CHAIR – NARELLE LEWIS
Narelle is producer and project manager, with extensive experience across programming, production and new work development. She has worked with companies and organisations, including Sydney Opera House, Queensland Theatre Company, Darwin Festival, Arts House Melbourne, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Performance Space, and in Northern Ireland, Ransom Productions, a small theatre company specialising in new writing.
Currently with the Australian Museum as Creative Producer, Narelle develops public programmes and engagement initiatives drawing on the Museum’s vast collection.
For almost six years, she was the Sydney-based Producer for Performing Lines, a national company which develops, produces and tours new and innovative Australian performing arts regionally, nationally and internationally.
Narelle serves as Chair of FORM Dance Projects in Western Sydney, and consults for independent artists and small arts companies, offering advice and support in governance, project management, artistic and market development.
VICE-CHAIR & TREASURER – PAMELA THORNTON
Pamela is an experienced arts manager currently employed as Business Manager at Our Community Project and Tender Funerals, Australia. Pamela’s previous positions include Business Manager at Riverside Theatres, Planning & Operations Manager at the Australian Youth Orchestra (AYO), Administrative Director at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) and Business Manager at Bundanon Trust, the Arthur Boyd property gifted to the nation.
SECRETARY – ALISSA BRUCE
Alissa has over 20 years experience in the performing arts as an artist, creator and producer. She trained at the Australian Ballet School before travelling overseas and performing with Anna Wyman Dance Company in Vancouver, Canada. In Australia, Alissa has worked with dance in education company Darc Swan, NSW Department of Education, Ausdance, One Extra, Opera Australia and many more independent choreographers across various communities. Alissa has been an integral member of the theatre company Stretch MK1 since 1998. As part of the creative and management team at ELMAC Creative for the last decade, Alissa has produced numerous events in the private and public arena and created commissioned openings. She has toured shows throughout the Middle East and South East Asia with invitations to International Arts Festivals in Columbia, China, South Korea and Singapore as well as Sydney Olympic and Paralympic Games.
PROF. PETER HUTCHINGS
Professor Peter Hutchings is the Dean of the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. His research interests are in arts, cinema, critical legal studies, literature, and philosophy and his publications have appeared in local and international refereed journals as well as in the mainstream media. Since 1996, he has held a number of senior positions at UWS. Previously, he has worked at The University of Sydney, the University of Hong Kong, and the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Currently, he is a Board member of Television Sydney (TVS).
DR JULIE-ANNE LONG
Julie-Anne is an award-winning dance artist and academic. She holds a PhD from the UNSW titled ‘Walking in Sydney Looking for Dancing: an auto-ethnographic mapping of the place of independent dance’ (2010) and an MA (Hons) in Performance UWS Nepean ‘The Leisure Mistress Dances: an investigation of a practice where fact and fiction collide’ (1999).
Since graduating from the Victorian College of Arts in the early 1980s she has performed and choreographed on a wide range of projects with companies such as Human Veins, One Extra, Theatre of Image, Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Bell Shakespeare Company, Open City and Dance Works. From 1991-1996 Julie-Anne was Associate Artistic Director of One Extra Company with Artistic Director Graeme Watson. She has worked in a variety of dance contexts as mentor, dramaturg, curator and producer including Acting Director of dance research organisation Critical Path (2006-07) and Dance Curator at Campbelltown Arts Centre (2009-10).
Boden is a senior arts manager having worked for companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia Council for the Arts, Riverside Theatres and is currently Marketing Officer at Casula Powerhouse and previously, Engagement Manager at Arts on Tour. He was awarded a professional development grant for Audience Development from the Australia Council in 2017 and worked with Arts House in Melbourne across community and audience development programs. He is passionate about access to the arts and maintains his own practise as a drummer/composer. Boden joined the board in June 2019.
An independent performing artiste, choreographer and educator, Aruna Gandhi specialises in the Indian-classical dance style of Bharatanatyam. She trained under the renowned artiste Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy in Chennai, India. With an artistic journey spanning over three decades, she received the ‘Distinguished Talent Visa’ in Australia in 2013. Aruna presents solos in Bharatanatyam, collaborates with artistes for cross-artform projects, facilitates ‘Creative Movement’ workshops and is the Founder-Director of ‘Silambam-Sydney’ an institution for fine arts in South-West and North Sydney. Since 2009, she has performed at various mainstream and community events around Sydney and previously all over India. Her dance projects have won community grants from Fairfield & Liverpool City councils. She is a tutor at Australian College of Physical Education (ACPE) and is also a curator of community cultural events and festivals. Academically she has a Masters in Communication. Her mission is to represent the Indian artistic and spiritual tradition and the multicultural face of Australia around the world.
