The Board

Anne CarsonAnne Carson

Chair

e anne.carson@ondru.org

“It wasn’t until I found my poetic voice about 12 years ago that I uncovered my identity so I have a great deal of empathy for the voiceless many who are marginalised or devalued in our world. When I discovered Ondru I immediately resonated with what they stand for. I believe in the potential of the Creative Arts to contribute to culture-making: the making of a more humane, fairer world, just as Ondru does. I am highly motivated to contribute to positive social change and being an Ondru Director gives me the welcome opportunity to live my deepest values alongside like-minded others."

 Anne is a Melbourne-based writer and visual artist. Her poetry has been awarded in literary competitions, broadcast on national radio, published in international journals and widely in Australia. In 2013, Removing the Kimono, a collection of poetry, was published by Hybrid Publishers. In addition she teaches Poetry Writing and Appreciation to adults and, as a trained Social Worker, is a project-based Creative Writing Therapist.

Kobi PerkalKobi Perkal

Treasurer

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“I was lucky enough to become part of Ondru as they needed someone with a financial background to assist with their operations. I found that Ondru is an amazing concept, supported by a great group of people. I am confident that the financial skills I bring will assist in Ondru's growth and hopefully I will also be able to contribute to other aspects of Ondru."

 Kobi was born and grew up in regional Victoria before moving to Melbourne at the age of 13. His Jewish grandfather immigrated to Australia at the age of 17 after the end of the second world war and his story had a profound impact on Kobi after he was old enough to understand. Kobi spent time in secondary school and in the years after contributing to live theatre and musical productions, with the highlight being the founding member of a theatre company that performed productions in three consecutive Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Kobi went on to complete a Commerce degree at Deakin University in 2005, a Certified Practising Accountants (CPA) qualification in 2011 and an Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 2014. He brings a range of artistic, professional and life skills to his position of Treasurer on the Ondru board.

Sophie Gregory

Secretary

e sophie.gregory@ondru.org

"Ondru's mission resonated strongly with me as I am also passionate about both the arts and social change. I have been very inspired by the ways in which Ondru has been able to give a voice to the voiceless, as well as promoting diversity. In the short time I have been involved with Ondru, it quickly became clear that we have an amazing and dedicated team who are committed to these goals. I look forward to being able to contribute to Ondru as the Company Secretary."

Sophie is Melbourne based having moved from Sydney in late 2015, where she grew up and has always lived. Her professional experience includes operational management, process re-engineering, project management and quality assurance/compliance. She has also worked across a number of different industries including media, banking and finance and HR services. Throughout her career, Sophie has always sought out opportunities to improve customer experience and deliver business transformation. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arts/Commerce from the University of New South Wales.

Liam Ferguson

Director

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Stephen Beddoe

Director

e stephen.beddoe@ondru.org

Katya Lakes

Director

e katya.lakes@ondru.org