Caroline Wood: Co-Founder & Director

Caroline Wood is the Founder and Director of the Centre for Stories.  Caroline has a strong background in publishing, community engagement and communication.  Caroline manages the Centre’s corporate and community relationships, sponsorship, funding raising and program implementation. 



John Wood: Co-Founder

John has had a diverse career path spanning academia and both public and private sectors.  He has taught at universities, worked for governments of both major political parties, crafted speeches for a Prime Minister, held Professorial appointments at Notre Dame and Edith Cowan Universities.  He is currently Chief Executive Officer of University Programmes for Navitas. 


Sisonke  Msimang: Storyteller and Trainer

Sisonke Msimang is writer and activist who works on issues of money, power and sex. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, The Guardian, Newsweek and a range of other international publications.  Sisonke has told stories at The Moth and TEDxSoweto and has used storytelling as a tool for social justice for many years.  Sisonke is responsible for the oral storytelling program at the Centre.


Robert Wood: Program Manager

Robert Wood has interned for Overland, worked for Australian Poetry and Wild Dingo Press, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and was the first poet on the faculty of The School of Life.  Robert facilitates poetry events and has responsibility for programming literary events.



Claudia Mancini: Administrative Officer

Claudia Mancini was raised in Perth by migrant parents. Her unique family background has instilled in her a love for foreign languages, cultural studies and social justice. At the Centre she is responsible for website and social media management, story-collecting and project development.