Co-Founder and Director
Caroline Wood has a background in publishing, community engagement and communication. She has held senior management positions at the University of Western Australia which included Deputy Director of the Centre for Water Research where she managed a budget of over $4million. She has served on the board of Amnesty International Australia, Small Publishers Network, Margaret River Augusta Tourism Association and was Chair of the Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival. Caroline is also the founder and director of Margaret River Press. Caroline is responsible for advancing the vision and direction of the Centre; leading and managing people; financial control and management; fund-raising and sponsorship development; fostering new opportunities; and cementing the Centre’s reputation as a leading creative organisation nationally.
Head, Storytelling and Training
Sisonke Msimang is the author of Always Another Country and The Resurrection of Winnie Mandela. Her previous work focused on race, gender and democracy. She has written for a range of international publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Newsweek and Al Jazeera. Sisonke is also the Literature and Ideas curator for Perth Writers Week 2020. She was a regular storyteller and facilitator for The Moth and TED. Sisonke is responsible for setting direction of oral story projects, implementing policies around ethical standards for story collection; designing and delivering story training that is client specific; running workshops and supervising story-training workshops; and ensuring quality delivery of service and stories.
Carolyn Hall is a brand economist and business strategist executive with over 25 year’s experience across a diverse range of industries. She combines strategy, imagination, vision and implementation, understanding of consumer needs and expertise of how strategic initiatives link with sustainable business practices. She has previously held leadership roles in both banking in London, and as Executive Vice President of McCann Erickson, one of the largest global advertising agencies in New York. At the Centre, Carolyn is responsible for overall brand development, marketing and communications. She also works in conjunction with the Creative Director and Co-Founder to identify partnership and sponsorship opportunities with organisations to ensure the vision and mission of the Centre is upheld at all times.
Robert Wood is the author of three books and has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Western Australia. He has edited for Cordite Poetry Review, Peril Magazine, and Overland Journal. Robert has worked for Australian Poetry at The Wheeler Centre, and was a Faculty member of The School of Life (Melbourne). In 2017/2018, he was a Copyright Agency Emerging Critic with the Sydney Review of Books and an Endeavour Research Fellow at Columbia University. Robert is the current Chair of PEN Perth, an Interviewer for Liminal Magazine, and has a monthly column in the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is responsible for identifying and developing partnerships with local, national and international arts organisations and creatives; designing and delivering a program of activities; quality control of all creative outputs; and developing and implementing best-practice service delivery models.
Program and Communications Officer
Logan Griffiths is a professional writer who has held positions in client services, administration and communications at Curtin University and Margaret River Press. She was the Festival Manager for the Australian Short Story Festival in 2018, and has assisted and managed projects for WA Museum, Ruah, Curtin University, Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, and Denmark Festival of Voice. Logan manages the team of interns and provides essential support for the delivery of expected project outcomes. She is also responsible for overseeing social media updates, updating the news page and sending out the monthly newsletter.
Producer and Events Coordinator
Claudia Mancini is a producer and facilitator who is passionate about using the arts for social impact. She has managed and assisted on major events and projects with a variety of organisations through the Centre for Stories, including City of Stirling, Office of Multicultural Interests, City of Perth, and Community Arts Network. Claudia has hosted and facilitated discussions for KickstART Festival, Collision Festival, Conversations Perth, and Camp Doogs. Her responsibilities include supervising and coordinating all aspects of an event as well as collecting and producing stories for website and for podcasts.
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.