Penny Terry is an expert in community storytelling who loves a good yarn, because she knows good stories are the quickest and most effective way to make people care about who you are, what you do and why it’s important. Penny spent 10 years as an ABC radio presenter, broadcasting more than 20,000 stories from diverse perspectives; from politicians to prisoners, talkback callers to ted-talkers. Penny has had the unique experience to witness how quickly attitudes change and common ground is found when people are given permission, guidance and a platform to share their perspectives; Penny believes these stories are key to sustainable systems change.
Through her work Penny has
found many people inadvertently restrict their best stories from being heard,
affecting how their community interacts with, values and feels about them. To
overcome this, she’s developed a purpose-built process to help build the
knowledge, skills and confidence people need to use their stories to create
lasting change. She now helps individuals, organisations and communities tell
the right stories, in the right way to create their own willing tribe of
In 2016, Penny founded Healthy Tasmania Pty Ltd with her sister Lucy Byrne, an expert in health promotion and community-wide initiatives. They’ve pooled their expertise and lead a range of projects and workshops to support people to live the best life they can, in communities that are thriving. Penny grew up on a farm in rural Tasmania, has lived and worked all over the world and is now based in Launceston Tasmania. She’s a Telstra Business Woman of the Year national finalist, and is never far from a microphone, whether it’s in the studio, on the stage or with a guitar in hand!