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Bec Bignell

Bec is a media executive who grew up on a farm in Kojonup, WA. She has experience as a partnership broker, marketer, producer, performer and writer. She has worked in film and media for twelve years and for the past two years she has worked for the ABC in the International division as the Senior Partnership Executive. Since 2015 she worked with International travelling broadcasters from Asia Pacific for Window on Australia Events including Channel News Asia, Chengdu TV, Guangdong Radio and Television, Shanghai Media Group, Okezone, MetroTV, and NetTV. Bec graduated from Curtin University, Perth, with a double degree in Media and Information, Major in Journalism, and Communication and Cultural Studies, Major in Performance. Bec’s audience centred approach to media creation is heavily influenced by her digital content marketing and partnerships background where she identifies and consults the audience through online engagement and insights at the outset so the media developed interactively with the intended audience, rather than imposed upon an audience. Bec is very interested in digital storytelling and has just produced a new web series 600 Bottles of Wine to be distributed in November 2017. She is also passionate about digital literacy education and is helping Crinkling News (Australia’s only newspaper for kids) launch MediaMe, Australia’s first news and media literacy conference for children in November 2017.

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Gabrielle  Major

Gabby grew up on a farm in Kellerberrin in regional Australia and after completing her high school and university study in Perth she returned to the country when she met and married a country bloke. A move to Albany in the WA’s Great Southern gave her the opportunity to put her degree in PR and events to work at the Albany Entertainment Centre. She now happily resides as a ‘towny’ in her husband’s hometown with their two (soon-to-be three) daughters in a small, rural town (pop. 400) on WA’s south coast, where she works at the local Community Resource Centre. Gabrielle has embraced the country life and can’t imagine raising her family anywhere else.

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Clare Leake

Clare grew up on a family farm in the tiny town of Borden in the Great Southern region of WA. She completed her high school education as a boarder at Perth College where she graduated as School Captain. She was awarded a John Curtin Scholarship at Curtin University where she completed a Batchelor of Economics and Marketing. Clare commenced her professional career in banking with ANZ before moving into corporate advisory, specialising in ASX listings, company secretarial and exploration project generation in emerging markets, primarily southern Africa. In 2014, Clare relocated to London to assist Yonder & Beyond, a tech incubator to list on the ASX. The following year, Clare returned to Perth, and shortly after, married a farmer, relocating to Kellerberrin in the central wheatbelt where she now lives with her husband and daughter.