STAFF

 
Vanessa Hyde

Vanessa Hyde

CEO

 
View Vanessa's bio

Vanessa is an Arts Manager and Creative Producer with extensive experience working in arts and cultural environments and has an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic practice and collaboration. She has a proven track record of producing high quality work and managing organisations, artists and projects to achieve extraordinary outcomes. With a strong commitment to community empowerment through the arts and a deep believer in the power of story, Vanessa is a skilled, passionate and professional leader in the arts and community development sector in Sydney.

Andrea Beeten

Andrea Beeten

Administration and Finance Assistant

View Andrea's bio

Andrea grew up in Western Sydney and has a Bachelor of Communications & Media from the University of Notre Dame.

She majored in film and screen production, and joined CuriousWorks in 2012 to pursue her ambitions of being a filmmaker. You can read more about her artistic practice on her artist’s page here.

 

 

 

 CO-CURIOUS STAFF

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Community Director

View Caitlin's bio

Caitlin is a creative producer with an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic adventure and access to the arts for everyone.

She has worked across Australia, Europe and Asia supporting artwork that innovates in the public realm. She has worked for Blast Theory (UK), PACT, Urban Theatre Projects, Belvoir – Company B and Performance Space (AUS). She has an ongoing interest in innovative arts in education programs, including UK and Australian models. From 2011 to 2014 she was Co-Artistic Director at Shopfront Contemporary Arts, an arts co-operative owned by young people in suburban Sydney.

Caitlin supports local artists to tell stories of western Sydney through film, performance, installation and writing and also holds responsibility to develop our grassroots program and Curious Classroom.

Miranda Aguilar

Miranda Aguilar

Communications & Social Media Officer

View Miranda's bio

Miranda Aguilar is a queer Filipina artist, living and working in Western Sydney. While completing her Masters in Public Relations and Advertising at UNSW, Miranda pursued her artistic practice primarily through the Curious Creators program. You can read more about her artistic practice on her artist page here.

S. Shakthidharan

S. Shakthidharan

Artistic Director

View Shakthi's bio

Shakthi is a writer / director, a producer of screen and theatre, and a composer of original music. He is an interdisciplinary artist who often merges these forms in his work.

Recent projects include audiovisual work Rizzy’s 18th Birthday, which premiered at Carriageworks in 2014 and was adapted into a feature film, Riz, which premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2015; Shakthi’s debut long form play, A Counting and Cracking, currently in development with Belvoir Theatre and premiering in 2019, and Laka, a multi-platform film and VR project which is set to tour the world from 2018-2019 through a commission from the Streaming Museum (NY).

From 2003-2018, Shakthi was the founder and artistic director of innovative arts and social change company CuriousWorks. During this time Shakthi led the CuriousWorks team to develop an award-winning model for the innovative use of creative digital media in marginalised communities. This work has led to long-term, multi-platform arts initiatives as well as significant grassroots social change in communities in Western Sydney, remote Western Australia and Northern Melbourne. 

Shakthi was Associate Artist at Carriageworks from 2013-2015 and a founding directorate member of National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. In 2015, he was awarded the Phillip Parson’s Playwright Award from Belvoir Theatre and in 2011 the Kirk Robson Award by Australia Council for the Arts, given to an artist for their work in relation to social justice and community cultural leadership.

Steph Vajda

Steph Vajda

Partnerships & Creative Mentor

 
View Steph's bio
Steph is a creative producer, engagement specialist, designer and film maker who draws on twenty years of advocacy, community cultural development, creative engagement, community planning and multimedia experience. He has worked with a diversity of communities in people around Australia and Sri Lanka, specialising in collaborating with Indigenous, multicultural and regional/remote communities and young people.
Steph specialises in inclusive cross-cultural community engagement, participatory program design and management, partnership brokering, developing mentoring and skill sharing opportunities and collaborative production of multimedia content. His work focuses on supporting diverse people and communities to work together by creating inclusive spaces for storytelling and cultural exchange.
Much of his work since 2008 has been with remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Examples of Steph’s work includes: Stylin’Up Regional (now Creative Tracks); Creative Pathways in the Central West and Shockwave Festival (founder) ; and Hope For Health.
Born in Australia, Steph identifies with his Sri Lankan heritage.
Huy Nguyen

