Cirkidz is an Incorporated Association governed by a Board of Directors.
Jane Mussared (Chairperson and Chair of the Governance 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 brings to the Board experience both Commercially as a CEO, and in Governance – as past Chair of a National Charity and a State based NFP Health Provider. Stephen has successfully grown enterprises and run businesses ranging from very large to small. Stephen has always been involved in the creative Arts through writing, producing, and performing music. He lives in Adelaide, has 5 children, and is part owner of Sweet Amber Brewing Co.
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.
Tereza Sysouphat (Treasurer, Chair Governance Committee)
Tereza Sysouphat is a Chartered Accountant with over 14 years of experience as a commercial advisor working for some of South Australia’s largest companies and Government Agencies including EY, SA Water and Aurecon. Tereza understands the long-term financial impacts of decisions having worked both at the project and portfolio level for regulatory submissions, capital business cases and long-term investment decisions as well as State Budget submissions. Tereza has a mix of financial modelling skills, financial strategy as well as C-suite level storytelling and a knack for making the complex simple. She is a forward thinker and a passionate advocate for effective financial decision making to achieve sustainable outcomes for organisations. She is also an aerial artist and a strong believer of movement as a means to grow, nourish and learn as a child and adult.
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.
Marissa is currently the Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at Health Partners and has 25+ years business experience, predominantly in the health and retail sectors. She has a proven track record of accelerating organisational performance through cohesive strategic planning, and has key experience in business development, marketing and retail strategy. She has been instrumental in driving transformational change across all facets of the business, uncovering strategic opportunities and is quick to action in a measured and meticulously planned approach. But while she may be serious about work, being Greek, she is also seriously committed to sailing around the Ionian islands in Greece - as often as she can.
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
David Coltman is the Chief Executive of TAFE SA. Prior to joining TAFE SA in April 2019, David was Deputy Vice-Chancellor at Swinburne University of Technology and Chair of the National Institute of Circus Arts (NICA). David is a New Zealander who made Australia his home in 2014. He lives in Eastwood, SA with his partner and two overly indulged dogs. In his teenage years David was heavily involved in the performing arts, and during this time developed a love for all forms of
physical theatre. David holds postgraduate qualifications in Adult Education and Public Administration. His early career work focused on the delivery of programs that sought to increase participation in higher education of underrepresented communities. More recently David’s work has focused on the use of digital technologies to improve access and participation in post-compulsory education.
Plus Cirkidz / SA Circus Centre Staff:
Joshua Hoare (Artistic Director)
Nick Skibinski (General Manager)
Nick Skibinski: General Manager
Nick has enjoyed a successful career in the Arts. Currently he specialises in providing business process, strategy, HR and General Management advice and support for Not for Profits. Most recently he was the CEO of Australian Dance Theatre for four years. Prior to that he spent nearly 10 years at the Adelaide Festival Centre as a programming executive where he developed, presented and produced over 170 individual events and productions, from small scale industry developments programs through to the creation of the inaugural OzAsia festival as its first Executive Producer. He holds a BA in Arts Politics from Flinders University. His young daughter joined the Cirkidz Tiddlerz program in 2012 and is nurturing a keen interest in hula hoop.