Over the years, Morwenna has established and nurtured valuable relationships across sectors. By building strong networks and partnerships with organisations, we have enabled our clients to become better advocates for promoting diversity and inclusion in their workplace and communities.
“I was lucky enough to work with Morwenna, on the design of “Songmiths” a songwriting program designed by, and for d/Deaf and disabled songwriters. Morwenna is an excellent communicator, she is fantastic at facilitating conversations, and getting the most out of participants. Her calm and gentle approach provided a safe space for participants, and allowed for highly productive conversations."
- Chris O’Neill, Director – Creative Programs & Stakeholder Engagement, APRA AMCOS
"Morwenna Collett is an outstanding strategist, communicator and advisor on disability inclusion and audience development. I have been fortunate enough to work with Morwenna on the development of the Art Gallery of NSW’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2020; and more recently the development of the National Gallery of Australia’s first Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2022-2024.
On both occasions, Morwenna was interim CEO for Accessible Arts, and galvanised her team as well as the staff at the Gallery, and community members with lived experience, to shape ambitious, realistic and achievable actions that have substantially contributed to making both galleries more inclusive and welcoming for people with disability. I have always been extremely impressed with Morwenna’s expertise and knowledge of arts strategy and policy; her ability to engage effectively with executive management; and provide support, guidance and influence to ensure that disability inclusion remains a current and active function of our work.”
Heather Whitely Robertson - Tim Fairfax Assistant Director, Learning & Digital, National Gallery of Australia
“I had the opportunity to work with Morwenna as a consultant on the development of the Sydney Opera House 2022-24 Artistic Strategy and action plan. Morwenna’s thoughtful and collaborative style ensured that we all felt confident and able to open up robust discussions, sometimes relating to sensitive scenarios. Morwenna was always able to shine a light on a pitfall and suggest a solution with absolutely no judgment made and we laughed and lot too! Morwenna is a fantastic leader of wide stakeholder groups, taking everyone on the journey. I would absolutely recommend working with Morwenna.”
- Claire Gammon, Head of Strategy and Projects, Sydney Opera House
"Morwenna is a joy to work with. She has been at MCA Australia for six months, doing 1.5 days a week - 1.5 days of Morwenna is worth at least double that of anyone else's time! I am in awe of how quickly she fitted into the culture of the MCA, supporting the Access team and contributing valuable ideas to important strategic discussions."
- Gill Nicol, Director - Audience Engagement, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
"As the Executive Director of State Opera South Australia I was delighted to be able to engage Morwenna as a consultant to work with us to create the first Diversity & Inclusion Policy and Action Plan for the Company. Without doubt we sought out Morwenna for her experience and expertise, but what we realised over time is that Morwenna brings a set of unique interpersonal skills to the table when she does this work; emotional intelligence, deep active listening, and a genuine intent to bring everyone in the team along this important journey. The result is a shared celebration of all the wonderful benefits that diversity can bring to a workplace, and indeed to all of our lives. I look forward to many more opportunities where I can hopefully work alongside Morwenna in the future."
Yarmila Alfonzetti - Executive Director of State Operat South Australia
“The National Library of Australia engaged Morwenna Collett to facilitate the development of a Disability and Inclusion Action Plan.Morwenna leant on her indepth knowledge in this space to bring together a functioning working party to develop a sound action plan. Her experience in engaging with both internal and external stakeholders to obtain their feedback and incorporate into a usable plan for employees, clients and the building, will position the Library to focus on assisting us to be a welcoming organistion for everyone. Morwenna’s professional yet friendly approach ensures that she made all stakeholders feel at ease and able to freely contribute.”
Shirley Hedditch, Director of Human Resources, The National Library of Australia
"Building an access and inclusion strategy from the ground up for a global festival is no small feat, but Morwenna expertly and calmly guided us through creating our Disability Inclusion Action Plan. She tailored the outcome specifically for the intersectionalities of people with disability and the LGBTQIA+ community, while coordinating with multiple internal departments and external working groups. Her knowledge of festivals and events is invaluable and her passion for creating truly accessible environments is inspiring."
