David is currently the Executive Director of DADAA LTD. Over the past 30 years, he has produced large-scale Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) and arts and health projects internationally and across Western Australia. Since the 1990s, in tandem with his project roles, David has played the lead role in building DADAA to be an internationally significant arts and disability organisation. Communities and people are central to his practice. Using Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) and arts and health practises, David works to actively contribute to the wellbeing of the arts and health sectors and to the WA community as a whole. His strength is a capacity to bring disparate structures together around active responses to population and placed based, complex social issues. David has worked in disability arts practice, and arts and health, across Western Australian, the Northern Territory, Ireland, Hong Kong, Kenya and South Africa, and is dedicated to furthering access to arts and culture for all people.
As a senior producer, programmer and arts manager, Vernon has curated festivals, venues and events across Australia. After graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, his early career included stage managing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Sydney Paralympics, and production management for the Adelaide and Perth festivals. Vernon later held the post of Program Manager for the Perth International Arts Festival, Star Shell Manager for the Darwin Festival, Special Project Manager at Sydney Festival, Program Manager at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts and 8 years as Producer of Major Outdoor Events for the Sydney Festival. With more than 19 years experience in the performing arts, Vernon has implemented strategic change in complex not-for-profit structures and led many innovative cultural projects across Australia. He also lectures and advises on international programming and artist management to a variety of organisations.
Margaret is a Dhungutti/Gumbangirr woman from Northern NSW with over 10 years’ experience in the Indigenous media sector, starting out in print and currently working in web, digital content, social and broadcast media. Crossing the bridge from SBS/NITV in 2014, Margaret has been a Producer within the ABC’s Indigenous department since. During this time spearheading online, brand and social media development, strategy, content and editorial as well as focusing on audience engagement and building and sustaining an ABC Indigenous online community. A productive five years at ABC Indigenous has seen Margaret work in various capacities on titles such as Redfern Now: Promise Me, Gods of Wheat Street, Cleverman, Black Comedy, Black As, Aussie Rangers, KGB, Wrong Kind of Black (social), Will We Ever Have a Black PM? and Blue Water Empire among other titles. In her new role as Executive Producer, Margaret is responsible for the management of the digital strategy for ABC Indigenous, as well as identifying, developing and managing new content for the ABC Indigenous slate across all platforms and genres.