Nathan Basha is a unique motivational speaker pushing boundaries. Nathan might happen to have Down syndrome but he says, “That’s not who I am”. As an employment advocate for people with a disability, he has spoken at international and national conferences, political forums, universities, schools and workshops, sharing his insights about what can happen when people are encouraged to live their dreams.
Nathan has been attending Bus Stop Films’ film studies workshops since 2011 and is currently a member of Bus Stop’s alumni program, Film Club.
Gerard has been on the journey with Bus Stop Films since it began. Gerard first came to national attention in our 2009 Tropfest winning film Be My Brother, and it’s been an amazing ride ever since!
In 2010 he was a co-founding membed of ‘Ruckus’, an ensemble of 6 performers who create and produce new theatre with the ensemble creating ‘Love Heart Cardigan’ in 2010 and ‘See in Me’ in 2011 at Riverside Theatres. In November 2012, Gerard was recognised by the Australian Government in Canberra where he was awarded the Emerging Leader Award at the National Disability Awards. In 2013, the short film, The Interviewer won several awards in Australia and internationally with Gerard receiving Best Actor at the ReelheART International Film Festival in Canada. Both, Be My Brother and The Interviewer have been used as texts in the NSW HSC English syllabus.
Gerard’s first feature film Red Christmas is currently touring on the film festival circuit.
Joni has been a student in Bus Stop Films’ inclusive film making program since 2015, working on the 2016 film “Kill Off” and the 2017 documentary “I am Black and Beautiful” in multiple behind camera roles, including Assistant Director. In 2017 she completed an internship with the ABC as Production Assistant for the children’s program “Playschool”. Joni is an advocate for equal opportunity and has spoken to the NSW Premiers’ Department for International Day of People with Disability. Joni currently works as an Administrative Assistant for an international law firm based in Sydney.
Abby Earl is an actress and popular star of Australian television series A Place to Call Home. She was nominated for the “Most Popular New Talent” at the 2014 Logie Awards for her portrayal of Anna Bligh in the series and has since been a prominent talent on the Aussie silver screen.
Abby became an ambassador for Bus Stop Films after working on the organisation’s 2016 film, Kill Off. Since then she has conducted acting and costume workshops with the Bus Stop students and uses her influence to advocate for for more diversity and inclusion in the film industry.
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret'd)
Vice Regal Patron
Bus Stop Films was honoured to have His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) join Bus Stop Films as our ‘former vice regal patron 2016 – 2019’
His Excellency is the 38th Governor of New South Wales. He commenced his five year tenure in October 2014. Prior to his appointment as Governor, His Excellency served for 42 years in the Australian Army, concluding his service as the Chief of the Defence Force. His Excellency was appointed a Companion within the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force, and had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993. As Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency intends to support the people and community organisations of New South Wales. He is now the Governor General of Australia.
“Bus Stop Films is creating a more inclusive world in an incredibly unique and powerful way – film. They have a brilliant track record of impact when it comes to the development of their student’s English skills, living skills, communication and work ready skills, and I am excited to be a part of their journey as Patron.”
Peter is a prominent business leader and former executive within the Australian media industry. He has previously served as Chief Executive Officer of both Foxtel Management Pty Limited and News Corporation Australia and as Interim Chief Executive Officer of REA Group Limited. He is former Chairman of MultiChannel Networks Pty Limited and a former Non-Executive Director of Ten Group Holdings Limited.
Peter has a B.Comm from UNSW and an MBA from INSEAD, Europe’s leading business school.
Peter is a committed advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion and is passionate about the role of content creation in driving social cohesion.
Co-Founder and CEO
Genevieve is an award winning writer and director, who enjoys telling stories that uplift and inspire audiences through pathos and humor. She began her film making career in 2007 as a documentary film maker, working with the not-for-profit organization Down Syndrome N.S.W. Since then, she has sculpted an incredibly unique career combining her talent for filmmaking, her passion for human rights, business acumen and her desire to see more equality in the film and media industries.
Genevieve first came to national attention when at the tender age of 20 when she won Australia’s largest short film festival Tropfest, with her delicately crafted dramedy, Be My Brother. Genevieve made the film inclusively with a crew of people with and without disability. The Tropfest win was the catalyst to co-found, Bus Stop Films which seeks to drive inclusion in the film industry for underrepresented groups. Under Genevieve’s leadership, Bus Stop was awarded the Community Organisation Award at the 2016 Human Rights Awards.
Genevieve recently won the National 2019, Telstra Business Women’s Emerging Leader Category.
Eleanor is an award winning screen producer with 10 years experience in producing and managing complex screen projects, small businesses and creative teams. Eleanor is co-founder of Bus Stop Films, where she has acted as producer and executive for the company’s slate. She is committed to grass roots storytelling, building platforms for authentic voice, and generally creating disruptive and exciting screen content that mixes up the status quo. She is constantly working to create diversity on camera as well as behind the scenes in order to build a stronger and more vibrant screen industry.
Eleanor is currently producing digital video content for Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s production company Funny Or Die (FOD), while supporting the development of the Bus Stop Films slate with Genevieve. Throughout her career, Eleanor has been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the top talents in Hollywood: directors Jill Soloway and Judd Apatow, as well as an A-List cast including Amy Schumer, Aidy Bryant, Christina Applegate, Michaela Watkins and Kevin Bacon.
Dianna La Grassa
Dianna has a strong business background, with over 10+ years of professional experience across the financial services and education sectors. She holds a Master of Business Administration and an undergraduate degree in Psychology. In addition she is a NIDA trained actress and has starred in independent feature films such as the award winning 54 Days.
