Our Team

ACT Australia|NZ prides itself on the expertise of our team. From highly creative and accomplished performance professionals to executive leaders in the fields of safety culture and regulation, organisational psychology and leadership; we deliver corporate best practice.

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Our benchmark is excellence at what we do. Our proof is the number of repeat programs we are entrusted to deliver.

Part of the excitement in working with ACT is you become part of a team that makes incredible theatre and film. We’re invited to enter another award in 2022 – the ATOM Australian Teachers of Media Award, for our work in education innovation.

Your engagement furthers the careers of writers, directors, camera teams, sound teams, lighting teams, editors, and production assistants and of course we wouldn’t be where we are without our amazing actors and coaches.

We welcome you to be part of the creative community that is part of education and training innovation and building the cultural capital of Australia.

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Behind the Scenes

Here’s a snapshot of behind the scenes work that goes into all the productions – from our focus groups to make sure we fit your needs, to writing the scripts, to mapping the design, preparing the production, rehearsals, costumes and props, the shoots and of course production days – workshop days.

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Our team is comprised of genuinely gifted minds

Founder, Managing Director

Susan Fleming

B. Ed, Advanced Diploma in Leadership and Management, GAICD, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management 2012, Member of the National Speakers Association, Chair, The Child Safety Foundation CCCSF and Chair, Theatre 180.

Susan’s comprehensive stakeholder engagement experience with the major organisations in Australia and overseas over the past 25 years and across a wide range of industries mean that she is able to offer a valuable contribution to the service of clients. ACT holds the exclusive licence for the AKT Productions UK suite of plays outside the UK.

Ms Fleming applies high-level strategy, consulting and problem-solving at all levels. She draws on her experiences from Risk Management in the IT industry, Executive Producer and Risk challenges in the film industry, and CEO experience as the State Director of CEDA, the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (WA). At the Australian Institute of Management for 7 years leading significant bespoke leadership training design and delivery for the top 50 organisations in WA, Fleming was highly regarded for her contribution to innovation and for managing the entrée of AIM into China.

Advisory Committee: Barrister, Director, Public Speaker and recipient of Cavaliere (Order of the Star of the Italian Republic, conferred June 2017)

Maria Saraceni

BA, B Ed (Hons), BJuris, LLB Maria was admitted to the Bar in 1992, Maria practises in regulatory and compliance law and advises on corporate governance matters. Her experience across all facets of employment law, industrial relations and workplace health and safety is well recognised.

Maria is a strategic thinker who is as comfortable finding solutions to issues without resorting to legal action as she is in representing parties in the course of legal proceedings. This approach results in a commercially responsible outcome for the instructing solicitor and their client.

In addition to her legal work, Maria gives back to the community via her work as a non-executive director on various statutory and not-for-profit boards. She also appears in public speaking engagements and mentors legal practitioners and others who seek career guidance.

Maria’s direct, down-to-earth communication style together with her language skills in Italian and French have proved valuable in assisting those whose first language is other than English and those who are reluctantly involved in legal matters.

Advisory Committee: Strategy and Coaching (BBUS GDipBus)

Ron Kemp

Ron has built a reputation as a highly engaging facilitator, coach and trainer and has had the privilege of delivering these services to a diverse range of clients in different parts of the Australian and South East Asian region.

Ron has been engaged in the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) project team and was the lead on the Public Transport Authority (PTA) Trackworker Safety initiative in 2019. Ron specialises in facilitation, strategic and business planning, organisational learning and coaching. He has relied heavily on word of mouth recommendations which have resulted in varying contexts for facilitation such as strategic planning, change management, leader development, conferences, staff meetings, joint venture health checks, mediation and community dialogue. An entrepreneur for over 20 years combined with a Bachelor of Business and a Graduate Diploma of Business; Ron’s exceptional experience in many industries makes him a sought after facilitator.

Ron is a Certified Professional Facilitator (IAF) and NLP Practitioner, as well as a qualified coach (Diploma in Coaching) and is accredited in LSI (Human Synergistics) and the Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Ron has worked as a coach and facilitator for many well-known Australian, as well as international corporations such has BHP Billiton Iron Ore, Woodside, Westrac, Australia Post, Mirvac Fini, Wesfarmers, PTA, INPEX, Water Corporation and Western Power.

Advisory Committee: Project Director, South West Defence Base Services, WA and SA, Ventia

Lucy Cordone

Master of Health and Medical Law (2007), University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (2001), University of Melbourne
Barrister and Solicitor (Admitted to Practice in Victoria 2002)
Mediator, Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria, Department of Justice (2008)
GAICD (2005)

Lucy brings her successful background in senior leadership and strategic management with substantial executive level experience in large, complex and highly regulated organisations.

