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Our Team

Caroline Bowditch
Caroline Bowditch

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

After 16 years living and working in the UK, Caroline returned to Australia in July 2018 to take up the role as Chief Executive Officer at Arts Access Victoria. She is best known as a performer, maker, teacher, speaker and mosquito buzzing in the ears of the arts industry in the UK and further afield. Caroline is a regular consultant on access and inclusion internationally, and has also led international residencies in Sweden, Italy, Switzerland and Germany. She is regularly invited to mentor local, national and international artists at all levels of their artistic development. With the support of the Australia Council for the Arts, Caroline took part in the prestigious CEO Leadership course at Harvard Business School in 2019-2020.

Susan Learner
Susan Learner

Director, Development & Operations

Susan has a Bachelor of Arts (Media) from Deakin University. After a successful career in the financial sector, Susan pursued her love of the Arts by moving to an operational role at the Australian Ballet. She subsequently worked in business development and operational roles for large disability organisations, including Yooralla and Able Australia. In her role at AAV, Susan is developing a solid platform that will support AAV’s strategic goals and activities in the next phase of its growth. In 2020, Susan commenced study with the Australian HR Institute to achieve recognition as a Certified HR Practitioner.

Nikki Zerella
Nikki Zerella

Director, Arts Services

Nikki has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Planning and Management from the University of South Australia. She first worked in community arts at Minda Inc in Adelaide, coordinating an inclusive choir. She then co-founded Tutti, a highly esteemed inclusive multi art-form disability arts organisation, working as General Manager. In 2007, Nikki moved to Melbourne and joined the Footscray Community Arts Centre team as ArtLife Coordinator. With her extensive background in community arts and cultural development, she has established a strong conceptual framework at AAV.