The Living Languages Team

Living Languages has 8 staff members based in Melbourne and Shepparton, Victoria (although you might find them anywhere in Australia).

We are also governed by a Board.

 
 
 
Megan Broome

Megan Broome

CEO - Megan Broome

Megan has a background in linguistics and over 25 years experience in community development, project management and business development. She has extensive experience as a member of not-for-profit and Government Advisory Boards with a special interest in Governance.

Megan has an B.A., M.Soc.Sci (Community Development) and is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.

Emma Murphy

Emma Murphy

Training Director - Emma Murphy

Emma is the Training Director at Living Languages, and runs our training program.

Emma has a long history working with Aboriginal communities – particularly in remote areas. In the late 1990s she spent a few years living and working on a remote desert community.It was here, working with children and elders that she found her passion for Australian languages & linguistics (even if she didn’t yet know what that was) and community development. Before  coming to Living Languages, she was based in Darwin and worked with many Yolŋu communities across North East Arnhem Land on community development, language and health projects.

Ebony Joachim

Ebony Joachim

Trainer - Ebony Joachim

Ebony Joachim is a Living Languages regionally-based trainer and delivers training to support language revitalisation across Australia.

Ebony is a Yorta Yorta woman from Shepparton and is very passionate about language revitalisation. Before starting at Living Languages in 2015, Ebony team-taught her language at a local primary school in Shepparton from 2013. She also participated in RNLD/Living Languages training workshops in Shepparton, and in RNLD’s Professional Development workshops before becoming a trainer at Living Languages. In recent years, as well as her work with Living Languages, Ebony helps with language-related projects, teaching & training on country in her community.

Amy Parncutt

Amy Parncutt

Trainer - Amy Parncutt

Amy Parncutt is a Living Languages trainer and delivers training to support language revitalisation across Australia.

Amy started out as a volunteer with Living Languages in 2015, supporting one of our Brisbane-based participants with his language work. She moved into an official training role in early 2016, leaving Brisbane for the cooler climes of Melbourne to be part of the Living Languages team.

Amy completed her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Linguistics in July 2015 at the University of Queensland, and also holds a Certificate IV in training and assessment (TAE40116). Prior to starting at Living Languages, she worked as a linguistics tutor and research assistant at the University of Queensland, and also as a research assistant at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, where she helped on a project to repatriate Australian language materials to community in an accessible format.

Andrew Tanner

Andrew Tanner

Trainer - Andrew Tanner

Andrew Tanner is a Living Languages trainer and delivers training to support language revitalisation across Australia, and has been with the organisation since late 2016.

After many years teaching English as a second language in Australia and Russia, Andrew went back to university to do a Graduate Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma in Linguistics at the University of Melbourne between 2012 and 2014, where he researched immigrant language maintenance in Australia and worked as a Research Assistant at the School of Languages and Linguistics and PARADISEC. He also holds a BA from the University of Tasmania, a Cambridge CELTA, and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40116).

Barbara Barna

Barbara Barna

Accounts Manager - Barbara Barna

Barbara Barna is Living Languages’ Accounts Manager. Barbara's role includes finance management, book-keeping and recruitment, and prepares statutory reports.

Barbara is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. She has a Business and Commerce degree from Monash University (2003) and a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting (2007).

Freya Scott

Freya Scott

Admin Officer & Volunteer Coordinator - Freya Scott

Freya Scott joined Living Languages as a volunteer in 2016, before moving into the role of Administrative Assistant later that year. Freya subsequently assumed the role of Volunteer Coordinator in 2018. 

Freya has a background in Linguistics and Languages, and is currently researching language ideologies and attitudes towards Indigenous language revitalisation in Australia and New Zealand.

Penelope Schmidt

Penelope Schmidt

Admin Officer - Penelope Schmidt

Penelope Schmidt began working at the organisation as a volunteer back in 2015 before moving into the role of Administrative Assistant in 2016. As well as providing routine administrative support, she is also responsible for compiling the quarterly newsletter.

Penelope is currently undertaking an Honours thesis on the acquisition of Murrinhpatha.