David Snyder – Co-Founder and Place Leader
David leads our fee for service consultancy team. He is a ‘doer’ and believes in enabling communities to get more involved and work in positively partnerships with government to deliver better community, environmental and economic outcomes.
In his spare time David continues to be active in his community meeting new people, hanging with mates at his local cafe and listening to great funky music.
Kylie Elsegood-Smith – Town Team Builder
Kylie spent 20 years working in management in a corporate environment. In her spare time she worked closely with a number of local community groups to create fun and lively places.
Kylie’s Town Team Builder role supports, connects and promotes Town Teams, work on projects to help the teams and help address common issues/challenges.
Jimmy Murphy – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Relationships
Jimmy is one of the animating forces behind the formation of the Town Team Movement. He is now the Convenor of the Board and Director of Relationships.
As a student, Jimmy studied both marketing and music, combining his two study areas as well as his passion for community he founded the Funk Club in early 2000’s which was a musicians and music lovers club based in Leederville and went on to become a prominent promoter in the music and festival scene. Jimmy co-founded Upbeat Events in 2010, which worked with councils and Town Teams to help produce large scale community events such as the Subiaco Street Party, Mt Hawthorn Streets and Lanes Festival, Vic Park Summer Street Party and Light Up Leederville Carnival.
When not at work Jimmy enjoys playing the trumpet around town and spending time with his two daughters.
Emma Gibbens – Organising and Operations Manager
Emma has a decade of experience in political campaigning across the United States and around the world. For the 2017 Postal Survey, Emma was the WA state director for the WA says YES! to marriage equality campaign, with WA achieving the second highest YES vote in the national survey.
Emma is using her experience in building grassroots movements to help scale the Town Team Movement.
Dean Cracknell – Co-Founder and Executive Director of Place
Dean Cracknell is a co-founder of our non-profit company and was TTM’s first employee. He is based in Launceston, Tasmania.
He previously worked in local government for 12 years as a strategic urban planner/placemaker and was Deputy Chair of the first town team – the Beaufort Street Network – for 4 years.
He loves traveling, bush walking, drinking coffee and brewing kombucha. He also likes football – AFL, NFL and soccer.
Karen is an urbanist, social researcher and creative producer based in Perth, Western Australia. She has academic qualifications in Sustainable Development and Community Development and a professional background in creative industries in the private, government and not-for-profit sectors with experience spanning creative and community project management; program coordination; policy and governance; business management and community engagement. She is involved in placemaking and public life measurement projects in her local neighbourhood and has been a committee member of town team North Perth Local.
Emma is an experienced Non-Executive Director in the community sector and a visionary leader who works with organisations to assist in developing and delivering strong brand-led engagements, strategies and communications. She is a brand strategist and facilitator at government, board, stakeholder and community level.
Tara is a talented and innovative placemaker with experience in the private sector, local government, Curtin University and the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association. She has strong communication and stakeholder engagement skills and experience developing place visions, strategies and policy.
David has been involved in the not-for-profit, community arts, and community activation sectors for many years. He has operated at the executive level in the resources industry, manufacturing and government sectors for several decades. He is Chair of local Town Team the Baysie Rollers, and been a member of the WA Government’s Technology and Industry Advisory Council, the Knowledge Economy Taskforce and Creative Industries Taskforce. He is an experienced company Director and been a Councillor in regional Local Government.