Our Board

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.

Catherine Keenan - Executive Director & Co-Founder

Dr Catherine Keenan is co-founder and executive director of the 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, now based in Wellington, New Zealand. 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 Story Factory. He is the incorporated entity's public officer and is responsible for its administration and legal compliance.

Gail Hambly

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 Barouch

Jonathan is an established entrepreneur having grown and exited one of Australia's first e-commerce businesses, Fast Flowers. He is now 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.



Grant is Head of Sales & Rates Product, ASX Derivative & OTC Markets, ASX Limited.  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

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, translated into a number of languages. 




Paul Martin is the Executive Director, Quality Teaching at the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA). Prior to his current position, Paul was Executive Director of Teaching Standards and Strategic Policy at the NSW Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES). As Manager of Professional Learning and Manager of Initial Teacher Education at the NSW Institute of Teachers he played a key role in the implementation of the NSW Government’s 'Great Teaching, Inspired Learning' initiative. He was Senior Policy Advisor to Minister Peter Garrett in the former Australian Government, and Senior Policy Advisor to three NSW Education Ministers. 



Gemma Salteri is the Executive Director of CAGES Foundation; a Private Ancillary Fund that supports organisations working to ensure every Indigenous child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. She is a director of The Funding Network, an advisor for the Roslyn and Carlo Salteri Foundation and a founding member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving program. Gemma is also a graduate of the Australian Companies Institute of Directors and the Chief Executive Women’s Leadership program.

In 2016 Gemma was awarded Philanthropy Australia’s Emerging Philanthropist Award. Prior to her work in philanthropy Gemma worked in marketing and product development for consumer product businesses such as Avon Products, The Body Shop International and held various senior management positions at Blackmores Australia including most recently heading up their product innovation team for Asian markets. 

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Garigarra mundine

Garigarra is a Wiradjuri/Bundjulang/Kamilaroi and Gumbayngirr woman from Dubbo, NSW. Garigarra began as an intern at the Story Factory in 2013 on the Home Project, helping to create relationships with local schools, businesses, community organisations, politicians and the police, and facilitating workshops for children and adults. She has nearly finished a Bachelor of International Relations at the Australian National University. She was one of the ACT representatives for the 2017 National Indigenous Youth Parliament, represented the ANU at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Toronto, Canada 2017, and represented the Wiradjuri nation at the Spirit of the Planet, international Indigenous festival in Bergamo, Italy 2016. Since 2015 Garigarra has also worked part-time in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet in international policy, cultural projects, cultural policy and strategic policy within Indigenous Affairs.

Advisors to the board


JAMES ARGENT - strategy advisor

James Argent is a Consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. At BCG, his experience includes working with a range of public and private sector and not-for-profit clients, and he actively supports a range of pro bono initiatives. Prior to joining BCG, James worked as a paralegal at Herbert Smith Freehills and as a research assistant at the University of Sydney Law School. James holds a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of Sydney.


SAMANTHA ABEYDEERA- government relations advisor

Samantha Abeydeera is a Director at Sydney Trains, accountable for front line drivers and guards who transport in excess of one million customers daily on the Sydney network. Samantha has previously worked as a national enterprise agreement negotiator and as a buyer in Australia and abroad. Samantha has strong links to the community as a weekend tutor for Sydney Story Factory in 2016 and 2017, and previously as an Advisor for Community Legal Centre. She graduated with a double degree in Commerce and Law from Macquarie University.