Board


 

Ian Hutchinson LLB, FAICD - Chair

 

Ian Hutchinson has been a professional non-executive Company Director for over 20 years. Before that he was Chairman and Senior Partner of one of Australia’s largest law firms, Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills).

Ian was the Representative of Lloyds of London Underwriters, appointed under the Australian Insurance Act, and Counsel for Lloyds Australia.

He has been the Chairman or a Director of companies, both listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) and non-listed companies, across a broad range of industries and services, including investment banking, financial services, life and general insurance, mining and energy, property, transport, hotels, infrastructure and health.

Ian is Chairman and President of the Global Sustainability Foundation in New York.

He is also Vice-Chairman of Wealth Resources Pty Limited, a Chinese-owned energy company in Australia.

Ian has actively involved in the Australian Institute of Company Directors and gives presentations to Company Directors and assists in training and mentoring Directors. He was on the International Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ian has had wide experience in Asia and has given presentations to both State and privately owned enterprises about the operation of Australian company Boards of Directors.

He has served on Government Committees; been a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee, Faculty of Economics, University of Sydney; Advisory Member to the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales; and conducted a corporate governance review for a Commonwealth Government statutory authority and is a Member of the Council of the Australian Youth Orchestra.

 

Christine Douglas - Vice Chair

Following a distinguished singing career with Opera Australia, the State Opera companies, orchestras and festivals Australia-wide, Christine began directing opera and mentoring young artists in the late 1990s. Following a period overseas as a Churchill Fellow researching opera training, she directed for Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, the Opera Studio Melbourne and the NZ National Singing School and founded Pacific Opera, where she was Artistic Director from 2003 to 2011.

In addition to consulting in the opera industry and for stage and television, Christine currently teaches singing, gives workshops and mentors artists in Australia and abroad, specialising in developing the next generation of opera talent.

 

Gerard Atkinson

Gerard is an evaluation professional with experience consulting on strategy, marketing and analytics for arts and cultural organisations in Australia, North America and Europe. He has also worked as a bass-baritone for a number of Australian opera companies, and has been a guest artist for Pacific Opera on multiple occasions.

Gerard was a founding member for the Board of the Canberra Opera, and led their process of transition to an incorporated not-for-profit entity. Gerard holds an MBA and an MA in Arts Management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and a BSc(Hons) in Physics from the Australian National University in Canberra.

 

Jason Bowran - Secretary

A passionate supporter of the performing arts, Jason is an experienced senior professional and brings a global perspective, having worked in the Philippines, India and Australia. Jason has a curious mind and a proven track record of delivery across a range of strategic, technical and analytical projects.

A Chartered Accountant by background, Jason has since acted in a consulting capacity to lead various transformation, change management and implementation projects, firstly for PwC's Private Clients and Assurance businesses and most recently at Brookfield Global Integrated Solutions.

 

Jaycen Fletcher - Treasurer

Jaycen is an Australian-born seasoned executive with over 25 years diversified general management and specialist human resources experience in a variety of organisations. Spanning ASX100 financial services, construction, design and retail, his experience is varied and unusual in the Australian context. Few executives have studied, managed and operated at strategic and operational levels in both financial and human resources roles. His latest experience has been in small-to-medium enterprises and the not-for-profit sector.

Currently managing a portfolio of design-centric businesses, Jaycen leads high specialised operations in residential, luxury hotel and commercial interior design. His key skill, developed over a long career in Finance, Human Resources and General Management, is the ability to see the "big picture" and still be able to translate this into financial, operational, human resources and continuous improvement goals and task which can be implemented for the benefit of the organisation.

 

Katherine Foster

Katherine is currently the Corporate Relations Manager for Lifeline Australia, giving her unique insight into the current fundraising and philanthropic landscape of Australia. Katherine is passionate about her work and enjoys working with a diverse range of people, enhanced by her initial training and performances, concurrent with her commercial work, as a mezzo-soprano.

Katherine's work and travel experiences in Europe, Japan, USA, Fiji and Vanuatu have provided her with insights into many cultures, and particularly the role of women in these (and Australian) societies.

  Ashley Giles

After a highly regarded career with many leading performing arts companies around Australasia, Ashley now focuses his time advocating for the Performing Arts in Australia. Fostering discussion between the industry, educational institutes, community and the funds to ensure that the music and performing arts in Australia is supported, encouraged, sustainable and inclusive.

Having worked with Opera Australia, NSW State Government, Educational Institutes and many Performing Arts Companies in a variety of roles, Ashley has unique perspective and knowledge to help bring parties together to deliver collaborative, balanced and respectful support to all artists and musicians.  

 

The Hon. Jane Mathews AO

Jane is currently an Acting Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. She was a Judge of the Federal Court of Australia, a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (the first woman to hold this position), a Judge of the New South Wales District Court (the first woman to hold this position), President of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Deputy President of the National Native Title Tribunal, and a Crown Prosecutor (the first woman to hold this position).

Jane is the Chair of the Environmental Defenders Office of NSW. Other positions Jane has held, or holds, include President of the Wagner Society of New South Wales, Member of Council of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Member of the Panel established to advise the Commonwealth Attorney General on appointments to the Federal Court of Australia, Patron of the Women Lawyers Association of New South Wales, Member of the Council of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, President of the International Association of Women Judges, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Australian Ensemble at the University of New South Wales, Deputy Chancellor of the University of New South Wales, Chair of the Visiting Committee of the Faculty of Law at the University of Wollongong, President of the Arts Law Centre of Australia, Part-time Commissioner of the New South Wales Law Reform Commission, Counsel assisting the Royal Commission into New South Wales Prisons and Counsel assisting the Royal Commission on Human Relationship.

Jane was awarded an Officer of the Order of the Australia, and holds Honorary Doctorate degrees in Law from the University of Wollongong and the University of Sydney.

 

Anke Timm

Anke is an experienced arts manager who currently manages and strategically develops the grant program at The Balnaves Foundation. Recent roles at Opera Australia and Accessible Arts make her an expert on inclusion and community engagement practices and strategies.

Anke was awarded the Lloyd Martin Travelling Scholarship for emerging arts leaders in 2015 and has recently completed an extensive study tour and research project across the US and Europe into innovative approaches to lowering barriers to participation and inclusion in the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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