SEAM works in partnership with remote communities actively engaged in the fundamental challenge of remaining rooted in the ground of their culture while benefiting from, and contributing to, new opportunities.
DRUSILLA MODJESKA, FOUNDER & MANAGER, MAKING BOOKS
Drusilla Modjeska is a writer, reviewer and essayist. Her books include Poppy, The Orchard, Stravinsky’s Lunch, The Mountain and Second Half First. She first went to PNG in 1968. In 2004 she visited the barkcloth artists of Ömie, about whom she has written, including in the catalogue to the 2009 NGV catalogue, Wisdom of the Mountain. Since 2004 she has to PNG returned regularly.
VIRGINIA HEYWOOD, CO-FOUNDER
Virginia Heywood has worked as an advisor to a British Labour politician, as a garden designer and a community broadcaster.
DR STEPHEN COLLIER, DESIGN
Dr Stephen Collier is a registered architect and urban designer with over 25 years experience in interiors, architecture and urban design. He joined SEAM in 2014, bringing an architectural eye and philosophy to the design of School-in-a-Box.
In the 1990s, he spent four years working for the internationally renowned Spanish architect Manuel de Solá-Morales. Several major residential and commercial projects on which he has worked have received the highest professional awards for design excellence in Australia and Europe. He has a Doctor of Philosophy from RMIT University and a Masters of Large Scale Architecture from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (UPC).
Stephen Collier Architects is a vibrant design-focussed office based in Sydney Australia. The office has won numerous awards including the 2012 Sydney Design Award for Residential Architecture and two Commendations at 2013 NSW Architecture Awards.
TARA RYAN, COMMUNICATIONS VOLUNTEER
Tara is a Project and Talent Manager at learning and development consultancy, Be Learning. Her working life requires agile project management for integrated solutions for variety of blue chip organisations throughout Australia, Europe and Asia. She is passionate about offering her skills and knowledge as an administrator and project manager volunteering for SEAM.
Martha Bentley, Education & Development
Sebangaz Siming, PROJECT CoORDINATOR
Sebangaz Siming is a young Papua New Guinean passionate sustainable development, entrepreneurship and considers herself a global citizen. She studied Banking & Finance at the University of Papua, has been involved with The Voice Inc., a PNG youth development organisation, PNG Cancer Foundation, Oaktree Australia and was a recipient of the Archers Leadership Scholarship in 2015 - a leadership project of the Kokoda Track Foundation.