Our Board of Directors
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.
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
Christine is the founder of Pacific Opera. Following a period overseas as a Churchill Fellow researching best practice in opera training, Christine returned to Sydney and founded the company to fill a major gap in the training of Australia’s future opera singers.
Following her own distinguished singing career as a principal artist with Opera Australia, all the State Opera companies, orchestras and festivals Australia-wide, Christine first began directing opera and mentoring young artists in the late 1990s.
She currently splits her time between the Artistic Directorship of Singing School New Zealand (Classical faculty) and her own busy teaching practice at Christinedouglasoperatraining and Pacific Opera.
Gerard Atkinson, Secretary
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.
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.
Peter Hidden AM, Director
Peter is a retired judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales, who still sits occasionally as an acting judge. He is also a Deputy President of the Mental Health Review Tribunal. Prior to his appointment to the Court in 1995, Peter’s legal practice was mainly in criminal law, for the most part representing legally aided clients. He was appointed a Public Defender in 1979, Queen’s Counsel in 1985, and as Senior Public Defender in 1987.
In 1993, he received an award as Member of the Order of Australia for service to the community in the provision of legal aid.
Peter’s life long interest in music includes a particular focus on choral music. Throughout the 1980’s he was a member of the Sydney Philharmonia choirs, and he is the founder and director of the NSW Bar choir, a lawyers’ group.
Nancy Milne OAM, Director
Nancy Milne is an experienced company director who is passionate about opera and education. Formerly a lawyer she retired as a partner from Clayton Utz over a decade ago and has pursued a career as a non- executive director since then.
She practiced in the area of insurance and risk. Her current board roles include ALE Property Group, NSW State Insurance Regulatory Authority, the Securities Exchanges Guarantee Corporation and Accountants Professional and Ethics Stands Board.
Paul Sweeney, Director
Paul is a Chartered Accountant with more than twenty years’ professional experience spanning executive management and advisory roles. He is currently a Partner and Chief Operating Officer of McGrathNicol, a leading advisory and restructuring firm, where he is responsible for oversight of the firm’s financial performance, corporate governance, operational risk management, talent development, technology and marketing function.
Through his professional career Paul has had extensive experience leading transactions, business reviews and strategic change projects, working across a broad range of industries, including finance and investment, retail, mining, manufacturing, automotive, tourism, childcare and technology.
Our Advisory Council
Peter Reeve, Co-Chair
Founder and Design Director at CRD/Incorporate Design, Peter Reeve has a reputation for outstanding quality and originality in his work. Described by Vogue magazine as a “remarkable talent”, Peter’s list of clients is one of the finest in the nation. Peter's Public Offices, Philanthropic and Community Support includes:
Honeywell-Bull International Arts Fellow
Director of The NIDA Foundation
Chairman of the NIDA Alumni
Director of The Peggy Glanville Hicks Trust
Co-Chairman, Sydney Dance Company – Dance Noir
Chairman – PO Opera Advisory Committee
Opera Australia - Sydney Committee
Ambassador – The Museum of Contemporary Art - Sydney
Fundraising Patron – The Kirby Institute
Sponsor – The Hayes Theatre
Sponsor – Adelaide Festival of The Arts, Donors Circle
Bonnie Boezeman AO, Co-Chair
In 1996, Bonnie Boezeman AO, retired from her position of nearly 13 years as M.D. and Chair of Time Life Aust. Pty Ltd, after nearly 23 years in Intern. mgmt. with Time Warner Inc. Bonnie worked in Amsterdam/Paris/London before arriving in Sydney in 1983.
She presently is the M.D. of Business Benefits Intern. Pty Ltd & specialises in strategy & markting advice. She has also been the Exec. producer of major music events/songs/albums.
Bonnie has been a Co. director since first joining the board of NSW State Lottery in 1994 and became Deputy Chair 2 yrs later & held that position till sale in 2010. Bonnie was the Chair of PayPal for 6 years, a subsid. of eBay, and was on the board of Landcom / UrbanGrowthNSW, and presently is Chair of ShopReply. She has been on over 14 boards, in the fields of funds management, insurance, IT and tech, retail, Defence Housing, Canberra, events, property, media, gaming for govt., public/private &start-ups.
Her passion is philanthropy and currently on the NSW Corp. Olympic Committee for over 27 yrs, the Order of Aust. Foundation, Diabetes NSW, Pacific Opera & past on ARS Musica, and Aurora TV. Bonnie was awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia AO in the 2003 Queen's Honour list "for philanthropy, and to the business sector as a corporate leader and executive", the Centenary Medal in 2003 from the Aust. Prime Minister, for service to Aust. Society and Business Leadership, and 2009 was Knighted by Pope Benedict XVI, for contributions to the Catholic Church and World Youth Day. Titled "Dame in the Order of St Gregory the Great".
Annette Brown's dedication to music education over the last 15 years has included positions with well known music organisations such as the Australian Music Examination Board, The Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Musica Viva.
Annette firmly believes in equity and access to a musical education for all and her wealth of experience in the area of arts administration, both volunteer and in a professional capacity, has always centered on this.
Annette's role as Manager of the Willoughby Symphony sees her managing the ensemble’s day to day operations.
She is looking forward to many more successful years with Willoughby and is particularly passionate about giving performance opportunities both locally and regionally to the incredible talent of our musical youth in Australia.