead others purposefully, they must first learn to lead themselves.  Students leave our leadership programs understanding what it takes to become a servant leader, how to use their influence well and importantly, how to incorporate proven leadership qualities into their own daily lives.

Wellbeing Programs

Our wellbeing programs are specifically designed to enable young people to build a solid foundation of character and values to ignite their lives with the possibility of the future. These programs are a dynamic and engaging way to learn about oneself and the people around them. The acquired leadership behaviours, wellbeing habits and character traits help build meaningful, healthy and positive long-lasting skills and friendships that will continue beyond the school years.

National Camps

Burn Bright delivers camps across Australia. Burn Bright’s prestigious National Leadership Camp is hosted every year in the July school holidays in Sydney. National Leadership Camp brings together 120 high school students from year 10 to 12 over 4 days to explore who they are as leaders and to develop and grow their capacity to serve others and their local communities in a fun and engaging way. Burn Bright also hosts the Perth College Leadership Camp for year 11 and 12 girls in Western Australia during the January school holidays.


Our Burn Bright Leaders

Burn Bright Leaders lead by example. They have demonstrated the capacity, skill-sets and personal attributes to inspire their students to embrace the notion and actions required to become leaders themselves.

All Burn Bright programs have a minimum of two leaders irrespective of the size of the group, allowing them cater to the personalities and learning styles of all students. Every Burn Bright Leader is a strong communicator. When they talk to students our Leaders use real stories and life experiences that build credibility, rapport and a sense of a shared understanding.



  • Andy Skidmore
    Andy Skidmore CEO

    Andy founded Burn Bright when he was 21. He is passionate about student leadership and empowering young people to find a positive foundation for their lives.  Andy had the privilege of working for Rising Generations, and subsequently has a strong foundation in dynamic student facilitation and engagement.  Participating in, and volunteering with, the National Student Leadership Forum, Andy’s understanding of service-based leadership is continuously growing.

    Andy grew up in Sydney, attending school in North Sydney. Throughout his time at school, he was involved in student leadership and had a passion for understanding what successful student leadership could look like, and how it can ultimately change a school. He graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts – Media, and actively seeks to further understand the dynamics of effective communication.  With a major in digital and online spaces, Andy is highly capable in understanding social networks and the intricacies of online environments.

    Andy is passionate about young people and his local community, spending the last 7 years coaching local junior hockey teams and fulfilling leadership roles such as Junior Convenor and Vice President.  Andy is an active volunteer within his community and is currently a member of the local NSW State Emergency Service unit.

  • Layton Fraser
    Layton Fraser COO - Innovation and Development

    Layton Fraser is the Chief Operating Officer – Innovation and Development and program facilitator at Burn Bright Australia.

    With a Kiwi accent, it’s easy to miss that he was actually born in South Africa before his parents made the move to New Zealand. Having a strong background in the sporting industry and sports coaching, Layton approaches facilitation from a unique perspective and vantage point.

    Upon leaving school Layton studied a sports degree and had the opportunity of working for New Zealand Cricket and the BLACKCAPS for over 6 years, with the 2015 Cricket World Cup being a highlight. Working alongside a professional sporting team provided not only many incredible opportunities, but also gave an insight to how athletes handle and use their inherited influence.

    Throughout his younger years, Layton also developed a keen interest in leadership and the opportunities that came with it. This started with Layton being one of the founding members of the Hauraki District Youth Council and flowed on to him attending many leadership forums and events around the globe in his post high school years.

    Through attending, facilitating and keynote speaking at these leadership events Layton, started flirting with the idea of how these higher-level concepts and conversations can be transferred and be taught in an engaging and transformative way to school students.

    Whilst no longer working with the BLACKCAPS, Layton has not completely stepped out of the professional sporting landscape and for the 2018/19 season is involved with Sydney Thunder BBL & WBBL franchises.

