CHAIR Kath M Mainland CBE
Kath joined Melbourne Festival as Executive Director in 2016 from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where she had spent seven years as Chief Executive. Over her tenure at the Fringe, the world’s largest arts festival grew in size by 52% with audiences increasing by 27% breaking the two million ticket sales barrier for the first time in 2014. A card-carrying arts administrator, originally from Orkney, Kath was awarded a CBE for services to Culture in Scotland in 2014. Kath has worked in and around festivals for over 25 years. She has acted as a trustee on a number of arts boards including chairing Festivals Edinburgh, the high-level organisation created to take the lead on the festivals’ joint strategic development. She has been Chair of Regional Arts Victoria since May 2019. In May 2019 the Victorian State Government announced plans for an ambitious new festival that will celebrate Melbourne’s cultural, creative and culinary strengths. As Executive Director and co-CEO of the New Festival, Kath is excited about delivering this new major event. Kath is passionate about the arts, their place in society, and particularly passionate about the unique alchemy that happens at festivals and how this experience is applicable across the world.
DEPUTY CHAIR Rebecca Brezzi
Rebecca has degrees and qualifications in law, psychology and business systems. She is a barrister at the Victorian Bar and has taught in the areas of commercial, administrative and corporate law. Before becoming a lawyer, Rebecca was a senior project manager with the carriage of change management projects in the telecommunications, energy and IT sectors. Rebecca served 5 years (4 as chair) on the board of Express Media, a not for profit organisation promoting young Australian writers.
TREASURER Victoria Crane
Victoria is an experienced banking and risk professional and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Hons). Having formerly held roles with ANZ Institutional Bank and Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens Linklaters), Victoria is now the General Manager – Operations at Learning for Life Autism Centre.
Jes John is one of the co-operators of Foundry, a not-for-profit arts co-operative retail store + gallery space, specialising in showcasing art made by artists living + working on GunaiKurnai country. Foundry is located in downtown Bairnsdale, and has spent the past seven years growing from strength to strength. Taking the lead in all things art-admin, Jes now also works as a bookkeeper for the East Gippsland Art Gallery. Although she is currently taking a small hiatus from the working world to raise a curious toddler, Jes’ past involvements speak for themselves; chair of F.INC, a successful localism and community-based arts group in East Gippsland, leading member of (f)route and FROUTEVILLE, board member for the East Gippsland Art Gallery, and is consistently a creative committee member for local events. Jes is socially-engaged in the best of ways, and has long recognised that art doesn’t always live inside galleries – it is often found within community, and builds strong connections between those regionally. Jes is a qualified digital designer with over ten years experience in arts, and a more recent divergence into a capacity-building role assisting practising artists with their business skills and finance management.
After completing a Bachelor of Music (Jazz), Emma built a career in web and e-learning development working in Canberra, London and Melbourne. Experience gained working on many projects during this time led Emma to her current role as a Project Manager specialising in implementing IT systems in large organisations. Emma has a long association with arts organisations and projects in Northeast Victoria, including the King Valley Art Show and four years as deputy chair of Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. Her artistic practice spans music, printmaking and textiles. Qualifications: Bachelor of Music – Jazz Performance 2000 ANU, Diploma Software Development 2002, Dip Project Management 2015.
Greg Pritchard is a multi-disciplinary artist with a long history as theatre maker, performance artist, and writer (in many genres). In the visual arts he works with digital media, installation, and conceptual art. He has worked independently and as part of various collectives and partnerships to produce works that range in scale, from solo shows on salt lakes to producing the giant community engaged celebratory spectacles of Artlands Opening (2016) and Poppet Bendigo (2018). His personal performances deal with philosophical, political and environmental issues. He is an experienced teacher and arts administrator, and has a Doctorate in Literature and Environmental Philosophy (Deakin) and a Masters in Art (Art in Public Space “ RMIT).
Richard Hull is a producer and organisational leader, passionate about the arts. His early career embraced technical theatre and production before moving into executive management. In London he was manager of several West End theatres and on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a producer with Assembly Theatre. As an independent producer, Richard presented a range of comedy and theatre shows that toured the UK and internationally. In 2006, Richard was appointed Head of Customer Service at Sydney Opera House, a role he held for three years before joining the Sydney Fringe as Festival Director in 2010. Since 2012, Richard has been Chief Executive Officer of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus, Australia’s National Youth Circus. Richard is on the Board of Regional Arts Victoria and Murray Arts, an advisor to Company2 and a committee member of the heritage listed Barnawartha Hall.
Tom Molyneux is a Gunditjmara theatre actor, director and playwright based in Geelong, Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University, a Graduate Certificate of Management from the Australian Institute of Business and is currently completing a Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) at Deakin University. Tom has an extensive history of work in successful independent theatre productions. He is currently the Indigenous Inclusion Coordinator at Deakin University, and has experience working in Diversity and Inclusion roles.
Hisham Moustafa “ Board Observer
Hisham Moustafa is a business improvement professional, specialising in risk management, governance and strategy, insurance and business continuity. Hisham is currently Assistant Director, Risk, Resilience & Insurance with the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR), providing stewardship over the department’s risk, business continuity and insurance programs. Hisham is also an Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee with MCCA Ltd, a mortgage and financial services company with offices in Melbourne and Sydney. When he’s not chasing his kids around the house, he loves to spend time in the great outdoors of Victoria and beyond.