Renata has been involved in business, education and community affairs. She is a Director of Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, and The Australian World Orchestra. She is on the Advisory Council of Alzheimer Australia NSW and Head Over Heels, a group that supports entrepreneurial Women. In the past Renata has been a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House, a Board Member of Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a Judicial Commissioner, Deputy Chancellor at the University of Sydney, as well as Chair of the NSW Women’s Advisory Council. In 2002 Renata was made an Officer of the Order of Australia and received the Centenary Medal in 2003. In 2005 she was made an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney.
Tim founded his public relations company Cox Inall Communications in 1975, an award-winning company working with some of Australia’s largest companies and with state and federal governments. Tim joined the Board of The Australian Ballet in 1984, becoming Chair for four years from 1995. He was Chair of Bell Shakespeare from 1999 for 10 years. From Tim’s suggestion that all performing arts companies should collaborate more, the Australian Major Performing Arts Group was established in 1999, and has been extremely successful since. Tim also served on the Major Performing Arts Panel of the Australia Council from 2011 to 2015 and is Deputy Chair of Sydney Film Festival. In recognition of his distinguished service within the arts industry, Tim was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2003.
Helen served in chief executive roles in the NSW Public Service, then established an independent consulting practice specialising in workplace management. In 1998 Helen was invited to membership of Chief Executive Women Inc, and in 2000 was appointed a National Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia in recognition of her outstanding contribution to public administration. Helen was awarded an Australian Centenary Medal in 2003 for service to business and the community. She is a Trustee of The Bundanon Trust, and a supporter of performing arts.
Jo has extensive experience in both the Australian performing arts and film industries. She is CEO of Sydney Writers’ Festival, after more than a decade at Sydney Theatre Company where she worked as Executive Producer. In that role she led the development of the Roslyn Packer Theatre, working closely with the Artistic Directors to program the company’s diverse theatre seasons, including developing and realising national and international co-productions and touring opportunities. Jo’s films have screened at Festivals around the world, most recently at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival. Jo is also the Chair of Force Majeure.
Elizabeth was appointed to the Supreme Court of NSW in February 2007. She has served on various Boards of a number of charities and public organisations and has advised on legal and governance issues. These include Performance Space, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the Australian Centre for Photography Boards. As a practising barrister between 1983 and 2007, she was a member of the Bar Association Professional Conduct Committee and served on the Association’s Criminal Law and Legal Aid committees. Throughout her legal career she has been a mentor and supporter of women coming to the Bar.
Kerri has worked in various roles in the Sydney arts scene for the past 18 years. In 2004 she co-founded the underground performance space 505 in Surry Hills. A second venue, the Old 505 Theatre, was opened in 2011. Kerri’s vision for 505 has been to offer professional theatre and music performers a space to present new work to a supportive and industry-based audience. In 2011 Kerry was included in The Sydney Morning Herald’s annual list of Sydney’s 100 Most Influential and Inspiring People. She is the Director of Sydney Fringe Festival and also sits on a number of boards and committees. In 2013 she was a member of City of Sydney’s Live Music and Performance Task Force.
Marcus is a Partner in the Audit Division of KPMG. He leads the United States’ desk in KPMG Australia’s National Technical Group (Department of Professional Practice).Marcus has over 20 years of experience in providing audit and advisory services to Australian and international companies in the information, communications, biotech and energy and natural resources industries, including three years in KPMG’s New York office. Marcus also assists companies with United States and European Union debt and equity raisings.
Clive is Editor at Limelight magazine – Australia’s classical music and arts monthly. As Sir Nicholas Hytner’s music theatre consultant for five years at London’s National Theatre, he worked on many new projects including Caroline, or Change and London Road.As a theatre, musical theatre and opera director and dramaturge, he has worked with Stephen Sondheim, premiering his first musical, Saturday Night, in 1997. He also worked with Cy Coleman and important new American composers such as Adam Guettel, Michael John LaChiusa and Jason Robert Brown. Clive writes features and reviews on a wide range of musical topics, but is especially enthusiastic about opera and early music. Recent favourite interviews have included Christoph von Dohnányi, Jessye Norman and Dame Julie Andrews.
Maria is the Chief Operating Officer of Rugby League World Cup 2017, where she leads the development and delivery of the pinnacle event in international rugby league to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. Previously, Maria was Director of Strategy for Hornall Anderson Design Works, a leading American design agency focused on the commercial and creative strategies for global marquee sites including One World Trade Centre, the Empire State Building and Madison Square Gardens, as well as major hotel groups and numerous Fortune 500 clients. She also spent a decade as a senior executive at Sydney Opera House responsible for commercial strategy, tourism, world heritage listing and every aspect of the visitor experience.