Huy Nguyen

Graphics and Web Designer

View Huy's bio

Huy is a designer with a background in architecture, visual marketing. Since the completion of his Architecture Degree at UNSW in 2016, Huy has been working as a photographer (specialising in event, product, architectural and interior photography) and graphic designer for several companies including CuriousWorks.

Huy combines knowledge from his architecture degree with a passion for cinema and minimalism and to forge a distinctive aesthetic that is bold yet subtle and contemplative.

While working on graphic design for CuriousWorks’ communications and social media channels, Huy is undertaking a postgraduate degree in Design at UNSW Arts and Design, specialising in graphic design and branding to further his skills as a visual communicator.

Annabel Davis

Annabel Davis

Screen Program Manager

 
View Annabel's bio

Annabel has extensive screen industry experience and a successful history in creating proposals for key arts and film funding bodies.

From 2017-2018 she is the Partnerships Manager with CuriousWorks where she is responsible for forging new alliances with industry and strengthening the company’s existing relationships across industry, government and community arts organisations.

Prior to CuriousWorks, Annabel spent seven years with the Australian Writers’ Guild, where she was instrumental in developing their Pathways Program which linked talented writers with producers and key industry decision-makers. She also helped lead the establishment of Scripted Ink, which provides world-first development opportunities to Australian writers.

Annabel’s background also includes working on a range of Australian and international television drama series, ArtsNSW, and boutique film and video production companies.

Elias Nohra

Elias Nohra

Makers Space Program Director

View Elias's bio

Elias Nohra is a digital artist with over 12 years of experience using old, new and emerging technologies to tell stories in innovative ways. Primarily a filmmaker with experience directing, editing and shooting in both corporate and non-profit contexts, Elias has also utilized his skills in digital media and storytelling to produce works in theatre, art installations, web & interactivity development, and videogames.

Formerly the Community Director and Head Educator at CuriousWorks, Elias has returned to the company to lead its 2019 pilot program, Makers Space. 

 lias has worked with hundreds of young and old people from culturally diverse backgrounds from all across Australia, building their capacity for sustainable self-expression through diverse digital media forms. He brings a passion for a more diverse and representative media and arts landscape to all of his work.

Elias is an accomplished digital artist and his most recent works include; Laka (2018), the CuriousWorks feature film he worked on as an editor; Snowflake Moon: A Paperville Mystery (2016), his first public video game  which he developed and produced; Repatriate (2015), a multi-screen installation and collaboration with performance maker Latai Taumoepeau, commissioned by Carriageworks for their 24 Frames Per Second exhibition which has toured internationally, and BirdFoxMonster(2016) a performance work with Erth and Studio A including multi-screen film projections and projection-mapped animations on a dining table, which premiered at Carriageworks last year and is continuing development.

Daisy Montalvo

Daisy Montalvo

FUNPARK Program Co-ordinator

View Daisy's bio

Daisy joined CuriousWorks in 2016 as an assistant facilitator for workshops in her community, Bidwill. From there she has worked closely with us by facilitating film and photography workshops within her own community and the Fairfield/Liverpool community.

Daisy is passionate about telling the stories of her culture and her community. You can read more about her artistic practice on her artist’s page here.

STAFF

 
Vanessa Hyde

Vanessa Hyde

CEO

 
View Vanessa's bio

Vanessa is an Arts Manager and Creative Producer with extensive experience working in arts and cultural environments and has an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic practice and collaboration. She has a proven track record of producing high quality work and managing organisations, artists and projects to achieve extraordinary outcomes. With a strong commitment to community empowerment through the arts and a deep believer in the power of story, Vanessa is a skilled, passionate and professional leader in the arts and community development sector in Sydney.

