Octapod is governed by a board that is elected annually by its membership. The Board of Directors play an important role in supporting staff and include representatives from a variety of community and business backgrounds.

Richard De Martin, Chair
Richard has an arts degree and qualifications in community work. He has volunteered in the community for 25 years and worked with youth, CALD and disability services for over ten years. He has vast experience on community boards and a keen interest in community development.

Larissa Howard, Vice Chair
Larissa is a Senior Associate at Harris Wheeler Lawyers. A practising solicitor since 2004, Larissa has relevant experience in compliance / regulatory matters as well as input into general business law and contracts. She has strong negotiating skills and experience managing client relationships.

Catherine Olivier, Treasurer
Catherine works at PwC a global accounting firm. Catherine’s experience includes auditing, financial reporting and working abroad. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UoN and is currently undertaking her Charted Accountants (CA) diploma. Catherine was previously a Director on the Hunter Young Professionals (HYP) board.

Mitch Davies, General Member
Mitch has worked as Australian public servant, popular university tutor, and laboratory programmer. Completed Computer Science with research Honours on optimisation of concurrent systems. Previously Secretary of regional LGBT organisation. Completed TAFE courses on film production, digital storytelling and French.

Bill Robertson, General Member
Bill likes working with others to build community from the inside out.  He views  public space as an opportunity to engage diverse identities and promote an inclusive society. Experience includes community work and workplace organising,  member of community boards and committees and TAFE teaching.

Lucy Costello, General Member
Lucy has a Bachelor of Communication in Public Relations and is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia. Currently studying a Certificate IV in Design, she has over 15 years experience in marketing and publicity roles in Newcastle, Sydney and London.

Emily Gallagher, General Member
Emily is a Communication Officer at Purser Corporate Communications, a highly respected communication and PR firm in Newcastle, NSW. As an experienced communication professional, Emily has developed key areas of expertise in strategic communication and marketing, public relations, stakeholder engagement and event management.


The position of Secretary is currently vacant. For further information about this role, please contact Richard De Martin via or call 4021 1605.