Christian believes in the power brands have to bring people closer together. And as Managing Partner of Cyclone Creative Agency, he has worked with a diverse range of businesses and brands, to create meaningful connections and experiences that enrich the lives of those in their community. Being a bi-lingual, first generation Australian that was born and raised in Melbourne’s Western suburbs, Christian is passionate about bringing L2R’s mission to life through its brand and marketing communications.
With over 15 years’ experience within the arts industry across Australia, Craig has worked across multiple art forms including cultural development, large-scale event management, festival direction, public art implementation, strategy and policy development, music, youth arts and venue management. With a strong commitment to and passion for the arts, social justice and community health, Craig strives to ensure that art is a mechanism for building social cohesion and a vehicle for social justice. He has worked in a variety of settings including local government, state government, arts venues, community health organisations and not-for-profit organisations. Craig is currently employed as the Manager Arts and Culture for Moreland City Council in Melbourne’s inner north and is currently undertaking a Masters of Cultural Leadership with NIDA in Sydney.
Vyshnavee Wijekumar has an extensive background working within the film and arts space. She is currently the Marketing Manager at Footscray Community Arts Centre, a board member of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival and part of the Human Rights Watch Melbourne Outreach Committee. A migrant of Tamil heritage, Vyshnavee arrived in Australia with her parents to evade the Sri Lankan civil war. She is passionate about stories that platform experiences of refugees, migrants, women and First Nations peoples. A Bharathanatyam performer for 17 years in her youth and current hip hop enthusiast, she’s excited to be contributing to L2R's work in supporting migrant and refugee youth through the power of dance.
Harriet is Senior Program Manager at Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation who works strategically and collaboratively with the not-for-profit, government and corporate sectors to support progress on key issues for Melbourne’s communities. Harriet is a social worker who has worked and lead teams in a range of settings in Melbourne and South-East Asia. In all of these roles, Harriet has learnt from young people’s resilience, creativity and desire to engage with their communities. Harriet believes that L2R harnesses these strengths in young people that hail from Melbourne’s west.
For Angela, dance is neutral territory. The work that L2R does to bridge communities in the West absolutely resonates with Angela’s passion. Currently a Director at Ernst & Young, Angela is a mother of three, has a Post Graduate Diploma from VCA, and is a Chartered Accountant, so joining the L2R team is a natural fit.
Kirsty works as the Head of Alumni and Stakeholder Relations for the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne. She has over 10 years’ experience in delivering strategic, sophisticated engagement programs, events and communications of varying scales, across the education, corporate and a not for profit arts sectors. Kirsty’s experience in developing skills in business administration, governance, fundraising, and volunteer management, supports L2R in many different ways, as well as her
passion for dance!
Carol has always had an underlying passion for dance, and spent 5 years on the board of KAGE Dance Theatre. Having started her career as an Engineer in the US and completing an MBA at Wharton, Carol is currently Asia Pacific HR Director for the Boston Consulting Group. Carol is inspired by L2R’s vision and the magical possibilities of using dance as a platform for connecting and engaging with young people
Mike is passionate about developing strategic, stakeholder engagement and evaluative capability at not for profit organisations. He is Head of Strategy at TaskForce, a fast-growing and innovative not for profit in South East Melbourne and is a Non-Executive Director at SIMNA Ltd, Australia's peak social impact measurement network. He is a terrible dancer, but decent podcaster- using his weekly podcast Humans of Purpose to bring social purpose organisations and their leaders to life. Mike is inspired by how L2R Dance is changing youth lives through its fresh, direct and engaging approach. Mike brings his strategic nous, networks and impact measurement ability to complement the team at L2R Dance.
Sarah is a lawyer specialising in entertainment, IP and commercial law. She practices at Studio Legal, a boutique firm which provides services to the creative industries, including clients in music, fashion, design and filmmaking. Originally from Adelaide, Sarah also has a degree in media and worked in research and communications in South Australia’s youth homeless, drug and alcohol and mental health services. Sarah trained as a dancer and is still incredibly passionate about the arts. L2R incapsulates many of Sarah’s values and she is thrilled to witness how L2R gives young people the opportunity to thrive.