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Our Team

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Caroline Wood

Chief Executive Officer

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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Sisonke Msimang

Head Story Trainer

Sisonke Msimang is a renowned storyteller who has worked with The Moth, TED, Yale University, Bellagio Centre and Aspen Institute. In 2020, she was the Literature and Ideas curator for Perth Festival. Sisonke facilitates story-training workshops, develops training resources, and establishes the direction of story performances.

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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 Professional Writing and Publishing from Curtin University. She manages projects primarily focused on storytelling through writing. She coordinates the Centre for Stories’ digital journal Portside Review, the signature writing program, and annual print publications. She supervises the team of interns. 

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Claudia Mancini

Youth Program Coordinator

Claudia Mancini is a program coordinator and youth counsellor. She coordinates storytelling programs for young people, including oral storytelling and creative writing workshops delivered in schools and through partner organisations. Claudia is interested in the benefit of storytelling for wellbeing, as well as developing best-practice and trauma-informed approaches for collecting and sharing stories. She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia, and a Master of Counselling from the University of Notre Dame.

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Jay Anderson

Producer and Events Coordinator

Jay Anderson completed a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts at Curtin University where his research focus was on queer representation in regional and rural Australian literature. He 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 and print anthologies. Jay managed Bright Lights, No City  a storytelling project for LGBTIQA+ youth from rural and regional areas of WA and now manages Backstories, our annual backyard storytelling festival. Jay is currently completing a Masters of Social Work at Curtin University and he’s interested in how storytelling can be used as a tool for social justice.

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Centre for Stories Finance Officer Zhanna Needham

Zhanna Needham

Finance Officer

Zhanna Needham has over fifteen years’ experience as an accountant and finance officer for large corporations, small business, and not-for-profit organisations. She has a Bachelor of Economics and Management from State University of Kostanay. Zhanna has also undertaken training in visual content creation and social media marketing and is a professional photographer. Zhanna is responsible for preparing budgets, monthly financial statements and reports, monitoring project costs and charge out rates, and processing payments.

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Centre for Stories Program and Events Coordinator Luisa Mitchell

Luisa Mitchell

Program and Events Coordinator

Luisa Mitchell is a Broome-born author and filmmaker with Whadjuk Ballardong heritage who delves into both the fantastical and the very real through writing and art. She has a Bachelor of Screen Arts and International Relations from Curtin University and has several short stories published in print and online. She is interested in empowering young people through creative projects and manages the oral storytelling programs and events at the Centre for Stories.

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Paola Borquez-Arce

Research Officer

Paola Borquez-Arce has a bachelor’s in psychology and a Master’s in Population Studies and is currently completing a PhD in Biological Anthropology. She has experience in the community development sector as an advocate for transgender and women’s rights, as well as for cultural diversity and equity

Paola is our Research Officer, and is collating and coordinating data for our ‘Western Australian Stories’ project.

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Centre for Stories Admin Assistant Henry Farnan

Henry Farnan

Admin Assistant

Henry Farnan has a Bachelor of Arts from Curtin University where he focused on writing, publishing, and culture. Having begun life at Centre for Stories as an intern, Henry is now involved in organising and collating data for administrative purposes and assisting with social media. He is particularly interested in writing as a vehicle for storytelling.

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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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