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.

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).

JANE WITTER

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.

MARK LILLIS

Mark has a background in theatre, documentary film-making, festival and cultural programming, marketing and communications and strategic planning. He currently works in the strategy team with the Vice-Chancellor’s office at University of Technology Sydney (UTS). He is also a member of choir Coro Innominata.

BELINDA McNULTY

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.