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Shona Martyn

CEO: Walkley Foundation for Journalism

Walkley Foundation CEO Shona Martyn is a former editor of Good Weekend, HQ Magazine and the Sydney Morning Herald's weekend arts section, Spectrum.

Shona Martyn

Shona Martyn

CEO: Walkley Foundation for Journalism
Walkley Foundation CEO Shona Martyn is a former editor of Good Weekend, HQ Magazine and the Sydney Morning Herald's weekend arts section, Spectrum. She has also worked as the publishing director of HarperCollins and Transworld/Random House. In these roles, she has regularly commissioned and edited the work of hundreds of freelance journalists and can give a candid insider's view on dos and don'ts if you want to be published.

Dr Marcus Bowles

Director: Institute of Working Futures

Dr Marcus Bowles is the Director of Working Futures, which studies future trends and the impact on employment skillsets.

Dr Marcus Bowles

Dr Marcus Bowles

Director: Institute of Working Futures
<div class="project-desc"> Dr Marcus Bowles is one of our favorite speakers at the Launceston Freelance Festival. Dr Bowles has a wealth of data and statistics to help you understand the skillsets in demand. </div>

Karen Percy

MEAA President & Freelance Journalist

Karen is President of MEAA (elect) and a Director of the Walkley Foundation. She is Chair of the Dart Centre Asia-Pacific which focuses on trauma and journalism.

Karen Percy

Karen Percy

MEAA President & Freelance Journalist
<div class="project-desc"> <span class="il">Karen</span> <span class="il">Percy</span> is a veteran news reporter, with more than 30 years of experience. Her career has taken her around the country - Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney and now Melbourne - and around the world - Canada, South East Asia, Russia. She's worked for the ABC, Channel 10 and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. From 2006-2009 she was an ABC correspondent based in Bangkok. In 2010 she went to Moscow and freelanced for a number of agencies including CBC, SBS, Radio France International, Deutsche Welle, Orf in Austria and Radio New Zealand. In recent years she has specialised in court reporting. <span class="il">Karen</span> is President of MEAA (elect) and a Director of the Walkley Foundation. She is Chair of the Dart Centre Asia-Pacific which focuses on trauma and journalism. </div>

Karina Dambergs

Founder and Winemaker - Red Brick Road Cider

Karina is a co-founder at Red Brick Road Group, a distillery in Deloraine, Tasmania and was part of the successful bid for Launceston as a City of Gastronomy.

Karina Dambergs

Karina Dambergs

Founder and Winemaker - Red Brick Road Cider
<div class="project-desc"> Karina is a co-founder at Red Brick Road Group, a distillery in Deloraine, Tasmania. Karina is also the Chief Executive Officer at FermenTasmania and was part of the successful bid to UNESCO to recognise Launceston as a City of Gastronomy. </div>  

Rachel Smith

Founder of Rachel's List

Rachel Smith is a freelance journalist and the Founder and Director of the highly successful Rachel's List, a platform for jobs, information and networking.

Rachel Smith

Rachel Smith

Founder of Rachel's List
Rachel Smith is a freelance journalist and the Founder and Director of the highly successful Rachel's List, a platform for jobs, information and networking.

Susie Bower

Chief Executive Officer BBAMZ Ltd

Susie has spent over 20 years working in Local Government and the higher education sector and is the shadow member for the Federal seat of Lyons.

Susie Bower

Susie Bower

Chief Executive Officer BBAMZ Ltd
<div class="project-desc"> Susie is a fifth-generation Meander Valley resident, living and working in Regional Tasmania. She has spent over 20 years working in Local Government and the higher education sector and has broad management experience. Ms Bower has previously held roles as the Director of Community and Economic Development at the Dorset Council. She has a strong interest in improving educational outcomes for students in Tasmania, and has helped to establish four scholarship programs for students wishing to further their education.   </div>

Fran Molloy

Freelance Journalist & MEAA representative

Fran Molloy is an Australian journalist and author, journalism academic and founder of the Freeline forum for independent journalists in Australia.