Ventia is providing essential services to support defence capability requirements across navy, army and air force base community in Western Australia and South Australia. This covers a workforce of 700 personnel delivering estate upkeep, hospitality and catering, environmental services, range and training area management, aircraft refuelling and airfield support, firefighting and emergency response, warehousing and store distribution and fuel services, among others.

Lucy has held senior executive roles as General Counsel, Company Secretary, Chief Risk Officer, State Operations Manager and General Manager in broad and highly regulated industries including health care, oil and gas, public housing, and the defence sector.

Production Coordinator

Sofia Fleming-Wilson

Sofia Fleming-Wilson is a Production Coordinator, Stage Manager and Actor; bringing experience from both sides of the stage to her work.

Sofia Fleming-Wilson is a Production Coordinator, Stage Manager and Actor; bringing experience from both sides of the stage to her work. Sofia is also a committed book-keeper, increasing her ability to manage all facets of a production. Known for her friendly customer service and efficiency, Sofia is an asset to delivering your project with ease and attention to every detail.
Advisory Committee: Writer, Director, Actor

Andrew Hale

Andrew is the lead writer for ACT Australia, with clients that include; Bankwest, BHP, Alinta Energy and the Water Corporation. He also directs and performs for ACT Australia, recently touring state wide for BHP and ONRSR. He has represented ACT for Defence projects including the NIMROD in Perth and Canberra.

Andrew Hale studied under the renowned genius of physical theatre, Jacques Lecoq, in Paris. He is the Artistic Director of Happy Dagger Theatre, whose award-winning work includes The Cockatoos (Best Performance, Blue Room Awards), The Boat Goes Over the Mountain (Best Production, Best Performance Blue Room Awards), Oleanna, Cyrano de Bergerac (in co-production with Black Swan State Theatre), The York Crucifixion, and A Bird Conference as part of a residency in Malaysia with Instant Café Theatre. Hale directed the world premiere of a new translation of Persians by Aeschylus, and has worked extensively in the West Australian art scene as a freelance actor, voice over artist, director, drama tutor and movement teacher. Hale has a BA in Communications (Screenwriting) from ECU’s West Australian Screen Academy, writing six short films, three of which saw production (Epiphany, Stripped – winner ATOM Award for Best Tertiary Short Film – and Daniel).

Andrew is the lead writer for ACT Australia, with clients that include; Bankwest, BHP, Alinta Energy and the Water Corporation. He also directs and performs for ACT Australia, recently touring state wide for BHP and ONRSR. He has represented ACT for Defence projects including the NIMROD in Perth and Canberra.

Advisory Committee Member, Lead Facilitator, Director, Consultant

Jack Finsterer

Jack Finsterer has the ability to create an open and supportive learning atmosphere, inclusive of all people no matter what their level of experience or education.

Jack is comfortable equally with CEO / General Manager of Division level to front line ( operator and has had over 10 years’ experience effectively engaging front line and management levels 1 to 4. He has experience with all levels in commercial organisations – from graduate to Senior Partner. Jack’s Industry experience includes transport, heavy manufacturing, financial, legal and health services. Programs include safety leadership, flexibility and diversity, crucial conversations, presentation skills and sales. Workshop sizes vary but generally numbers range up to 30 or 40 and for conferences up to 500. Jack with his own considerable and varied experience, always brings a practical, real world application to the material and theory behind the concepts being applied in each workshop. Drawing from outstanding contributions as a film and theatre actor and director, his presentation style challenges and engages, and continually looks to leverage off the groups experience to achieve the desired learning outcomes.
Writer and Director

Andy Powrie

BA Hons, BSc Hons
Andy creates interactive, drama-based programmes for AKT. Much of his work over the last 20 years has focused on the challenges of behavioural and process safety and security.

BA Hons, BSc Hons
Andy creates interactive, drama-based programmes for AKT. Much of his work over the last 20 years has focused on the challenges of behavioural and process safety and security. He has created programmes as diverse as Security for the Nuclear Industry and Brand Stewardship for the advertising world. His work in Behavioural Safety has been adopted by clients in aviation, construction, nuclear, manufacturing, national and local government, oil & gas and utilities.

Audiences for his work range from Director General and CEO level, through management to operational and frontline staff. He creates pieces of theatre and film that accurately mirror the complexities of organisational cultures and immediately engage and challenge workshop participants, and his safety and security programmes have been run all over the world.

He studied Drama at Goldsmiths, London University, and Psychology at the Open University. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.