  • Nick Fransen
    Nick Fransen Data Analyst

    Nick started out as a volunteer with Burn Bright, before joining the team in early 2016 as a National Leadership Camp intern. He was brought up in Sydney, and attended school in Wahroonga on Sydney’s lower north shore. Seeking to have a further impact in the community, he’s now our part-time office manager while studying economics at the University of New South Wales.
    During his time with Burn Bright, Nick has developed a passion for making a lasting impact and servant leadership. He hopes to extend that passion to others, always open to new ideas and willing to step outside of his comfort zone to do so.
    If Nick isn’t hard at work, you might find him running around the neighbourhood, playing the drums, or spending quality time with friends and family!


  • Sarah Ashton
    Sarah Ashton Sydney Lead

    Sarah was born and raised in a small country town in Northern NSW. She moved to Sydney Independently at the age of 16 to pursue her studies for year 11 and 12, and talents as a dancer at Newtown High School of the Performing Arts. After graduating Sarah struggled with Anxiety and Depression and was referred to KYDS, an organisation that provides easy access to mental health and well-being support to young people within the community. Because of the help Sarah received at KYDS she gained the confidence to pursue a 6 month Bollywood contract in India.

    Upon returning to Australia Sarah studied a Bachelor of Media and Communications at Macquarie University and then went on to pursue her passion for the Film and TV industry at the International Screen Academy. Along with her studies Sarah was appointed the role of Youth Ambassador for KYDS where she used her own experiences to benefit others, encouraging other young people to seek help, reduce stigma amongst the broader community, as well as raise awareness and funds for the organisation.
    Her work with KYDS led her to Burn Bright and cemented her passion for positively influencing the youth of today.

    In Sarah’s down time she has a love for rock climbing, karaoke and chasing adventures with her wonderful fiancé and step daughter.

  • Harry Steer
    Harry Steer Relationships and Service Manager

    Harry first encountered Burn Bright as a delegate at the 2016 National Leadership Camp where his passion for leadership and service was sparked. After returning to National Leadership Camp for a second year as an agent and third year as a mentor, he joined the team as a Casual Facilitator in 2018.

    During his time at Burn Bright, Harry has developed a real passion for helping others to unlock their strength and be the best they can be. He hopes to further his passion by influencing change in young people around Australia and watching them undertake their own leadership journey.

    When Harry isn’t working with Burn Bright, you can find him trying out different cafes around Sydney, writing in his notebook, skateboarding or playing basketball.

  • Kelsie Realf
    Kelsie Realf Program Facilitator
    Kelsie travelled down from central QLD to join the team in 2016. She was born and raised in a small country town, and adored attending boarding school in Rockhampton. Kelsie has always had a real passion for fostering positive relationships and aiding others in character development, which has lead her to being involved with student councils and local community groups for most of her life.
    Kelsie graduated with a Bachelor of Psychology from Bond University in 2014, and in early 2018 was accepted into a Fourth Year Honours Program through Monash University; she has a real fascination of with human brain and a love for the biological underpinnings of behaviour, which is why her long-term goal is to register as a Clinical Psychologist.
    In her free time, Kelsie loves creating different kinds of artworks; hiking; laying by the ocean with a pen and her journal; or volunteering with Lifeline Australia on their Crisis Support & Suicide Prevention telephone support line. If she has more than a few weeks to spare, she will probably pack her Kathmandu backpack and head overseas for an exotic adventure.
  • Peter Strempel
    Peter Strempel Office Support

    Peter was born in Perth and moved to Sydney in his early 20’s to continue work as a youth worker and surfboard maker.  This was followed by 30 years working in IT as a computer programmer.

    Following retirement in 2016 he searched for an organisation that was aligned with his values of servant leadership and service, especially in the youth space.

    This search led to Burn Bright where he is now volunteering one day a week and mentoring at the National Leadership Camp.

    Peter has been married to Denise for 38 years and they both feel part of the Burn Bright team.

    When not at Burn Bright you may find Peter running along Manly beach, riding his mountain bike or indulging his passion for photography.


  • Alejandro Zambrano
    Alejandro Zambrano Melbourne Lead

    Alejandro is the Melbourne lead for Burn Bright. He is passionate about the development of young people and making a difference in their lives. He has always been active within the Victorian community supporting Rotary Youth Leadership programs and providing recommendations to the Victorian Government Minister of Youth as part of a Youth Advisory committee.

    Alejandro first came to the National Leadership Camp as a student when he was in high school and has since taken part in every Burn Bright NLC.

