Chair – Robyn Archer AO
Deputy Chair – Kate Brennan
Director – Cameron Henry
Director – Airlie Maclachlan
Director – Tomas Johnsson
Director – Tracey Vieira
Director – Tracey Woodbry
Robyn Archer AO
Chair of the Board of Directors
Robyn Archer AO FAHA is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. She is Strategic Advisor, Gold Coast Arts and Culture, Artistic Director of The Light in Winter, Deputy Chair of The Australia Council, member of the Council for Australia and Latin America Relations, and Chair of NIDA’s inaugural Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership). She has just taken up the role of Chair of HOTA and is writing a new music-theatre work which she will direct in 2017.
An acknowledged exponent of classic European cabaret, Robyn was named Cabaret Icon at the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and won the Helpmann Award as Australia’s Best Cabaret Performer 2013. 2016 concerts include Canberra, Adelaide, Oxford (UK) and the Melbourne Recital Centre. She also has a role for Victorian Opera in September 2016.
In demand as a speaker, Robyn will host the Performing Arts Exchange of APACA in August, give the keynote address for the Council on Humanities and Social Sciences in October, mentor for the EFA Festival Academy in Chiang-Mai in December and has been invited to speak at the APAP conference in New York, January 2017.
Former Artistic Director of the National Festival of Australian Theatre (Canberra), the Adelaide and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, and Ten Days on the Island (which she created for Tasmania), Robyn has received many awards including The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award, the International Society of Performing Arts International Citation of Merit, and the Premier’s Lifetime Achievement Award (SA). She is patron and ambassador for numerous organisations throughout Australia, mentor to the European Festivals Association’s Festival Academy and to a number of younger artists and artistic directors.
Robyn is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and Officer of the Crown (Belgium), and holds honorary doctorates from Flinders University (South Australia), Griffith University (Queensland), and the Universities of Sydney, Canberra and Adelaide. She is also an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy for the Humanities.
Image by Claudio Raschella Photography
Kate Brennan was Chief Executive Officer of Fed Square Pty Ltd from July 2005-Sept 2013. During that time Federation Square became the heart and focal point of Melbourne’s community and cultural celebrations with 10 million visits each year and an annual program of over 2000 different activities.
Kate was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, leading a program of significant change in that time and in earlier roles at the Melbourne City Council, led the enhancement of the Council’s planning for and financial and practical commitment to the arts. She has had extensive involvement as project member and client in capital infrastructure projects and was instrumental in the design and activity concepts for Federation Square. She has also led small arts and community organisations.
Kate has always been an active member of business and community organisations. She has recently completed terms as Deputy Chair of the Executive Board of the Committee for Melbourne and as a member of the Board of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (Chair, Risk Committee). She is a member of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Major Performing Arts Advisory Panel, the Mayor’s Arts and Culture Reference Group for the Gold Coast and is an independent member of the Project Control Group for the Queen Victoria Market Redevelopment. She is an active member of several groups with education and community improvement objectives including Melbourne University’s Research Unit in Public Cultures.
She was previously Vice President, and is a Life Member of, Live Performance Australia (the Australian Arts and Entertainment Industry Association), Deputy Chair of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres, a member of the Australia International Cultural Council (chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs), the Melbourne City Council Retail Advisory Board, the Australia Day Committee (Vic), the South Australian Multi-Cultural and Ethnic and Affairs Commission and was a South Australian Business Ambassador and Foundation Board member of the Leaders Institute of South Australia. She was Chairperson of the Capital City Forum, advising the South Australian Government and the Adelaide City Council on Adelaide’s development.
Kate has also been involved as a Board member of numerous arts and tourism bodies and has chaired arts funding committees across Australia. She has a particular interest in ideas about inclusive, creative and collaborative cities, and in particular the successful planning and management of the public realm and the role of cultural practice in the lives of communities and cities. With her team she established internationally recognised best practice in the management of Fed Square.
Since leaving Fed Square, Kate has become an Honorary Fellow at Melbourne University, is currently providing consulting advice to the Barangaroo Development Authority and a number of private sector, local government, university and arts organisations with a focus on the intersection between the public realm and community and cultural experiences. She provides executive coaching and has undertaken pro bono mentoring and project advice.
