Our ChangemakersRead their full biographies here
Changemakers contributing to the workshops
Read the full biographies of the people leading and contributing to the workshop part of the Changemaker Career and Craft Hub.
Architect & Urbanist, Design and Place Strategy at City Renewal Authority
Acting on her convictions, Bronwen sold her car a decade ago and eventually left the bushland utopia of Aranda for a compact flat in City West in our city’s centre. Small living, fewer possessions and walking continue to inform many aspects of her thinking about how we respond to the critical environmental and social issues of our time. Bronwen is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects, the City Organiser for Jane’s Walk in Canberra, and a frequent guest juror for the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.
Intrapreneur, Educator, Innovator and Catalyst
Tim founded Australia’s first corporate coworking community, The Village in Melbourne for National Australia Bank’s small business customers and community partners, now with over 2500 members. He is an active supporter and researcher of coworking, social impact and innovation ecosystems, and is a lead mentor and ambassador with the Sydney Genesis Startup Program at the University of Sydney Business School. He is also a 2013 Fellow with the Centre for Sustainability Leadership.
As a Catalyst with the League of Intrapreneurs, Tim supports and helps connect a local and global network of professionals leading system change and social impact from within our largest organisations and institutions. Tim is in the final stages of completing his PhD at the University of Sydney where he is exploring new ways of working with purpose in large organisations, and how individuals can drive change and innovation from the fringes of our workplaces.
Leadership Coach, Career Strategist and Facilitator
Karina is an experienced executive and career strategy coach with clients across the government, community and private sectors. She specialises in working with new and aspiring leaders to develop their leadership capability and to strategically manage their leadership careers. She is particularly interested in assisting organisations to develop their leadership pipeline and retain their high-performing staff through targeted coaching and career development.
With a passion for helping others to be successful and fulfilled in their working lives, Karina works with clients to improve self-awareness, emotional intelligence, productivity, communication and resilience. The strong interpersonal skills, curiosity and compassion that Karina brings to her work allow her to provide an insightful perspective and a focus on moving forward. Most importantly, Karina provides a safe yet challenging space for coaching counterparts to explore and learn.
Through her engaging presence, Karina works with clients to identify their values, leverage their strengths and work through their barriers to implement positive changes in their leadership careers and their organisations. Karina delivers workshops on leadership and management, career development, communication, teamwork, resilience and productivity. She has facilitated planning days, and round table discussions on topics including leadership, self-awareness, and working with others. She has delivered qualifications such as a Diploma of Government and Diploma of Leadership and Management.
Social innovator, Co-Founder and CEO of Robots4Good, Missing School and Art of Agency
Megan Gilmour is a social innovator who has worked on complex social and economic development operations across 24 countries. She’s a leader in governance and systems, research and advocacy for students with serious illness. In 2017, Megan created the Australian-first national telepresence robot initiative to get sick kids back to school. She’s a Churchill Fellow, a media spokesperson and TEDx Speaker, and was a finalist for the ACT Australian of the Year award in 2018. In 2019 she won ACT Telstra Business Women’s Award in social enterprise, made the Australian Financial Review list of 100 Women of Influence, and won CBW Award for Innovation.
Interview Coach for Candidates, Trainer for Interview Panelists and Owner of The Interview Coach
Lisa is the owner-operator of The Interview Coach. She is a career coach with particular expertise in helping candidates prepare for job interviews. Lisa works with individuals to help them maximise their personal presentation and use behavioural interview strategies to demonstrate their capabilities. In addition to coaching career transition clients, she has interviewed hundreds of candidates, giving her unique insight into the current applicant market.
Lisa’s background includes more than 20 years working in sales, management, training, counselling and coaching in a variety of organisations. She holds a Master’s degree in counselling, a Certificate IV in training and assessment, and is a professional member of the Career Development Association of Australia. She provided coaching to more than 500 clients. Her expertise is interview coaching. She has given training and webinars on preparing for interviews, and on being an interview panel member. She presented at National Conferences to audiences over 300.
Founder & Director at Create and Sow Community Art Interventions
Nicola Lambert was formally trained as a Printmaker in Limerick School of Art and Design, Ireland. She has been involved in the Arts and Community sector over the past 11 years in various roles, in both Ireland and Australia. She’s a practicing community artist who works in print, textiles, oil paint, assemblage and installation. She’s the founder and director of Create & Sow Community Art Interventions. Create and Sow mission to provide an outlet for creative community involvement, while seeking to produce high-quality artwork, installations and interventions through art-making, participation and exposure.
