The Creative Plus Business team are a fun-loving bunch, all creative professionals with business experience, and all keen to help you be creative, make money, and love your work. Meet the team, your advisors and our magical helpers, and find out more about our experience, our creative lives, and how we can help you.
Monica is the boss, and also very bossy. She is the lead business advisor for C+B, our key consultant and conducts most of our workshops. If left alone for too long she also comes up with most of our zaniest new ideas. Monica loves working with more experienced businesses and arts organisations. She is our keynote specialist and the loudest person in the office. She adores salty language, and has no idea where the tea towels live, even after all this time.
Creative Professions: Filmmaker, Writer
Irene is an experienced creative industries business advisor who loves start-ups and freelance businesses. She is phenomenal at grant and tender writing, and is a fan of regional creatives, social entrepreneurs and female-driven businesses. Irene is based in lovely downtown Armidale. Irene is also a performer and can be found at country music festival as her alter ego, Sheila Knaquers. Irene is responsible for co-ordinating all our Llama Meme, and can put on a saucy puppet show without any hesitation.
Creative Professions: Actor, Puppeteer, Storyteller
Robyn is a renaissance woman, a world traveller and visual artist who has exhibited in Singapore, the US and Australia. She holds a Bachelor in Business with Honours in Management, and is currently studying for her Bachelor of Art and Design. She is based in the Northern Rivers of NSW and is a fan of all kinds of creative business. She has brought peace, love and yoga to our team. Some of us are less keen on the yoga bit than others.
Creative Professions: Visual Artist, Yogi
Kylie is a coach, advisor and facilitator who has worked with senior leaders, emerging leaders and entrepreneurs from across the creative industries. She has also worked in policy, compliance and governance for large organisations including AFTRS, the ABC and the BBC. Kylie is also organised, patient, resilient and hilarious – as only the mother of teenagers can be. She is an avid Sydney Swans supporter in an office full of sports simpletons.
Creative Professions: Media and Broadcasting
Pauline is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and Yaegl woman. She is also an Associate Professor and Manager of the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Research at UTS Sydney. Pauline has worked with AFTRS and NITV, is a programmer for imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival in Canada, and the Founder and Artistic Director of Winda Film Festival. Pauline is calm and composed in the face of our chaos and we all want to be her when we grow up.
Creative Professions: Filmmaker, Artistic Director
Kelly has had a long and varied career, spanning arts management, economic development, and communications. Most recently she was the founder and owner of Platform Gallery, a successful commercial feminist art gallery, and before that was Australia’s first Creative Industries Cluster Manager, where among other things, she commissioned the highly popular MTNS MADE campaign.
In her own creative practice, Kelly is a producer, dancer, and burlesque performer, in addition to being a writer and visual arts curator. Kelly holds a Master of Commerce and is currently undertaking a Master of Research in Cultural Studies. You bet she can choreograph a burlesque routine and calculate the financial viability of an arts organisation at the same time, in sequins.
Creative Professions: Curator, Writer, Burlesque Performer
Andrew is the Executive Officer of South East Arts, the regional development organisation for arts and culture in regional NSW. His work involves strategic leadership, business planning, and developing creative programs and projects to meet the cultural needs of regional communities. Andrew has also developed educational programs for the National Film and Sound Archive and the National War Memorial. At the drop of a hat, Andrew will adopt his alter ego and serenade us with tunes from his band The Jonathon Richman Experience.
Creative Professions: Musician, Performer, Manager
Wendi Lanham, Chef d’Affaires / Business Manager
Wendi is the Business Manager of C+B and runs the show. She started young in her creative professions and combined her craft with a Diploma of Business Management and a Bachelor of Performance while also working overseas as a model. She is annoyingly accomplished, and a multitasker who can make up a song about her tasks, at the same time. She cannot, however, keep her desk plants alive despite her very best efforts.
Creative Professions: Actor, Model, Presenter
Lillie Brown, Sergeant-at-Arms / Marketing Manager
Lillie is our Marketing Manager. She has worked in the arts for several years, first as the Arts Administration Officer at Southern Tablelands Arts and now as our Marketing Manager. Lillie is an Embroidery Artist and uses this timeless craft to unsettle people with sequins and swear words. She loves helping young regional creatives get their business act together, and she is our Fashion Icon. Cross her at your peril.
Creative Professions: Textiles, Fashion, Collage, Renegade Embroidery
Clio Davidson-Lynch, Concierge / Data Wizard
Clio is our Admin Assistant and Data Wizard. She is the quiet achiever in a very noisy office, and responsible for making sure everything is working properly. She is also responsible for all our data, and writing reports to highlight all that qualitative and quantitative magic. She works for C+B while also studying Creative Writing at Sydney Uni. Clio can always be found in the kitchen at parties.
Creative Professions: Writer
Sarah Lord, Shogun / Travelling Advisor
Sarah was instrumental in helping C+B grow from a one-woman show to the thriving and hilarious company that it is today. She was our first general manager and is the keeper of all our internal knowledge. Sarah currently heads up our South Australian office, and won’t hesitate to table-flip when faced with inefficiency. She is our Spiritual Cassowary and writer of The Book of The Lord.
Creative Professions: Dancer, VFX Make-Up Artist, Maker
Photos by Natalie Hunfalvay Photography.