As a woman living with disability and understanding that the Arts and Entertainment industry can sometimes be a hard nut to crack, she wanted to find a way to fully utilise her skill set and give back to an industry she loves. Bus Stop Films is a place where her combined passions and skills sets can flourish.
As the COO it has given her great pleasure to watch the organisation pave groundbreaking pathways for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the film industry and watch the students blossom in these interactive and unique environments, seeing them develop real life skills and opportunities for their passion.
Tracey or TCM as she is known to most, has a passion for diversity, inclusion and connecting people. Having worked with both state and federal government agencies in policy, stakeholder relations and communications roles for over 20 years before connecting with BSF, her work has been across social housing, women’s domestic violence services, small business education and the film and television industry.
Tracey’s strengths include government relations, project management and communications. A busy mum of 3 active kids, in her spare time, she is a Director of Deaf Sports Australia and works with Women in Film TV Australia to coordinate the Raising Films Australia strategy.She is hard of hearing.
Tracey was awarded the Elle Magazine Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference Award for her community development work at Housing NSW. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Community Welfare) and a Diploma of Business.
Johnny is a CPA who brings strong commercial experience across multiple industries and disciplines. His expertise in this area includes taxation, BAS, GST, PAYGW and expertise in a Xero accounting software. Johnny has previously worked in not-for-profit organisations and brings an accounting passion for small to medium enterprises. He was seeking a way to return to work in the non-profit field and upon seeing the important and essential work that Bus Stop Films was doing, he felt this was a perfect opportunity to get back into this sector. Johnny is an essential member of the team and believes in the messages and values espoused by Bus Stop Films and its team.
Support and Engagement Manager
Monica has worked in the disability sector for over 15 years. She first started her career in her hometown of Halifax England where she studied and worked in an Autistic house for over 7 years.
In 2009 Monica left her home, family, and friends to venture on a year long journey. From The Taj Mahal to Koh San road, She eventually found herself in Australia, falling in love with Sydney and her partner. She decided to call Sydney home.
Monica heard about Bus Stop Films while working in the inclusive education programs at Sydney Community College. She thought it was a great idea and had never heard off an inclusive filmmaking course before. She knew the course would be a great success, and it was with a high number of students intakes.
Monica has been part of Bus Stop Films since they first started their classroom learning in 2010. She’s been part of projects; The Interviewer, Heartbreak and Beauty and Kill off.
From seeing the Students from The Interview now all have careers in some part of the media industry, Monica loves to see people achieve their goals. As Bus Stop’s Support Manager she wants to see all students supported to reach their full potential in the Bus Stop course – she wants the walls to be pulled down and for inclusion to be out there in any workplace, friendship groups or sports teams.
Treasurer and Board Member
Brian Maguire B.Comm, FCA, is the Founder & a Director of the Absolute Clarity Business Coaching and Mentoring Group. Brian is a Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience in the Corporate, Business and Not-For-Profit world. Brian has maintained a full Business Coaching practice since 2001.
Brian is a founding member of the International Association of Coaches and has served on the Boards of the International Coaching Federation Australasia, The Business Enterprise Centre and Pittwater Business Limited. He currently serves on the Board of The Heal For Life Foundation.
Born in Ireland, Brian received his Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University College Dublin. He completed his professional accountancy training with KPMG. That was followed by many years experience in Financial and Commercial Management including roles with companies such as Pacific Dunlop, Reil Corp and ICI/Orica here in Australia. Since 1994 He has been involved in building and running his own businesses.
Brian has been a mentor, coach and educator for most of his professional life and he has developed and presented business development programs for many major corporate clients.
Brian is committed to helping business owners and leaders get more out of life professionally and personally while maintaining focus on what really matters, and Absolute Clarity operates to a set of values that reflect this commitment.
Kate is General Manager of Human Resources at Westpac. She has previously served in a number of senior Human Resources and business roles at Goldman Sachs and Macquarie in Australia, Asia and London.
Kate is a Director of the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, serves on the Board of the Westpac Foundation, is a member of Chief Executive Women where she is also a member of the Scholarship Committee and is a founding member of the Minerva Network.
She is passionate about equality, access, inclusion and diversity and has designed, led and championed important and innovative initiatives and programs throughout her career.
Emily Dash is an emerging theatre and film practitioner with disability, whose work emphasises social justice and expanding perceptions of disability.
Selected credits include “Fireside” (2018) and “Chrysalis” (2017) for Midnight Feast Theatre at the Sydney Opera House, staged reading of “The Normal Heart” (2017) at Darlinghurst Theatre Company, “Water Angel” (2016) for Can You See Me? Theatre at the Sydney Opera House (also as assistant producer), and “CONNECT” (2016) for Red Door Arts and Ever After Theatre.
She is proud to be a PACT Resident Artist for 2018/19, creating her own show “Freefall” (2019). Her film writing and performance credits include “I Am Not A Work of Art” (2016), “The Cards I’m Dealt” (2016) and Johanna Garvin’s “The Milky Pop Kid” (2017). She did a writing and research internship with Matchbox Pictures in 2017, from which she was credited as a consultant on ABC drama “The Heights”. She is also scriptwriter and project manager for Maitree House.
Jacqui was introduced to Bus Stop Films through the Small Business Commissioner Robyn Hobbs OAM and was drawn to the unique impact the organisation is having through it’s film studies curriculum and advocacy endeavours.
Jacqui is the CEO of Realise Business (formerly BEC Southern Sydney). She has had the privilege of coaching and training hundreds of business leaders over the last 15 years; assisting them to accelerate their business growth and business value. Her key strength is the ability to address the source issues that are blocking a business’ progress and design practical solutions that deliver results quickly. As CEO of Realise Business, she is responsible for engaging with the Sutherland Shire business community to deliver development programs that enhances their business skills and improve their business performance.