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Community Director

 
View Caitlin's bio

Caitlin is a creative producer with an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic adventure and access to the arts for everyone.

She has worked across Australia, Europe and Asia supporting artwork that innovates in the public realm. She has worked for Blast Theory (UK), PACT, Urban Theatre Projects, Belvoir – Company B and Performance Space (AUS). She has an ongoing interest in innovative arts in education programs, including UK and Australian models. From 2011 to 2014 she was Co-Artistic Director at Shopfront Contemporary Arts, an arts co-operative owned by young people in suburban Sydney.

Caitlin supports local artists to tell stories of western Sydney through film, performance, installation and writing and also holds responsibility to develop our grassroots program and Curious Classroom.

Steph Vajda

Steph Vajda

Partnerships & Creative Mentor

 
View Steph's bio
Steph is a creative producer, engagement specialist, designer and film maker who draws on twenty years of advocacy, community cultural development, creative engagement, community planning and multimedia experience. He has worked with a diversity of communities in people around Australia and Sri Lanka, specialising in collaborating with Indigenous, multicultural and regional/remote communities and young people.
Steph specialises in inclusive cross-cultural community engagement, participatory program design and management, partnership brokering, developing mentoring and skill sharing opportunities and collaborative production of multimedia content. His work focuses on supporting diverse people and communities to work together by creating inclusive spaces for storytelling and cultural exchange.
Much of his work since 2008 has been with remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Examples of Steph’s work includes: Stylin’Up Regional (now Creative Tracks); Creative Pathways in the Central West and Shockwave Festival (founder) ; and Hope For Health.
Born in Australia, Steph identifies with his Sri Lankan heritage.
Elias Nohra

Elias Nohra

Makers Space Program Director

View Elias's bio

Elias Nohra is a digital artist with over 12 years of experience using old, new and emerging technologies to tell stories in innovative ways. Primarily a filmmaker with experience directing, editing and shooting in both corporate and non-profit contexts, Elias has also utilized his skills in digital media and storytelling to produce works in theatre, art installations, web & interactivity development, and videogames.

Formerly the Community Director and Head Educator at CuriousWorks, Elias has returned to the company to lead its 2019 pilot program, Makers Space. 

 lias has worked with hundreds of young and old people from culturally diverse backgrounds from all across Australia, building their capacity for sustainable self-expression through diverse digital media forms. He brings a passion for a more diverse and representative media and arts landscape to all of his work.

Elias is an accomplished digital artist and his most recent works include; Laka (2018), the CuriousWorks feature film he worked on as an editor; Snowflake Moon: A Paperville Mystery (2016), his first public video game  which he developed and produced; Repatriate (2015), a multi-screen installation and collaboration with performance maker Latai Taumoepeau, commissioned by Carriageworks for their 24 Frames Per Second exhibition which has toured internationally, and BirdFoxMonster(2016) a performance work with Erth and Studio A including multi-screen film projections and projection-mapped animations on a dining table, which premiered at Carriageworks last year and is continuing development.

Miranda Aguilar

Miranda Aguilar

Communications & Social Media Officer

View Miranda's bio

Miranda Aguilar is a queer Filipina artist, living and working in Western Sydney. While completing her Masters in Public Relations and Advertising at UNSW, Miranda pursued her artistic practice primarily through the Curious Creators program. You can read more about her artistic practice on her artist page here.

Huy Nguyen

Huy Nguyen

Graphic and Web Designer

 
View Huy's bio

Huy is a designer with a background in architecture, visual marketing. Since the completion of his Architecture Degree at UNSW in 2016, Huy has been working as a photographer (specialising in event, product, architectural and interior photography) and graphic designer for several companies including CuriousWorks.

Huy combines knowledge from his architecture degree with a passion for cinema and minimalism and to forge a distinctive aesthetic that is bold yet subtle and contemplative.

