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 25 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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Stéphanie Gaffric (MBA Intl, MEc) | Practice Manager

Stéphanie Gaffric provides project coordination, research and office management to Positive Solutions as Practice Manager.  Stéphanie started her career as a consultant in marketing and strategy working with major companies across the IT industry, before committing to her passion for the arts.  She holds masters degrees in econometrics/statistics and in business and Information Technology.

For the past twelve years, Stéphanie has supported the development of a number of major performing arts festivals and community arts organisations across Australia and France, in various positions including Producer, Marketing Manager, Sponsorship Coordinator and Logistics Manager.  She has assisted with projects that have a particular emphasis on outreach and on community health and wellbeing. Stéphanie is an active contributor to Woodford Folk Festival and has also worked in a leadership capacity at the Boite (Vic) Inc, the Australian Performing Arts Market (APAM) and Australasian World Expo (AWME).

Stéphanie has recently contributed to a number of cultural development projects including the development of the City of Perth Arts Culture and Heritage Strategy, the Ipswich Arts and Cultural Strategy and the Armidale Arts and Cultural Plan.

Michelle Eskola (BA Hons, ADip) | Research and Project Coordinator

Michelle Eskola provides research, project and administrative support to Positive Solutions as Research and Project Coordinator. Michelle is an interdisciplinary artist, arts writer and researcher, completing an Honours Degree in Fine Arts, Visual Arts Practice at Queensland University, and has a background in project coordination, creative production, and arts administration. Michelle is committed to engaging communities through enriching public spaces, and has assisted in the production and coordination of arts events, cultural festivals, and public art collections.