People

The people at Access2Arts represent a depth of experience.  We believe that the work we do can change arts and culture.

Check our Awesome team below.

Capabilities

Arts and Disability Leadership 100%
Supporting Deaf and Disabled Artists and Audiences 100%
Creative & Accessible Projects 100%
Coffee drinking 90%
Delivering Audio Description 100%
Access Consultation 100%
Enthusiasm for doing the Robot 90%
Partnerships and Collaborations 100%

Staff

Bec Young

Chief Executive

Rebecca (Bec) Young is an experienced and passionate leader, ally and advocate in the for-purpose sector.   Prior to finding her passion and taking up work in disability and social services over 12 years ago, Rebecca gained a wealth of experience across a variety of roles in marketing, advertising, media and communications in a range of industries.

Rebecca completed her MBA in 2014 and the Governors Leadership Foundation program in 2016, she also has a Certificate II in Auslan, a forklift licence and suite of less useful certificates.

She contributes a strong focus on developing young leaders, increasing diversity and inclusion, accessible communications, strategy and sustainable organisational development.

In addition to her role as Chief Executive at Access2Arts Rebecca volunteers as a mentor for several leadership development programs and is the chair of inclusive social circus school Lolly Jar Circus.

Jody Holdback

Manager, Access & Inclusion Services

Jody is a long-time patron of the arts, particularly theatre, with musical theatre being an all-time favourite. Recreationally she has been involved with ballroom dancing, tap and jazz dancing but chose to follow the legal profession as a career.

She has had many years advocating for people who are blind or low-vision. Jody joined Access2Arts in 2015 working with audio description and audience development, one of her many passions.

Jody has a background in law/advocacy, certificate IV in Front line Management and is currently studying a Diploma in Business.

Tyson Hopprich aka DJ TR!P

Program Producer

DJ TR!P is an award-winning performer, musician and disabled artist. He composes for contemporary theatre, dance and film productions. He has performed at many music and art festivals, launches and major cultural events nationally and abroad. DJ TR!P also specialises in accessible DJ and music workshops in the disability sector.

Xanthe

Office Mascot (and Guide Dog)

Xanthe prides herself on welcoming Access2Arts visitors with much enthusiasm and tail wagging, providing she is not working of course.

She is a Graduate of the RSB Guide Dog training program, and prides herself on her professional guiding skills.  She works closely with Jody to provide professional support and assistance.

When she is not working she loves a good nap, a pat, and chewing her toys.

Board

Access2Arts are under the direction of a board of directors who are:

Elizabeth Williamson

Chair

Elizabeth Williamson is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker and Mediator, with over 30 years experience in consulting, training and counselling programs with a diverse range of organisations. She has worked with EAP, legal firms, major banks, government agencies, SME and NFPs to resolve complex workplace conflicts and support positive relationships. A vibrant, informative speaker, Elizabeth motivates audiences to confidently manage difficult conversations and difficult people. Elizabeth has developed the Conflict Confidence Model to help people deal with demanding people, tough times, and to think more creatively about coping with conflict. She is Trustee of Awesome Adelaide, and an Alumni of the Governors Leadership Program.

Elizabeth writes and speaks regularly about relationship skills at work and personal life, and about thinking outside of the square. Elizabeth identifies as a disabled person with her lived-experience informing her advocacy for beautiful design and accessible appliances. She has performed in several community choirs, including Tutti Ensemble, The Big Sing and currently sings in a community gospel choir.

Jillian (Tass) Schmidt

Treasurer

Tass has amassed a wealth of commercial expertise through managerial involvement across a diverse range of industries including Telecommunications, Banking, Media, Food Production and Distribution, Major Tourism & Cultural Events, China/Australia Trade, and Fundraising. She is dedicated to constantly expanding her life of learning and pushing into the challenges of both commercialisation and innovation in which she holds considerable skill and experience.

Drawing from her experience and observations across a range of environments she is inspired to contribute to the achievement of more balanced diversity ratios at leadership levels through organisations and boards.

With a commitment to excellence, a lively curiosity, and drive to get the job done, Tass is dedicated to delivering the highest possible outcomes in all dealings with clients, colleagues and business associates.

Boo Hooi (Jimmy) Khoo

Director

Boo Hooi has many years of experience in the computing industry with hardware and software design, software development, manufacturing, retail and customer services. He has previously delivered embedded computing solutions in the defence, health, education and construction sectors. In his current role he is responsible for the administration, eLearning content creation, project management, and providing high level leadership for the development and delivery of corporate work health and safety programs.
Boo Hooi’s diverse international work experience and cultural background coupled with his passion in connecting with people has allowed him to collaborate with others in a professional and personal capacity.
His lived experience also provides an opportunity to be an advocate for workplace accessibility and inclusion.

Katrina Lazaroff

Director

Katrina Lazaroff is the executive arts director of The Mill. Her experience as a creative producer, CCD worker, artistic director, choreographer, performer, rehearsal director, educator and creative mentor, spans 27 years. Currently she is a member of the Access2Arts board.

She was the founder of dance theatre company ‘One Point 618’, founding creative producer of Expressway Arts, Carclew and Onkaparinga City Council, assistant producer at The Royal Croquet Club, director of the ACT Youth Dance Festival and project AD of Buzz Dance Theatre, WA.

Katrina has worked as a performer and choreographer nationally and internationally over the span of her 20 plus year dance career – graduating with a BA in Dance at the Uni of Adelaide 1996, Honours at WAAPA 2001 and studied at the Hooger Instituit Voor Danse, Belgium in 1997.

Laura Kroetsch

Director

Laura Kroetsch is a long-time curator and producer of literary and ideas festivals. She has a passion for connecting writers/artists with audiences. She also strongly believes the arts should be available to everyone.

Benjamin Rice

Director

Benjamin Rice, MAICD, is a Training Systems Specialist and Strategic Training Advisor.

Benjamin is outcomes driven and focused on stakeholders and their problems. He is passionate about learning and developing people both internal and external to his organisations. He is experienced in training system analysis and evaluation, and developing Training Requirements Specifications and Learning Management Packages.

Benjamin’s career began as an Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force where he operated and instructed on multiple platforms including the E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning and Control aircraft. Benjamin spent three years embedded in the Defence Science and Technology Group’s Aerospace Division – Human Factors Group where I focussed on Live, Virtual, and Constructive (LVC) systems and future training systems.

Benjamin co-founded Coherics to deliver innovative training system solutions and strategies for the Defence Force, Government, and Commercial clients to train operators faster, and more efficiently.

In his current role as Executive Director of Coherics, he has built a team of industry experts that share his passion for producing staff and workers for clients that are highly capable and are developed faster and cheaper.