Simon Breheny - President
Simon is the federal president, and chair of the federal executive, of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia. He was elected to the position in January 2015. Simon previously served on the federal executive between 2013 and 2015 in his capacity as president of the Victorian division of the Young Liberal Movement.
Simon is a passionate advocate for liberty. He is employed as Director, Legal Rights Project at free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, and regularly appears in the media arguing for free markets, 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.
Anthony Spagnolo - Vice-President
Anthony is a Perth-based Accountant and graduate of the University of Western Australia with degrees in Commerce and Arts. He has a keen interest in the Asia-Pacific and undertook part of his studies at Peking University (Beijing) focussing on Chinese politics and public policy.
It was during a three month volunteer trip to the West African nation of Ghana taken during his undergraduate studies that Anthony became more convinced than ever that the free market solution was the best and most reliable way out of poverty.
Last year, he was sent to Israel as a Rambam Fellow with young leaders from across the political divide and had the opportunity to witness first hand the unique challenges of Middle Eastern politics.
Anthony is an inaugural recipient of a Sir Charles Court Foundation Scholarship focussing on federalism, accountability and transparency.
Previously an Adviser to various State and Federal MPs and twice elected Western Australian Young Liberal President, Anthony was Campaign Manager for the Liberty ticket that won a majority at the UWA Student Guild in 2011 producing the only Liberal Guild President in the past three decades.
Claire Chandler - Secretary and Tasmanian President
Claire has been a member of the Liberal Party since 2010, serving as Secretary, Senior Vice President and now President of the Tasmanian Young Liberals. She has represented the Young Liberals on a federal scale in a number of capacities, including a three-year term as the Tasmanian Representative to the Australian Liberal Students Federation, Federal YL Communications Director in 2014 and currently as Federal Secretary.
Claire completed a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws at the University of Tasmania, where she was Vice President of the Liberal Club and Secretary of the Tasmania University Law Society. She managed and took part in several Liberal students’ campaigns for the Tasmania University Union, running for President and ultimately taking control of the local National Union of Students branch in 2012.
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 has undertaken a University of Tasmania Parliamentary Internship with the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP and previously worked in the office of Senator David Bushby. Claire currently works as an analyst in risk advisory in the Hobart office of a professional services firm.
Christian Hayes - Treasurer
Christian has been a Member of the LNP since 2008, and has served as the State Secretary of the Queensland Young LNP for the last two years. He has held positions through all levels of the Young LNP, and has been a Member of the LNP’s peak body, LNP State Council, for the last 4 years.
He has been actively involved in student politics, and served for several years on the Executive of the University of Queensland Liberal National Club, of which he is an Honorary Life Member. He was twice elected to the University of Queensland Student Union.
Christian has a keen interest in political campaigning and has been heavily involved in campaigns at all levels of government. He also has a particular interest in elections in the United States and Britain.
Ben Riley - Immediate Past-President
Ben has been a member of the Young LNP/Young Liberals since 2004. In that time he has served on numerous executives in a variety of positions, most notably as a former President of the Young Liberal Movement of Australia, the Young Liberal National Party and the University of Queensland Liberal Club. Ben is currently Vice Chairman of the International Young Democrat Union.
Ben has been an activist for many causes including support for voluntary student unionism, deregulation of the taxi industry, against reduced trading hours for pubs and clubs, against the proposal to recognise local government in the constitution and the “Free The Markets” rally held at the G20 leaders meeting in Brisbane.
Ben has taken part in campaigns at Federal, State and Local levels, as well as several student elections where he played a central role in student politics at University of Queensland. Throughout his time at University, Ben represented students as a member of the UQ Senate, the Academic Board, and Treasurer of the Student Union among other University and Union based roles.
As a result of his experiences Ben has developed a keen interest in finding new and innovative ways to campaign for freedom against fabians, lefties and union bosses alike.
Candice Burch - ACT President
Candice has been an active member of the Young Liberals since joining the Party in 2007, and has previously served in a number of Young Liberal, Liberal Student and Senior Party positions.
Candice completed a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University in 2011, and is a former President of the ANU Liberal Club. Candice has been involved in a number of Federal, State and Territory campaigns as well as countless student election campaigns, and most recently managed a Federal campaign at the 2013 Election.
Candice is currently working as a policy analyst in the public sector and is completing a Masters of Management at the ANU.
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.
Aiden Depiazzi - 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, having previously served as WA Vice President and Treasurer, and Federal Young Liberal Events Director.
Aiden completed his degree in economics and mathematics at the University of Western Australia in 2014, and is currently writing his honours thesis on monetary policy. While at university, Aiden has 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 is a current member of the UWA Guild Council and has been a strong voice for voluntary student unionism and against Labor's student services and amenities fee.
Aiden currently teaches finance and economics at UWA, and previously worked in a commercial role in the oil and gas industry.
Jess Wilson - Vic President
Jess was elected as president of the Victorian Young Liberals in February 2015. 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 six years and has also been very active in student politics, serving as president of the Monash University Liberal Club.
She recently completed an Arts/Law degree at Monash University and has commenced as a consultant at KPMG. Prior to her new role at KPMG, Jess worked 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.
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.
James Wallace - NSW President
James joined the Young Liberals seven years ago because he shared its commitment to liberal ideas - protecting individual rights, economic reform and caring for the vulnerable.
James has served on the NSW Executive since 2011 and in 2014 was elected President of the Division.
James currently works as a lawyer at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney.
The NSW Young Liberal Movement has over 2, 000 members and 47 branches across the State. Under James' leadership the Movement is committed to providing an active and engaging experience for its members by giving them a voice in the Party and out in the community.