Fran Molloy

Fran Molloy

Freelance Journalist & MEAA representative
<div class="project-desc"> Fran Molloy is an Australian journalist and author, journalism academic and founder of the Freeline forum for independent journalists in Australia. She is also on the Federal Council of the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance. </div> Her work has appeared in such newspapers as <a title="The Sydney Morning Herald" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sydney_Morning_Herald">The Sydney Morning Herald</a>, <a title="The Age" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Age">The Age</a> and <a title="The Sun-Herald" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun-Herald">The Sun-Herald</a> as well as a range of magazines including Fast Thinking, The Walkley Magazine published by the <a title="Walkley Awards" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walkley_Awards">Walkley Awards</a>, <a title="G Magazine (Australia)" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G_Magazine_(Australia)">G Magazine (Australia)</a>, Practical Parenting published by <a title="Pacific Magazines" href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Magazines">Pacific Magazines</a> and others.

Eric Black

Business Development Manager

Eric has a reputation as an exceptional communicator, excelling in solving customer issues and improving the overall client experience.

Erik Black

Eric Black

Business Development Manager
<div class="project-desc"> Eric combines relationship management and stakeholder engagement with client education and a consultative sales style that promotes client acquisition, retention, and penetration. Eric's client-focused approach is to cultivate and nurture relationships with all stakeholders, balancing the interests of clients, suppliers, and external partners to optimise outcomes. Eric has a reputation as an exceptional communicator, excelling in solving customer issues and improving the overall client experience. </div>

Corinne Podger

Director: Digital Skills Agency

Corinne has worked as a multi-platform journalist for 20-odd years, She has also worked in the UK with Reuters and the BBC, designing and delivering journalism training in developing countries.

Corinne Podger

Corinne Podger

Director: Digital Skills Agency
<div>Corinne has worked as a multi-platform journalist for 20-odd years, primarily for the ABC and BBC. She has also worked in the UK with Reuters and the BBC, designing and delivering journalism training in developing countries. In 2016 Corinne joined the L&OD department at Fairfax before setting up as a consultant.</div> <div></div> <div>Since 2017 Corinne has run a consultancy specialising in digital skills training, working with a range of newsroom / NGO / social impact organisation clients. She has worked on contracts for UNESCO, the World Health Organisation and ABC International Development. Corinne also works as a sessional digital journalism lecturer at the Universities of Sydney and Melbourne, and at Macleay College.</div>

Fran Austin

Founder & Winemaker: Delamere Vineyard

Fran Austin is an award-winning winemaker. Fran runs Delamere Vineyard in Tasmania's beautiful Tamar Valley.

Fran Austin

Fran Austin

Founder & Winemaker: Delamere Vineyard
<div class="project-desc"> Fran Austin is an award-winning winemaker. Fran runs Delamere Vineyard in Tasmania's beautiful Tamar Valley. </div>

Marina Pullin

Director: Jungal

Marina Pullin is an accomplished management consultant with broad international work experience and specialises in complex organisational redesign with technology integration

Marina Pullin

Marina Pullin

Director: Jungal
Marina Pullin is an accomplished management consultant with broad international work experience and specialises in complex organisational redesign with technology integration. She has worked in China, United States, Europe and New Zealand and brings a clear focus on globally orientated embedded solutions. She has worked directly for or consulted to over 50 blue chip companies including ASC, Westpac, AWD, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Commonwealth Bank, Raytheon, ATO, Commonwealth Government and AT Kearny to name but a few. Throughout her 25-year career, she has held a variety of senior roles leading workplace transformations including the Australian defence and the financial services sectors. In these roles she has been entrusted by clients to plan and assist in the delivery of highly complex change, quite often whilst still operating large scale teams. She brings extensive knowledge of organisational design, operational excellence and technology reengineering. Her specific areas of skill are in strategy, enterprise architectural design and innovation.

Martin Newman

Journalist and Lecturer

Martin is a writer and editor at the Australian Financial Review and has close to 30 years experience in journalism, working on newspapers in Sydney, London and Hong Kong.

Martin Newman

Martin Newman

Journalist and Lecturer
Martin Newman is a lecturer in journalism at UTS and the editor of the student website <i>Central News</i>. He is also a writer and editor at <i>the Australian Financial Review</i> and has close to 30 years experience in journalism, working on newspapers in Sydney, London and Hong Kong.

