Jaycen Fletcher, Chair
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.
Dr Stephen Mould, Director
Sydney-born Stephen Mould studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Royal Academy of Music, London. During the 1990’s he worked extensively in opera houses and festivals in Europe and Germany, including Opera Frankfurt (1993-6). In 1996 he joined the staff of Opera Australia, where he regularly appeared as a conductor and was appointed Head of Music in 2004.
Dr Mould has conducted for most of the leading performing organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and made his American conducting debut with the Baltimore Opera (2008). He has been Senior Lecturer in Operatic Studies, Repetiteurship and Conducting at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney since 2009, and a revised version of his PhD thesis, Curating Opera, was published by Routledge, UK (2021). Most recently he has co-authored a publication on the marked scores of iconic conductors, The Marks of a Maestro (Cambridge University Press), (2021).
Matthew Barclay, Director
Matthew is a stage and movement director who trained in music at St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, dance at VCA and The Australian Ballet School and arts management at Deakin University. He has directed works for Pittsburgh Opera, Opéra de Montréal, Los Angeles Opera, Macau International Music Festival, Taiwan Philharmonia, WA Opera, State Opera of South Australia, Opera Queensland, New Zealand Opera and Opera Australia where he was the
senior resident director and dance supervisor until 2020. His operas include La bohème, Madama Butterfly and Carmen for Kaohsiung Spring Arts Festival; Gianni Schicchi for Nanjing Opera House; La bohème for Hanoi Opera House; Don Giovanni & Die Fledermaus for Sydney Conservatorium. He has lectured in opera for NIDA’s MFA Directing Program and iSING Young Artist’s Festival held annually in Beijing, Shanghai and Suzhou. He is artistic advisor (artist-in-residence) for Sydney Catholic Schools.