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Mark Craswell / Chair
Mark Craswell is a director of Stewart Architecture, one of Canberra’s leading architectural firms dedicated to exceptional design and outstanding urban, social, cultural and environmental outcomes. Mark has extensive experience in the architectural profession and is an accomplished Architect delivering design from initial concept through to built product whilst maintaining the integrity of the original design idea. Mark has had a long association with The Street through his work leading the design and build of The Street Theatre extension through 2012-2014. He brings business acumen combined with design and urban strategy knowledge to the Board.
Susan Blain / Deputy Chair
Susan Blain is a Business Development Manager with 30-years experience in Professional Services and the Not-for-Profit sector and currently Head of Engagement and Marketing for ANU Enterprise. During her 30-year career in Professional Services and the Not-for-Profit sector, she is best known for her expertise in marketing, content strategy and corporate communications. Susan and her family have a strong connection to Canberra and the Defence community. The Blain family have lived across Australia and overseas on military exchange, and like many other Defence families, they call Canberra home. Susan’s passion for drama and theatre began during high school where she was one of the early graduates in rural Queensland with a major in Drama. She continued her pursuit of musical theatre and production in her Arts degree, studying drama, theatre production and theatrical history. She later completed post graduate studies in Communication Practices with a specialty in Fundraising. Susan is the inaugural Student Editor of Idiom 23, a literary magazine from Central Queensland, and she counts her involvement, during university, in a regional musical theatre production of Godspell, as formative.
Susana Fior / Treasurer
Susana is an Associate Partner for a Big 4 firm in Canberra and a leader in costing, financial management and operational efficiencies. Susana is passionate about identifying, implementing and operationalising organisational efficiencies and working collaboratively with government and non-government organisations to improve their operations and performance.
Susana knows how to navigate complex situations and stakeholders and is motivated by initiatives and programs that make a real difference to communities. Susana has had various roles on committees and is an advocate for diversity and inclusiveness and hopes to bring these perspectives to this role.
Susana has spent many of her early years performing on stage through her love of ballet and contemporary dance and is keen to continue to support performing arts through the Board of the Street. Susana looks forward to bringing her experiences and assisting The Street in seeking to achieve its potential.
Kate Shepherd / Secretary
Kate Shepherd is an Architect at Stewart Architecture. Having a broad range of international experience, studying her Architecture degree in Finland and going on to work as an Architect in the UK, Kate has returned to her hometown of Canberra bringing back a strong focus on community, identity and placemaking. Kate’s interest in performing arts began at a young age, watching her father build stage sets for a local theatre company and spending school holidays participating in drama workshops. Through her work, Kate’s intent is to bring together practice, research and education. She strives to positively contribute to the public realm both through professional work and an ongoing teaching role at the University of Canberra, where she is able to directly influence the future designers of Canberra and the built environment.