Meredith Castles

Interaction Design Science Specialist

Meredith is an Interaction Design Science specialist and worked extensively as an actor and writer in the TV, film, stage, and radio industries for over 20 years

Meredith Castles

Meredith Castles

Interaction Design Science Specialist
Meredith is an Interaction Design Science specialist and PhD Candidate. She has worked extensively as an actor and writer in the TV, film, stage, and radio industries for over 20 years She co-hosts and helps produce the nationally award-winning STEM podcast That’s What I Call Science and is one of two professional gamer hosts of an upcoming international podcast on Women Live-Streamers. Meredith solo hosts a live-streamed science communication show on Twitch TV twice weekly to teach people about science fundamentals through conversation and video gaming. Her PhD research is looking at how tertiary ICT students can better interact with the educational technology they are required to use and each other by harnessing the power of Citizen Science and Human-Computer Interaction. She’s exploring the following: if tech designers (experts) can learn how to build better technology by learning from the real-world usage and wants of students (non-experts) the resulting technologies should be evolutionary rather than fit for purpose. Meredith is also sourcing evidence and creating a new model for the sustainability of Women in ICT for Tasmania, aimed at retaining women by creating role models who can communicate to a wide audience.

Nina Hendy

Journalist & Founder: The Freelance Collective

Nina is a freelance journalist and Founder and Director of The Freelance Collective, a commissioning agency for freelancers.

Nina Hendy

Nina Hendy

Journalist & Founder: The Freelance Collective
Nina Hendy is a professionally trained journalist who started her career working in-house for three newspapers, covering crime, police, court, local news, sport and everything in between. Nina committed to independence as a freelance journalist during the GFC, picking up a weekly gig writing business stories for SMH and then as a feature journalist writing features on leading business luminaries for BRW magazine. Nina is also the Founder and Director of <a href="https://www.freelancecollective.co/">The Freelance Collective</a>, a commissioning agency for freelancers.  

Northern Sound System

Music Entrepreneurs

Northern Sound System is entrepreneurial youth music and creative training organisation.

Man representing Northern Sound System

Northern Sound System

Music Entrepreneurs
Northern Sound System is entrepreneurial youth music and creative training organisation. <h2></h2>  

Regina Lovic

Content creator & social media manager

Regina is a freelance content creator and social media manager, working with not-for-profits, small businesses and politicians.

Regina Lovic

Regina Lovic

Content creator & social media manager
<p style="font-weight: 400;">Regina is a freelance content creator and social media manager, working with not-for-profits, small businesses and politicians. She’s a media mentor, strategist, leader and inspiring coach.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">Regina’s a former publicist, chief of staff with WIN news and features/promo producer at 9 News Brisbane. Regina has also been a print news reporter, photographer, videographer and guest lecturer.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">She’s also a member of the hugely popular and successful networking group 'Women in Media’. And has spent the last year as the Social Media Manager of their Queensland division.</p>

Andrew McPhail

Production Investment Manager - ScreenTas

Having been responsible for launching the international careers of numerous directors including Alex Proyas (iRobot, Dark City and Gods of Egypt), Alan White (Erskinville Kings) and commercial director, Jeff Darling, Andrew has helmed and worked with some of the world's most innovative and successful production companies.

Andrew McPhail

Andrew McPhail

Production Investment Manager - ScreenTas
<p style="font-weight: 400;">Having been responsible for launching the international careers of numerous directors including Alex Proyas (iRobot, Dark City and Gods of Egypt), Alan White (Erskinville Kings) and commercial director, Jeff Darling, Andrew has helmed and worked with some of the world's most innovative and successful production companies. In 2001 he produced the feature film He Died with a Felafel in His Hand directed by Richard Lowenstein.</p> <p style="font-weight: 400;">In 2010 he moved to Tasmania with his family to join Screen Tasmania as the Production and Investment Manager. Since arriving in this beautiful place he has been working with the team at Screen Tasmania to help build a viable local screen industry enabling more Tasmanian screen practitioners to both live and work in their home state.</p>

Bec Adamczewski

Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Bec Adamczewski is a graphic designer, illustrator and educator. Bec’s work revolves around community, providing places for expression and reaffirming shared creative practice. 

Bec Adamczewski

Bec Adamczewski

Freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer
<div class="project-desc"> <span style="font-family: Calibri;">Bec Adamczewski is a graphic designer, illustrator and educator based in </span><span style="font-family: Calibri;">nipaluna/Hobart. She is drawn to the space where art and design mediums collide, traditional and digital methods creating stories for physical and digital spaces. Much of Bec’s work revolves around community, providing places for expression and reaffirming shared creative practice. </span> <span style="font-family: Calibri;">She is passionate about investing in the design community and has an ever-growing list of personal ‘dream’ projects that she works on in her </span>spare time to complement her commercial work. </div>

Bonnie Bley

Grants Manager: Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas

Bonnie manages the grants program of the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and is also Commissioning Editor of the News in Asia report.

