Who’s behind Awesome?

A little team of go-getters help to make Awesome exists. 10 Trustees and a Dean meet every month with $100 in their pocket, it adds to a kitty of $1000, to give a boost to awesome ideas that need it.

But they are not alone Nicola Pitt adds her flair to our blog posts and announcements by interview each winner every month — super star! And Casey Addinsall added her sparkle back in the days of launching this Adelaide Chapter.

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Meet the Trustees

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Susan Everett

Susan Everett is a Sports Physiotherapist at SPORTSMED.SA, SASI (South Australian Sports Institute) and part time lecturer and tutor on the Masters of Sports and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at Uni SA. She is also physiotherapist to the Australian National Rowing Team. Susan has travelled overseas with elite sports teams since 1998, initially with track cycling including the Sydney Olympics and then with rowing including the Athens and Beijing Olympics. From team sport she has experienced the best of team culture and witnessed the ability of people to focus and be dedicated to a goal. Susan also an avid interest in the arts and have partially completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design with a major in Printmaking. Contributing to Awesome has been an enriching experience for Susan because she is exposed to the opinions of the talented members of the group as wide variety of creative applications are discussed and she is glad to be able to support this community in a small way.
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Deanna Howland

Deanna Howland has just taken up a new role as Business Coordinator for Woodville Townhall. Previously, she was involved with the Adelaide Festival Centre, helping organise to the Adelaide Guitar Festival and state-wide dreamBig Children’s Festival, on alternate years. Deanna’s work history spans a range of fields across the not-for-profit, government, and corporate sectors and I’m presently studying Community Development through Murdoch University. In her spare time she enjoys live music, board games, discussing politics and social issues, and sharing good food and conversation with family and friends. She is also an aunty to two fantastic little humans whom she loves to spend time with. Deanna joined Awesome because it’s a simple and fun way to simultaneously devalue money while using it to connect, inspire, permit, encourage, and create awesomeness in our community.
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Rusty Russell

Rusty Russell is a Bitcoin and Linux Kernel Developer and Code Contributor. He likes to take credit for others’ genius. Awesome lets him, do that once a month 🙂
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Sasha Dragovelic

Sasha Dragovelic is an Entrepreneur and Entrepreneurial Educator. Sasha was awarded Mentor of the Year 2016 at the Startup Adelaide Awards. He is Co-founder of Boss Camp and Founder of Futurepreneurs Launchpad and EntrepreTour and over 2000 young people have participated in his programs. Many have started their own businesses. Sasha is also a mentor at NVI Flinders Venture Dorm and several of his mentees were finalists in the eNVIes in 2015 and 2016. Sasha thrives on seeing others succeed and build a meaningful and fulfilling business and life. Sasha also manages The Catalyst Collaborative Coworking Community in Currie Street, Adelaide.
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Heather Smith

Heather Smith is an energy and climate change specialist at Changing Weather. As an electrical engineer with a background in both energy and climate change issues, Heather spent a decade as an energy consultant, specialising in industrial energy efficiency and the commissioning of alternative energy generation systems. During the noughties, Heather worked for state government in policy development for energy management, industry, innovation and climate change. Since leaving state government Heather has focused on community energy. She likes the work of integrating issues, networking, influencing and connecting agendas. She also gets nerdy about data and you can often find her lost in a spreadsheet. Heather is fascinated by the power of markets, technologies and communities and wants to see us do a better job of harnessing this power to deliver sustainability and well-being. Heather joined awesome because she loves the idea of supporting the awesome things people want to try and do. This works because it has no rules, simply 10 people making a decision every month to support a project they agree on.
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Dr Kristin Alford

Dr Kristin Alford is a futurist and currently the Director of the Science Education Creativity (Sci.C.Ed) Studio at the University of South Australia where’s she designing participatory experiences for young people to be inspired by the sciences and arts. Creating different futures compels us to think beyond the ordinary and to imagine greater possibility which is why Kristin is inspired by awesome ideas.
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Matthew Wright-Simon

Matthew is a connector. Professionally he specialises in strategic creative engagement, for Ecocreative. This business was South Australia’s first creative consultancy with the coveted B-Corporation certification, though Matt has been working in ‘sustainability’ at least 10 years before it was fashionable or 10 years since it fell out of fashion (depends on who you ask). The Awesome Foundation is one of Matt’s many passions as a volunteer. He is also a member of Conservation Council’s executive (with a passionate focus on social enterprise); co-founder and Chair of Landscape Partnerships a stewardships-focused NGO in the Flinders Ranges; and Director of Engagement and Experience for TEDx Adelaide. Matthew lives with a little black dog called Betty and three humans (he’s father to two of them).

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Geoff Kwitko

Over the last 12 years, Geoff has successfully grown and sold six technology businesses. Geoff’s unique skills in digital marketing, sales and entrepreneurial thinking make him one of Australia’s leading business consultants. As a passionate social entrepreneur, Geoff is a supporter of the not for profit ‘Startup Adelaide’ and is an advocate for technology startups in Adelaide. He has enjoyed sharing his entrepreneurial experiences by hosting over 50 free public workshops in Adelaide. He also keynotes at conventions, seminars and guest lectures at universities. Geoff loves supporting the Awesome Foundation because it is such a streamlined, efficient, direct and immediate way to provide real support to great local citizens who deserve it.

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Clare Randall

Clare currently works as a grant manager for the Wyatt Trust, a 130-year-old philanthropic organisation assisting South Australian’s in the areas of employment, education, housing and financial wellbeing. She has a background studying Social Work and Behavioural Science and has volunteered in a range of roles from mental health, to events, to imagination and craft play with kids and families. Throughout her work, she has been involved in creating a financial literacy program for young people, collective impact initiatives and social capital and impact investment projects. In Clare’s spare time, she likes to play netball, basketball and Gaelic football (depending on the season!). She is a country girl at heart but lives in the city at the moment, and is keen to find ways to connect with like-minded people to help others and make new connections around Adelaide.

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Matt Thomson


Matt is a structural engineer with a vision to make the world a better place, one day at a time. After 15 years of working for Big Corp and helping fund many online start-ups, he decided to give it a crack for himself and has not looked back for a minute. His passion for crowd funding small organisations led him to find the Awesome Foundation, and Matt loves being part of a philanthropic movement that helps bring joy, comfort, and pleasure (to name but a few things) to the local and wider South Australian community. Matt has a fancy sock subscription, likes to rescue shelter animals and is continually inspired by the ideas submitted to the Awesome Foundation.

Forwarding the interests of awesome in Adelaide $1000 at a time.