Kate’s passion for great public place management, inclusive cities and cultural practice are well known and she has spoken extensively on urban, arts and business issues around the country and overseas. Her partner is a busy actor, trainer and creative producer and they have 2 sons.
Cameron is a qualified chartered accountant, registered company auditor and experienced company director. He is currently an audit partner with BDO Australia and a former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers with over 25 years of experience in Australia, Europe and Asia. He has worked in both the assurance and the advisory lines of service focusing predominantly in the hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors. He also has extensive experience in the government and not-for-profit sector. Cameron has assisted many organisations with strategic planning, budget setting, risk management, corporate governance and general financial stewardship. Cameron is currently also the Board Chairman and Non-Executive Director of one of Queensland’s largest not-for-profit childcare and kindergarten providers, C&K Limited. Prior to taking on the Board Chairman role, Cameron was the Chair of C&K’s Finance and Audit Committee.
Cameron’s qualifications included a Bachelor of Business (QUT) and he is a member of both the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).
Airlie is currently a Director of Ukoo – Complete People Solutions. Ukoo are specialist HR Consultants delivering tailor made outsourced HR Solutions for SMEs nationally.
Airlie has been in management leadership roles in the private, public, philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors for over 25 years.
Across her career, Airlie has worked for some well-known Australian organisations including Clayton Utz, Minter Ellison, Outward Bound, the Grains Research and Development Corporation, Kowalski Recruitment and Hynes Lawyers.
Airlie is currently a Director of Home of the Arts, Australian Certified Organic, Arcadia College and the Thyne Reid Foundation. She has an MBA and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tomas Johnsson is the Chief Operating Officer of Mantra Group, Australia’s second largest hotel operator. He is responsible for the overall operation of 120 hotels and resorts across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Over the past six years with the Mantra Group, Tomas has held positions of Group General Manager Saville and Peppers Hotels and been instrumental in significant organisational growth.
Previously Tomas was the Senior Asset Manager of General Property Trust, responsible for Sheraton Four Points Darling Harbour, Ayers Rock Resort and Voyages group. During his tenure, Tomas was involved in the acquisition of P&O resorts and the subsequent strategic integration. He was also responsible for the construction of Longitude 131 post bush fire and Dunk and Bedarra Islands in the wake of Cyclone Larry.
Earlier Tomas was the Regional General Manager Mirvac Hotels Victoria with leadership responsibilities across Hotel Como, Sebel and Quay West brands.
Prior experience includes 10 years with Rydges Hotels in senior capacities in most Australian tourism destinations.
Tomas was born and educated in Sweden, migrated to Australia in 1990 and is married with two children. He is currently studying a Master of Business Administration with Australian Institute of Business.
Tracey Vieira is the Chief Executive Officer of Screen Queensland and is responsible for growing the screen industry’s contribution to the economic and cultural wellbeing of Queensland. Under her guidance, Screen Queensland now leads the way in Australia, developing stories and content in the digital environment.
Tracey was named Queensland’s Businesswoman of the year for 2016 and also awarded the Telstra Business Woman of the Year for Corporate and Private Enterprise. Other career achievements include partnerships with Studios to develop and maximise opportunities through production for community, culture and tourism including a world first Art Exhibition with Marvel at the Gallery of Modern Art and industry masterclasses including one focused on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders with the director of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi.
Tracey commenced in the HOTA board role on 20 February 2017 and also serves on the boards of MediaRING, RSPCA Queensland and QMusic.
Tracey is currently General Manager of Corporate Experiences at Supercars and is responsible for managing the hospitality programme for over 16 events a year, in both Australia and New Zealand.
Tracey has been in leadership roles across the Hospitality, Event Management and Sports and Entertainment industries working for the likes of Sheraton, IMG, Billabong International and Ticketek.
Tracey also sits on the Committee of the Gold Coast Mayoress Charity Foundation and is responsible for delivering the annual fundraising ball which has now raised in excess of $1,000,000 for those in need on the Gold Coast.