Vicki Gordon (Founding Executive Director)

Vicki has more than 30 years experience in the Australian music industry having worked as a musician, music theatre producer, festival director, cultural consultant, artistic director, artist manager, record label executive, ARIA Board director and mentor. She holds a Certificate of Completion in Indigenous Cultural Protocols for Business, was a finalist in the 2020 Telstra Business Women's Awards and TOP 100 AFR Women of Influence in 2019. She is co-producer for the Indigenous Women's Rock Musical Barbara & the Camp Dogs picking up 4x Green Room Awards in 2020 and 4x Helpmann Awards in 2019 including Best Musical and Best Score. Vicki has been awarded a Human Rights Commendation, Community Cultural Development, Women in the Arts Fellowships and Gold and Platinum ARIA awards in recognition of her contribution to industry. 

Vicki is Founding Executive Director for Australian Women in Music Awards and Producer for the Yolngu Cultural Exchange program Bawaka Mulwat Experience.  

Sharon Coughlan - chair

Sharyn’s consulting practice has a strong reputation for developing and evaluating organisational strategies that are characterised by innovation and results. She is an accomplished executive manager and coaching professional with more than 30 years’ experience driving planning and change at all three levels of government, as well as the NFP and private sectors. Her qualifications include a Masters in Public Policy from Sydney University and a Graduate Diploma of Social Ecology from Western Sydney University. These are complemented by studies in Corporate Wellness, Consulting & Coaching Psychology, and Government Investigations. She holds nationally recognised qualifications in Training & Assessment, and Corporate & Workplace Coaching. Sharyn is accredited (ACC) with the International Coach Federation, is a member of the Australian HR Institute, and the Australian Evaluation Society.

Carla Hoorweg (Secretary)

Carla has over 20 years’ experience in financial services and currently leads advocacy and government relations at an ASX listed
financial services firm. Carla has previously worked as a Senior Policy Manager for financial services industry body and served as
a senior ministerial adviser to the NSW Treasurer. Carla has held various strategy, legal and product development roles across
the financial sector. Carla's qualifications include a Masters of Law (Hons) and Juris Doctor (UTS), a NSW legal practicing
certificate, Executive MBA (AGSM), degrees in psychology, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company

Alan Maurice (Treasurer)

Alan has worked in finance (Management and Financial Accounting ) since 1977 and employed by the University of Technology in Sydney in 1985 as a Project Accountant managing Research projects in the Financial Services Unit. In 2004 he moved into the Research Division as Finance Manager looking after the Central and Divisional budgets; Project Funding and reporting to funding bodies. He completed an MBA from the University of South Australia in 2009. Alan was on the Board of Directors of Metropolitan Community Church Sydney (MCC) from 1994 as Treasurer until 2008 when he took on the role of Chair from which he has recently resigned. Alan is currently the Co-Chair for Queer South Asians (TRIKONE Australasia) in NSW- a not for profit entity.

Merenia Marin (Board Director)

Merenia is a multi-talented musician and singer/songwriter. She brings 18 years of experience in developing therapeutic music programs, having successfully facilitated programs in disabilities, for under privileged communities, youth, asylum seekers and refugees from over 30 different ethnic groups worldwide. Her experience is extensive and has culminated in the delivery of programs for young people in Vanuatu, including the outlying remote islands, Australia, North America, Canada, Hawaii and the Pacific. Merenia worked for 4 ½ years as a youth/ case worker with Unaccompanied Minor Asylum Seekers and currently works as an Enterprise Facilitator for Settlement Services International’s Ignite Ability Program working with newly arrived humanitarian entrants, asylum seekers and people living with disability. Her expertise utilizes the Sirolli method of Enterprise facilitation, a world first initiative focused on real economic development by harnessing the passion and entrepreneurship of these cohorts. With her heritage mix of Maori, Roma and Gypsy she combines her vast experience in the human services sector, and as an artist, to bring hope and change to young people's lives all over the world. Merenia is also a part of the internationally acclaimed performance group Barefoot Divas and is signed to ABC Music Publishing as a song writer.

Reverend Andrew Collis (Board Director)

Rev. Andrew (BDes, BTh) is the Parish Minister at the South Sydney Uniting Church in Redfern/ Waterloo, and Managing Editor of the South Sydney Herald. Formerly Chaplain to the University of New South Wales (1998-2005), he writes and performs with folk-blues project, the Refrains. In 2016 Andrew was a visiting scholar in the philosophy department at Boston College, Massachusetts. In 2017 he completed a masters program at the National Art School, with a special interest in "outsider art". As a co-founder of the Orchard Gallery (artist-run space) in Waterloo, he is committed to the inter-relationship of spirituality and the arts, creativity and healing.


Janice Nadew

Janice brings her 20 years’ experience in strategic communications, digital communications, and stakeholder management across various organisations, including not for profit, public sector, and the private sector. She is also known for embedding a continuous improvement mindset in teams and introducing digital tools to enhance efficiencies. She is currently leading a team that is responsible for external and internal communications for a government agency. She has worked in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, and Africa. Her qualifications include a Masters of Arts in International Communications from Macquarie University and a Bachelor of Arts in Organisational Communication from De La Salle University (Philippines). She has also recently completed the Master Practitioner training in Neuro-Linguistic Programming.