Ellie Seckold-Co-Chair

Ellie Seckold grew up on a small farm just outside country town Bega, NSW. This is a far cry from where she has found herself in recent years. Ellie’s interest in international development and relations was cemented when she completed an honours degree in Community Welfare majoring in International Social Development in Sydney. She also completed a qualification in Training and Assessment.
Ellie spent her following years working on various community development projects in Fiji under the Australian Volunteers International and Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development programs. She developed Youth Leadership and Train the Trainer programs, Exam preparation and anxiety workshops, Family and National CSO and climate change summits as Program Manager of the Social Leadership Training Institute. Ellie also worked tirelessly training volunteers, supporting cancer patients and leading and carrying out cancer awareness and fundraising strategies amongst rural and urban communities of Fiji with the Fiji Cancer Society. Sustainability is the core factor in everything Ellie does.
Ellie has worked one on one with young Australians from diverse backgrounds with challenging histories of domestic violence, mental health, drug and alcohol abuse, juvenile justice and child protection.
With this experience, Ellie has expanded her skills in contributing substantially to international and regional youth policy as Australia’s representative to the Commonwealth Youth Caucus including the Pacific, Asia, UK, and Caribbean regions.
Ellie was selected as a core planning group member and lead facilitator of the Commonwealth Youth Forum 2011 and was selected to present recommendations over breakfast with Prime Ministers and Heads of Government from around the Commonwealth. She was also selected as Australia’s representative to attend the Commonwealth Youth Forum 2009 in Trinidad and Tobago and was elected into the important role of rapporteur.
Ellie has been awarded with several prizes including Youth Ambassador for Public Education Regional Award for her outstanding work towards development and education in Australia and Fiji. She has made guest speaker appearances at a range of events from high school motivational talks to high level inter-governmental roundtables.
Recently Ellie had been facilitating youth engagement on Australian government policy but now works predominantly on international youth policy at a federal government level in Canberra.
She hopes to continue her career in international development and youth policy but will never lose sight and ambition to continue to mentor others to reach their dreams and potential.
In her spare time, Ellie plays national level Ultimate Frisbee, pumps her adrenaline with the challenges of mountain biking, runs free fitness classes for others, looks for any opportunity to go ‘home’ to her parents and the beach near Bega and spends cuddle time with her two rescue dogs, ‘Socksie’ and ‘Nemo’.