Sydney Story Factory Incorporated is a not-for-profit association incorporated in New South Wales. We are governed by a board who bring a wealth of experience and specialist expertise to the task.
Michael Gonski - President
Michael Gonski is a solicitor with the employment team at Freehills, one of Australia's leading law firms. He is heavily involved with the Freehills Foundation and is a former president of the University of New South Wales Law Society. In 2014 he was awarded Philanthropy Australia's inaugural Emerging Philanthropy Leader Award and is now a member of the board of Philanthropy Australia.
Catherine Keenan - Executive Director & Co-Founder
Dr Catherine Keenan is co-founder and executive director of the Sydney Story Factory. She was formerly a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, working as an arts writer and as literary editor. She is an honorary associate in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney, and the 2016 Australian of the Year Local Hero.
Tim Dick - Secretary & Co-Founder
Tim Dick is a criminal lawyer with Legal Aid. He was formerly a journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald, where he worked in a variety of roles, including as opinion editor. As a lawyer, he is admitted in both Australia and New Zealand. After volunteering for a week at 826 Valencia and consulting widely with the community he and Cath Keenan co-founded the Sydney Story Factory. He is the incorporated entity's public officer and is responsible for its administration and legal compliance.
Gail Hambly is general counsel and company secretary for the Fairfax Media Group and is responsible for the provision of legal, company secretarial, corporate governance and internal audit services across the Group. She is also a member of the strategy team. Gail is chair of CopyCo Pty Ltd which is a joint venture intellectual property licensing company for Australian newspapers and magazines and up until 2015 she was a director of Company B Limited (Belvoir Theatre Company).
Jonathan is an established entrepreneur having grown and exited one of Australia's first e-commerce businesses, Fast Flowers. He is currently the CEO and founder of Sydney based technology startup up Local Measure. Jonathan was a finalist for BRW Entrepreneur of the Year in 2012 and was named as one of the top 20 people to watch in the IT industry by The Australian. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours and a Masters of Political Science from University of NSW and a Masters of Commerce from Sydney University.
Angus Stuart is Director at Adamantem Capital, a leading Australian private equity firm. He has extensive board experience as chairman or director of the businesses owned by private equity funds. Previously Angus was a strategy consultant at Bain & Company. Angus is actively involved in mentoring young people through various initiatives including in his role as President of Sydney University Rugby Club.
GRANT LOVETT - TREASURER
Grant is currently a Managing Director at Credit Suisse Australia responsible for its Global Markets Solutions business. He was Chief of Staff to Hon Joe Hockey (Shadow Treasurer and Commonwealth Treasurer) from 2012 - 2015. Prior to that, Grant had more than 20 years financial markets experience - both in Australia and internationally - culminating as the Head of Fixed Income at UBS Australia. Grant has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He is also a Director of the Black Dog Institute and an avid reader of fiction.
Benjamin Law is a journalist, columnist, TV screenwriter and author of two books - The Family Law (2010) and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East (2012) - both of which have been nominated for Australian Book Industry Awards. The Family Law is now a major SBS TV series, and series two will air in 2017.
Paul Martin is the Executive Director of Teaching Standards and Strategic Policy at the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). Prior to his current position, Paul was Manager of Professional Learning and Manager of Initial Teacher Education at the former NSW Institute of Teachers. He played a key role in the implementation of the NSW Government’s Great Teaching, Inspired Learning initiative with both organisations. Previously, Paul was Senior Policy Advisor to Minister Peter Garrett in the former Australian Government, and Senior Policy Advisor to three NSW Education Ministers. Other past roles have included being a Teachers’ Union Organiser; High School Head of Department; and Literacy Consultant in the NSW Disadvantaged Schools Program.
Leanne Townsend is Chief Executive Officer of the National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA). She is a Chamber 3 Delegate for the National Congress for Australia’s First Peoples, a board member for youth social enterprise Heaps Decent, and a founder of Flashpoint Labs. Previously Leanne was CEO of the New South Wales Reconciliation Council. She served as a Senior Advisor to Governor General Her Excellency Quentin Bryce. Leanne reformed and developed the National NAIDOC Committee Secretariat following the abolition of ATSIC, produced and managed the National NAIDOC Awards from 2005-2009, and was responsible for leading key aspects of the Prime Minister’s National Apology to the Stolen Generations in Canberra, 2008. Leanne grew up in Uralla in northern NSW and proudly identifies as Anaiwan.