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

Producer and Events Coordinator

Claudia Mancini has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Australia and a Master of Counselling from Notre Dame University. She manages projects and events primarily focused on oral storytelling. This includes live storytelling events, the Centre’s online storytelling course, and an emerging storytelling program for high school students. Claudia develops best-practice and trauma-informed approaches for collecting and sharing stories.

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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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Kobby Asomani

Marketing Officer

Kobby Asomani is a digital communications specialist with a keen interest in the intersection of arts and technology. His role is to increase the reach and awareness of the Centre’s purpose, programs, and projects through a variety of channels. Kobby holds a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Design and a Master of Internet Communications from Curtin University.

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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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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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