While working on CuriousWorks’ communications and social media channels, Huy is undertaking a postgraduate degree in Design at UNSW Arts and Design, specialising in graphic design and branding to further his skills as a visual communicator.

Daisy Montalvo

Daisy Montalvo

FUNPARK Program Co-ordinator

View Andrea's bio
Daisy joined CuriousWorks in 2016 as an assistant facilitator for workshops in her community, Bidwill. From there she has worked closely with us by facilitating film and photography workshops within her own community and the Fairfield/Liverpool community.

Daisy is passionate about telling the stories of her culture and her community. You can read more about her artistic practice on her artist’s page here.

Andrea Beeten

Andrea Beeten

Administration and Finance Assistant

View Andrea's bio

Andrea grew up in Western Sydney and has a Bachelor of Communications & Media from the University of Notre Dame.

She majored in film and screen production, and joined CuriousWorks in 2012 to pursue her ambitions of being a filmmaker. You can read more about her artistic practice on her artist’s page here.

CO-CURIOUS STAFF

S. Shakthidharan

S. Shakthidharan

Artistic Director

View Shakthi's bio

Shakthi is a writer / director, a producer of screen and theatre, and a composer of original music. He is an interdisciplinary artist who often merges these forms in his work.

Recent projects include audiovisual work Rizzy’s 18th Birthday, which premiered at Carriageworks in 2014 and was adapted into a feature film, Riz, which premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2015; Shakthi’s debut long form play, A Counting and Cracking, currently in development with Belvoir Theatre and premiering in 2019, and Laka, a multi-platform film and VR project which is set to tour the world from 2018-2019 through a commission from the Streaming Museum (NY).

From 2003-2018, Shakthi was the founder and artistic director of innovative arts and social change company CuriousWorks. During this time Shakthi led the CuriousWorks team to develop an award-winning model for the innovative use of creative digital media in marginalised communities. This work has led to long-term, multi-platform arts initiatives as well as significant grassroots social change in communities in Western Sydney, remote Western Australia and Northern Melbourne. 

Shakthi was Associate Artist at Carriageworks from 2013-2015 and a founding directorate member of National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. In 2015, he was awarded the Phillip Parson’s Playwright Award from Belvoir Theatre and in 2011 the Kirk Robson Award by Australia Council for the Arts, given to an artist for their work in relation to social justice and community cultural leadership.

Annabel Davis

Annabel Davis

Screen Program Manager

 
View Annabel's bio

Annabel has extensive screen industry experience and a successful history in creating proposals for key arts and film funding bodies.

From 2017-2018 she is the Partnerships Manager with CuriousWorks where she is responsible for forging new alliances with industry and strengthening the company’s existing relationships across industry, government and community arts organisations.

Prior to CuriousWorks, Annabel spent seven years with the Australian Writers’ Guild, where she was instrumental in developing their Pathways Program which linked talented writers with producers and key industry decision-makers. She also helped lead the establishment of Scripted Ink, which provides world-first development opportunities to Australian writers.

Annabel’s background also includes working on a range of Australian and international television drama series, ArtsNSW, and boutique film and video production companies.

STAFF

 
Vanessa Hyde

Vanessa Hyde

CEO

 
View Vanessa's bio

Vanessa is an Arts Manager and Creative Producer with extensive experience working in arts and cultural environments and has an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic practice and collaboration. She has a proven track record of producing high quality work and managing organisations, artists and projects to achieve extraordinary outcomes. With a strong commitment to community empowerment through the arts and a deep believer in the power of story, Vanessa is a skilled, passionate and professional leader in the arts and community development sector in Sydney.

