We shape cultural thinking, promote creativity and strengthen non-profit enterprise

We are a leading consultancy specialising in the cultural and non-profit sectors, with over 30 years’ experience in Australia and internationally.  We have worked on projects in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, from planning cultural precincts to providing strategic advice to arts organisations and individual artists, tourism, mental health and community health support organisations, and a number of other non-profit organisations.



Cathy Hunt (BA Hons, M.Phil) | Director

Cathy is a cultural strategist based in Brisbane and working across Australia and Asia Pacific. As one of the founding Directors of Positive Solutions, she specialises in policy formation, strategic planning and the funding and financing of the arts. Cathy has worked throughout Australia and in Hong Kong on the development of cultural policy, including cultural plans for local governments, strategy reviews and planning for State and Federal governments, cultural facility developments, and organisational and business planning for arts organisations. Cathy is the founder of the QuickstART microloan fund for artists and a partner in the Arts Business Innovation Fund, assisting arts organisations to access new forms of finance for change. As Director of non-profit company Of One Mind, Cathy is working with the Southbank Centre London to develop Women of the World (WOW) Festivals in Australia and Asia Pacific. Cathy was involved in the development of WOW at the Sydney Writers Festival and in Katherine, was one of the Executive Producers of WOW Brisbane in June 2015, and is involved in the early stages of planning WOW Commonwealth for 2018. Cathy is a graduate of the Universities of Lancaster and Liverpool in the United Kingdom.

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David Fishel (MA, M.Litt) | Director

Prior to co-founding Positive Solutions in 1990, David managed arts organisations ranging from small-scale touring theatre companies to arts centres and theatre venues. David has been closely involved in Positive Solutions’ facilities and precinct development projects, strategy and business development for arts and non-profit organisations, and research and policy development for government. His consulting work in governance and board development has included planning and facilitation of board development workshops and board audits for hundreds of arts and non-profit organisations across Australia. He has been a board member of several cultural organisations, and Chair of Circa, Creative Enterprise Australia and Brisbane Writers Festival. He has been a Council member of QUT, and is currently a board member of BoardConnect Ltd. David is author of The Book of the Board, now in its third edition, a handbook for board members of non-profit organisations, published by Federation Press. David is a graduate of Liverpool, Newcastle and Oxford Universities.

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Joanna Maunder | Research and Project Officer

Joanna Maunder provides research, project and administrative support to Positive Solutions. Joanna has over thirteen years’ experience in arts management, predominantly working in philanthropy across the Visual Arts, Film, Theatre, and Festival space.

Joanna has held positions in leading Australian arts organisations including: Philanthropy Manager at Sydney-based theatre company Belvoir St Theatre, Philanthropy Manager at Sydney Film Festival and the Museum of Contemporary Arts. Joanna has recently commenced consulting within the arts and non-profit sector and brings her strategic and operational experience and expertise in philanthropy, fundraising, corporate sponsorship and grant writing to this work. Joanna is passionate about developing and implementing innovative strategies to achieve artistic and commercial objectives, along with championing the arts-worker and makers.

Joanna graduated from Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Graduate Certificate in Arts Administration in 2008 from Queensland University of Technology.

Marisa Georgiou | Research and Project Officer

BFA (Hons), MSocWk (in-progress)

Marisa joined Positive Solutions in mid 2020, providing research and project support. They are an interdisciplinary artist and arts producer with interest in public space, embodied research methodologies, social practice and community development. Marisa graduated a Bachelor of Fine Art (Hons) from the Queensland College of Art, and went on to co-found and co-direct people+artist+place from 2016-2019; an arts initiative that focused on the production of live, site-specific and socially-engaged art. As part of this project, they co-produced Brisbane City Council’s Temporary Art Program for two years. Marisa has chaired a community-run NFP dedicated to the production of participatory arts and culture in urban and regional Queensland. They are currently studying a Master of Social Work at the Queensland University of Technology.