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 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 loves puppets and has been making marketing material and puppeteering with Snuff Puppets since 1993. His puppeteering has been seen by millions around the world, including at record-breaking performances at NYC’s Madison Square Garden and London’s O2 Arena. In 2014, Daniell spent a year puppeteering with DreamWorks How To Train Your Dragon Live Spectacular in Beijing. Currently (2018-19), Daniell is on leave from the board whilst undertaking a year long tour of Europe as an animatronics puppeteer with the BBC’s Walking With Dinosaurs – The Arena Spectacular. Daniell has also puppeteered with 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.
Andria has more than 20 years’ experience managing corporate communications and external relations for some of Australia’s most high profile organisations, including senior roles with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation and the Australian High Commission to Singapore, where she managed Australia’s vibrant cultural relations program in that market and was appointed Head of Media for the Australian Delegation to the APEC 2009 Economic Leaders’ Meeting. In her spare time Andria has served on the ex-ecutive committee of UN Women in Singapore and as a volunteer mentor and board member of a school mentoring organisation in Melbourne.