Steph Vajda

Steph Vajda

Partnerships & Creative Mentor

 
View Steph's bio
Steph is a creative producer, engagement specialist, designer and film maker who draws on twenty years of advocacy, community cultural development, creative engagement, community planning and multimedia experience. He has worked with a diversity of communities in people around Australia and Sri Lanka, specialising in collaborating with Indigenous, multicultural and regional/remote communities and young people.
Steph specialises in inclusive cross-cultural community engagement, participatory program design and management, partnership brokering, developing mentoring and skill sharing opportunities and collaborative production of multimedia content. His work focuses on supporting diverse people and communities to work together by creating inclusive spaces for storytelling and cultural exchange.
Much of his work since 2008 has been with remote Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory and Queensland. Examples of Steph’s work includes: Stylin’Up Regional (now Creative Tracks); Creative Pathways in the Central West and Shockwave Festival (founder) ; and Hope For Health.
Born in Australia, Steph identifies with his Sri Lankan heritage.
Miranda Aguilar

Miranda Aguilar

Communications & Social Media Officer

View Miranda's bio

Miranda Aguilar is a queer Filipina artist, living and working in Western Sydney. While completing her Masters in Public Relations and Advertising at UNSW, Miranda pursued her artistic practice primarily through the Curious Creators program. You can read more about her artistic practice on her artist page here.

Daisy Montalvo

Daisy Montalvo

FUNPARK Program Co-ordinator

View Andrea's bio
Daisy joined CuriousWorks in 2016 as an assistant facilitator for workshops in her community, Bidwill. From there she has worked closely with us by facilitating film and photography workshops within her own community and the Fairfield/Liverpool community.

Daisy is passionate about telling the stories of her culture and her community. You can read more about her artistic practice on her artist’s page here.

Elias Nohra

Elias Nohra

Makers Space Program Director

View Elias's bio

Elias Nohra is a digital artist with over 12 years of experience using old, new and emerging technologies to tell stories in innovative ways. Primarily a filmmaker with experience directing, editing and shooting in both corporate and non-profit contexts, Elias has also utilized his skills in digital media and storytelling to produce works in theatre, art installations, web & interactivity development, and videogames.

Formerly the Community Director and Head Educator at CuriousWorks, Elias has returned to the company to lead its 2019 pilot program, Makers Space. 

 lias has worked with hundreds of young and old people from culturally diverse backgrounds from all across Australia, building their capacity for sustainable self-expression through diverse digital media forms. He brings a passion for a more diverse and representative media and arts landscape to all of his work.

Elias is an accomplished digital artist and his most recent works include; Laka (2018), the CuriousWorks feature film he worked on as an editor; Snowflake Moon: A Paperville Mystery (2016), his first public video game  which he developed and produced; Repatriate (2015), a multi-screen installation and collaboration with performance maker Latai Taumoepeau, commissioned by Carriageworks for their 24 Frames Per Second exhibition which has toured internationally, and BirdFoxMonster(2016) a performance work with Erth and Studio A including multi-screen film projections and projection-mapped animations on a dining table, which premiered at Carriageworks last year and is continuing development.

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Caitlin Newton-Broad

Community Director

 
View Caitlin's bio

Caitlin is a creative producer with an ongoing commitment to community cultural development, artistic adventure and access to the arts for everyone.

She has worked across Australia, Europe and Asia supporting artwork that innovates in the public realm. She has worked for Blast Theory (UK), PACT, Urban Theatre Projects, Belvoir – Company B and Performance Space (AUS). She has an ongoing interest in innovative arts in education programs, including UK and Australian models. From 2011 to 2014 she was Co-Artistic Director at Shopfront Contemporary Arts, an arts co-operative owned by young people in suburban Sydney.

Caitlin supports local artists to tell stories of western Sydney through film, performance, installation and writing and also holds responsibility to develop our grassroots program and Curious Classroom.

Andrea Beeten

Andrea Beeten

Administration and Finance Assistant

View Andrea's bio

Andrea grew up in Western Sydney and has a Bachelor of Communications & Media from the University of Notre Dame.

She majored in film and screen production, and joined CuriousWorks in 2012 to pursue her ambitions of being a filmmaker. You can read more about her artistic practice on her artist’s page here.

