The CWC Board

CWC’s governing Board is made entirely of volunteers and is based in Melbourne. The current Board consists of…

Tess McCabe
Designer/publisher | CWC President
Tess has over a dozen years experience in graphic design, specialising in identity, print and publishing. She founded Creative Minds and independently produces publications and resources for creatives, including the popular Conversations with Creative Women series.  In an effort to strengthen ties within the local creative community in Melbourne, Tess began coordinating Creative Women’s Circle in 2009, and incorporated CWC to become a national non-profit association in 2015. She is also co-host of The New Normal Podcast.

Martina Gemmola
Photographer | CWC Vice President
As a Freelance photographer, Martina is constantly inspired by the creative community behind this great city. When she is not shooting gorgeous spaces or spirited people, she is poring over design publications and dreaming of what’s next. At times wearing many hats, she has a background in production and project management, keen barista skills and a serious passion for anything food and travel related.

Yasmin Naghavi
Lawyer | CWC Secretary
Yasmin  practises in creative industries law at Media Arts Lawyers. There she represents world-class design studios, agencies, illustrators, streaming services, writers, craftspeople, digital influencers, content creators, and photographers. Holding both a Juris Doctor (hons) and an MBA,Yasmin combines experience with deeply entrenched expertise, industry insight, and a passion for the creative sector.
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Shannon Rowe
Project Manager | CWC Treasurer
Shannon is a Project Manager at ThoughtWorks, a former co-owner of a successful award-winning Melbourne café, and co-founder of the popular Brown Owls craft group. She is enthusiastic about craft and the creative community, with a soft spot for tech productivity tools and pretty spreadsheets.

Phoebe Miller
Publicist | Head of Membership
Phoebe’s professional background covers experience marketing and communications for the corporate, arts, and not-for-profit sectors, including freelance consulting for creative enterprises. She also ran her own creative side project, designing and making accessories under the moniker Simply Phoebe. Originally hailing from Brisbane, she spent six years living in Sydney and now happily calls Melbourne home.
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Rachel Bucknall
Graphic Designer | Head of Events
Rachel has over a decade of experience working as a graphic designer. She values design that is built to work, not just look pretty. She has organised many community events and values CWC for its ability to support creatives as they develop their own path. In addition to her role connecting and supporting CWC’s event hosts, Rachel leads Fibershed Melbourne, a group promoting production of local clothing fibres.
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Annette Wagner
Designer/artist/marketer | Head of Communications
Annette Wagner is a designer, marketer, creative consultant, collaborator, artist and writer. Trained as a designer, she studied further and moved into advertising and marketing. She has over 15 years of diverse experience designing, developing and delivering branding solutions, tailoring national and international marketing campaigns, working client and agency side, copywriting, and managing projects big and small. Her business, True North Studio, is a multidisciplinary practice combining her experience and passion for creativity.
Website | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook

Bec Mackey
Writer/teacher/producer (screen) | Head of Strategy
Bec is a writer, teacher and producer of screen-related things. She utilises a decade of experience in the business sides of media and arts to help creative people fund and promote their work in ways that work for them. Bec writes about funding, promotion, creative careers and life on her website, Brightside Creatives.

Emma Clark Gratton
Furniture designer/writer | Head of Content
Emma is a jane-of-all-trades – literally. She switches between working with timber in the furniture-making business she runs with her husband, chatting with creative mums as co-host of The New Normal podcast, and writing snazzy copy for freelance clients. Emma is the mother of two young boys who enjoy painting with yogurt, emergency vehicles and ‘helping’ in the workshop.
Website | Podcast | Instagram