Chair – Robyn Archer AO
Deputy Chair – Kate Brennan
Director – Fady Hanna
Director – Cameron Henry
Director – Thea Jeanes-Cochrane
Director – Airlie Maclachlan
Director – Tracey Vieira
Director – Tracey Woodbry
Robyn Archer AO
Chair of the Board of Directors
Robyn Archer AO is a singer, writer, artistic director and public advocate for the arts. She is Chair of the Board of HOTA Home of the Arts Gold Coast and also chairs the Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) at NIDA
An acknowledged exponent of classic European cabaret, in 2017 Robyn performed in a sell-out two week season of her French, German and American recitals at Griffin Theatre (Sydney), and this has been followed with recitals at Arts Centre Melbourne and City Recital Hall Sydney in 2017 and 2018. Robyn recorded 28 tracks of Classic Cabaret Rarities in late 2018, and this collection launches the digital roll-out of her entire back catalogue through 2019-20. She creates and performs in the exhibition/performance Picaresque for the 2019 Adelaide Festival, and is preparing The Fortunes of Exile with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra also in 2019.
She wrote and directed The Sound of Falling Stars for premiere seasons at the 2017 Adelaide and Auckland Cabaret Festivals: the show has been seen in a very successful season at Arts Centre Melbourne in 2018 and will tour in the future. Specialising in the works of Brecht, Weill and Eisler, Robyn made landmark recordings of that repertoire with the London Sinfonietta at Abbey Road, won the prestigious Helpmann Award as Australia’s Best Cabaret Performer of 2013 and was named Cabaret Icon at the 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival
Robyn was the Dedicatee of the 2018 Adelaide Festival of Ideas and delivered its inspiring opening keynote address. A collection of earlier addresses is published under Detritus (UWA Press) and, in constant demand as speaker and writer on the arts, Robyn is an Australian Book Review Laureate. She is the former Artistic Director of the National Festival of Australian Theatre (Canberra), the Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals, and Ten Days on the Island (which she created for Tasmania). She has received many awards including The Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Cultural Leadership Award, the International Society of Performing Arts International Citation of Merit, the Premier’s Lifetime Achievement Award (SA) and in December 2017 the JC Williamson Centenary Award for services to the arts.
Robyn is the patron of numerous arts organizations across Australia and has been a mentor for the European Festivals’ Association Ateliers in Varna, Singapore, Izmir, Ljubliana, Poznan, Gwang-ju, Chiang-Mai and Shanghai ( 2017). Robyn is an Officer of the Order of Australia, Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Officer of the Crown (Belgium) and an Honorary member of the Australian Academy of 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.
Fady Hanna is the director of Flagship, a communication and marketing strategy firm with offices in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK. Fady works on communication strategies and marketing campaigns for companies from startups through to multi-national organizations including Adidas, American Express, Coca Cola, Virgin, Real Madrid, Citibank, BMW, Telstra and Expedia to name a few.
Fady’s company Flagship has been recognized as one of Australia’s fastest growing companies for the last 3 years in a row. Fady himself is a 3 time Young Entrepreneur of the Year and was a recent speaker at a TEDx talk in Los Angeles.
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).
Thea’s career in the entertainment and sports industry spans over 25 years. Over that time, she has originated, commercialised and produced a diverse events portfolio – from global touring exhibitions, live ceremonies, theatre shows and concert spectaculars, to Commonwealth Games and Motor Sports.
Thea is the Co-Founding Director of iEC, a Gold Coast based global company responsible for originating projects in the touring exhibitions and entertainment genres. Amongst recent global projects, her company originated and produced the worlds-first touring exhibition on The Rolling Stones – Exhibitionism in full collaboration with band members. Exhibitionism opened in London’s Saatchi Gallery in 2016 to critical acclaim, and has since toured to NYC, Chicago, Las Vegas, Nashville, Sydney and now Tokyo, Japan. In addition, in 2018 her company originated and produced two new global exhibitions that Premiered in Melbourne; The Real Madrid World of Football Experience with the famous Real Madrid Football Club; and Nelson Mandela: My Life The Official Exhibition, created in full collaboration with the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.
In addition to producing entertainment, such as Glasgow’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony for the Gold Coast and multiple Opening Ceremonies for the Arafura Games, Thea is an experienced sports administrator and brand & marketing specialist graduating from Ohio University (MSA) and having worked in the sports industry earlier in her career in various roles with I.M.G, V8 Supercars and S.E.L. She has promoted hundreds of events both in Australia and globally, spanning the theatre, exhibition, concert and sports genres, and has helped to generate over 20 million ticket sales across her career.
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.
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.