Executive

Ben Riley - President

Ben RileyBen Riley 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 current President of the YLNP and former President of the University of Queensland Liberal Club from 2006-2009.

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 amongst other University and Union based roles, as well as attending numerous Australian Liberal Students Federation (ALSF), National Union of Students (NUS) and Liberty and Society conferences.

As a result of his experiences Ben has developed a keen interest in finding new and innovative ways to campaign against Fabians, lefties and union bosses alike and looks forward to implementing them within the YLNP and Young Liberals.

 

Chris Browne - Vice-President

Chris BrowneChris Browne has been the State Vice President of the South Australian Young Liberal Division since 2010.

Chris is a former President of the Adelaide University Liberal Club and is an Honorary Life Member of the AULC.

Since completing his Bachelor of Commerce he has worked for a federal parliamentarian and been involved in numerous state and federal campaigns.

 

Tom White - Immediate Past-President

Tom WhiteTom was elected President of the Western Australian Young Liberals in September 2010, having also served as the President of the UWA Liberal Club, the President of the Western Australian Union of Liberal Students, and the Secretary of the Australian Liberal Students' Federation.

During his term as UWA Liberal Club President, Tom won a seat on the UWA Guild Council, having run as the inaugural presidential candidate for Liberty, a team which went on to achieve a convincing victory at the 2011 elections.

In late 2011, Tom spent two months in Washington, D.C. working with a leading conservative campaign organisation, and has worked for a Western Australian Senator. He is currently employed in a State Government Ministerial office in Perth.

 

Joshua Baker - Communications Director & ACT President

jb 99x130Josh is an ACT Young Liberal and currently attends the Australian National University, studying Business. His background is in web application development and design.

He has become more active in politics since his first year at University, having served on the executive of the ANU Liberal Club since early 2011. In 2012 he was also elected to the ACT Young Liberal Executive in the role of Secretary.

Josh has worked as an Electorate Officer for a State MP as well as for the Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate, along with having worked on websites for Liberal Party candidates and branches.

Hermann Vorster - QLD YLNP President

Hermann VorsterHermann was motivated to join the Young Liberals just days after the 2007 election after he recognized democracy was about more than just election day – it was about carrying flag and fighting the Left every day between.

Following a term on the Bond University Student Council and the presidency of the IT Students Association, Hermann was elected the president of the then Bond University Liberal Society.

In 2010, at his first meeting, Hermann was appointed the Treasurer of the Gold Coast Young LNP and went on to become Chair in the following year. In 2012 he was elected Vice President of the Young LNP.

Hermann worked as a programmer and manager at a family business for 5 years before joining the staff of a local federal MP. He now works in local government and represents industry as a board member of a regional business association.

Hermann was elected President of the Young LNP in May 2013.

 

Whittney Jago - WA President

Whittney JagoWhittney has been heavily involved in the Liberal Party since 2005. In December 2012, Whittney was elected President of the Western Australian Young Liberals, having also served as Federal Young Liberal Secretary, International Officer and Marketing and Promotions Chairman of the Western Australian Liberal Party.

In late September 2012, Whittney represented the Young Liberal Movement at the European Young Conservatives Freedom Summit in Oxford, United Kingdom, gaining valuable lessons in campaigning, communicating and fundraising.

Whittney is currently employed in a State Government Ministerial office in Perth. Her role involves work across a number of portfolio areas however, she is particularly passionate about Education.

 

Aaron Lane - Vic President

Aaron LaneAaron Lane was elected President of the Victorian Young Liberals in November 2012, after serving as the Male Vice-President from 2010-2012. He attended Deakin University, and worked to re-establish the Deakin University Liberal Students Club. He has completed undergraduate studies in law and economics at Deakin University, and has recently completed a Master of Arts in theology at MCD University. His policy interests include economic policy, industrial relations and law reform. He is currently employed as a lawyer in a commercial law firm.

 

William Coats - Tas President

wc 99x130William was elected as President of the Young Liberals in Tasmania in February 2012.  Prior to this he has served in the roles of state treasurer of the Young Liberals in Tasmania, senate pre-selector, branch treasurer and vice president of the UTAS liberal students society.

Having grown up in Canberra, William moved to Tasmania to attend university, where he is currently finishing a combined Arts/Information systems degree part time.  Currently working in the business information field, William's professional interests are based around data analytics, big data and segmentation.

 

Simon Fontana - NSW President

Simon FontanaPrior to becoming NSW Young Liberal President, Simon has served as the Federal and State Campaigns and Communications Director and the NSW Tertiary Institution Liaison Officer.

Prior to his involvement in the Young Liberals, Simon was an activist on campus, serving on the University of Sydney Union Board and the Student Representative Council.

Simon has worked as an Advisor to both Federal and State MPs as well as Sydney Ferries.

Graduating from the University of Sydney Simon holds a Bachelor of Commerce and works as a Media Advisor to the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward.

 

Rebecca Healy - CLP Youth President (Observer)

rh 99x130Rebecca Healy was elected the Country Liberals Party Youth President in 2011 and completed two years into her Bachelor of Laws - currently studying for Bachelor in Professional Communication. Rebecca and her partner own and operate several businesses including a large Motel in Central Australia.

Rebecca is a strong advocate for Economic Development and Child Protection in rural Northern Territory.  Rebecca was the NT Young Australian of the Year 2012 and Barnardo’s Australian Mother of the Year 2011 for her work with young people and children.




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