CHAIR – MARK LILLIS
Mark has a background in theatre, documentary film-making, festival and cultural programming, marketing and communications and strategic planning. He is the Deputy Director of Marketing & Communication at University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and is currently working in the strategy team with the Vice-Chancellor’s office. He is also a member of choir Coro Innominata.
VICE-CHAIR – 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). Julie-Anne Long is currently a lecturer in Dance and Performance at Macquarie University.
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.
Belinda McNulty aka Bels has 15 years experience in advertising and sponsorship at some of Australia’s most recognised networks. In her current role as Digital Director, NRL Belinda oversees a team of content and sponsorship professionals in delivering benefits and campaigns for partners. She has a vast network and ability to deliver multi platform solutions for her clients. She is a passionate supporter of mentoring and empowering young women in any chosen field, active aunt, godmother and cut her dancing teeth as an Irish Dancer in Sydney’s inner west from aged 8.
Dolla Merrillees is a writer, curator, cultural producer and public speaker. She frequently presents at museum and academic conferences and is author of The Woodcutter’s Wife: A Stepmother’s Tale (Halstead Press, 2007). She brings a wealth of national and international experience to her work having had senior roles in large scale festivals, museums, cultural spaces as well as the tertiary sector. Merrillees is currently the Director Western Sydney Creative, Western Sydney University and was previously the Director and CEO of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney and the Associate Director, Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation. Merrillees is a global emissary for the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas and has worked with leading fashion designers, cultural practitioners, and architects. She is a member of the Sydney Review of Books Advisory Board and has sat on numerous boards and committees. Merrillees is listed in Who’s Who of Australian Women and in 2018 she was awarded an Australian Design Honour by the Australian Design Centre.
Jane Witter has held senior commercial leadership roles in various entities, including in the private sector, government and government business entities. She also has over fifteen years’ experience as a commercial lawyer and advisor. She is passionate about the value of arts and culture, both at an individual, community and national level and practises as a visual artist in her miniscule amounts of spare time. She has served on a number of Boards, including for over 10 years on the Riverside Theatres of Parramatta, including as Chair, on the Parramatta Park Trust Board and then on the Advisory Board which set strategy for the amalgamation of all NSW government parklands and is a strong advocate for the centrality of Western Sydney to the future of NSW. In all facets of her life she focuses on the importance of building and supporting diversity to deliver fair and representative outcomes and a better society for all. She is a mother of three, wife to one, sibling to three, daughter of two and friend to many.
MARTIN DEL AMO
Martin Del Amo is a Sydney-based choreographer and dancer with more than 25 years of professional experience. He started out as solo artist, acclaimed for his full-length solos fusing idiosyncratic movement and intimate storytelling. Over the last decade, Martin has also built a strong reputation as creator of group works and solos for others. Programmed by all major presenters in NSW, including Sydney Opera House and Carriageworks, his work has toured nationally in Australia and internationally to the UK, Japan and Brazil. Martin regularly teaches for a wide range of arts organisations and companies, and has extensively worked as mentor, dramaturg, movement consultant and dance writer. His contributions to the Australian arts sector have been recognised with the prestigious Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship (2015) and the Australian Dance Award for Outstanding Achievement in Independent Dance (2018).
Pepa Molina is an Australian Flamenco artist with Andalusian heritage and a respected international profile. Promoting, producing, and propagating the unique art form of Flamenco within the Spanish and non-Spanish speaking communities of Australia and increasing the awareness and recognition of Australian artistic excellence overseas.
Pepa has worked with Spain’s leading Flamenco artists as a soloist in companies such as; “La Mariquilla”, “Juan Andres Maya – Cautivo y mis raices”, “Adrian Sanchez”- Taracea. “Manolete – Flamenco Soy & Amor Brujo featuring Eva La Yerbabuena, Beatriz Martin, Juan Andres Maya & Manolo Marin- choreographer ”, “Rafael Amargo” – Amargo, Troya Siglo XXI, Poeta en Nueva York. “Arrieritos” – 13 Rosas. Paco Peña y Los Losadas. “Pan American Symphony Orchestra” – Flamenkas por Albeniz. Pepa is also the founder and director of Flamenco Dance Company, Compañía Pepa Molina.