Board

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.

TREASURER & VICE CHAIR – 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- MELISSA McGRATH

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.

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).

SIDDHARTHA KAPOOR

Siddhartha 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.

KATHERINE PFAHL

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.