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

Martin Sawtell

Business Director

Growing up Martin wanted to be an astronaut but instead fell in love with arts administration. He has now spent over 15 years working as an arts manager, arts marketer and an experienced Community Cultural Development practitioner. Martin has supports the development of artists, arts organisations and communities to build their knowledge and capacity in areas of project development, planning and budgeting. He is passionate about equality and ensuring equity and believes that disability arts provides a space for this to happen. Martin describes his leadership style as quite and the team see him as quite a leader!

Jody Holdback

Audio Description Coordinator

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 vision impaired in various areas. Jody Joined Access2Arts in 2015 working with audio description and audiences, one of her many passions. She has now moved into Audio description coordination and also assists with business administration. Jody has a background in law/advocacy, certificate IV in Front line Management and is currently studying a Diploma in Business.

Alyssa Bell

Communication and Social Media Assistant

Alyssa manages Access2Arts’ social media presence, making her the expert on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Alyssa contributes to Access2Arts’ website and newsletters, loving the creativity that comes with; writing captions, taking photos and selecting the perfect emoji. Ultimately she values how social media provides a space for honest discussion about disability, accessibility and equality, as well as the means to shout about the achievements and experiences of disabled artists and arts audiences.

Mikki Reichstein

Casual Operations Officer

Jesse Langer

Casual Creative Enabler

Board

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

Phillip Beddall

Chair

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Paul Francis

Treasurer

Paul is an Australian Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) with 30 years of experience in diverse sectors, including; media, entrepreneurship, oil, telecoms, retail, investment banking, manufacturing and service industries. With a strong affinity with numbers, Paul enjoys helping others navigate around financial pitfalls, and assistance to fix fiscal problems. Paul’s wife Trish and one of his three sons are deeply involved in music, theatre and musical-theatre, and he thanks (or blames?) them for the introduction to the arts world! Paul’s son Ben was performing from the age of 6 with companies in London, and after relocating to Australia, in Adelaide.

Sue Gilbey

Board Member

Sue has; worked on remote cattle stations as a cook, governess and general roustabout, owned and operated a restaurant/supper house/cocktail bar, worked for many years in the disability sector locally, as a manager and director, and in a Cambodian Orphanage as a volunteer administrator  where her goal was to train the Khmer staff, most of whom were dispossessed and traumatised living under the rule of the Khmer Rouge. Following an accident Sue has seen firsthand the reality of lived experience with disability, particularly the barriers faced. Since then she has become very involved as a community activist, social justice entrepreneur, writer, editor, researcher, broadcaster, interviewer, environmentalist and local and international human rights public speaker, most recently in Costa Rica and Bangladesh. Sue has published a book outlining the lived experience and resilience of women with disability. In 2009 she was deeply honoured to receive the Bremen Peace Award, a very prestigious International peace prize – the only Australian to have ever received this prestigious award.

Stacey Baldwin

Board Member

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Jden Redden

Board Member

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Jillian (Tass) Schmidt

Board Member

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