Nicola has been the key artist and creative producer of Studio Connect Canberra for the past 5 years. Studio Connect is a group of Canberra artists living with a disability or mental health issues; creating individual and collaborative artwork responding to Canberra and their personal stories. Her aim is to raise awareness of the presence of professional artists with disabilities working in Australia. Create & Sow will assist artists in pursuing their dream of creating and sharing their art with the local and national arts communities.
Over the past year, Nicola has poured her energy into establishing Sullivan Trail. Sullivans Trail is a public and history project developed to engage the community with the waterways through Canberra. Linking ‘Our Mountains to Our Lake’ through the creation of a cultural and creative corridor. Celebrate and strengthen cultural heritage and promote a wider understanding of the culture of indigenous and non-indigenous communities through stories collecting and place activation along the route. This project gives us the opportunity to thread people, places, animals and birds and plants, landforms and weather into a single spool. A cultural and art trail for our visitors to explore, for our residence to travel through and engage with, creating public ‘places of the soul’ that uplift and help us connect with people and places.
Director, Climate Change Institute at Australian National University
Professor Mark Howden is Director of the Climate Change Institute at the Australian National University. He is also an Honorary Professor at Melbourne University, a Vice-Chair of the IPCC and a member of the Australian National Climate Science Advisory Committee. He was on the US Federal Advisory Committee for the 3rd National Climate Assessment and contributed to several major national and international science and policy advisory bodies.
Mark has worked on climate variability, climate change, innovation and adoption issues for over 30 years in partnership with many industries, community and policy groups via both research and science-policy roles. Issues he has addressed include agriculture and food security, the natural resource base, ecosystems and biodiversity, energy, water and urban systems.
Mark has over 420 publications of different types. He helped develop both the national and international greenhouse gas inventories that are a fundamental part of the Paris Agreement and has assessed sustainable ways to reduce emissions. He has been a major contributor to the IPCC since 1991, with roles in the Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and now Sixth Assessment Reports, sharing the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC participants and Al Gore.
Co-owner of Source Bulk Foods (Dickson) and Leadership Coach
Emma runs the Source Bulk Food store with her husband Rowan. She is a passionate ‘zero waster’ who saw an opportunity in Canberra to offer a plastic-free alternative to the pantry and household shopping 3 years ago.
Emma is also the Founder of Life. Done by Design, where she combines her extensive experience as a corporate educator in both private and public organisations with her love of teaching and passion for personal development. With a Bachelor of Arts (Major in Psychology), Graduate Certificate in Education (Adult) and Masters In Knowledge Management, Emma has a love of lifelong learning.
Founder of Game Candy and Treasurer with TROVE Canberra Cooperative
He has branched out over the last 2 years and currently works for Oxfam Australia, The Games Capital and Lifeline (telephone counselor). Most recently he founded Game Candy, where he designs and makes 3D printed products.
David is particularly interested in collaborating with other designers and artists and is keen to work closely with customers to customise his products to suit individual needs.
Founder at The Climate Factory
Edwina Robinson is a Landscape Architect and Founder of the social enterprise, The Climate Factory. She works with urban communities to design and plant urban micro-forests that cool the landscape, create habitat, enhance well-being and provide hope for the future.
In 2020, work on the Downer micro-forest started and focused on building great soil and water harvesting followed by community planting of climate-ready native species. Edwina lived in Canberra’s inner north until 2019 and helped establish the Dickson, Lyneham and Banksia St, O’Connor wetlands and the Birdscaping project on David St, O’Connor.
Founding Member of the Women's Climate Congress
She has had a long interest in dialogue practice and for some years was the director of the ANU Centre for Dialogue. In this role, in 2008 she started the ANU Dialogue Group, a community of practice for dialogue practitioners, which is still active today. She has also been very active in the Art of Hosting Conversations community in Australia and coordinates a support group for AoH practitioners to share ideas and deepen their practice.
Ideas-Maker, Innovator, Creative Social Enterprise Accelerator and Development Manager for The Mill House Ventures Ltd
Irene is a performing artist with 20 years’ experience touring in regional NSW. She has worked with a variety of professionals including Academics, International NGO teams, Executives, Project Leaders, and State and Federal Departments to add value through an arts-based lens. Irene is also an award-winning Startup founder, a Country Music Comedian, and a social enterprise development manager. As a grant writing specialist, Irene has worked with clients to apply for funding from UN Women, the European Union, DFAT/AusAID, Create NSW, Regional Arts NSW, Jobs for NSW, and philanthropic foundations, among others.
Creative business start-ups and tech start-ups face a range of issues, particularly in regional communities. Challenges with turning ideas into reality are just one of them but with support from an experienced advisor, plus the revenue-raising strategies that may enable founders to access vital financial assistance, your creative industry start-up or tech innovation can improve its opportunities to achieve sustainable success. Irene’s years of experience has helped a diverse range of 400+ start-up creative businesses in various sectors across rural, remote and regional NSW benefit from successful funding raises of more than $40 million AUD.
