DIRECTOR | Tim Carroll
Tim Carroll has been the Director of BYDS since 1991, making him the longest serving arts worker in Western Sydney. Tim runs a multitude of contemporary arts based projects and has instigated and run over 120 arts and cultural projects with the communities of Bankstown over the past 20 years. In 2013, he was awarded Bankstown Citizen of the Year.
ADMINISTRATOR | Kevin Ngo
Kevin is an all-round creative based in South Western Sydney. Interested in the Community Arts and Cultural Development sector, he has worked with many different arts organisations including the Powerhouse Youth Theatre, Performing Lines and Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS). Kevin’s first love is acting along with dance and film making. He currently works at BYDS and runs the day-to-day administrative functions of the office as well as assisting with projects that are being undertaken. as well as, involved in many community projects, productions and assists with the media content for Mapping Frictions, a storytelling website.
INDIGENOUS ARTS OFFICER | Tim Bishop
Tim is NAISDA Dance College graduate (2002) and became a professional dancer with Bangarra Dance Theatre 2003-2006, performing nationally and internationally. Since 2007, Tim has been working in the community and cultural development sector as an administrator, producer, dance teacher and freelance dance artist. In 2007 Tim produced the Indigenous Dance Project, Merrigong Theatre Company, as part of the Australia Council’s Emerging Producers in Community (EPIC07). From 2008-2009, Tim was Indigenous Dance Officer at Ausdance NT, identifying the barriers between traditional Aboriginal dance and employment. In 2010, Tim managed and toured the Mornington Island Traditional, taking them through regional Queensland, The Dreaming Festival, and Shanghai World Expo 2010. Tim is also a self-confessed cartoon and animation junkie.
CREATIVE PRODUCER | Kavita Bedford
Creative Producer Kavita Bedford is an award-winning Australian writer with a background working in online journalism, anthropology and publishing. She is the recipient of the Walkley Foundation for Journalism Women in Media mentorship and the Westwords Under 30 Western Sydney Writers’ Fellowship developing a series of literary non-fiction essays on place. She oversees and manages the Mapping Frictions website
YOUTH MUSIC FACILITATOR | Craig Taunton
Craig has been working in the community arts sector for the past 20 years, working primarily in South West and Western Sydney. With a background in music/performing arts and youth work, Craig has worked on many arts projects ranging from digital media through to performance, with a large focus on young refugees and migrants. In 2013 Craig began working at BYDS, running music workshops for young men, with a focus on White Ribbon Day. He also runs a youth arts program for refugees and migrants, with a focus on employment.
WESTSIDE EDITOR | Filip Stempien
Filip undertaking his Bachelors of Journalism at UTS. He spends his afternoons working at BYDS as the Westsides Editor. Besides studying and working he trains the French discipline Parkour. If you ever see a teenager jumping and flipping around it is most likely him. He also runs the Westside writers group which meets at the Bankstown Arts Centre. You can follow his blog at Fil-osopher’s Corner.