Bonnie Bley

Bonnie Bley

Grants Manager: Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism & Ideas
Bonnie manages the grants program of the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas, a Sydney-based Institute established in 2018 to support and celebrate quality journalism and storytelling around the world. Bonnie develops relationships with media and partners across Australia and Asia, solicits project ideas in line with JNI's strategy, and evaluates the impact of JNI's broad portfolio of projects. Bonnie is also Commissioning Editor of the News in Asia report.

Dr Tristan Richards

Cyber awareness & digital security

Dr Tristan Richards is the Convenor for Tassie Women in Innovation and Technology  and works for Premier and Cabinet on their digital security learning program.

Tristan Richards

Dr Tristan Richards

Cyber awareness & digital security
Dr Tristan Richards is the Convenor for <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/groups/13968778/">Tassie Women in Innovation and Technology  </a>and works for Premier and Cabinet on their digital security learning program.

Genevieve Cother

Business Development Manager: ALM

Genevieve Cother is Business Development Manager for The Action Learning Institute (ALI), a private research and training startup using principles of action learning and human-centred design to develop an alternative vocational education model.

Genevieve Cother

Genevieve Cother

Business Development Manager: ALM
Genevieve Cother is Business Development Manager for The Action Learning Institute (ALI), a private research and training startup using principles of action learning and human-centred design to develop an alternative vocational education model. ALI is the first education institution in the world to deliver nationally recognised qualifications entirely through action learning. This is made possible through unique assessment methods, which link evidence of competency from cloud platforms, such as Youtube, Google+ and G-Suite for Education, directly to Performance Criteria in Australian VET Training Packages. <strong> </strong>

Katya Wachtel

Editor in Chief: Broadsheet

Katay Wachtel is the Editor in Chief of Broadsheet a publication that covers the best of culture around Australia from food and fashion to art and design.

Katya Wachtel

Katya Wachtel

Editor in Chief: Broadsheet
Katya Wachtel is the Editor in Chief of <em>Broadsheet </em>a publication that covers the best of culture around Australia from food and fashion to art and design. She was previously a financial journalist in New York for Reuters and Business Insider and contributes to publications including <em>Conde Nast Traveler</em> and <em>Vault</em> magazine.

Samrat Ghosh

Freelance YouTube Content Creator

SamRat Ghosh is a Master Mariner and senior academic. SamRat is also a content creator on YouTube with over 25,000 followers.

Samrat Ghosh

Samrat Ghosh

Freelance YouTube Content Creator
SamRat Ghosh is a Master Mariner and senior academic. SamRat is also a content creator on YouTube with over 20,000 followers.

Sarah Norris

National Editor: Broadsheet

Sarah Norris is a food, culture and travel writer with more than 20 years of experience. She is national editor of Broadsheet and prior to that was the Sydney editor.

Sarah Norris

Sarah Norris

National Editor: Broadsheet
Sarah Norris is a food, culture and travel writer with more than 20 years of experience. She is national editor of <i>Broadsheet </i>and prior to that was the Sydney editor. Her knowledge of the city is extensive, having analysed and written about it as an editor, as well as a food reviewer for the <i>Sydney Morning Herald's</i> Good Food Guide<i> </i>(since 2015) and <i>Gourmet Traveller</i> (2010-2017). She has written about culture for the <i>Financial Review, </i>was features editor of <i>Voyeur</i> (Virgin inflight mag), was part of the team that launched <i>Time Out </i>in Australia in 2007, and has written for clients including Airbnb, HCF, Toyota and Sydney Festival.

Ben Gunn

Fabulate co-founder

Ben Gunn is co-founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Fabulate, a technology company that makes the end-to-end marketing process for brands, creative freelancers, and distribution partners easier.

Ben Gunn

Ben Gunn

Fabulate co-founder
Ben Gunn is Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer of Fabulate, a technology company that makes the end-to-end marketing process for brands, creative freelancers, and distribution partners easier. Ben Gunn has over 20 years experience in commercial roles having held senior positions at Nine, Fairfax Media and Qantas Red Planet.

