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Board & Consultants

Board & Consultants

Jodie Harrison

Chair Member Jodie Harrison is a communications executive with over 25 years experience working in the media, film, television, radio, government and not-for-profit sectors. She is a former News Ltd journalist and foreign correspondent who has worked throughout South East Asia. She has been a consultant for CARE Australia, the Jimmy Little Foundation, Krousar Thmey (Cambodia) and the Christina Noble Children's Foundation (Vietnam Our). Jodie is Director of international media agency Icon Images and the Manager of Public Affairs and Communications for the City of Monash.

Yvonne McKay

Board Member Yvonne McKay is a change and communications executive and has held positions in public affairs/ issues resolution in Australia, Papua New Guinea and the UK . Yvonne has worked with Telstra and is currently a strategy manager at Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd.  Yvonne holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration.

John Welch

Board Member John Welch was cofounder and principal of an innovative senior secondary school, Chiron College (1969-76) in Sydney.  As musician and composer was involved in setting up the New England Conservatorium of Music in Armidale and founded R.O.M.P  the successful Regional Outreach Music Program, working in rural & remote communities with his own initiatives and with BighArt, Beyond Empathy & Slippry Sirkus.   John remains an advocate for change in education.

Denni Scott Davis

Board Member Denni Scott Davis as executive officer has initiated and delivered successful socially innovative strategies for Slippry Sirkus.  The 2012 Australia Council for the Arts Community partnerships Creative Producer Recipient. Her role is to ensure the integrity and social impact of the work, while delivering sustainable outcomes in partnerships in regional, rural & remote communities facing social and economic challenges.

Professor John Scott

Evaluation and Measurement Consultant Professor Scott  is primarily primary interested in researching in fields of sociology and criminology. A common theme in his research has been a concern with marginalised social populations and the development of critical and interpretive perspectives to understand the experiences of and social reactions to such populations. He is a specialist in qualitative methodologies. An important direction in his research has been rural and regional social issues and a specialist in rural social research with marginalised populations and have completed a number of local government social plans for communities such as Armidale, Tamworth, Moree and Walcha in North West NSW.  Professor Scott has recently been involved in a major evaluation of Indigenous Night Patrol programs for the Australian Attorney General's Department and has established valuable networks in working with rural and remote communities.

Nina Louise Cass

Consultant Nina Louise Cass holds a Master of Education and is also a founding member of Slippry Sirkus, who after her studies and travels has boomeranged back to strengthen our work. Nina - supported by the Charles Perkins Foundation - has just met with leading universities in England and the USA to decide where to undertake her PHD. Nina’s focus is education and equality.

'Handle With Care' Project

‘The Journey' shares insights from the young people from the sixteen communities who participated in this two year project.




Have a look at the images that capture some of  the many project highlights

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Media Comment


There has been very positive responses to our projects across a broad sector of the community

View samples here

Making Music

Listen to the songs created by the young people about the lives, their families and their communities.

Bourke Girls Track