Our Team

Dani Cleary

Dani Cleary managed the teleprompting department of two Sydney-based AV companies before co-founding WordBirds.

Dani’s experience is extensive, with a focus particularly in conference and executive prompting, having worked with the CEOs and top management of some of Australia’s biggest companies, including Microsoft, Subaru and Westpac, and television programs including Australia’s Got Talent, the AACTAs, Gruen and Seven’s Coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

The job that makes Dani smile every year is ABC’s New Years’ Eve broadcast. With the best spot in the house, she’s a pushover for that incredible view and the fun crew. 

Dani loves her job immensely because of the variety—when working on different events, it’s never the same day in the office.

Kennie Ward

Kennie began in the Arts and NGO sectors, before becoming a senior operator at Presenter Services and co-founding WordBirds.

Kennie has operated for a vast array of productions, including some of Australia and the UK’s highest rating shows: I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! (UK), The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, and Seven’s coverage of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. She’s also worked with politicians and executives from some of Australia’s largest companies, including ASX, Lowy Institute and IAG.

Kennie’s stand-out moments have been typing live script edits on I’m A Celebrity as the clock ticks down, making music TV at Channel V, and scrolling for Prince Harry.

She loves the thrill of a big show, the team environment, and the feeling that comes with helping a presenter do their best work.

Suzy Johnson Reed

Suzy has over 20 years’ experience in teleprompting, beginning in the UK in 2000, where she had the privilege to scroll for Prince Charles, Princess Fergie and REM.

What Suzy enjoys most about her work is that every day is varied; she continually meets new and interesting people, including her gorgeous hubby, whom she met whilst working on a pharmaceutical conference in the Bahamas! 

Sylvia Della Vedova

Sylvia joined the WordBirds team in 2021 after a varied career in Hospitality and Travel Management, as well as photography. Her favourite moments have been the sparkle and glitter of Mardi Gras and embracing the Christmas spirit at Carols in the Domain.

Sylvia relishes in the fact that every job is different; she loves meeting and working with new people to deliver a successful production.

Alisa Mist

Alisa has 15 years’ experience in Australia and the UK, supporting high-profile presenters in television, events, theatre and the BBC News (including coverage of 9/11).

Truly dedicated to her craft, Alisa prides herself on remaining calm under pressure, so her reputation of delivering a flawless service is well earned. She loves to watch an event come to life, and play a part in its success. But her favourite moments are the light-hearted ones: working with comedians Lenny Henry and Graham Norton—crying with laughter while scrolling!

Charmaine Valles

The mama-bear of teleprompting, ‘Charm’ is indeed charming—what you’d expect after a considerable career responding to the needs of a studio. She began in 1983, with a paper script on a conveyor belt, when ‘liquid paper’ was an operator’s best friend. Today she is a regular at SBS and ABC, and has worked on more programs than we can name.

Charmaine’s finds joy in the human element—her personal expertise lies in her ability to interact with people and intuit the needs of her presenter. 

Sharni Pitman

Sharni’s extensive background in broadcast spans 12 years, at Sky News and Channel 7, as a director’s assistant, teleprompting and viz operator. 

With a strong news background, Sharni is unflappable in live environments. She has worked on every election and breaking news moment imaginable, but her favourite memory is being on the studio floor for a performance by Coldplay.

A live TV enthusiast, Sharni loves working with a team of people whose combined efforts bring a show together. 

Susan Fiori

Susan has more than 30 years’ experience in studio production. A multi-talented operator, she has extended her skills across teleprompting, DA and graphics roles. She is a stickler for detail and doesn’t miss a beat.

Susan’s career highlight was working on the London Olympics when Prince William and Harry toured the studios. A studious achiever, she loves the adrenaline rush of live TV!

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