Lolly Jar Circus Board donate all of their time for the benefits of others.
Kim was a founding member of the Lolly Jar Circus board, which he joined to help make a difference in the lives of young people. Kim is determined to ensure that all young people, especially those with disabilities or socially at risk, have adequate opportunities to develop in a safe environment.
Kim is a chartered accountant and director at Perks Integrated Business Services with experience in business and taxation matters. He is actively involved in the community and is a Board member of both the SMSF Association South Australian State Chapter Committee, as well as the Perks Foundation.
CEO (non executive)
Judy learned to love circus through watching her children at Cirkidz. She spent 2 years on the organising committee of the Special Olympics National Games 2010. When watching the Games, she was blown away by the ball skills, balance and teamwork of the athletes. Her favourite times were eating dinner with the athletes at their Village and hearing their stories.
The "aha" moment that lead to Lolly Jar Circus came when she saw a young lady with Down Syndrome competing in Gymnastics. She was graceful, poised and beautiful. If she could do gymnastics, she could do circus... Judy's qualifications are in Law and Arts, which came in surprisingly handy in setting up and insuring Lolly Jar as well as reading circus articles in French.
Peter is a Senior Manager at Oreon Partners, Chartered Accountants and Financial Planners. He specialises in advising the medical profession as well as businesses related to property. Peter is resourceful, efficient and able to think outside of the box, which serves him well at work and in his involvement with the board of Lolly Jar Circus.
Peter has been on the board since its commencement and has devoted many voluntary hours to processing the trainers’ wages and attending to our accounts. We are very grateful for his commitment.
In addition to her role as Secretary, and a Director of Lolly Jar since its inception, Alicia is currently in the role of Head of Risk and Audit a large ASX listed company and is a Director on the Board of RIMS Australasia Limited, the Australasian chapter of the International Risk Society.
With a background in corporate law and over 12 years of experience working in private sector legal, strategic and external engagement roles, Alicia’s experience provides a strong foundation for her insights into risk and governance.
Alicia is passionate about supporting authenticity, inclusion and diversity in communities and workplaces and finds the role Lolly Jar plays in bringing fun and developing confidence the lives of young people a wonderful thing to be a part of.
Having worked for other circus schools and run her own for several years, Jess is excited to be a part of the Lolly Jar Circus magic. Jess has a degree in dance and theatre and many years of experience performing and teaching circus arts.
While studying, she did a theatre placement with No Strings Attached Theatre of Disability and fell in love with the disability arts platform. It is very important to her that the arts should be available and accessible to every person.
Prior to taking up work in the not for profit sector 10 years ago, Rebecca gained a wealth of experience across a variety of roles in marketing, advertising, media and communications in a range of sectors including government, corporate and consulting. Married to a wine industry veteran, Rebecca was also proprietor of a small boutique wine label for almost 10 years.
In 2007, she moved into the not-for-profit sector taking on executive roles in marketing, fundraising and strategic development. Completing her MBA with UniSA in 2014 and the Governors Leadership Foundation program in 2016, she has been on the Lolly Jar Circus board since 2016 and is passionate about supporting the sustainable development of the organisation for a long and bright future.
Marketing & PR
Louise has been working in the media for over 20 years as a Producer, Journalist and Consultant.
Louise's marketing and communications business Pascale Media believes in sharing stories that can change the world. She is a passionate advocate for people with disability and brings her skills and knowledge to Lolly Jar Circus to help us show the world what an inclusive and exciting place it can be.
THE TRAINING STAFF
Our trainers have muscles on their muscles and hearts as big as Australia
“Ei! Ei! What a circus! My Circus McGurkus! My workers love work. They say Work us! please work us! We'll work and we'll work up so many surprises You'd never see half if you had forty eyses!”
Dr Seuss, “If I Ran The Circus”,
first published October 12th 1956 by Random House Books for Young Readers
Head Trainer (Campbelltown)
Jono started his circus journey at Cirkidz in 2005. He went on to become a flying trapeze artist performing in Australia, Thailand and Indonesia. Since then, Jono has taught, directed and performed in circus schools across Australia and around Europe. He now runs the new Adelaide based performance company “Outside the Lines Circus”. Jono loves teaching circus and empowering young people with new skills, achievements and inspiration. Jono is very popular with all participants and idolised by the Little Lollies. Our participants are in safe hands with Jono, but he will definitely stretch their limits!
