RHYS SMITH | Manager & lead Youth Worker

Crossing the Tasman from his hometown of Sydney, Australia; Rhys has returned to New Zealand after previously residing and working in Queenstown as a youth worker from 2013-15. Rhys took on the Manager & Lead Youth Worker role in April 2019 with Cromwell Youth Trust.

Rhys' experience is a result of travelling and working worldwide (including Australia, New Zealand, Canada & the USA) as a youth worker since 2012. Rhys has had the privilege of working in various roles within youth work including as an Out of Home Care Residential Worker for foster youth. Rhys has also worked at a high adventure Summer Camp in the USA as a Head Counsellor for a number of summers. Additionally, he has volunteered his time for many non-profit youth services mentoring and supporting youth.

Throughout Rhys' time exploring the world he has had the opportunity to experience some incredible adventures, including, solo skydiving, scuba diving, trekking through the Canadian wilderness backcountry, mingling with the likes of Tony Hawk and Johnny Knoxville in Los Angeles, and eating fried crickets in Mexico!

Rhys has come to Cromwell with a mission; and that is to reinvigorate the community to be a part of an amazing youth service that Rhys aims on becoming the centrepiece and inspiration for other youth services in New Zealand. If you see Rhys around please say Kia Ora - except if the All Blacks beat the Wallabies (which is in the higher percentage range of happening)

EDEN WILSON | Youth Worker

Born and raised just down the road in Lawrence, Eden grew up in a small rural town where she learnt what it meant to be a part of a community; working together, supporting and looking out for one another.

Throughout the years she was very involved within the community with things such as Clutha District Youth Council, helping at local events and Receiving the Trust Power Community youth spirit award 2016.

Once finishing school Eden spent two and a half years abroad where she lived in the Falkland Islands, Wales and England. She spent her time working in schools, traveling Europe gaining personal life skills as well as experiences around working with children from all backgrounds and situations. While traveling some of her most treasured experiences were attending ANZAC day in Gallipoli, going up in a hot air balloon and exploring Iceland.

She hopes to use her passion for helping others to support the youth of the Cromwell district make the most of every opportunity available, ensuring that everyone enjoys growing up in this amazing place we get to call home.

CAT KEARSLEY | Youth Worker & Adventure Coach

Growing up in Dunedin, Cat developed an early passion for adventure and exploration. This led her to complete a Bachelor of Outdoor Education and Adventure Recreation (Dist.) in 2010.

She has since worked in the outdoor industry and traveled to all corners of the world including Arctic Norway, The Western Fjords of Norway, The UK, The United States, Europe, The Pacific, South America and even Antarctica! For the best part of the last 8 years, however, Cat has called Central Otago home.

For a large part of her career Cat has worked with youth on various outdoor education and life skills programmes. Her passion for encouraging youth to explore themselves, and the world around them has inspired to undertake a degree in Psychology and Youth Development.

Cat is excited to combine her love of outdoor adventure and working with young people while working at the Cromwell Youth Trust. She hopes to help foster a sense of adventure, a connection to the beautiful environment we live in, encourage outdoor and life skills within the youth of Cromwell as well as encourage confidence, resilience and individuality.


Hi, my name is Allie and I am the one really in charge here at Cromwell Youth Trust. My dad, Rhys, thinks he is the boss but I am the one who knows everything about how to get the best from young people and adults as well. You will always find me at The Hangout everyday where I give the best cuddles and where I like to play games with all my cool friends who come by!

I love meeting new people and am really kind and gentle - so if you come by please come and say hello and give me a pat. Otherwise you will sometimes see me hanging outside enjoying the sun.

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