Chris SaundersChristopher Saunders has worked as a social change initiator for over 20 years. His work with public housing tenants in the infamous Northcott Building in Surry Hills Sydney is widely recognized. Here he produced the site-specific performance event StickybrickS for the 2006 Sydney Festival as well as the ABC TV documentary 900 Neighbours. He was instrumental in facilitating the World Health Organisation’s Accreditation for Northcott as a Safe Community in 2007 – the first international recognition of its kind for a public housing precinct.


Christopher has worked with Renew Newcastle for over four years enabling creative enterprises to flourish and bring life back to a desolate cityscape whilst at the same time informing urban development decision-making.

His hands on collaborative approach has delivered some extraordinary benefits for whole communities such as the restoration of the iconic Regal Cinema in Newcastle and a national voice for farming families in the Murray Darling Basin.


Christopher is an alumnus of Social Leadership Australia’s Sydney Leadership program. He is the chair of Tantrum Youth Arts in Newcastle and on the Faculty of Education and Arts Research Advisory Board at Newcastle University.

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