Huy Nguyen

Huy Nguyen

Graphics and Web Designer

 
View Huy's bio

Huy is a designer with a background in architecture, visual marketing. Since the completion of his Architecture Degree at UNSW in 2016, Huy has been working as a photographer (specialising in event, product, architectural and interior photography) and graphic designer for several companies including CuriousWorks.

Huy combines knowledge from his architecture degree with a passion for cinema and minimalism and to forge a distinctive aesthetic that is bold yet subtle and contemplative.

While working on CuriousWorks’ communications and social media channels, Huy is undertaking a postgraduate degree in Design at UNSW Arts and Design, specialising in graphic design and branding to further his skills as a visual communicator.

Annabel Davis

Annabel Davis

Co-Curious Screen Program Manager

 
View Annabel's bio

Annabel has extensive screen industry experience and a successful history in creating proposals for key arts and film funding bodies.

From 2017-2018 she is the Partnerships Manager with CuriousWorks where she is responsible for forging new alliances with industry and strengthening the company’s existing relationships across industry, government and community arts organisations.

Prior to CuriousWorks, Annabel spent seven years with the Australian Writers’ Guild, where she was instrumental in developing their Pathways Program which linked talented writers with producers and key industry decision-makers. She also helped lead the establishment of Scripted Ink, which provides world-first development opportunities to Australian writers.

Annabel’s background also includes working on a range of Australian and international television drama series, ArtsNSW, and boutique film and video production companies.

S. Shakthidharan

S. Shakthidharan

Artistic Director

View Shakthi's bio

Shakthi is a writer / director, a producer of screen and theatre, and a composer of original music. He is an interdisciplinary artist who often merges these forms in his work.

Recent projects include audiovisual work Rizzy’s 18th Birthday, which premiered at Carriageworks in 2014 and was adapted into a feature film, Riz, which premiered at Sydney Film Festival in 2015; Shakthi’s debut long form play, A Counting and Cracking, currently in development with Belvoir Theatre and premiering in 2019, and Laka, a multi-platform film and VR project which is set to tour the world from 2018-2019 through a commission from the Streaming Museum (NY).

From 2003-2018, Shakthi was the founder and artistic director of innovative arts and social change company CuriousWorks. During this time Shakthi led the CuriousWorks team to develop an award-winning model for the innovative use of creative digital media in marginalised communities. This work has led to long-term, multi-platform arts initiatives as well as significant grassroots social change in communities in Western Sydney, remote Western Australia and Northern Melbourne. 

Shakthi was Associate Artist at Carriageworks from 2013-2015 and a founding directorate member of National Theatre of Parramatta in 2017. In 2015, he was awarded the Phillip Parson’s Playwright Award from Belvoir Theatre and in 2011 the Kirk Robson Award by Australia Council for the Arts, given to an artist for their work in relation to social justice and community cultural leadership.

BOARD

 
Melinda Muth

Melinda Muth

Chairperson

 
View Melinda's bio

Melinda is an experienced Management Educator and Facilitator who specialises in personal and team effectiveness, principally with senior executives and leadership teams. She combines her practical and academic experience to help people and companies innovate, solve problems and develop leadership capability. Melinda is also an experienced company director and currently also serves on the board of HCA Philanthropy.

Andrew Maiden

Andrew Maiden

General Member

 
View Andrew's bio

Andrew Maiden is an accomplished leader in public policy, advocacy and communications.

After completing degrees in law and economics, Andrew served as an adviser, press secretary and chief-of-staff to senior Australian political figures including the federal Minister for Finance.

In 2000 he joined Telstra, leading the company’s international regulatory team as the telco expanded in the region and acquired media assets. He later headed group communications, leading a team of 100 responsible for public affairs, media relations, employee communications, corporate responsibility and reputation.

In 2013 Andrew continued his media sector career as chief executive of ASTRA, the peak body representing subscription television in Australia. He worked closely with the CEOs of large media companies, senior political figures, regulators and journalists, achieving significant regulatory reform.

