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.

Joel Allen

Heart Beat Club Program Producer

Joel comes to Access2Arts with a list of different experiences. He has
worked for Disney Cruise Line, Home & Away, Melbourne International FilmFestival, The Voice, Adelaide Fringe and Sundance Film Festival. Joel wonthe Best Emerging Producer Award at the 2018 Adelaide Fringe for his work on the Rajopolis at Raj House program; showcasing emerging and queer artists. He loves disco, travel, singing in the shower and eating pizza. Joel is currently studying Auslan and looks forward to bringing his wealth of skills & experience to future A2A projects.

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.

Board

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

Phillip Beddall

Chair

Phillip has a life-long experience of disability, and has been active as a human rights campaigner and disability advocate for over 30 years including extensive experience in accommodation and self-managed support models. He is interested in how policy impacts on the individuals receiving services at the grass-roots level. He provides peer support in self-directed care.

Phillip currently holds a number of positions on Boards and Committees: he is Chair of the Young People in Nursing Homes National Alliance, Vice Chair of SACOSS, and Chair of Enhanced Lifestyles. In addition, Phillip is currently involved in B2j (Barriers to Justice) campaign.

In 2012, Phillip completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course for Not-for-Profit (NFP) Chairs after gaining a scholarship funded by the Perpetual Foundation through the Australian Scholarships Foundation and in 2011 he took part in the CBB (Community Business Bureau) Corporate Governance Training workshop.

Phillip has also worked in both community and commercial broadcasting for over 30 years. He is a presenter, producer and social commentator of health and disability issues and provides training, advice and support in the effective use of the media. He currently works as the SA Coordinator for the Young People InNursing Homes National Alliance (YPINH).

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

Stacey is a Producer and Arts Manager with more than a decade of diverse arts management experience; from Melbourne to Adelaide in 2017 to take on the role of General Manager/Producer at Slingsby. Previously, Stacey has worked with leading arts organisations including Back to Back Theatre, Jodee Mundy Collaborations, Insite Arts and Melbourne Festival.  Stacey has studied widely, obtaining a Diploma of Arts and Business (Governance), Level 1 Auslan as well as a Future Makers Fellowship from the Centre for Sustainability and Leadership, which was completed in 2018.

Jden Redden

Board Member

jden is a 2018 GreenRoom Advocate for the Adelaide Festival Centre’s GreenRoom program, promoting arts for 18-to-30-year- olds. Currently undertaking a Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) at The National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA). He holds Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts and Cultural Management) at the University of South Australia, where he takes part in the Executive Partners Program and is mentored by Adelaide Fringe CEO and Artistic Director, Heather Croall.

Jden sits on the Board of Management of the University of Adelaide Theatre Guild — one of the oldest theatre companies in Australia — as a non-executive elected director. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute for Community Directors Australia.

Jillian (Tass) Schmidt

Board Member

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.