The Staff Crew
Lieutenant Commander Andrew 'Kenny' Callander – Commanding Officer
Captain Kenny hails from Grafton, on the banks of the mighty Clarence River. Kenny joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1994 as a Sailor (Radio Operator) before receiving his Commission as a Maritime Warfare Officer in 2003. This is Kenny’s third posting to Young Endeavour. He has previously held the roles of Navigator, Executive Officer, and Operations Officer.
With a passion for sailing, Kenny enjoys the challenges of sailing a tall ship (he loves tacking), the interactions between both Youth Crew and Staff Crew, and the amazing parts of Australia (and the world) that the ship gets to visit. His personal highlights to date include being selected as Commanding Officer and being on board for the entirety of Young Endeavour’s 2015 World Voyage. When he's not in Command of our beautiful Brigantine, Kenny enjoys sailing, distance running, cycling, and triathlon.
Lieutenant Harrison Ingham – Executive Officer/ First Mate
Lieutenant Harrison Ingham joined Young Endeavour in 2017 as Navigator and assumed the appointment of Executive Officer in December 2018. Born in the United Kingdom, Harry moved to Perth, WA, with his family at the age of 14. He joined the Navy in 2006, after leaving High School, and has since completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Geography and History through the Australian Defence Force Academy. Prior to joining STS Young Endeavour, Harry was the Navigating Officer of Patrol Boats operating out of Cairns, QLD and then spent some time as an instructor at the Navy's School of Navigation in Sydney. Harry is a keen mariner and pinches himself every day that he has the opportunity to sail a tall ship around Australia while training young Australians. He enjoys meeting all the youth crews and sharing his love of the ocean. Highlights of his time on Young Endeavour include crossing the Bass Strait under a full press of square sails and exploring Tasmania. Harry is a Renaissance man and his interests include collecting old books, cycling, sailing and watching films.
Lieutenant Ivanka Zeko – Operations Officer
Ivanka was born in Sydney, but grew up on the sunny Gold Coast swimming and catching waves at the beach. She joined the Navy in March 2009 as a GAP year sailor and transferred to Officer in 2010. Qualifying as a Maritime Warfare Officer, Ivanka deployed overseas on operations to the Middle East both on ships and shore establishments and worked with coalition forces planning Mine Counter Measure operations.
Young Endeavour has been on Ivanka’s bucket list since she enlisted. She joined the staff crew in mid-2018 as the operations officer and she is enjoying sailing a tall ship and working in challenging conditions including climbing in high seas.
Ivanka says that every day is an adventure on board Young Endeavour and she feels very privileged to sail around Australia with the youth crews, experiencing world class reefs, rivers, oceans and seas. Ivanka’s favourite quote is from Walt Disney - “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
Lieutenant Jerome Wong – Navigator
Jerome is from a small town in south west Victoria called Hamilton, and moved to Vermont South east of Melbourne in 2007. He Joined the Navy in the summer of 2011, serving in ships based in Sydney, Darwin and Cairns. Prior to his posting to Young Endeavour, Jerome was the Navigating Officer of HS White Crew, embarked in Hydrographic Survey ships in the idyllic tourist diving destination of Cairns.
When Jerome is not exploring new places on Young Endeavour you can find him motorcycling, diving, travelling or cooking up a storm.
Lieutenant Darren Watkins– Navigator
A proud Taswegian, Darren grew up on the North East Coast of Tassie in the small coastal town of St Helens. From the age of 12, Darren was sailing on Georges Bay where he developed a passion for the sport. In 2010 he won the Australian Tasar Youth Championships and in 2015 he competed in the Rolex Sydney to Hobart in the UK Armed Forces 72ft Challenger. Currently Darren is racing on the TP52 ‘Zen’ as a grinder and is 2nd Navigator.
Darren joined the Navy in 2009 as a Maritime Warfare Officer and before joining Young Endeavour spent 4 years in Darwin serving in Armidale Class Patrol Boats Albany and Bathurst. Since joining Young Endeavour as a navigator, Darren has found his favourite part of the job is meeting youthies from across the country and helping them reach their goals. Aboard he teaches navigation, astronomy, meteorology or sail theory.
Sub Lieutenant Tracey Magyar – Training Officer
Tracey grew up in the small sunny Queensland Town of Tin Can Bay. She joined the Navy in 2015 as a Maritime Warfare Officer and quickly discovered the appeal of working in a small team. Tracey’s love of sailing made Joining Young Endeavour a logical career step for her, an aspiration which came true in January 2019. She is very passionate about our Youth Development Program and strongly believes that with the right support and positive encouragement you can achieve anything.
Tracey likes to put an adventurous spin on life, dabbling in hobbies such as kite surfing, scuba diving, and music.
Chief Petty Officer Mark Horton – Engineer
'Horto', as he is known by all the staffies and youthies, hails from a small town on Lake Macquarie called Wangi Wangi. He joined the Navy as an apprentice electrical fitter/mechanic in 1988 and has served on lots of ships.
Horto is a stalwart of Young Endeavour. He first posted to the brigantine in 2004 as the Engineer. He left full-time Navy service in 2008 and now works as a reservist. This is his third posting on Young Endeavour, culminating in almost 6 years of service aboard our brigantine.