Andrew now offers strategic counsel to boards, chief executives and senior executives, helping them manage regulatory, reputation and political risks. He has provided trusted advice to clients in media, technology, infrastructure, professional services, the arts, transport, resources, sport and healthcare.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Easha Ranasinghe

Easha Ranasinghe

Treasurer

 
View Easha's bio
Easha has more than 18 years experience in accounting and auditing in Australia, The Cook Islands, New Zealand, Botswana & Sri Lanka. Over this time she has worked as Finance Manager for some of the largest and well respected companies in the world – AON, Lloyds International, Westpac, Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Easha brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in governance and financial management to CuriousWorks.
Josh Butt

Josh Butt

General Member

 
View Josh's bio

Josh Butt is an award winning Executive Producer of brand funded television, TV commercials, video, short films, and podcasts. As the former Head of Production at MediaCom Beyond Advertising Josh led the production of TV shows Air Rescue (Ch 7), Firies (Ch 10), Storm Season (Ch 10), TVCs and commercial films for brands including: Westpac, Duracell, EA Sports, Foxtel, Universal Channel, Transport for NSW, NSW & Qld Health and Princess Cruises.

In 2018, Josh founded Ampel – a production agency that works in house production departments in companies to create all forms of TV, video and audio work. Josh has produced a few podcasts, including as EP and Host of the acclaimed “Modern Babies” for Nova / Genea which has won a number of awards. He has previously taught production at SAE and AFTRS, is a graduate of Monash University Business School and the Victorian College of the Arts and is proud to sit on the board of Curious Works.

Rachel Kerry

Rachel Kerry

Public Officer

 
View Rachel's bio

Rachel is a philanthropic and social responsibility expert who has worked in the industry for more than 12 years. She brings to CuriousWorks an excellent understanding of governance, business processes and strategic management as well as experience in making meaningful connections between the private, corporate and charitable sectors.

Erandi Samarakoon

Erandi Samarakoon

General Member

View Erandi's bio

Erandi is a sustainability strategy and governance expert with a career spanning government, consulting and publicly listed corporations. As Macquarie Group’s global lead for Social and Environmental Risk in Corporate Operations, her role adresses pressing social issues such as human rights, climate change, and ethical sourcing. Building on education and an early career in design, she helps organisations find creative solutions to deliver a positive impact on society.

Sorrel Palmer

Sorrel Palmer

General Member

View Sorrel's bio

Sorrel is a public lawyer based in Sydney. In private practice, she worked as a corporate lawyer in Singapore and Sydney and also worked on secondment with the Refugee Advice Casework Service (RACS) which she continues to assist in a pro bono capacity. She has a strong interest in social justice and in tackling structural barriers faced by vulnerable or minority groups. Her involvement in the arts has included volunteering for the Arts Law Centre and serving on the committee of a women writers festival.

BOARD

 
Melinda Muth

Melinda Muth

Chairperson

 
View Melinda's bio

Melinda is an experienced Management Educator and Facilitator who specialises in personal and team effectiveness, principally with senior executives and leadership teams. She combines her practical and academic experience to help people and companies innovate, solve problems and develop leadership capability. Melinda is also an experienced company director and currently also serves on the board of HCA Philanthropy.

Erandi Samarakoon

Erandi Samarakoon

General Member

View Erandi's bio
Erandi is a sustainability strategy and governance expert with a career spanning government, consulting and publicly listed corporations. As Macquarie Group’s global lead for Social and Environmental Risk in Corporate Operations, her role adresses pressing social issues such as human rights, climate change, and ethical sourcing. Building on education and an early career in design, she helps organisations find creative solutions to deliver a positive impact on society. 
Rachel Kerry

Rachel Kerry

Public Officer

 
View Rachel's bio

Rachel is a philanthropic and social responsibility expert who has worked in the industry for more than 12 years. She brings to CuriousWorks an excellent understanding of governance, business processes and strategic management as well as experience in making meaningful connections between the private, corporate and charitable sectors.

