Cirkidz is an Incorporated Association governed by a Board of Directors.
Jane Mussared (Chairperson and Chair of the Governane Committee)
Jane is the Chief Executive of the Council on the Ageing in South Australia (COTA SA), an older people’s movement promoting the rights, interests and futures of South Australians as they age. Jane joined COTA SA in 2015 from an executive role with a large NFP aged care provider. Prior to that Jane was the Manager of the State Government Office for the Ageing. Jane is on the Board of the Maggie Beer Foundation, the Chairperson of SA Circus Centre – Home of Cirkidz and a member of the Advisory Group of the Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing. Jane is a past Winner of the SA Innovation Award in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and of a Sanicare Aged Care Overseas Study Scholarship. Jane has a Masters’ Degree in Social Work (majoring in social policy and research) from the University of Michigan.
Stephen McIntyre (Deputy Chairperson and Chair of the Business Development Committee)
Stephen is an energetic, commercially astute leader who enjoys improving and growing service-based companies. He has a record of success in producing transformational strategy and implementing change to deliver improved shareholder value through improved efficiency, more satisfied customers and engaged and productive staff. He has led companies of up to $200m in turnover, and run divisions of large companies with over $1 billion of spend. Working in sensitive, complex and highly regulated markets ranging from domestic to global, his experience includes company acquisitions and sales, driving successful mergers of brown-fields operations, and achieving large improvements in sales performance. Specialties: Customer Service, Strategy, Logistics, Business Development, Stakeholder Management and Procurement.Sector experience includes Health, Airlines, Publishing and Transport Boards: Former Chairman, Kids Foundation, Former Chairman 3SA (Community Services NFP) Current Founding Board Member, CommonAge.
Joanne Crawford (Member of the Business Development Committee and Artistic Committee)
Jo has a long association with Cirkidz initially through her son and daughter who have been part of the performance program through Troupe and the Emerging artist program. For over 25 years Jo has been a practicing visual artist and educator teaching the School of Art Architecture and Design University of South Australia and TAFE. She has served on advisory groups, steering committees and boards for Arts organizations such as The Jamfactory, Craft South (Guild House) and Carclew.
Marisa Riccio (Treasurer, Chair Governance Committee)
Marisa is responsible for leading Hood Sweeney and its 100+ professional staff to implement its strategic plan and deliver client service solutions. She has been with Hood Sweeney for over 19 years, joining as an undergraduate whilst studying at the University of South Australia. Marisa oversees the firm’s delivery of professional services to small to medium enterprises and family businesses. Having served business clients within a number of different industries for many years, Marisa has extensive knowledge and expertise in business practices and she works directly with business owners, advising them on how to meet their goals and objectives. In addition, Marisa has developed expertise in working with not-for-profit groups and related government agencies.
Senior Advancement Executive at the University of South Australia (Board Member & Member of the Business Development Committee): As Senior Advancement Executive I have the responsibility of establishing a sustainable and productive Major Gift program for the University. This involves working with individuals, trusts, foundations and corporations that have links to the University and contributing to overall fundraising goals set in excess of $5 million per annum. Transforming lives through scholarships remain a focus while finding support for research which takes on the key questions for our modern world is also a priority. The University of South Australia has a culture of excellence in education and research and I enjoy my role in finding the support to build on the current culture of excellence.
Following an initial eight-year career as a musician John has taken a long and winding road through government, not-for-profit and commercial enterprise to build up high-level skills in arts, venue, financial, commercial and project management. Previously the Executive Producer - Adelaide Cabaret Festivals and Commercial Ventures, John is the current Director – Programming of Queensland Performing Arts Centre.
A senior executive with + 25 years business experience, predominantly in the health and retail sectors, with in-depth experience in business development strategy, marketing and retail strategy. A dynamic member of the Executive Management team who has been instrumental in driving transformational change across all facets of the business, uncovers strategic opportunities and is quick to action in a measured and meticulously planned approach. Proven track record of developing new lucrative business opportunities and motivating a team to repeatedly exceed targets. Known for a strong collaborative approach to business partnerships, an eye for detail and a strong strategic vision.