    After completing his Bachelor of Business (International Business) and Diploma of Languages (Spanish) Alejandro worked in the corporate sector working for several global organisations. Alejandro specialised in Human Resources, with a focus on Training and Development. He is also an Officer in the Australian Army (Reserve) where he regularly leads large contingents of personnel.

    In late 2017 he joined Burn Bright to open the Melbourne Office and partner with more schools across Australia.

  • Rhianna Woolford
    Rhianna Woolford Office Support

    Rhianna was born in Queensland and moved to Canberra at a young age. Rhianna now resides in the Victorian Gippsland area.

    Before joining Burn Bright Rhianna spent the last few years working on her family’s dairy farm. Rhianna has always been interested in leadership and the sharing of stories. She was part of a Youth Council which organised and engaged with young people from across the Wellington Shire.

    Rhianna has been a participant of YMCA’s Victorian Youth Parliament – developing her leadership and public speaking skills. Rhianna has also attended Burn Bright’s National Leadership Camp and in 2018 returned as a Junior Mentor.

    Rhianna enjoys reading and playing netball. In September 2018 Rhianna will head over to South Africa to represent Australia in Netball with the wanderers. Rhianna enjoys spending her spare time with family and connecting with friends.


  • Matt Schultz
    Matt Schultz Chairman

    Matt’s passion and focus is young people and leadership and you can see this reflected in his achievements
    and the communities he has been willing to serve throughout his life. Matt graduated from the University of
    Newcastle in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Japanese. After his graduation Matt begun working
    for the Not-For-Profit mentoring organisation ‘Rush’. As mentor coordinator Matt was able to impact the
    lives of countless young people throughout the Newcastle and Hunter regions.

    In 2011, Matt graduated with his Masters of Teaching and for the last 4 and a half years he has been teaching
    history at a high school in Newcastle. Matt has also volunteered as a mentor at National Leadership Camp and at the
    Canberra based National Student Leadership Forum. One thing you may not know about Matt is that he can
    recite the alphabet backwards in 7 languages. Feel free to ask Matt to show you this skill if you ever see him around!

  • Edward Swayne
    Edward Swayne Non-Executive Director

    Ed is the numbers man on the Burn Bright Board!

    Throughout his career, he’s worked with top-tier investment banks. Ed has significant experience with capital raising projects and has worked across major Merger and Acquisition deals.

    He studied a Bachelor of Commerce and Economics at Macquarie University majoring in Actuarial Studies & Finance.

    He’s the proud Dad of Ethan & Anna and is a stock market guru.

  • Cath Healy
    Cath Healy Non-Executive Director

    Cath believes investing in young people is investing in our future. She’s a passionate supporter of Burn Bright and their programs empowering students with leadership skills and values and character development.

    Cath has worked in the UK and Australia as a Child Protection Case Worker and more recently as a School Wellbeing Practitioner.

    She has extensive experience working with students and schools across positive behaviour programs, critical incidents & functional behavioural assessment. She was also seconded during the Victorian Bushfires to provide wellbeing support to the schools.

    Cath has a double degree in Social Work and Arts majoring in Psychology & Sociology. She also holds a Graduate Certificate in Mental Health Science and is studying a Graduate Diploma Mental Health Science majoring in Children & Adolescents.

    She has a toddler, lives in Regional New South Wales with her partner and still can’t believe she got her driver’s license first go! (She almost ran a stop sign and stalled on her hill start – she’s an excellent driver these days!)

  • Blair Vincent
    Blair Vincent Non-Executive Director
    Blair grew up in Sydney, playing Rugby Union from an early age. This passion has continued to this day, and has translated to a fierce competitive streak. Spending some time working alongside CEO Andy Skidmore, I learned firsthand the value of strong working relationships. The highlight was a roadtrip to Finley then on to Canberra, 6 hours whizzing by in the blink of an eye.
    More recently Blair has been working at Macquarie Bank, learning along the way the many challenges of leadership and managing people. Blair is married to Hannah, a deeply compassionate yet quick-witted social worker.
    On weekends you’ll find me either playing sport, watching sport or catching up with mates.


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