Friends of the Centre (Inc)

The objective of the Friends of the Centre for Stories (Inc.) is to support and work with the Centre for Stories. The Friends fundraises for the Centre and undertakes ‘not for profit’ activities and projects that have a special focus on supporting people from diverse backgrounds, community organisations and the not for profit sector with story training and collection.

Donate to the Friends of the Centre for Stories

Your support will be used to:

(i) enable people from diverse backgrounds to learn the art and craft of storytelling,

(ii) showcase the work of emerging writers and oral storytellers

(iv) turn events into podcasts for sharing to a wider audience

How to donate: You can contribute online by clicking the ‘Donate’ button below, or if you prefer to mail a donation, please download and print out a donation form.

For information about the Friends please email

Members of the Friends of the Centre for Stories

Robyn Ellison


Robyn Ellison is the Communications Manager for Rio Tinto’s global diamonds business. An economist by training, Robyn has held a number of commercial and strategic planning roles in the public and private sectors prior to taking up her current role in 2007.  Robyn has a Commerce degree and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.

Coralie Bishop

Deputy Chair

Coralie Bishop is the Development Manager at West Australian Opera. She is a Fellow of Leadership WA and holds a Master of Arts in Arts & Entertainment Management from Deakin University and a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University. Coralie is currently a member of the Leadership WA Finance, Risk and Audit Subcommittee and was previously a board member of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Deputy Chair of Perth Theatre Company and a committee member of STRUT Dance.

Raj Tethy


Raj Tethy is General Manager Finance and Corporate Services at Youth Focus. Raj has had over 18 years of experience in the public & private education sector; his responsibilities have covered financial accounting, strategic planning, market and competitor analysis and business improvement & development.  In his current role, Raj manages all administrative functions including finance, IT&T, facilities management, risk management, and HR.

Leo Gallop


Leo Gallop is a Senior Legal Counsel at Woodside Energy, providing legal advice and assistance across the full array of Woodside’s oil and gas exploration and production activities in Western Australia and overseas. Leo was educated at Rossmoyne Senior High School and the University of Western Australia and was a Board member of the inaugural Rossmoyne Senior High School Board.

Neil Fernandes

Committee Member

Neil Fernandes has held a number of senior positions in the vocational education and training (VET) system in Western Australia over the last 35 years. He currently runs his own consultancy, and is a board member of the Schools Curriculum and Standards Authority, the Training Accreditation Council of WA, PICA, and the Engineering Institute of Technology. He holds a BA (Philosophy) from the University of Western Australia.

Pavitra Aran

Committee Member

Pavitra Aran is the 2017 West Australian Young Achiever of the Year. Pavitra was headspace’s first CaLD Youth Worker nationwide and the founder of Young Refugees of WA. Prior to this, Pavitra was the program manager for a youth suicide prevention organisation working with primary and secondary schools across WA. Currently, Pavitra is a Provisional Psychologist based at Murdoch Psychology Clinic.


Our partnerships are aimed at sharing our expertise, discovering fresh voices and reaching new audiences.

Community Arts Network (CAN)

The Centre works in partnership with CAN to support and platform Aboriginal storytellers who wish to share stories with the wider community and strengthen the representation of diverse stories, voices and histories in Western Australia.

The Blue Room

This partnership aims to bring a portion of stories collected by the Centre for Stories to the stage at The Blue Room by pairing playwrights to storytellers.

Perth Arts Festival

Each year the Centre partners with the Perth Writers Festival to host literary events at the Centre in the week leading up to the Perth Writers Festival.

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