My professional working life began as a personal assistant to an opera singer in London, then translator in Paris, followed by jobs in Australia as youth counsellor, secondary school teacher, yoga teacher, arts administrator, TAFE teacher and instructional designer for distance and online learning courses. I retired after 20 years in the APS as policy advisor, grants and project manager, strategic planner and organisational facilitator. This included being a Director on several Naational Industry Training Advisory Boards (ITABs) and the Commonwealth Delegate to several international education working groups, here and overseas. In parallel, I continued to participate in contemporary dance, social dance and improvisational theatre, starting as one of the inaugural performers in Play back theatre, Sydney 1981, and most recently as a member of Canberra Dance Theatres's Growing Old Disgracefully (GOLD) group. For 10 years I was also co-Director of Refresh Your Life, a private fitness and personal development studio.
Skye has a diverse professional background in business, marketing & communications, events and retail, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She has worked in the arts sector in Canberra since 2017 and is inspired by the passionate dedication of Canberra’s artists and arts workers. Skye enjoys providing insights from the for-profit sector that elevate the practices of her non-profit peers, and has a love of improving efficiencies and processes that allow artists and arts workers to focus on their important work of developing arts experiences.
Jane trained as a Health Information Manager at Curtin University in Perth and started her working life at Royal Perth Hospital, in a variety of roles - starting out as a clerk on the Emergency Ward and working her way up to being Manager, Health Records Services. Marriage to an Army Officer then brought with it many, many moves, wonderful experiences and different opportunities. Jane worked for the Department of Veteran Affairs in Canberra for 12 years, and also worked for 3 years as a member of the Governor Generals personal staff. Jane has been a volunteer with her local Community Fire Unit since 2014 and remains committed to helping her neighbours naviagate safely through the fire season. Jane has always danced her way through life, starting with ballet and tap, and later moving on to ballroom dancing, belly dancing, Taiko Drumming and Zumba.
Emma Batchelor is a queer writer and author from Canberra. From 2016-2019 she edited and wrote for online publication Leiden, and in 2017 published ‘Building a Conscious Wardrobe (and other fun things)’ a book championing conscious consumerism. In May, 2021 her first novel ‘Now that I see you’ won the Australian/Vogel Literary Award. As a dancer, Emma has performed for QL2 in both regional and international tours as well as for brother, choreographer James Batchelor. Emma is currently the Chair of ACT Writers, sits on the Minister’s Creative Council and is an ambassador for the ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge. Her professional background is in corporate governance, community organising and communications.
Robert most recently has worked as the manager of Digital Learning at the National Portrait Gallery and run the Museum Robot Program and virtual tours at the National Museum of Australia. Robert also has a background in theatre as a director, writer and producer, but not for sometime. He formed and directed the performance team at Questacon from 2000 to 2006.