Meet the Expand Project Team


John Wilkes

John Wilkes

Project Coordinator

John is currently volunteering at Youth Without Borders coordinating the Expand project. On the side he is attempting to start several small businesses, learning about the stock market, and most difficult of all, learning Spanish.

Graduating from University of Queensland in 2011 completing Commerce and Engineering degrees, John worked in rural Australia and Malaysia for four years, and has just recently moved back to Brisbane.

On the last flight home after quitting work as an engineer, John discussed with his work colleague – who is a Papua New Guinean father – about the influence that a collaborative project with Papua New Guinea would have on Australian high school youth. Once returning to Brisbane he approached YWB and started up the Expand project. John has a small connection with Papua New Guinea, having lived in Port Moresby until he was two years old.

John brings experience to the project by having worked for four years on large scale construction jobs in various stages of project management.