Octapod Executive Manager to depart

David Couri, new Executive Manager of Octapod, photographed in a t-shirt and denim jacket covered with buttons and patches.

Octapod Executive Manager David Couri will step down in his role at the end of September.


Octapod Board Chair Lauren van Katwyk made the announcement today, also announcing recruitment for a new position would commence soon.


Mr Couri’s service to Octapod and to the lower Hunter’s arts and creative sector has been invaluable.


“David has contributed greatly to Octapod over 15 months with the organisation, and while we are sad to see him go, we wish him the best of luck” Ms van Katwyk said.


Mr Couri contributed to Octapod in a part-time capacity, simultaneously working and volunteering in a range of other roles in the Hunter.


“David has been an absolute asset to Octapod – he helped with our human-centred service redesign project, overseen the delivery of the This is Not Art Festival in 2019, as well as securing multiple small grants and presenting various projects in the Greater Newcastle area”.


“David is clearly fuelled by a passion for supporting the lower Hunter’s arts and creative sector. His zeal was infectious, and he will be missed both within the organisation and by colleagues across Newcastle’s many arts organisations” Ms van Katwyk said.


Ms van Katwyk said the Octapod Board is undertaking plans to recruit a new project management position to ensure Octapod’s current projects are fulfilled, including the iconic Newcastle festival This is Not Art (TiNA) in 2021.


Mr Couri will stay on with the organisation as an ex officio adviser to the Board until the end of the year.