Creatives at the heart
- working collaboratively with creative people to nurture and build their entrepreneurial ventures
- providing and harnessing leadership to establish ‘can-do’ cultures with people at the heart
- encouraging community approaches to creative and viable regional, social-economic development.
Kir Larwill loves making spaces that welcome, working environments that energise and inspire, and contexts that nurture the work and creativity of others. She is a practising visual artist, community sector consultant, arts organiser, project manager, social researcher and writer, community participation professional, member of the first Castlemaine Artists Market committee, co-organiser of local arts enterprise initiatives, creator of exhibition and collaborative production opportunities with and for artist colleagues, and founding member and Chair of Castlemaine Press Inc. community access printmaking studio.
Melissa Proposch enjoys creating and participating in grassroots community led initiatives and business innovation. Publisher of the entrepreneurial digital arts magazine Trouble – the first publication to predict and promote the rise of the Central Victorian art scene – she has a deep appreciation of the energy and capacity of the local creative community. Melissa is also a practicing visual artist and printmaker, community development facilitator, project manager, and communications professional. She is a founding member and Vice Chair of Castlemaine Press Inc. and is inspired by community spirit, grey box forests and big open country skies.
Rhonda Chapman thrives in challenging people to make great things happen. As a partnership and collaboration specialist, she brings diverse people together to move forward. Her approach as an international aid consultant is empowering and human driven. Internationally and nationally Rhonda is recognised by her peers as a leader and sort-after mentor in the aid and partnering sectors. She is an experienced Board Director, having provided leadership to many social enterprises and small businesses. And blending all this together is her enterprising approach, which comes to the fore as co-founder of Cohoots Coworking in Castlemaine, with a penchant for peer learning and real engagement. Her work can involve an international project where three different languages are spoken, to co-designing frameworks with a group of organisations, to supporting a local enterprise. Definitely a life where each day is different.
Tim Ford is an activator, passionate about local micro-businesses and the energy that can be generated in enterprising communities. As co-founder of CoHoots Coworking, he ‘lives’ with a diverse bunch of enterprising people, supporting their endeavours and those of the broader community. As a qualified business coach with broad networks that challenge and inspire his viewpoints, Tim is at the forefront of trends in regional socio-economic development. Being one of the leaders of regional coworking, Tim has presented at national and international conferences on activating micro-enterprises in regional communities.
At the same time, he has also been referred to as a “walking dad joke”, so beware!