Suellen Maunder – Artistic Director and CEO
Peta Cooke – Creative Producer and Marketing Manager
Yvette Walker – Creative Producer
Ashlea Wilson – Administration Manager and Executive Assistant
Emily Mansford-Martino – Events Manager
Mill Darby – Business Development Officer
Board of Directors
Gill Townsend (Chair), Arabella Kullack (Secretary), Tim Cooke, Greg Jensen, Saurav Kataria, Suellen Maunder, Karyn Weller and Julie Duncan.
Gill Townsend (Chair)
Gillian Townsend has worked in social work and social justice for 35 years commencing her career as a residential social worker in Brixton, South London, moving to Cairns nearly 27 years ago. She is currently Team Leader at Centacare Mental Health Resource Service. She is also President of the Queensland Alliance for Mental Health. Gill believes in the power of theatre to change the way a society sees the world.
Arabella Kullack (Secretary)
Arabella Kullack is a Wills and Estates lawyer at Maurice Blackburn in Cairns. She provides legal advice in relation to will disputes, estate administration (including applications for grants of probate) and estate planning to clients throughout Queensland. Arabella completed her Bachelor of Laws at James Cook University and holds a Masters of Applied Law majoring in Wills and Estates. She sits on the Queensland Law Society’s Elder Law Committee and she is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, a global community of lawyers specialising in the area of succession law.
Tim Cooke studied Industrial Design at University of Technology, Sydney (1993-1998), and graduated to found design agency PeowPeow. Not one to keep still, he opened a cafe, ‘Vender’ and then went on to open numerous hospitality and retail ventures for clients in Sydney and Melbourne, founded Luxe Espresso and opened a number of their stores around Sydney and oversaw the opening of Australian coffee super brand, ST Ali in London. Tim then moved to Cairns and worked with a number of small businesses to fine tune and restore profitability in what was a extremely difficult economic environment. He has been the Business and Education Manager at Next Byte, Board Director at FNQ Heat, Operations Manager at The Business Booth before moving to his current role as, Director of Food and Beverage, at Paradise Palms Country Club.
Greg Jensen (Melbourne)
Greg Jensen has significant senior executive experience in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. He has been involved in fundraising programs for many clients in the healthcare, medical research, service delivery, and social policy sectors and has a demonstrated capacity to identify the improvements required to deliver best practice fundraising and to coach fundraising staff to attain their best performance. Greg holds a Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Communications, and a Master of Counselling with Distinction from the University of Western Sydney. Greg feels the arts are important to any community in defining its soul and identity. The work of JUTE is vital to the North Queensland community. JUTE deserves to be supported in its endeavours and Greg strives to do that through his association with the Board.
Saurav Kataria (Brisbane)
Saurav Kataria is a Senior Strategy Manager and evangelist with experience in top tier global consulting firms (Ernst & Young, PwC and Accenture). He is passionate about Business Development, Productivity Improvement, Innovation and Growth Strategy with specialisation in Design Thinking, Customer Experience & Engagement and Large Scale Business Transformations. Saurav is passionate about the role that Arts and Culture organisations play in the community, believing they bring us together. Saurav says he wants to be part of an organisation whose mission encompasses: ‘Not resting until all of the stories have been told, until there is no regional artist needing support and our audience and community need for stories is fully sated’.
Founding Member and Artistic Director & Chief Executive Officer of JUTE Theatre Company. Suellen was one of the key players in gaining $2.7m in capital works funding from State Government to build JUTE a home and was integrally involved in the design and development of the Centre of Contemporary Arts in Cairns.
Suellen has served on many boards including the Theatre Board of the Australia Council and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre. Suellen is currently on the board of Diversity Arts Australia and the Queensland Chamber of Arts & Culture and their Regional Arts Working Group. Suellen is a cultural leader, particularly in the regional theatre sector and is committed to the growth of high quality professional theatre practice in the regions.
Karyn Weller is a social worker with over twenty years experience in mental health, rural and remote and early intervention with families in both the provision of community and government service management and delivery. She works in private consultancy in areas of workforce development and supervision. She is passionate about policies, programs and practices that support community wellbeing and has supported the development and implementation of arts health projects and submissions.
Julie was born and educated in London and began her career in trustee & executorship and investment banking prior to moving to the hotels & tourism sector. She then spent three years working in the Middle East prior to migrating to Cairns over 30 years ago. Julie is currently the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Maxitool Group of Companies, and has previously held a variety of executive, senior management and accounting positions across a diverse range of organisations, both locally here in Cairns and internationally. Her work has encompassed a number of sectors including Engineering, Labour Hire, Hotels, Tourism, Arts, Not-For-Profit, Investment banking, Legal, Trustee & Executorship and Federal Government.
Julie takes a hands-on approach in the management of finance and enterprise wide projects, and brings a high level of maturity, loyalty, enthusiasm and sound ethics. She has extensive experience in strategic & business planning, analysis, costing, capital and operational budgeting, asset management, internal audit, risk & insurance, contract negotiation, HR, OH&S, IT and operational management; and hopes that she can utilise these skills to assist JUTE in all its endeavours.
Having always held a strong love for the theatre Julie feels that JUTE has an extremely important role in the local and regional community, both in terms of bringing stories to the people but equally importantly by developing the talents of our regional people so they might take opportunities and fulfil dreams that may otherwise not be available to them.