Claire Chandler - President
Claire joined the Liberal Party in 2010, and since then has represented the Young Liberal Movement of Australia in a number of capacities, including as Federal Conference Convener in 2013, Federal Communications Director in 2014, Federal Secretary in 2015, and now as Federal President and Chair of the Federal Executive of the Movement. She was elected to the position in January 2016. She is a former President of the Tasmanian Young Liberals and served a three-year term as the Tasmanian Representative to the Australian Liberal Students Federation from 2011 to 2014.
Claire completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Tasmania, where she was Vice President of the Liberal Club, Secretary of the Tasmania University Law Society, and President of the University Societies Council. She managed and took part in several Liberal students’ campaigns for the Tasmania University Union, running for Union President and ultimately taking control of the local National Union of Students branch in 2013.
Locally, Claire has been involved in a variety of state and federal campaigns and is incredibly active within the senior party, having been awarded the Bruce Reid Memorial Prize for service to her federal electorate in 2013. She also sat on the Tasmanian Division’s state executive between 2014 and 2016 and has been a member of her federal electorate committee executive since 2011.
David Howard - Vice-President
David is a corporate lawyer based in Canberra and is the chair of the Federal Young Liberal Movement's policy committee.
David first joined the Liberal Party on campus at the Australian National University where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce/LLB. Since then, he has held a number of positions in the Party, including as President of the ACT Young Liberals and Secretary of the Federal Young Liberals. He has also been involved in Liberal Students and has served as President of the ANU Liberal Club and as Treasurer of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation.
David has a strong interest in personal liberties, the rule of law and in economic freedom. He is also passionate about democratic development in the Asia-Pacific region having traveled to Taipei, Republic of China, as a member of an International Young Democrat Union election monitoring delegation in 2014.
Aiden Depiazzi - Secretary and WA President
Aiden Depiazzi has been a member of the Liberal Party in Western Australia since 2010. He was elected President of the Western Australian Young Liberals in March 2015 and has been re-elected for a second term. He previously served as WA Vice President and Treasurer, and Federal Young Liberal Events Director. He was appointed Federal Secretary of the Movement in 2016.
Aiden completed his degree in economics and mathematics at the University of Western Australia, graduating with a Bachelor of Philosophy with First Class Honours in 2015. While at university, Aiden played a key role in student politics, including managing the campaign for the Liberty ticket in 2013, leading it to a record high primary vote. Aiden served as a member of the UWA Guild Council and delegate to the National Union of Students for two years, and has been a strong voice for voluntary student unionism and against Labor's student services and amenities fee. He was the endorsed ALSF candidate for NUS National Executive in 2013.
Aiden currently teaches finance and economics at UWA, and previously worked in a commercial role in the oil and gas industry.
Steven Mammarella - Treasurer
Raised on Brisbane’s northside by small business parents, Steven joined the Young Liberals at the age of 18 to fight for the values of individual liberty, free markets, small government and low taxes.
Steven was elected Young LNP Secretary in May 2015 after serving as Young LNP Policy and Member Development Director for two years. He is also a member of the LNP Policy Standing Committee and holds other roles in the Liberal National Party in Queensland.
Rhys Williams - Campaign Director
Rhys grew up in a family of small business and joined the Liberal Party in 2012. He has represented young liberals at state and federal levels for several years.
Rhys served on the Executive of the South Australian Young Liberal Movement (SAYLM) in 2013/14 as Communications Director. At the 2013 Federal Election, Rhys volunteered for Dr Andrew Southcott MP in the electorate of Boothby. During the 2014 South Australian State Election, Rhys was Campaign Manager to Alexander Hyde, Liberal for Taylor.
Rhys is currently studying Media and Chinese at the University of Adelaide, serving on the Executive of the Adelaide University Liberal Club in varying capacities since 2012. He is the current the President of the Adelaide University Liberal Club and has also served as the Vice President of the Australian Liberal Students’ Federation in 2014/15.
In 2013, Rhys formed the ‘For U’ ticket for the Adelaide University Union (AUU) Student Elections. In 2014, Rhys was elected to the AUU Board for a two-year term that concludes in December 2016. He was For U’s Campaign Manager in 2015, where in coalition with International Students, For U won a majority on the AUU Board and the Adelaide University Students Representatives Council.
Jess Wilson - Sponsorship Director and VIC President
Jess was elected as president of the Victorian Young Liberals in February 2015 and re-elected in February 2016 for a second term. She was first elected to the Victorian Young Liberal executive in 2012 and has served as a general executive member, vice president and now, president of the Movement.
Jess has been a member of the Liberal Party for seven years and has also been very active in student politics, serving as president of the Monash University Liberal Club. She completed an Arts/Law degree at Monash University and currently works as a management consultant at a major professional services firm. Prior to this role, Jess worked for four years in the office of the Hon Josh Frydenberg MP.
