Andy Skidmore

Founder and CEO Burn Bright

Andy Skidmore

Andy is a life long social entrepreneur and is passionate about equipping young people to grow as leaders by taking a wellbeing approach and fostering positive and meaningful relationships.

When he was 21 he founded the Not For Profit organisation Burn Bright, a social enterprise with the mission of growing the next generation of young Australians through student leadership, wellbeing programs and national camps. Over the past 5 years Burn Bright has worked with over 50,000, 12-17 year olds, from all corners of Australia through school based programs and hosting the Australian National Leadership Camp.

Burn Bright are student leadership and wellbeing specialists who work with students in a collaborative, fun and inclusive team culture. This brings about positive behavioural change, a shift in mindset and personal wellbeing, allowing students to make informed choices and decisions. Burn Bright’s programs are focused on demonstrating how students can turn theory into action by practicing and road testing skills learnt before applying them in their own lives. Burn Bright has a team of 10 staff and over 100 volunteers. Burn Bright’s programs are based on embedding and living out the concepts of positive psychology and are informed by the science of wellbeing.

In 2018 Burn Bright was named Australia’s Most Innovative Charity by Westpac and UNSW, due to their company culture and their social enterprise business structure. Burn Bright has also won awards for their outstanding use of data and have been recognised by Anthill as one of 100 ‘Cool Australian Companies’ in 2018. Andy is regarded as one of Australia’s leading social entrepreneurs and innovative thinkers to solve some of Australia’s most complex social issues.

Andy has facilitated for and consulted on leadership and wellbeing for many not-for-profits and community based organisations across Australia, New Zealand and the USA. From local councils to large charities and NGOs such as Wesley Mission, Mission Australia, Surf Life Saving NSW, NZ Boarding Schools Association and the NSW State Emergency Service. He has spoken at prominent events such as the The Newcastle Lord Mayors Student Leadership Forum and The National Student Leadership Forum.

Andy graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Arts - Media. He has studied Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University in the USA and is currently studying his Masters in Coaching Psychology at Sydney University.

Andy’s story is a result of him following his passions, using his strengths and focusing on his relationships with those around him.

Masterclass: Leading Courageously To Make A Difference

Is there something you care passionately about? Do you have an idea as to how you can make a difference in your world? Are you looking to take on or do you already have a leadership role within your community, work or school? Knowing how you can meaningfully create change and bringing others along on the journey can be a really challenging part of leadership. Often leading requires courage, strength and determination to make an impact. This workshop will help to explore leadership behaviours and skills that will positively influence and impact those around you. Burn Bright will present an interactive and thought-provoking session, that will help you to take another step to making a difference in the world around you. We will explore how leadership is about our influence, the vision we have for the future, the values we hold and how we can put our strengths into action. We will focus on some practical tools and strategies that you can use in any leadership role or position so you can make a difference.