Suellen Maunder – Artistic Director and CEO
Yvette Walker – Creative Producer
Mill Darby – Business Development Manager
Kathryn Ash – Literary Creative Producer
Narelle Paisley – Business Operations Manager
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Board of Directors
Gillian Townsend (Chair), John Paul FischBach, Saurav Kataria, Suellen Maunder, Karyn Weller, and Fintan Rafferty.
Gillian 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.
John Paul Fischbach (Melbourne)
John Paul brings extensive experience and skills in arts management to the Board. John Paul, better known as JP, well known theatre director in Canada before moving to Australia in 2004. As the CEO and co-founder of Auspicious Arts Incubator, he helps independent artists, organisations, and venues make more money by learning to use value-based language for their marketing and communications. He has a long history of producing and directing theatre, film, festivals and site-specific event, from the 1984 Olympic Arts Festival in Los Angeles to the International Puppet Carnival in Melbourne. In 2014, he launched the Artists Transformation School, an online resource that teaches artists everything they need to know about how to turn their creative passion into a business. Through his career, he has worked with more than 3,000 artists, arts, organisations, local and state governments, and art centres. He has travelled and worked all over Australia, and extensively throughout many countries and within many cultures. John Paul Fischbach is the author of No More Starving Artists, a guide written by an artist for artists.
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.
Fintan Rafferty is the local business owner of La Pizza, Salt House and Mooz Gelato. His group of companies employ over 100 persons in the Cairns area. Fintan has a keen interest in the Cairns arts industry and aims to support JUTE Theatre Company in securing new revenue streams.