As an ideas-maker and innovation specialist, Irene has mentored more than 1000 entrepreneurs to build viable ventures through a combined focus of learning-by-doing and undertaking accredited qualification pathways that help them understand the theory behind the practical action required to turn unique ideas into viable – and often thriving – business ventures.
Assisting regional, rural, and remote communities to access specialist business advisory guidance that nurtures community development and First Nation cultural preservation is just a couple of Irene’s professional passions. Creative thinking and problem-solving skills benefit from critical thinking, plus the ability to design and implement strategic sales campaigns that ensure business ideas gain the traction they need to survive and perform well. When brilliant ideas meet economic opportunities? That’s when the magic happens…
Co-owner of Super Bao restaurant and Advertising Executive
After graduating, Angel devoted herself to advertising and worked for world-renowned agencies for over 12 years in Shanghai and led branding campaigns for companies like McDonald’s, GE, Tourism Australia and IKEA.
Moving to Canberra has provided her with a new life and work perspective. Part-time jobs as a teacher, laboratory assistant at ANU, and a marketing specialist helped Angel get to know Canberra’s different aspects.
In 2018 Angel and her partner Paul started the Super Bao brand from a food stall offering handmade gourmet baos. Within a year, Super Bao has grown to open a casual dining restaurant. The vision is to bring authentic Asian flavours to Canberra people in a modern way.
Founder of Bec Taylor School of Music
Bec Taylor is a committed educator and has dedicated her life to bringing more joy to Canberra through building a music community.
The Bec Taylor School of Music’s mission is to redefine music education, one impassioned student at a time. The school is focused on providing modern music education and a nurturing music community that goes beyond the typical one-on-one tuition offered by many music schools in Canberra and includes the flagship Bandmates program for playing in a band, a weekly free masterclass program and kids classes.
Now with over 300 weekly students, 17 inspiring teachers and growing group learning opportunities, the Bec Taylor School of Music aims to provide a springboard for our students to play music for life or join the Australian music industry as professional and creative performers.
Place Manager for Dickson (with City Renewal Authority), Business Owner
Jhay Mann has been a small business owner in Dickson for more than two decades. During that time he discovered the importance of place-making and the benefits for local economies.
Since 2014, Jhay has worked closely with Dickson locals, businesses and land-owners to activate the Dickson Group Centre through placemaking initiatives like the 7-day makeover.
More recently, Jhay started a new role as the Dickson Place Manager for the City Renewal Authority where he works to improve the look and feel, safety and visiting experience for the Dickson Group Centre. Watch this space and follow @CityRenewalCBR to stay up to date with what’s planned for Dickson!
Artist, Social Changemaker, Teacher
Wendy Moore (OAM) is an artist and teacher who celebrates creativity and colour and encourages the creative spirit in everyone!
She believes jewellery can make hearts sing and supports jewellery-making groups internationally, transforming the lives of vulnerable women. While Wendy now lives in Canberra, she has lived in regional and outback Australia and Nepal. In non-pandemic times you will regularly find her boarding a plane with a stash of polymer tools under one arm and a tonne of clay under the other.
Since a dramatic life change 15 years ago, Wendy has been making her own art and using the medium of polymer clay to help people to tap into their innate creativity. In Australia, Wendy’s students have fun and make gorgeous stuff. In Nepal, her students have fun, make gorgeous stuff and sell that stuff to escape lives of violence. Wendy is one of the artists in TROVE Canberra (located in Dickson) and has exhibited at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery and been featured in several international publications including Polymer Clay: Global Perspectives.
Operations Manager for Vinnies (Canberra Goulburn)
Vinnies currently run 27 shops in the region from lake Cargelligo in the north down to Merimbula in the south being bordered by Crookwell and Tumut.
Simon has been with Vinnies now for five years, originally starting at Vinnies Tuggeranong and then managing Vinnies Dickson, taking it from its old location on Cape Street to its current location on Woolly St.
His current role involves supporting the day to day operations of the 27 shops. This includes staff recruitment and helping to develop strategies for recruiting and retaining volunteers for the shops; something that 2020 and COVID-19 has had a significant impact on.
Dr Phil Dooley
Science Writer, Videomaker, Presenter and Science Communication Trainer
He is also a writer, videomaker, trainer, under the banner Phil Up On Science.
He has written for Cosmos, New Scientist and the American Physical Society, and been selected for the Anthology of Best Australian Science Writing three times.
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