Andrew Demetriou is an experienced commercial and arts leader with extensive strategic, financial and operational management experience. Andrew worked in diverse management roles for Australia’s largest commercial banks and financial service organisations before following his passion for the arts. He has worked with some of Australia’s leading arts and cultural organisations, currently Head of Commercial at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-arts and cultural precinct. He previously managed operations for the Australian Centre for Photography, Australia’s leading photographic art institution one of the country’s oldest contemporary arts organisations. He completed his MBA at UTS, Sydney and Tongji University, Shanghai, as a recipient of the Australian Government’s ‘AsiaBound’ scholarship. Andrew is committed to supporting local and international talent to ensure Australia continues to develop as a leading international cultural destination.
Sid Kapoor is a seasoned finance executive, a qualified Chartered Accountant and Certified Public Accountant, with over 20 years’ experience in US listed technology businesses (Oracle, Teradata and NCR) across USA, APAC and EMEA and previously, the Big 4 audit & consulting world (Arthur Andersen and KPMG) in India and the Middle East. He has held a number of senior finance positions (Director, Region Controller, Senior Audit Manager) in these organizations. In addition, he is currently pursuing entrepreneurial interests working in an advisory capacity on projects with start-up companies. He is passionate about being a trusted advisor and business partner and his mission is to use his skills and experiences to provide insights and advice to facilitate business development that supports organizations both in the profit and not for profit sector.
Simon Vincent is a senior executive in the NSW Government with over ten years’ experience across a range of roles including strategy, legal, policy, governance and chief of staff roles with specialty in the primary industries and natural resources sectors. Currently, he is the Director of Strategy and Policy at the NSW Department of Primary Industries. In that role, he drives the policy reform agenda for the department as well as providing expert policy advice to Ministers and Departmental executives. Simon holds Bachelors degrees in Law and Business Administration from Macquarie University, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law and a Graduate Diploma in Agricultural and Resource Economics from The University of New England. Simon has also completed the Foundations of Directorship course from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jeremy is a financial crime compliance lawyer who has worked in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He is currently a Senior Advisor in the Risk Advisory Team at the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright. He specialises in advising on anti-money laundering and international sanctions law and has experience in a range of operational risk areas such as business continuity, health and safety and data privacy.
Jeremy has passion for the arts which is complemented by his governance and risk management expertise. He sits on the Board of the NSW Friends of Australian Ballet as well as being on the Audit and Risk Committee of the Sydney Fringe. He has also provided advice regarding the redevelopment of venues with historic significance to return them to their former glory. This has included the ballroom at the Newtown School of Arts and the Victoria Theatre in Newcastle.
Melissa is a partner of a commercial law firm with 15 years legal experience gained in international and domestic firms, Vodafone and Westpac. She regularly collaborates with and advises senior executives on a range of commercial and competition issues and strategies to achieve organisational goals for competitive advantage and risk mitigation. Her experience internationally and domestically has given her skills in contributing to a diverse group with empathy, curiosity and positivity.
Katherine has over twenty years experience within the Australian and US media and entertainment industry’s. After graduating with a Bachelor of Music from the Australian Institute of Music, Katherine worked as a singer/dancer at Wonderland Sydney and Fox Studios Backlot. She wrote, produced and starred in her own one woman show held at the Side On Cafe, before moving into Sponsorship & Client Solutions with Network TEN.She was responsible for sponsorship revenue generation into programs such as Big Brother, So You Think You Can Dance and Australian Idol at TEN, then later at the Seven Network with My Kitchen Rules, Better Homes & Gardens and Australia’s Got Talent. She has returned to Australia from the United states, where Katherine worked with the Washington Redskins, as their Integrated Marketing Director, and is currently the Commercial Integration Director of Travel with Newscorp. Katherine has a passion for dance with over 20 years of classical ballet training; a qualified RAD teacher and is committed to supporting local talent to ensure Australia continues to develop as a leading cultural destination.