Dr Liz Thompson
Executive Officer, SharingStories Foundation
Liz Thompson is deeply involved in guiding the work of the foundation within Indigenous communities and is the organisation's Executive Officer. She also works alongside senior knowledge authorities and partner communities implementing community-based cultural mapping programs.
A producer of media with over three decades experience creating stories for radio, television and print. Her work includes the series, Sharing Our Stories books created through a collaboration with 14 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island communities. The series won the 2009 Australian Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing and was voted the best resource produced across primary, secondary and tertiary publishing in the country.
She has directed documentary films for ABC/BBC including Breaking Bows and Arrows, an exploration of reconciliation in Bougainville after the civil war. The film won the United Nations Media Peace Award for Best Television and The AIBD World Award for the Promotion of Conflict Resolution and the Grand Jury Prize at the 3rd International Festival of Oceania Documentary Film. More recently, Liz was awarded the 2021 Impact 25 Judge's Choice Award for Innovation from Pro Bono Australia. Liz has produced numerous feature-length programs for ABC Radio National, online content, stories for international print media, and has published of over 30 books. Liz possesses a PhD from La Trobe University, focusing on self-representational digital media practices in remote Indigenous communities.
Dr Liz Thompson
Design and Animation Lead
Isobel Knowles is an award-winning artist and animator. Her multidisciplinary practice spans short film, interactive installation, cross-platform performance, music, painting, photography and illustration. Her most recent achievements include winning the 2010 Premier of QLD'S National New Media Art Award, being given an Award of Distinction at the 2012 Arts Electronica Festival and publishing a children's book with Thames and Hudson.
Isobel has worked across many facets of SharingStories programs including animation facilitation, co-curation, design and mentoring new facilitators. Her extensive experience has brought new and exciting skills to all visual projects.
Glen Maw is a New Zealand filmmaker working across narrative and documentary genres. Over the past decade, he has shot, directed, and edited a diverse array of content for cinema, television and the web. He has developed undergraduate courses in video production and screenwriting and continues to mentor upcoming filmmakers, screenwriters, and video artists. Since joining SharingStories in 2017, he has worked with communities in Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory.
Communications and Design Manager
Sheree is a Torres Strait Islander woman, born in Cairns, Far North Queensland with family and ancestral links to Erub Island in the Torres Strait. Sheree has worked for a number of regional and international not-for-profit organisations delivering programs, in both grantmaking and fundraising to support social impact and outcomes.
From 2008-2011, Sheree worked for The Christensen Fund as an In Region Consultant and obtained postgraduate qualifications in Communications, from Griffith University. Commencing in early 2019, her role encompasses the creation of communication platforms for SharingStories to share the work of Indigenous people with all communities.