The leadership team of Outloud is committed to ensuring the diversity of Outloud’s audience is reflected in the composition of the Management Committee, staff and project roles, and to integrate inclusive thinking and behaviours into the way the organisation operates. As part of its mission, Outloud is committed to addressing the barriers that make it harder for some communities to have their voices heard. We believe that championing diversity involves challenging the social inequalities and hierarchies that enable unfair treatment and discrimination. We recognise that promoting diversity involves challenging the social inequalities and hierarchies that enable unfair treatment, as well as celebrating the impact diversity makes in enriching the organisation and the communities it serves.
SECRETARY | Dr. Emma Mitchell: Lecturer in Sociology, Macquarie University
Emma Mitchell has been the Secretary of the Board since June 2018. She became involved with Outloud during her PhD research in 2014 and has stuck around ever since. Emma is now a researcher at the Institute for Culture and Society at Western Sydney University.
Treasurer | Kesini Madanayake: Several years experience as a Finance Manager, currently at a multinational Orthopaedic company
Kesini has worked for several years as a Finance Manager, currently at a multinational Orthopaedic company.
MEMBER | Marie Kanaan: an Outloud alumnus, Marketing Manager, Bankstown Sports Club
Marie joined the Outloud management committee in 2016. Her experience includes sport administration roles at Bankstown Sports Club and in the education sector; and commercial experience in large advertising agencies. Marie has a Bachelor degree in Sports Administration from the University of Canberra. Marie was a participant with Outloud in the 1990’s whilst a student at Sir Joseph Banks High School, Revesby.
MEMBER | Katherine O’Regan: Former lawyer, currently Supply Manager for Westpac Group
Katherine has been a member of the Outloud management committee for 3 years. She is a solicitor and runs the Westpac under 35 youth network as a supplier manager where she is responsible for a portfolio of vendors. She is also co-ordinating The Youth Network Summit educating and empowering young leaders. Katherine has a Bachelor degree in Communications and Law from the University of Technology and had 3 years experiences as solicitor at Gadens Lawyers.
MEMBER | Stuart Slough: Team Leader Community Planning and Funding, Central Coast Council
Stuart Slough is an artist, cultural planner and project manager who has worked as a consultant and for NGOs as well as local and state government. His work involves place making via interpretation and site specific art, cultural infrastructure development and strategic planning with a strong focus on creative engagement and professional and community collaboration.
MEMBER | Zena Dabaja: Principal at Birrong Girls High School
Zena Dabaja is an experienced educational leader who has dedicated 25 years to promoting excellence in student outcomes. Born and bred in Bankstown, she has dedicated her career to promoting equity of opportunity for the ever-evolving diverse and complex student needs in South Western Sydney.
As the proud Principal of Birrong Girls High School, she has experienced first-hand the life-force and empowerment that comes from involvement in creative expression and is committed to supporting promoting the mission an values of Outloud because of the transformational impact their programs and initiatives have on every individual involved.