Sorrel Palmer

Sorrel Palmer

General Member

View Sorrel's bio
Sorrel is a public lawyer based in Sydney. In private practice, she worked as a corporate lawyer in Singapore and Sydney and also worked on secondment with the Refugee Advice Casework Service (RACS) which she continues to assist in a pro bono capacity. She has a strong interest in social justice and in tackling structural barriers faced by vulnerable or minority groups. Her involvement in the arts has included volunteering for the Arts Law Centre and serving on the committee of a women writers festival.
Easha Ranasinghe

Easha Ranasinghe

Treasurer

 
View Easha's bio
Easha has more than 18 years experience in accounting and auditing in Australia, The Cook Islands, New Zealand, Botswana & Sri Lanka. Over this time she has worked as Finance Manager for some of the largest and well respected companies in the world – AON, Lloyds International, Westpac, Ernst and Young and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Easha brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in governance and financial management to CuriousWorks.
Josh Butt

Josh Butt

General Member

 
View Josh's bio

Josh is a multi-award winning producer of television, commercials, comedy and audio. In June 2017 Josh began as Head of Program Formats and Development at The Story Lab focusing on bringing global and local television formats to Australian Networks and brands.

Formerly, Josh was head of production at Mediacom Advertising (MBA), leading production of brand funded TV (Air Rescue, Firies, Storm Season), TVCs and commercial films for major brands including Westpac, Duracell, Foxtel, Transport NSW, Mars and others. He previously worked at ABC, Fairfax, Triple M, taught 2nd year Film Producing, regularly performs voiceovers and spent four years as a stand up/sketch comic. Josh studied at the Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University and is a judge of the Cast Away Podcast awards.

Andrew Maiden

Andrew Maiden

General Member

View Andrew's bio

Andrew Maiden is an accomplished leader in public policy, advocacy and communications.

After completing degrees in law and economics, Andrew served as an adviser, press secretary and chief-of-staff to senior Australian political figures including the federal Minister for Finance.

In 2000 he joined Telstra, leading the company’s international regulatory team as the telco expanded in the region and acquired media assets. He later headed group communications, leading a team of 100 responsible for public affairs, media relations, employee communications, corporate responsibility and reputation.

In 2013 Andrew continued his media sector career as chief executive of ASTRA, the peak body representing subscription television in Australia. He worked closely with the CEOs of large media companies, senior political figures, regulators and journalists, achieving significant regulatory reform.

Andrew now offers strategic counsel to boards, chief executives and senior executives, helping them manage regulatory, reputation and political risks. He has provided trusted advice to clients in media, technology, infrastructure, professional services, the arts, transport, resources, sport and healthcare.

He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

PARTNERS

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre

Australian Film, Radio & Television School

Miller Technology High School

Fairfield Museum and Gallery

Riverside Theatre Parramatta

Micro Galleries

Settlement Services International

PYT Fairfield

Youth off the Streets

Fairfield Intensive English Centre

Phoenix Eye

Moogahlin Performing Arts

Blacktown Arts Centre

WOW Festival for Children

Sydney Latin American Film Festival 

Granville Youth and Community Centre

Mt Druitt & District Reconciliation Group

FUNPARK Coalition

Bidwill Uniting

The Learning Ground Bidwill

North St Mary’s Neighbourhood Centre

Diversity Arts Australia

Sweatshop

Q Theatre  - Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre

SUPPORTERS

CONTACT US

 

contact@curiousworks.com.au

02 9602 9568

Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Level 3, 1 Powerhouse Rd Casula NSW

PO Box 112 Liverpool NSW 1871 Australia

ABN 49 717 992 269

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

OUR OFFICE IS LOCATED ON THARAWAL COUNTRY. OUR WORK TAKES US ACROSS THARAWAL, DHARUG AND  GANDANGARA COUNTRY. WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE TRADITIONAL OWNERS OF THE LAND ON WHICH WE WORK, AND PAY OUR RESPECTS TO ELDERS PAST, PRESENT AND EMERGING.