Board Members

FESTIVAL BOARD

 

BOARD INVITEES

  • Mr Nathan Bennett (Executive Director, Perth International Arts Festival)
  • Ms Wendy Martin (Artistic Director, Perth International Arts Festival)
  • Ms Susan Hunt (CEO, Lotterywest)
  • Mr Frank Cooper AO (Chair Strategic Resources Committee, UWA Senate)

 

MR JOHN BARRINGTON

John is Managing Director of strategy firm Barrington Consulting Group and has over 15 years experience advising boards and executives in strategy and governance.

His work in the corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors across Australia has included the development of strategy with the Boards of the WA Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA and the provision of strategic and governance advice to local arts companies.

Prior to consulting, John had 10 years in the technology industry in management roles in Victoria and New South Wales.He is currently Chairman of AnglicareWA and has previously served on the State Council of Surf Life Saving Western Australia, the National Alumni Board of the Australian Graduate School of Management and State Council of Police & Citizens Youth Clubs. He is a past State President of the Small Enterprise Association of Australia & New Zealand and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

John has a Bachelor of Business from Curtin University and an MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management.


MS MARY ELLEN KING

Mary-Ellen King returned to Perth from Melbourne in February 2012 to take up the role of Chief Operating Officer Community for Bethanie Group. For four years prior to this she was Director of Operations for Calvary Silver Circle, a national community care provider based in Melbourne. Until late 2006, Mary-Ellen was General Manager of the Melbourne International Arts Festival, a position she held for over five years working with Jonathan Mills, Robyn Archer and Kristy Edmunds. During this time she was actively engaged in the national Major Festival Initiative group, alongside PIAF General Manager Julian Donaldson and the PIAF Artistic Directors of those years.

Previously she has been an Executive of the Victorian Arts Centre, held a range of roles at the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra over eight years including Marketing Director, and Acting Managing Director for a year, as well as Acting General Manager of WASO for 5 months in 1994, been Melbourne Manager of Opera Australia, and Assistant Manager of the Perth Concert Hall.

Mary-Ellen has an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of WA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has been a Director of Red Stitch Theatre Company, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Orchestra Victoria, Footscray Community Arts Centre and was a member of the Australia Day Council (Victoria) and a Trustee of the Victorian Actors Benevolent Fund. She is also a Fellow of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, and was invited to participate in the 2008 UWA PIAF Review. Mary-Ellen is currently a member of the Major Performing Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.


MR GRANT ROBINSON

Grant is an audit partner with KPMG a position held since 1988. Grant has significant experience in delivering audit and advisory services to a broad range of industries including the not-for-profit sector. Grant’s board appointments include the Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority (Board & Audit Committee member), UWA Audit and Review Committee (member), Methodist Ladies College (Council & Audit Committee member), Property Council of WA (Council member).


MS TANIA CHAMBERS

Tania Chambers is a Film Producer, Creative Industries Consultant and Non-Executive Director and holds Bachelor of Laws and Arts (Honours) Degrees.

Formerly Chief Executive of Screen NSW and ScreenWest, Tania Chambers is the Founding Director of Feisty Dame Productions and KM3T Productions and is on the Board of Cinefest Oz and the Arts Law Centre. Currently an Ambassador for SBS, she is a member of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and the International Academy of Arts and Sciences and was a member of Media Development Authority Singapore's 2012 International Advisory Panel.
Previously, Tania Chambers was Chairperson of the Film & Television Institute (WA) Inc, Chairperson of Perth Theatre Company and a Board Member of Screenrights, the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and a Governor of Hale School.


MR TIM UNGAR

Tim Ungar has an extensive background as a Senior Executive in the telecommunications and technology industries in the areas of infrastructure, manufacturing, marketing and operations.

He is currently the Chairman of TSA Group, a national sales, marketing and operations company headquartered in Western Australia. He is a director of the not for profit organisation Fashion WA, which is the governing body of the Perth Fashion Festival.  Along with his family, he is a director of the charitable trust, the Ungar Family Foundation.

Tim is a long term supporter of the cultural and arts sector in WA.

He is a former Chairman of the Water Corporation of WA and of the Board of Trustees of the WA Museum.


PROF PHILIP MEAD

Philip Mead is Chair of Australian Literature and Director of the Westerly Centre at the University of Western Australia.

Philip has edited the work of Australian poets like Kenneth Slessor, has edited (with John Tranter) The Penguin book of Modern Australian Poetry and published widely on Australian literary history and contemporary writers. His book Networked Language: history & culture in Australian poetry won the 2010 New South Wales Premier's Prize for literary scholarship.

Philip has previously been an Associate Professor of English at the University of Tasmania and Lockie Fellow in Creative Writing and Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne. He was poetry editor of Meanjin Quarterly from 1987 to 1994 and has been a member of programming committees for the Salamanca Writers' Festival and the Melbourne International Festival Writers' Week. Philip has held visiting professorships of Australian Studies at the Free University, Berlin and at Harvard University.

Philip has a BA (Hons) degree from ANU, an MA from La Trobe University and a Dip.Ed and Ph.D from the University of Melbourne. Philip is also a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.


MR ADRIAN FINI

Adrian Fini is Director of FJM Property Pty Ltd, a private property and investment group. 

He has been involved in the Perth property industry for over 30 years.

Adrian is a current Board member of the University of Western Australia Business School Board and their New Century Campaign.  He is also Chair of the Art Gallery of WA Foundation and was awarded an OAM for his contributions to the arts in 2014.


PROF KENT ANDERSON

Professor Kent Anderson is an international lawyer who specialises in comparing Asian legal systems. Since 2014 Kent has held the position of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Community & Engagement) of The University of Western Australia. He has an eclectic background, having completed tertiary studies in US, Japan, and the UK in Law, Politics, Economics and Asian Studies. He also worked as a marketing manager with a US regional airline in Alaska and as a commercial lawyer in Hawaii. Before joining UWA, Kent was Pro Vice Chancellor (International) at University of Adelaide and before that Dean of the then Faculty of Asian Studies at the Australian National University.

He started his academic career as associate professor at Hokkaido University Law School in Japan. Kent is on the National Library of Australia Council, New Colombo Plan Advisory Board, Board of Canberra Grammar School, and a variety of academic and community boards including the International Education Association of Australia (IEAA).


DAVID FLYNN

David is a Partner with Azure Capital, a corporate advisory firm. David has over 15 years of experience in corporate advisory and international capital markets, working across a variety of industries including telecommunications, financial services, mining services and natural resources. David holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School, and degrees in Mathematics and Commerce (with First Class Honours) from the Curtin University of Technology.