Vicki Gordon (Founding President)

Vicki Gordon has worked as a musician, music & festival director, producer, artistic director, artist manager, record label manager, ARIA Board director, mentor and activist. She is known for her passionate commitment to gender and cultural equity and has received a Human Rights Commendation Award, Community Cultural Development Award, Women in the Arts Fellowship and numerous Gold and Platinum ARIA awards in recognition of her contribution to industry. She holds a Certificate of Completion in Indigenous Cultural Protocols for Business.

Vicki produced Australia’s first Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Women's Contemporary Music Festival; first Training program for Female DJ's and first All Girl Rock Festival. She has been manager & mentor to Indigenous singer/songwriters Emma Donovan, Ursula Yovich and Brenda Webb producing Webb's ARIA nominated debut single 'Little Black Girl' and Donovan's EP & video tribute to the stolen generations 'Ngarraanga'. She is Producer for the internationally acclaimed Barefoot Divas touring the group to North America, Canada and Hawaii in 2014 and selling out the Hong Kong Concert Hall in 2015. In 2016 she worked as Associate Producer for Romaine Morton's new work One Billion Beats with Music Director Lou Bennett. She is Founding Executive Director for the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards, originating producer for the Indigenous rock musical Barbara & the Camp Dogs and Cultural Producer for Tales by Light 3 featuring cinematographer Dylan River.

Sharon Coughlan - chair

Sharyn Coughlan is an accomplished executive manager and coaching professional with more than 30 years’ experience driving strategic planning, operational change and delivering results across the public, private and community sectors. This includes extensive experience reporting to advisory and Parliamentary committees, Government Ministers, ministerial committees and local government Councils to support their decision-making processes and the highest standards of financial, administrative and public accountability. Sharyn holds a Masters in Public Policy from Sydney University, a Graduate Diploma of Social Ecology from Western Sydney University, has completed coursework in the Masters of Wellness program at RMIT, and has industry qualifications in coaching and training.  She is accredited with the International Coach Federation, a member of the Australian HR Institute, and the Australasian Evaluation Society. 

Carla Hoorweg (Secretary)

Carla Hoorweg has over 16 years’ experience in financial services and is currently Senior Policy Manager - Investment, Technology & Innovation for the Financial Services Council (FSC) representing Australia's financial services sector. She is responsible for facilitating working groups to develop policy ideas and initiatives advocating these positions to Government Ministers, Members of Parliament and Government Agencies on behalf of the industry. Prior to joining the FSC in 2012, Carla worked for Henry Davis York law firm and has previously served as a ministerial advisor to the NSW State Government where her policy portfolio included revenue (state and commonwealth), finance, commerce, insurance and superannuation. Carla holds a Masters of Law (Hons) and Juris Doctor from the University of Technology Sydney; NSW legal practicing certificate; Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management; Bachelor and Graduate Diploma in Applied Psychology from the University of Canberra and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Alan Maurice (Treasurer)

Alan Maurice 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 Marin 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 Collis (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.

 

Michael Easton (Legal Counsel)

Michael Easton is a specialist media and entertainment lawyer with a law practice based in Sydney. He has almost 20 years experience representing musicians, record labels, television and film producers, web entrepreneurs, advertising agencies, authors and other clients in the creative industries.