Craig Harrison (Chair Artistic Committee)
Craig has worked in the arts sector for over 26 years, in many aspects of creative, production, administration and management. After working on over 30 festivals around the world, as a lighting designer for 70 productions and a stint as an Independent Producer based in Melbourne, he then spent over 5 years as a Programming Executive for the Adelaide Festival Centre before spending 3 years at Country Arts SA as Manager of Artform Development. He was then Manager and Systems Administrator of the National Touring Selector, an online international marketplace for the performing arts, before moving to Arts South Australia as Special Projects Manager. Craig then spent 3 years as General Manager, Producer & Production Manager for (Cirkidz alumni) contemporary circus company Gravity & Other Myths. Craig is now on the Board of IPAY (International Performing Arts for Youth) based in Philadelphia, USA.
Dominic joined EY in August 2017 and brings extensive skills in developing proposals and Business Cases which have a track record of successfully obtaining government and corporate funding. Prior to joining EY, Dominic was Head of Public and Corporate Affairs at the Adelaide Festival Centre where he oversaw the Centre’s strategic projects including the development of successful budget bids for the $90 million redevelopment of the Adelaide Festival Centre and the $66 million renewal of Her Majesty’s Theatre. Dominic was a member of the Project Control Group for both Projects Dominic worked as a senior advisor to the South Australian Government including as Chief of Staff to the Minister for the Arts and has extensive experience in developing stakeholder engagement and communications plans for large scale, public facing projects including the redevelopments of the Festival Centre and Her Majesty Theatre, as well as the New Royal Adelaide Hospital and other Metropolitan Hospital Redevelopments. At EY, Dominic has worked on Business Cases for Private and Public Sector clients
Daniella Colicchio is an influential communicator skilled in analysis, research, stakeholder engagement who cultivates productive working relationships and achieves results. Demonstrated history of working in private and multinational sectors as well as Federal and State Government. Actively seeks opportunities to use experience and education to shape strategic thinking and contribute to the design and implementation of policies and programs that shape global, regional and industry agendas. President and founder of A Seat at the Table (ASATT) Inc. The organisation has provided sponsored opportunities for over 208 young women aged 12-25 years to attend professional development and empowerment events, including the ASATT Transforming Skills to Work event YWCA Adelaide - Board Director (2016-2018) Attended and actively participated in the United Nations 61st Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, in New York as a nominated delegate of YWCA Australia
A journalist by trade, Lee has some 30 years of experience working as a writer, editor, communications and marketing professional in New York, Sydney and Adelaide. Since returning to Adelaide to live in 2011, from NYC, Lee has added event planning, business development and sponsorship to the list, as well as managing social media accounts for clients across industries and sectors, including arts and culture and business. Lee has a background in finance journalism with Bloomberg News in NY and Sydney, and has returned to her financial roots as Growth and Market Insights Manager at Hood Sweeney, creating content for internal use and for clients, as well as handling PR and working alongside the business development and marketing team. Communicating through writing and relationships is at the core of every role Lee undertakes.
Liz gained a Bachelor of Science followed by a Masters in Wildlife Health. While completing her masters degree, Liz was also employed at CSIRO as a Biological Field Officer for surveying of native species, and at Biosecurity SA as an Industry Liaison, Apiary Inspector, and Incursion Response Officer.
Liz worked at the University of Adelaide’s External Relations branch as a data analyst based in the Alumni and Fundraising department transitioning into the role of prospect research analyst (Identifying prospects for donations) and eventually into the role of Leader of Donor Relations donor stewardship & acquisition) and Prospect Research. Liz then worked at UniSA for a short-term contract performing a similar role to that at the University of Adelaide.
Liz has returned to The University of Adelaide, in the Research Services department where she helps academics strategise to optimise research rankings and help with grant applications. Liz has a Diploma in Fashion Design and is currently studying costume design at Flinders University/TafeSA to further my skills and knowledge of garment construction supporting her Outside of work; I still enjoy sewing and has a small business promoting sustainable fashion.
Plus Cirkidz Staff:
Joshua Hoare (Artistic Director)
Nick Skibinski (General Manager)