Dave Roper – Chair
Dave is a director of construction workshop Supa Dupa Industries and vinyl record pressing co Program Records. His background is in design and manufacturing and in previous lives started & managed Minuteman Messengers and Crumpler.
James Adams – Treasurer
James is an Investment Analyst for JGL Investment. Previously James worked for Ernst and Young in the Strategy Consulting and Corporate Finance practices. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, has a Master of Professional Accounting and a Bachelor of Science.
Janis Lacey – Secretary
Janis is an Industrial Designer specialising in designing and delivering textile-based goods. After graduating from Melbourne’s Swinburne University, Janis went on to join Crumpler, and eventually, lead the company’s design team for the better part of six years. He has since gone on to co-found Soft Serve Studio, a soft goods design consultancy based in Melbourne, Australia.
Erin has a background in communications and campaigning and has worked for a range of non-government organisations and unions including Greenpeace, Oxfam and with the International MetalWorkers Foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2010 Erin was the senior media adviser for Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown and now works for the Yarra Energy Foundation.
Kelly is a lawyer and adviser in Policy and Government Relations at the University of Melbourne. She has formally worked as Director at the Centre for Policy Development and as a senior adviser in the Federal Parliament to Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and former Leader of the Australian Greens, Senator Bob Brown. Kelly started her career at Victoria Legal Aid as a public defender and has also worked widely in the public sector (Victorian and Commonwealth). Kelly has qualifications from the University of Cambridge, Australian National University and the University of Melbourne. She founded and ran an independent theatre company in Melbourne for seven years, White Whale Theatre, with regular successful seasons in Melbourne and a three-week tour to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004.
Daniell has been working with Snuff Puppets since 1993. Daniell has puppeteered with the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular, DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular, Sanctum Theatre, A Blanck Canvas, Balooga, The Creature Technology Company, Polyglot Theatre and Theatre of Hell.
Andy is the founder and CEO, Artistic Director, creator, writer, designer, director, puppet-maker, puppeteer and performer at Snuff Puppets. He began making giant puppets in 1988 with Splinters Inc, co-founding Snuff Puppets in 1992. Andy has showcased the Snuff Puppets repertoire of productions, workshops and collaborations to more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America and at home in Oceania.
Mitch Jones aka Captain Ruin, is a professional unusualist dedicated to realising the strange and the wonderful. He joined Snuff Puppets in 2010 and has since enjoyed performing as a Body Part, a Bunyip, a Seagull and many other eccentric creatures across Australia and internationally (Taiwan, NZ). He took part in the development and performance of Snuff Party (2010, 2011) and Everybody (2012). You can find more information about Mitch’s personal projects, which include anarchic promenade theatre, sideshow, circus and immersive carnival installations at www.captainruin.com