- Alex Daoust, Executive Producer, Sydney World Pride
"Since stepping down as Accessible Arts CEO, Morwenna has continued to work closely with Accessible Arts as one of our highly valued consultants and trainers. Her absolute commitment to help ensure our world is an accessible and inclusive space for everyone underpins the quality of her work. As an Accessible Arts consultant, Morwenna has worked closely with National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of NSW, Museum of Australian Democracy, Queer Screen, Sydney Festival, Sydney Olympic Park, and many others. Reliable, passionate, with an eye for detail and a capacity to consistently deliver quality work, Morwenna is always a wonderful collaborator."
- Liz Martin, CEO, Accessible Arts
"Morwenna has been instrumental in guiding and advising Perth Festival as we have developed our first Disability, Access & Inclusion Plan over a four year period. Her knowledge of policy and legislation is second to none and her unique capacity to translate this knowledge into language and action that is both accessible and ambitious is inspiring to the teams and individuals she works with.
Morwenna is highly sought after as one of Australia's leaders in advocacy for access and inclusion. She is a brilliant facilitator and her approach to her work as a consultant in this field is always passionately & carefully tailored to whom she is working with. I cannot recommend her more highly."
- Anna Reece, Artistic Director, Perth Festival
"I had the pleasure of working with Morwenna in the development of CBCity’s second Disability Inclusion Action Plan. From the initial quote to the final product, Morwenna was fantastic to work with. Morwenna had a sound understanding of the project brief, quoted accurately and delivered above expectations. Morwenna was extremely organised and a great communicator. Morwenna was passionate about the project, she ensured an accessible community engagement process as well as encouraging relevant engagement and buy-in with stakeholders responsible for implementing the Plan. Morwenna was quick to learn Local Government procedures/protocols and adapted her work plan well to accommodate deadlines. Morwenna is knowledgeable, flexible and has strong work ethics. I would highly recommend Morwenna as a consultant."
- Renee Traynor, Team Leader Diversity & Inclusion, Canterbury-Bankstown Council
"Our young musicians at the Queensland Conservatorium always sincerely appreciate working with Morwenna. She brings a rare richness of knowledge that broadens their outlook on the arts industry and subsequently use while their career journeys develop and diversify."
- Diana Tolmie, Lecturer, Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University
"Morwenna, thank you so very much for your amazing contribution. What a stellar panel discussion, led brilliantly by you!! It really was a fantastic discussion and the way you structured it enabled a deep-dive into some of the key challenges/topics to be addressed by the sector. Thank you again, I'm patting myself on the back for reaching out to you!!"
- Suzan Williams, Executive Director, Stage Queensland
"Morwenna Collett is one of Australia's leading experts in the area of access, diversity and inclusion with a specialty in the arts and disability sector. As a speaker, Morwenna brings her trademark knowledge and wit to events and is able to communicate effectively with both live and online audiences. Whether working as a CEO, consultant or speaker, Morwenna delivers high-level skills and experience."
- Kate Lidbetter, CEO, Symphony Services Australia, Deputy Chair, Accessible Arts Ltd
“I have had the good fortune to work with Morwenna as a colleague in industry programs and as a consultant on the development of Opera Queensland’s strategic and disability action plans. In every instance, Morwenna brings clear insight and rigorous intelligence built upon years of experience in the arts and disability sectors. This is enhanced by a wonderful sense of humour that can see a way through even the most complex scenarios. I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
- Patrick Nolan, AD/CEO of Opera Queensland
"Morwenna is a trusted advisor on access, disability and inclusion. Curious, collaborative and connected, she can always be relied upon to go the extra mile and achieve outstanding outcomes for clients. I don't hesitate to recommend her to anyone in need of her expertise in accessibility."
- Tandi Palmer-Williams, Managing Director, The Patternmakers