Jess joined the Liberal Party and the Young Liberals because she has a strong belief in individual liberty, personal responsibility, freedom of association and freedom of speech. She believes in the power of free markets and private enterprise. Jess is passionate about the Victorian Young Liberals and firmly believes that the Movement must continue to be the conscience of the Liberal Party and to hold the Party to its core principles and values.
Josh Manuatu - ACT President
Josh Manuatu was elected as ACT Young Liberal President in August 2015 and has previously served in a number of Young Liberal and Senior Party positions, including Young Liberal Treasurer and Chair of the ACT’s largest senior party branch.
Growing up in regional New South Wales, Josh joined the Liberal Party in 2006 and is a strong believer in the values espoused by Sir Robert Menzies in founding the Liberal Party, in particular in reward for effort and that there can't be a strong economy without strong societal foundations.
Josh has worked as an Adviser to Senator the Hon. Eric Abetz since 2011 providing political, policy and strategic advice across a range of portfolio areas. Josh holds an Advanced Diploma in Communications and is completing a Bachelor of Science. He has previously worked for a number of Federal Members and Senators both as a Media Adviser and a Policy Adviser in the employment, social policy, defence and legal portfolios. Josh has also previously served on the board of a youth mental health organisation.
Jack Piggott - QLD YLNP President
Jack Piggott grew up on a cattle property in the foothills of the Carnarvon range in Central Queensland, where he completed primary school by school of the air. Moving to boarding school in Rockhampton he graduated as a school captain, valedictorian, the recipient of the headmaster’s cup and with a scholarship to Bond University to study law and biomedical science.
Winning the Heywire competition in 2010 he subsequently became a spokesperson for a campaign on rural mental health, including voicing a national advertisement on ABC Rural.
It’s also where he gained a taste of politics and joined the Liberal National Party in 2011.
Jack was elected to the Young LNP Executive in May 2013 and has since served as Social Director, Campaigns Director, Vice President and now, President of the Young LNP.
Jack’s first job was as a Jackaroo, but he has previously worked in federal politics for a Liberal minister and now works in local government as a Communications Officer. Given the dual nature of the Young LNP, Jack has been the Treasurer of the Federal Young Nationals since 2013.
Alexander Hyde - SA President
Alexander joined the Young Liberal Movement in 2010 after being unable to reconcile his Liberal values of small efficient government, individual rights and economic freedom with the direction of the then Federal Rudd-Gillard Labor Government.
He begun his political involvement on campus at Adelaide University where he studies a Bachelor of Laws and Science. Before becoming State President in a December 2013 by-election, Alexander served as the Division’s Membership Director and was preselected as a candidate in the 2014 South Australian Election.
Alexander has built on the successes of previous State Presidents and continues to grow the South Australian Division’s membership with the aim of mobilising the enthusiastic youth of the Party and holding the Left of politics to account.
Alex Dore - NSW President
Alex is the President of the NSW Young Liberals, and former Campaigns Director of the Federal Young Liberals.
He is a university prize recipient and holds a Juris Doctor (Postgraduate Law) and Bachelor of International and Global Studies from Sydney University, where he served three terms as President of the Liberal Club.
Alex works as a Management Consultant at a leading professional services firm, and has previously worked as a research associate at an investment research firm.
The NSW Young Liberal Movement is the largest Division in Australia with 48 branches and nearly 2000 members. Under Alex’s leadership, the Division is focused on growth, campaigning and activity.
Chris Edwards - TAS President
Chris joined the Liberal Party in 2012 and was elected President of the Tasmanian Young Liberals in February 2016, having previously served on the Divisional executive as Secretary and Senior Vice President. Prior to this, Chris was the President of his local YL branch and was heavily involved in the Tasmania University Liberal Club.
Throughout his time at the University of Tasmania Chris was actively engaged in student politics. He was elected to the Tasmania University Union SRC and attended various ALSF conferences, as well as achieving the rare feat of successfully running as a Liberal to represent UTas at the National Union of Students conference in 2012.
Chris holds a combined Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Economics, majoring in public policy and economic policy, and currently works as adviser to a member of the Tasmanian state parliament.
Simon Breheny - Immediate Past President
Simon is the immediate past president of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia. Prior to his term as president, Simon served on the federal executive of the movement in 2014 and 2015 in his capacity as Victorian Young Liberal President.
Simon is a passionate advocate for liberty. He is employed as Director, Legal Rights Project and Director, Race Has No Place at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, and regularly appears in the media arguing for free markets, low taxes, civil liberties, and small government.
Simon grew up in central Victoria and attended Catholic College Bendigo before moving to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Melbourne. While completing his studies, Simon was elected President of the Melbourne University Law Students' Society and appointed Vice-President of the Victorian Council of Law Students' Societies.