ARCHIE TSIRIMOKOS, Kulture Break Board Chairman
Archie is the Chair of Meyer Vandenberg, the largest independent law firm in the ACT and recognised as one of Canberra’s most experienced commercial lawyers. He is responsible for ensuring the provision of consistently high-quality advice throughout the practice, and has broad-ranging legal expertise.
Archie is an experienced commercial lawyer and has expertise in commercial law, property development, building and construction law and commercial dispute resolution. He has been involved in the negotiation and delivery of numerous complex commercial projects and has extensive experience appearing as counsel in negotiating a number of complex commercial projects. He has appeared in various courts throughout Australia.
He has been recognised by various industry organisations for his ability, including as MBA Professional of the Year in 2011; Real Estate Institute Solicitor of the Year in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (and has been inducted into the Hall of Fame for that organisation in 2017) and Property Council of Australia (ACT) Professional of the Year in 2014. He has been listed in the list of Best Lawyers Australia and Doyle’s Guide for his expertise in Real Property Law in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Archie became the Chairman of the Kulture Break Board in 2018 and is committed to the professional oversight of the organisation.
FIONA FONTI, Kulture Break Board Member
Fiona Fonti is the Managing Director of The Rehabilitation Specialists, a Canberra-based company that has grown significantly since its launch in June 2012. Fiona is a nationally and internationally experienced Occupational Therapist with over 15 years’ experience in delivering Workplace Rehabilitation services and a range of specialist workplace health services. Fiona is passionate about her work, loves driving innovation and excels at communicating and building effective relationships. Most recently Fiona has launched an NDIS arm of The Rehabilitation Specialists, delivering allied health assessment and intervention services for people with disabilities.
Fiona has a wealth of a management experience, and although relatively new to running a business, has succeeded in a traditionally challenging market – demonstrated by being a finalist in the Telstra Business Awards 2015 Start-up category, Winning the Telstra Small Business of the Year Award ACT – 2016, winning the Canberra Young Business Woman of the Year in 2016, and being a Finalist in the Telstra Buses Women’s Awards ACT 2016 in the Entrepreneur category and in 2019 in the Small Business Category. Fiona also won the 2017 ACT and National IML Leader of the Year Award in the Owner/ Entrepreneur category.
Since moving to Canberra in 2015, Fiona has become involved in the local community through activities such as volunteering with her team to cook meals at Ronald McDonald House, being part of various committees over the years including Canberra Women in Business and Institute of Managers and Leaders. Fiona joined the Kulture Break Board in 2018 and looks forward to continuing her involvement.
MICHAEL HALL, Kulture Break Board Member
Michael is currently Deputy Chair of the Principal’s Australia Institute (PAI) Board. He has been Deputy President and a Director of the Australian Secondary Principal’s Association (ASPA); is a past President of the Australian Capital Territory Principal’s Association (ACTPA) and was awarded life membership of this organisation.
Michael is an experienced School Principal and profession leader with over 20 years’ in school leadership positions. Not only has he led teaching and learning within a school environment, he has extensive experience in managing school education, recreation and community facilities. Michael has been a Principal in Canberra in a senior secondary college, a Years 7-10 High School, a Preschool-Year 10 school as well as a Deputy Principal at a Years7-12 High School and founding Manager of a Distance Education Centre in NSW.
Michael has implemented Big Picture Education, Cambridge International Education, established a Trades Training Centre and Registered Training Organisation to enrich the Vocational Education and Training experience for students in senior school – making him a trail blazer in these areas of education.
Currently Michael is coaching newly appointed Principals in schools in Canberra as he believes that coaching and mentoring are important for educational leaders so that they can further develop their talents as leading learners empowering them to focus on what really matters in schools and not get overloaded with mundane management matters.
Michael is a strong advocate for Kulture Break. When Michael was Principal at Lanyon High School, he was approached by Francis who was seeking to offer young people at the school an opportunity to develop their talents through song and dance. Michael was excited by Francis’s vision and Kulture Break was born. As Principal of Erindale College, Michael invited Francis to set up KB’s headquarters at the college and together, they revamped KB’s mission and vision. KB is still headquartered at Erindale College and their partnership continues as Michael joins the KB Board.
CINDY MITCHELL, Kulture Break Board Member
Cindy has worked as a venture capital investment manager and in senior management roles at large corporate organisations in Australia and the United States. She has also worked as a Policy Advisor and Senior Analyst in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Assistant Director in the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
An experienced facilitator, trainer, and networker, Cindy excels in connecting people and ideas to solve complex problems. In her current role, she is responsible for the development of a social enterprise support program for new social enterprises and aspiring social entrepreneurs in Canberra and the surrounding region.
Cindy was the Founder and CEO of No Sweat Fashions, a not for profit social enterprise designed to create training, employment and work experience opportunities for migrant and refugees settling in Canberra. She is a passionate advocate for civil society and the social enterprise and social impact investment movements globally.
When Cindy is not crusading on behalf of social enterprise and teaching for-purpose professionals the ‘darks arts’ of capitalism, she is probably writing. She has authored two novels in the Southern Gothic genre and an obscure paper on Skeletochronology in Australian Tiger Snakes. At least once a week, she can be found singing first soprano parts with the Llewellyn Choir.
KIERAN SLOAN, Kulture Break Board Member
Kieran is an experienced and trustworthy financial manager, having demonstrated fidelity through a long association with IP Australia, working steadily through the ranks to raise himself to his current role as Deputy Chief Financial Officer. His financial acumen originated in his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Canberra. However, Kieran’s skills also include the performing arts, with which he’s had a long association.
Kieran has been dancing and singing up a storm in Canberra since he was in high school. His music career took off in the R&B/pop group 925, later known as D’Verse. The four-piece group travelled the country appearing on television and entertaining fans with their high energetic choreographed shows and smooth harmonies. The group performed with and supported many national and international acts. Kieran has performed and recorded with acclaimed artists such as Marcia Hines and Jon Stevens.
Kieran is now well-known in Canberra as the lead singer of the popular ‘Big Boss Groove’ band. He has had a long association with CEO of Kulture Break Francis Owusu from high school and in 925/D’Verse, and knows well the philosophy and impact of Kulture Break.