Meet the Board
Meet our dedicated board members, committed to making Warehouse Circus the best it can be!
Prior to his retirement, Len pursued a diverse range of roles, including 15 years as a Union Official in the South Australian car industry, advising three Cabinet Ministers over a 25 year period, conducting his private consultancy in industrial relations, human resources and communications, and finally a decade in the Australian Public Service in corporate roles at Geoscience Australia, Department of Immigration and the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Upon retirement, Len joined the Ainslie Football Club Board in 2015 after serving in various manager, coach and other volunteer roles with junior teams. His three children have all participated at junior level with the Club. In retirement he has been heavily involved in volunteer roles with St Vincent de Paul, Belconnen Community Services and since late 2021, as a Board member with Warehouse Circus. At the Annual General Meeting in May, Len was elected to the role of President.
Len was delighted to be invited to Join the Board, humbled to have been elected its President, and looks forward to a long relationship with the Circus.
Bryony has over 20 years experience in Human Resources management primarily within the Defence sector, but also within Legal and Energy sectors. This includes generalist HR roles as HR Director and Strategic National HR Partner within multinational organisations, in addition to specialist roles in tender response, project delivery, graduate program design, organisational restructuring and recruitment. She holds post graduate qualifications in business and human resource management.
She now works in management of and as a Director of their family trust investments across listed and private entities.
Rosie has led a wide and varied life so far. From an early age Rosie has been a part of the circus community when she and her siblings joined The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, she spent her 10 years there training, performing and touring all over Australia and the world. Youth circus is an experience she holds close to her heart, and gave her not only the physical skills but the life skills that have set her up confidently. Though a professional career in circus never drove her, she has some experience in this field, and two of her siblings are still successful professionals in the industry. From school she spent two years working and travelling across Europe, adding life experience to her repertoire.
Through her professional life so far she has moved from creative fields to education, she is passionate about early childhood education and care gaining qualifications in this area. She is also a skilled and qualified makeup-artist, with a passion for the creativity it brings and helping people look and feel their best.
Rosie is excited to join the Warehouse Circus board to understand and grow the community to be the best it can be!
In early 2021 with partner Idris Stanbury she became a mother and is spending hours staring into her child’s eyes whilst on maternity leave.
Melinda is currently the Assistant Secretary Finance Business Information for the Department of Defence. Melinda’s qualifications include CPA, Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting). Melinda’s experience includes preparation of financial statements and internal management accounts, provision of strategic financial advice to senior decision makers, development and management of financial policy, procedures and controls, management of financial transaction processing, delivery of high-quality financial systems and general experience in HR management and leadership.
Melinda has extensive experience on committees and boards of community organisations, for example, Melinda was the finance officer of the German Australian Preschool for 2 years, in which time the Preschool expanded its operations from two days per week to four. She is committed to seeing community organisations achieve results that benefit the community and members.
Dylan is an experienced public policy specialist and public servant with a longstanding
commitment to Australia’s non-profit sector. He currently works at the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade where he advises on economic and trade policy, corporate governance and
domestic business engagement matters.
Dylan brings a diverse background to Warehouse Circus. He has previously served in economic and investment roles in federal and state departments, as a policy advisor in a state opposition office, and as a fundraising and volunteer coordinator in several non profit organisations.
Dylan is passionate about using his skills and experience to support organisations making a
positive contribution to the community. He volunteers locally and provides remote support as an Industry Mentor to university students in Brisbane and the Gold Coast from his alma mater, Griffith University.
Jeff has a daughter who has been with Warehouse since 2016. She is in Performance Troupe, and also works as an assistant trainer. Another daughter frequently attends Warehouse holiday programs.
Having three kids actively involved across circus, gymnastics, netball, rock climbing, and scouts, Jeff brings to Warehouse a broad exposure of how different organisations operate.
Jeff works at the Department of Defence, as an engineering manager with experience in safety, risk management, requirements analysis, policy, business and contracting. He is also on the committee of a local scout group, and was previously Canyoning Officer at the ANU Mountaineering Club.
Jeremy has a 27-year career in the performing arts working as a freelance circus performer/trainer, puppeteer, director, and business manager. In that time, he has had many diverse experiences from preforming on 42nd Street NYC, to unblocking toilets in a circus tent in Wollongong.
Jeremy has worked with many of Australia’s well know contemporary circus’ such as Circus Monoxide, Circa and had a 14-year history working with Circus Oz. Throughout his expansive career he has created and produced many successful independent productions and has toured extensively both nationally and internationally.
Like many freelance artists Jeremy’s business career started from necessity producing independent circus shows and promoting circus services to festivals and the corporate world. This led him to studying small business at RMIT and Business Management at Swinburne University. Jeremy is an early member of Warehouse Circus (1993-1998) and was the manager and owner of Blue Circus Studios (2001-2020) a professional circus incubator based in Fitzroy.
Jeremy has been privileged to have personally experience the positive outcomes circus performance and training has on individuals and communities. He has worked with people in indigenous communities, fire effected communities, new arrivals to Australia, people living with a disability and youth circus. Jeremy is very passionate about circus performance and training and is a dedicated advocate for the benefits circus and the performing arts has for the wider community.
Joan Ross is active in the community after retiring from her role as a senior policy officer in the Australian Public Service. Joan is an active member of the Social Policy Committee of the National Foundation for Australian and the University of the Third Age.
Since moving to Canberra in the late 1980s, Joan has served on the Board of No Sweet Fashions, a NFP group helping refugee and disadvantaged migrants with English and employment skills. In 2017, after several years, Joan completed her service on the Board of DUO Services Australia, a provider of a range of in-home care for people with disabilities and older Australians. She has completed a short course on Governance Foundations for Not-for-Profit Directors run by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. This covered topics about the fundamental compliance and performance related roles and responsibilities of directors, specifically in the areas of governance, risk, financial performance and strategy.
For the last decade of her career in the APS, Joan worked in the Department of Finance and Administration in the Budget Division as a team leader. She has strong management skills, has a demonstrated ability as a project manager and a good understanding of financial management.
Joan has worked in employment and education policy, including equity issues for women and people with disabilities. Joan is a graduate of the University of Queensland and, until 2014, she was a registered psychologist.