Head Trainer (Windsor Gardens)
Felicity comes from a gymnastics background, first as a competitor and then as a coach. She has developed and run school and club programs both in SA and interstate, including the Special Olympics artistic gymnastics program in South Australia in the mid 1990’s. Felicity is also a performing singer. Felicity is grateful for the many wonderful friendships she has made with trainers and participants at Lolly Jar Circus.
Head Trainer (Edwardstown)
Nick has a long history of involvement with the performing and creative arts, however his love for circus came about whilst working at a Canadian summer camp where he was introduced to flying trapeze. Since that time, he has worked locally and internationally as a circus trainer and performer. Nick is a multi-skilled artist who relishes any opportunity to get his feet off the ground and is currently undertaking studies to become an accredited Exercise Physiologist.
In 2004, while attending a physics workshop at school, Sam learned to juggle and his interest in circus began. The self-taught circus performer is most passionate about unicycling, which became an obsession, particularly off-road and distance riding. Sam is also a mechanical engineer who loves woodworking.
Pennyanne has more than 50 years of experience in performing and teaching dance, gymnastics and acrobatics. She has been involved with many programs involving people with disabilities, including setting up the Special Olympics artistic gymnastics program in South Australia in the mid 1990’s, and has qualifications in disability support. Pennyanne is also a talented seamstress and costume designer.
Marina was born into the world of circus, tumbling, rolling and soaring since before she could walk and following in the footsteps of her professional circus performing brothers. Marina specialises in juggling and side show. Marina is the founder, director and producer of award-winning circus company, Point & Flex Circus and has just joined the Circus Oz troupe. When Marina is not on the stage herself she enjoys teaching circus to others and would like all children to experience its fun and benefits. She also has an interest in prop and set design.
Lucy has been involved in circus since she was thirteen years old, specialising in juggling and object manipulation, in particular devilsticks. When she is not juggling Lucy also enjoys aggressive inline skating (rollerblading) and is passionate about animals, biology and wildlife conservation. She has first class Honours in Animal Science with a thesis on frog speciation.
Lisa is an internationally-renowned circus performer specialising in hula hoop and acrobatics. She tours and performs with one of Australia's leading contemporary circus troupes, CIRCA. Lisa also loves spreading her passion for circus by teaching others and watching their joy as they grow in circus skills, confidence, persistence and team work.
Brianna is an often-time volunteer and some-time paid trainer who has been with Lolly Jar since 2015 and absolutely loves spending time in classes and attending LJC events. The smiles, giggles, and celebrations of achievement and growth keep her coming back for more. Brianna has a Bachelor of Psychology, is about to finish a Masters of Occupational Therapy and hopes to continue working with children in the future.
Susan is also an often-time volunteer and some-time paid trainer. Her background includes nursing, counselling and environmental science and she currently works full time in research management. She brings us yoga and mentoring experience and says that she is constantly inspired by and in awe of the skills, strengths and tenacity of all the participants. She calls Lolly Jar Circus a world of joy and surprise that she is fortunate to be a part of.
Liam is a circus all-rounder. He loves working at Lolly Jar Circus. It brings him joy to see participants create, explore, learn, and develop skills in all areas of circus. He believes that the success of Lolly Jar Circus comes from its emphasis on community and opportunity, which you can see through the smiles. For him, each week brings new excitement.
Jessica brings a wealth of colourful experience to Lolly Jar Circus, boasting local involvement with Carclew and Cirkidz where she completed her early training, as well as international prowess having studied Comedia Dell-Arte and acrobatics with Antonio Fava in Reggie Emilia, Italy. Over a more than 2 decades Jessica has run workshops and managed performances across the world at iconic festivals. Currently Jessica manages Kaleidoskope Arts as well as working with Lolly Jar Circus.
Charlie is a trainee trainer. He has been at Lolly Jar Circus since it began and loves it! Charlie is the first participant to graduate to trainer. His favourite skill is hula-hooping. He loves helping the participants learn to listen and to balance.
Rikki’s background is in gymnastics and music. He volunteered for many hours before becoming a paid trainer. He is a very popular role model for our teenage boys.