Our Team

The team at the Centre is made up of people passionate the craft of storytelling and sharing stories as widely as possible. The team includes expert and internationally recognised oral story trainers, award winning writers and poets, producers, facilitators, sound and visual experts.

Caroline Wood

Co-Founder and Director

Caroline Wood has a strong background in publishing, community engagement and communication. She held management positions at the University of Western Australia and was a Board member of Amnesty International Australia and the Small Publishers Network. Caroline manages corporate and community relationships, sponsorship, funding raising and program implementation.

John Wood

Co-Founder

John Wood has had a diverse career path spanning academia and both public and private sectors.  He has taught at universities, worked for governments of both major political parties, crafted speeches for a Prime Minister, held Professorial appointments at Notre Dame and Edith Cowan Universities.

Sisonke Msimang

Head Story Trainer

Sisonke Msimang is writer and activist who works on issues of money, power and sex. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, Newsweek and a range of other international publications.  Sisonke has told stories at The Moth and TEDxSoweto and has used storytelling as a tool for social justice for many years.  Sisonke is responsible for the oral storytelling program at the Centre.

Michael Abercromby

Story Trainer

Michael Abercromby graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts’ (WAAPA) Acting course in 2013. He has supplemented his acting by developing his skills in theatre making, and building a profile as a writer and director with his company JackRabbit Theatre. He is currently undertaking his Masters in directing at WAAPA.

Logan Griffiths

Program and Communications Officer

Logan Griffiths is a professional writer with a background in communications, broadcasting and publishing. At the Centre she is responsible for story-collecting, program management and communications.

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Claudia Mancini

Project Producer

Claudia Mancini is passionate about using the arts for social impact. At the Centre she is responsible for website and social media management, story-collecting, event management, and production. She has hosted and facilitated discussions for the Centre for Stories, KickstART Festival, Collision Festival and Camp Doogs.

Robert Wood

Editor and Program Officer

Robert Wood is the author of three books, and has had work published in the United States, UK, France, Portugal, India, Nigeria, Singapore, China, Australia and elsewhere. He has been an Emerging Critic with the Sydney Review of Books and sat on the Faculty of The School of Life. In 2017–2018, Robert was an Endeavour Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York City. At present, he is writing poems about youth, friendship and the ocean and essays about suburbanism. Robert is Chair of PEN Perth.

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