Our Team

Board

  • David Minear Chairman
  • Steve Grieve Deputy Chair
  • Andrew Mailler Treasurer
  • Jan Turbill
  • Heidi Angove
  • Nick Linke
  • Lisa Bishop
  • David Pearson
  • Michelle Ryan

Staff

Heather Croall

Heather Croall

Director and CEO

Heather first worked at the Fringe in the Star Club in the early 1990’s and also ran the film event, Shoot The Fringe from 1992 to 2002. After a decade away from Adelaide running a festival in the UK, Heather returned to take up the role of Director and CEO in 2015. She has a passion for rollerskating.

Belinda Redman

Belinda Redman

Deputy Director

Belinda joined Fringe in May 2010. After overseeing the departments of Media, Marketing and Business Development, Belinda became Deputy Director in 2016. Belinda loves nothing more than a new, creative and exciting idea that can be explored, fine-tuned and unleashed, then when it all comes together, glass of wine in hand and hitting the Fringe Club dance floor.

Hugh Covill

Hugh Covill

Head of Production

Hugh Covill joined the Adelaide Fringe team as Production Manager in 2009 and became Head of Production in 2016. Production (aka the Glitter & Sparkle Dept.) organise all the behind the scenes “smoke and mirrors” that ensure the Festival’s WOW. In his spare moments, Hugh continues to skate hard and is a regular at the West Beach Bowl.

Jo O'Callaghan

Jo O'Callaghan

Head of Artists, Venues & Events

Jo likes to throw a party, it’s true, she also likes dogs. She has returned home to SA to throw the biggest party to date in her career, and joined the Adelaide Fringe team in 2017. Her first encounter with Adelaide Fringe was producing and performing on busses across Adelaide, with the cult hit Op Shop Tours. You may also know her from various management roles at festivals such as Melbourne Fringe, Melbourne International Film Festival, Short + Sweet Melbourne, and Melbourne International Comedy Festival.  If you can’t see her, listen for her laugh. 

Julie Moralee

Julie Moralee

Head of Marketing, Brand and Business Development

Julie started her arts career back in 2002 at the Adelaide Fringe as the Signage Coordinator, followed by Marketing Manager for Come Out and has worked at the Adelaide Festival Centre as a Marketing Executive and Brand Strategist for the past 13 ½ years. Julie has delivered on more than 250 projects, specialising in brand management, festival and event marketing. Never shy of a challenge, Julie has sailed from Hobart to Adelaide and completed the New York and Paris marathons.

Ella Huisman

Ella Huisman

Head of Ticketing and Digital Services

Ella came on board as a Box Office staff member at Adelaide Fringe in 2013, a Ticketing Coordinator in 2014 and finally taking on the mammoth role of all things Tickets (FringeTIX Manager) for the 2015 Fringe. Ella has also worked at Edinburgh Fringe and is a lover of comedy, ticketing stats, riding her bike to work and diet coke.

Beth Kelly

Beth Kelly

Finance Manager

Beth started working at the Adelaide Fringe in early 2017. She is a Chartered Accountant with over 13 years’ experience in a range of industries. She has been a huge fan of the Adelaide Fringe for many years and is thrilled to be part of such a creative organisation. 

Rebecca Meston

Rebecca Meston

Marketplace Manager

Rebecca started at Fringe in 2011 in a seasonal role and since then has worked across programming, artist services and operations. She now manages the very popular Honey Pot program. When she’s not match-making artists with producers and programmers, she’s making theatre, watching anything by Louis CK and juggling life with a very spirited 2.5 year-old.

Matthew Croall

Matthew Croall

Digital Developer

Matt started his career off as a system administrator while undertaking a Bachelor of Information Technology degree at University of South Australia. Matt has always had an interest in technology from a young age and believes in its ability to profoundly improve people’s lives. Matt is the developer for Adelaide Fringe's Artist and Venue Registration system. He enjoys taking care of his tropical fish and aquascapes.

Belle Hammond

Belle Hammond

Digital Project Manager

Belle joined Fringe in September 2015 after years on the festival circuit working at the Edinburgh Fringe and with different international shows at the Adelaide Fringe. Career highlights have included meeting the Turkish Prime Minister at G20 and making liquid nitrogen ice-cream with TV’s Dr Rob. Belle loves video games and would love to one day visit Pripyat, Ukraine.

Isobel Huisman

Isobel Huisman

Office Manager

Izzy started working at Adelaide Fringe in 2014 as the Administration Coordinator and Receptionist. She is the happy voice you hear when you call, and the funny response you get when you email. She loves her dog Luna, a laugh, and a good coffee.

Amanda Hillgrove

Amanda Hillgrove

Assistant Ticketing Manager

Amanda joined the Adelaide Fringe team as a box office staff member in 2016, then moved into a Ticketing Coordinator role for the 2017 season, and has more recently taken up the role as Assistant Ticketing Manager, sitting a high-five’s distance away from Ella. Amanda’s favourite things include napping, travelling, alcoholic ginger beer, SNL, times shared around a bonfire, Fringe time, and her boys. 