Ben Smith

Live Events Coordinator

Ben's work as Live Events Coordinator and Creative Industries officer, allows him to connect with young people and local community and share his knowledge/mistakes.

Ben Smith

Ben Smith

Live Events Coordinator
Ben is a Live Events Coordinator and Creative Industries officer at Northern Sound System. This allows him to connect with young people and the local community and share his knowledge/mistakes and not only educate but continue his own learning from younger minds.

Bianca Nilsson

Music entrepreneur

Bianca has turned her passion for music into a thriving business based in Adelaide, but with global reach.

Bianca Nilsson

Bianca Nilsson

Music entrepreneur
Bianca Nilsson has never allowed adversity to stand between her and success. This young woman has taken on the music industry around the world and she is winning. In the space of a few years Bianca has gone from working graveyard shifts in a northern suburbs potato factory to become a worldwide phenomenon in the music industry. Following multiple start-ups and a number of setbacks, Bianca has turned her passion for music into a thriving business based in Adelaide, but with global reach. But she has retained the essence of what drove her to strive for ever greater triumph over adversity – her love of people and a deep-seated desire to help wherever she can.

Evan Dalziell

Youth Work Specialist

Evan currently works at Northern Sound System finding innovative mediums to ignite passion and creativity in young people through Music, Gaming, Visual FX and Live Streaming.

Evan Dalziell

Evan Dalziell

Youth Work Specialist
Evan is a youth work specialist with 10+ years’ experience in advocacy, youth justice, trauma informed practice and complex needs case management. He currently works at Northern Sound System finding innovative mediums to ignite passion and creativity in young people through Music, Gaming, Visual FX and Live Streaming.

Hannah Weeks

Trainer: Northern Sound System

With a respectable knowledge and passion for the local music industry, Hannah has experience liaising and working with both national and international artists.

Hannah Weeks

Hannah Weeks

Trainer: Northern Sound System
With a respectable knowledge and passion for the local  music industry, Hannah has experience liaising and working with both national and international artists. Hannah spends her days working at Northern Sound System teaching and doing all things creative industries… podcasts, interviews, booking shows. At night you will find Hannah managing a punk band or front row at a gig.

Janie Finlay

Member for Bass

In May 2021, Janie was elected to state government as a Labor member for Bass, taking on the portfolio responsibilities of Small Business, Startups and Primary Industries and Wate

Janie Finlay

Janie Finlay

Member for Bass
<p class="m_-5742395255923721597MsoPlainText"><span class="il">Janie</span> Finlay was first elected to local government in 2000 and from 2002 until 2005, served as Australia’s youngest female Mayor at the tender age of 27.<u></u><u></u></p> <p class="m_-5742395255923721597MsoPlainText">From there, <span class="il">Janie</span> went on to build two award-winning small businesses, raise her beautiful family and dedicate her spare time to the role of Chair of the Launceston Tornadoes.<u></u><u></u></p> <p class="m_-5742395255923721597MsoPlainText">As an elected member of the Launceston City Council for the most part of 20 years, <span class="il">Janie</span> has witnessed firsthand the contribution self-employed individuals and small businesses play in the region.<u></u><u></u></p> <p class="m_-5742395255923721597MsoPlainText">Her energy and commitment to the community is unwavering and in May 2021, <span class="il">Janie</span> was elected to state government as a Labor member for Bass, taking on the portfolio responsibilities of Small Business, Startups and Primary Industries and Water.<u></u></p> <p class="m_-5742395255923721597MsoPlainText"></p>

Lisa Baker

Manager: Northern Sound System

Lisa is a creative collaborator with 20 years experience working across various levels of government, industry and community.

Lisa Baker

Lisa Baker

Manager: Northern Sound System
Lisa, a creative collaborator with 20 years’ experience working across various levels of government, Industry and community. For the past 8 years leading a team of innovative professionals in South Australian local government. Managing a vibrant creative industries precinct, The Northern Sound System, and working alongside visionary individuals with a shared passion for developing social and economic capital.

Russell Redmond

Comedian

Stand up comedian and the mind behind the mildly successful Launceston Memes FB page. Having performed all across the state for the last five years. His comedy has been described as playful and sweetly subversive.

Russell Redmond

Russell Redmond

Comedian
Stand up comedian and the mind behind the mildly successful Launceston Memes FB page. Having performed all across the state for the last five years. His comedy has been described as playful and sweetly subversive.
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