Horto keeps coming back as he enjoys being at sea on a sailing ship and working with the youth of Australia. His most memorable experience on board was being involved in the 2015 World Voyage which took him from England to Australia via some interesting ports.
When he’s not enjoying life under a full press of sail, Horto enjoys snowboarding, dirt bike riding, diving and holidaying with his family.
Chief Petty Officer Ben Bryan – Engineer
Benny comes from west coast of Tasmania. He joined the navy in 1992 at the age of 17 as an electrical apprentice. Having served on a variety of larger ships, he is looking forward to the adventures ahead sailing on board Young Endeavour. Ben has two teenage children himself and is looking forward to working along side the youthies onboard.
When he is not playing navy, Ben enjoys spending time on cruise ships and having meals with his wife Sarah and kids.
Chief Petty Officer Ross Perrin – Engineer
'Reggie', as he is known by all the staffies and youthies, comes from a small town in the East of England called Framlingham, just north of London. He joined the Royal Navy as an Engineering Apprentice in 2002 before transferring to the Royal Australian Navy in 2012. He has served on plenty of different ships but this is a challenge he is most excited about.
Reggie joined Young Endeavour in March 2019 as the Engineer. Having never had the opportunity to sail a tall ship he is excited to learn new skills as well as meet lots of new people from all over Australia.
When he’s not sailing, Reggie enjoys golfing, swimming, learning to play the saxophone and taking holidays with his wife.
Petty Officer Blake Walsh – Watch Leader
Blake was born and bred in Wollongong, NSW and currently lives in Normanhurst, Sydney with his wife and 3 children.
Joining the Navy in 2002 as a Communications and Information Systems Sailor, Blake has served on 6 warships and lived in Victoria, Western Australia, New South Wales and the ACT. He joined Young Endeavour in February 2018 and is loving every minute.
Blake is a watch leader on board Young Endeavour and is enjoying being part of a close knit team, working alongside inspirational young Australians and seeing incredible locations in Australia. He loves that every day is different and offers new challenges.
Some of this personal highlights include sailing along the west coast of Tasmania and island hopping around the Whitsundays. When not sailing on Young Endeavour, Blake likes to listen to music and spend as much time as he can with his family.
Petty Officer Marcus Lingard – Catering Manager
Marcus grew up in the ‘greatest rugby nation of all time’, New Zealand and moved to Australia at 18. He joined the Royal Australian Navy in 2007 as a Maritime Logistics Chef, and after completing training in Melbourne, he spent the rest of his career in Sydney. Marcus joined Young Endeavour in September 2017 and is one of the two chefs currently posted to the ship.
Marcus enjoys meeting people from all walks of life. Highlights of his time on board so far have include exploring remote parts of Australia. In his spare time Marcus enjoys cooking, fishing and going to the gym.
Leading Seaman Zacharii Morris – Chef
Zac was born on the Gold Coast on the sun kissed coast of Palm Beach. He joined the Navy as a Chef in 2008 and has worked in a number of ship’s and establishments.
A proud Woppaburra man, Zach has salt water in his blood and is having a great time exploring the Australian coastline and meeting youth crew from around Australia. He says that being part of the Young Endeavour crew has been the highlight of his Navy Career.
Leading Seaman Keith Large – Watchleader
Keith was born and bred in New Zealand hailing from a town called Whakatane. After spending 3 years in New Zealand Navy in as a Signalman he then moved to Australia in 1993 where he spent most of his time as a boat builder and working on various fishing and charter boats. He joined the navy in 2007 as a Hydrographic Survey Operator and has served on 5 survey ships all based out of Cairns. Highlights of his career so far are surveying in the remote Kimberleys and assisting with the evacuation of Day Dream Island in the Whitsundays after Cyclone Debbie.
Keith was attracted to the job as it's an opportunity to meet new people and pass on life skills and seamanship knowledge to a future generation. When not at work Keith enjoys Fishing, cooking, guitar, hiking and traveling.
Able Seaman Karly Beeksma – Watchleader
Watch leader Karly grew up Sydney's Sutherland Shire. She joined the Navy as a Combat Systems Operator Mine Warfare sailor in 2013.
Karly joined Young Endeavour staff crew in December 2017 and had her first voyage from Sydney to Hobart during the yacht race. She's been hooked on Young Endeavour ever since she saw the youth crew setting and furling sails and climbing the mast. Highlights of her time aboard include sailing through Port Davey on the west coast of Tasmania and seeing the untouched scenery.
When she's not being an awesome watch leader, Karly enjoys playing the ukelule and the flying trapeze!
Able Seaman Morgan Mitchell – Watchleader
Morgan grew up in a small country town in Tasmania. She joined the Navy in May 2013 as a boatswains mate and served on HMA Ships Sydney and Newcastle where she was involved in several exercises and undertook a deployment to the Middle East.
Morgan joined Young Endeavour in May 2018 as a watchleader and is having a great time exploring the coast of Australia. She was attracted to the job as her sense of adventure is strong and she wanted the chance to meet new people from across the country.
Highlights of her time aboard to date include snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef and exploring the Whitsundays. When not at work, Morgan enjoys hiking, swimming, travelling and spending time with her friends and family.