Dearna Newchurch

Dearna Newchurch

Producer

Joining the Adelaide Fringe family in 2010, Dearna began in a seasonal role as a program assistant and has now moved into the full time role as Producer. Working across various events and programs, Dearna loves bringing a little glitter and sparkle to the festival months. Dearna thoroughly enjoys cracking an excel conundrum, coffee and boogying down to funk music.

Spencer Scholz

Spencer Scholz

Senior Marketing Coordinator

Born at a young age in SA, Spencer studied his Masters of Arts and Cultural Management at the University of Melbourne and has worked in various roles for Red Stitch Actors Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, and Adelaide Festival Centre. He first joined the Fringe team in 2015 as Programming Coordinator and would most often be seen running around the Fringe Club and not sleeping. He likes water-skiing, RUN-DMC and Netflix. He’s really into The Get Down right now.

Katherine Peach

Katherine Peach

Corporate Partnerships Account Coordinator

Undeterred by London’s grey skies and over-exposure to X-Factor winners (and losers), Katherine spent the last eight years living in the UK, where she headed-up global partnerships & events for international advertising publication and networking platform LBBonline. After three months driving through Europe’s lesser known parts and living like a local, she left the EU around the same time the UK did and returned to sunny South Australia for the wine, footy and pie floaters. She’s the new kid on the block at Fringe HQ and likes cooking, glitter and sparkles.

Liz Glenn

Liz Glenn

Corporate Partnerships Account Coordinator

Liz studied at the University of South Australia in Bachelor of Communications and Media Management. She joined the Adelaide Fringe in 2013 soon after completing her degree, and has been working in the Ticketing team as a Ticketing Coordinator for the past two years. In summer you will find her down at the beach and when the cooler weather sets in, she will be cheering her team on at the football. 

Bella Caruso

Bella Caruso

Marketing Coordinator - Membership

Bella is the brains behind the Fringe Membership program and spends her days on the hunt for deals and giveaways to the coolest events around town! She graduated her comms degree in 2013 and then spent about a year floating around Europe and living in London. Bella returned to Adelaide with a newfound passion for South Australian tourism and spent a year working for infamous music mag Rip It Up before joining the Fringe fam in 2016. She is a compassionate weirdo who loves live music and has a mild obsession with changing her hair colour, drinking tea and her cat Winston. 

Ashleigh McManus

Ashleigh McManus

Marketing Coordinator and Advertising Sales

After a couple of years flitting around Europe, Ashleigh felt the call to return to the boundless plains of Australia and is embarking upon her first Fringe this year. Having been bitten by the travel bug hard in her formative years, Ashleigh never has less than 3 hypothetical trips in various stages of planning, and studied her marketing and management degree in Adelaide, Denmark and Austria. Her favourite things include red wine, white wine, dessert wine, and apple and kiwi cordial.  

Chelsea Martin

Chelsea Martin

Marketing Coordinator

Chelsea, who began at Adelaide Fringe in 2016, is an arts worker who can be spotted around the office wearing her reading glasses on a neck strap. She graduated media and marketing a few years ago and has been in festivals ever since. She loves coffee, snacks, travelling, podcasts, the contrast between her ute and vespa, and of course, seeing Fringe shows with a glass of sparkling red.

Monica Bachmayer

Monica Bachmayer

Artists and Venues Coordinator

Monica joined Fringe in 2011; first coordinating the Youth Engagement Program then juggling a multitude of international artist visas, she's now the Artists and Venues Coordinator. Monica rides a bicycle and occasionally finds herself eating cake at odd times of the day, despite not being a cake person.

Nadia Rossi

Nadia Rossi

Artists and Venues Coordinator

Nadia joined Adelaide Fringe in 2013 as part of the Programming team, moving to Parade Coordinator and now Artists and Venues Coordinator. Nadia loves talking, about anything, especially with artists about their Adelaide Fringe ideas. Nadia is also a founding member of theatre company isthisyours? and has performed with Windmill Theatre, State Theatre Company of South Australia and The Border Project. During Fringe time, Nadia can be seen running from her shift in the Artist Tent to any of the many shows in the festival. Fringe time is her favourite time.

Lauren Finch

Lauren Finch

Executive Assistant to Heather Croall

Lauren started with the Adelaide Fringe in 2014 after working at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe while traveling. She has worked as a superstar supervisor in the box offices and for the past 2 years, she has worked in the Ticketing department as a Coordinator. She has now made the move to Executive Assistant to the Director and CEO, Heather Croall.

Lauren has a cleaning problem, only wears black and is a single mother to her little French bulldog, Ponyo. Lauren likes to have a lol, a white wine with ice and bloody loves Fringe fun times. 

Chloe Elizabeth

Graphic Artist

Nick Philips

Graphic Artist

Life Members

  • Christopher Bell
  • Marjorie Fitzgerald
  • Margie Andrewartha
  • Judy Potter
  • Glen Cooper
  • Margaret Lehmann
  • Jodi Glass
  • Frank Ford