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Our Team

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Caroline Wood

Co-Founder and Director

Caroline Wood has decades of diverse professional experience spanning academia, publishing, and advocacy. She is responsible for advancing the vision and direction of the Centre, leading and managing people, fund-raising and sponsorship development, and cementing the Centre’s reputation as a leading creative organisation nationally.

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Robert Wood

Creative Director

Robert Wood is a Malayali poet interested in community, ideas, and language, and is the author of four books. Robert is responsible for developing partnerships with artists and social change organisations; planning a program of activities, including writing, publishing and mentoring; quality control of all creative outputs; and implementing best-practice models that improve wellbeing. His concepts include Backstories and Portside Review.

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Logan Griffiths

Program Coordinator

Logan Griffiths has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Media and Communications from Curtin University. Logan is responsible for managing a number of projects with a focus on supporting emerging writers, including the Centre’s online journal Portside Review, writing programs, and annual publications. She supervises the team of interns and is responsible for communications, including the monthly newsletter. 

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Claudia Mancini

Producer and Events Coordinator

Claudia Mancini is a community arts producer and facilitator working across the not-for-profit sector. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Counselling from Notre Dame University. Claudia is responsible for coordinating a range of projects and events, with a particular focus on oral storytelling. This includes a storytelling program for high schools, multiple podcast series, and two annual storytelling festivals.

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Jay Anderson

Social Media Coordinator

Jay Anderson completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts at Curtin University. His postgraduate research examined queer representation in rural and regional Australian literature. Jay has worked in the publishing industry and the arts sector in various roles and his writing has been published in a number of online journals. Jay managed Bright Lights, No City a storytelling project for LGBTQIA+ youth from rural and regional areas of WA and now manages the Centre’s social media.

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Nina Thethy

Finance Officer

Nina is a CPA-certified accountant with extensive experience across a broad range of industries. She completed a Bachelor of Business in 2006, majoring in accounting, and has since worked in finance in the government, legal, and oil and gas sectors. Nina is responsible for preparing budgets, financial statements and reports, processing financials, and developing the financial sustainability of the Centre.  ​

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Sisonke Msimang

Head Story Trainer

Sisonke Msimang is a renowned storyteller and the author of Always Another Country and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela. She facilitates story-training workshops in one-on-one and group formats to empower people to share their stories, and develops the Centre’s storytelling training resources.

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Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa

Story Trainer

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a playwright, poet, and screenwriter. She has competed in the Australian Poetry Slam Competition, performed on Australia’s Got Talent, and presented at multiple Tedx events. In 2019, Sukhjit premiered her debut theatre show Fully Sikh and is currently developing two TV projects. Sukhjit runs oral-storytelling workshops for a range of projects, including Saga Sisterhood and Forbidden Love.

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Michael Abercromby

Story Trainer

Michael Abercromby is an actor, writer, and trainee director who graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2013. He facilitates oral-storytelling workshops in one-on-one and group formats to empower people to share their stories. This includes young people living with disability and international students at Curtin University.

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