PATTY AKOPIANTZ (Deputy Chair)
Patty is the Deputy Chair of Belvoir. Patty was previously a non-Executive Director of AMP Limited, Ramsay Healthcare, AXA APH, Coles Myer, Energy Australia, the NSW State Library Foundation and YWCA NSW. Patty has over 30 years’ experience primarily in consumer-related industries and has worked for McKinsey & Company and David Jones. She is a member of Chief Executive Women and received the Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Society in Business Leadership. Patty has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Wellesley College.
Kate was the founding Artistic Director of Force Majeure (2002-15), a ground-breaking dance theatre company based in Sydney. She has worked in theatre, dance, film, circus, opera and musical theatre with arts companies and institutes including Belvoir (Under The Influence, Cloudstreet, Food, My Urrwai, A Taste of Honey, Every Brilliant Thing), Sydney Theatre Company (Never Did Me Any Harm, Spring Awakening), STCSA (That Eye The Sky, A View From The Bridge), The English National Opera (The Prisoner, La Strada), Opera Australia (Bliss, The Ring Cycle, La Boheme), The Hayes (Evie May), NIDA (Not Who I Was, Meat Eaters), National Theatre of Parramatta (Swallow) and DV8 Physical Theatre – London (Strange Fish, Happiest Day Of My Life, Can We Afford This). Kate also choreographed the original stage version of Dirty Dancing (Australia, UK, US, Europe).
She has created and performed two critically acclaimed solo shows, Face Value and About Face. As Artistic Director of Force Majeure, Kate directed Same, Same But Different, Tenebrae – Part 1 and 2, Already Elsewhere, The Age I’m In, Not In a Million Years, and Nothing to Lose. Kate has been awarded Helpmann, Green Room and Australian Dance Awards.
Sue was appointed Executive Director of Belvoir in August of 2017, having first worked at the company as General Manager from 2004 to 2006. Previous to this, Sue was Executive Director of Queensland Theatre for close to six years, and Executive Director of the national lobbying and advocacy organisation Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG). With more than 20 years of experience in arts and cultural development, health and social policy, Sue has held a diverse range of senior executive positions including Director of UNSW Foundation, Director of South East Arts (UK), Public Affairs Manager for Sydney Symphony, and Director of Arts Development, Arts NSW. She has consulted and lectured in arts business development and management, and served on wide-ranging Government advisory boards, funding committees and tribunals, as well as the boards of numerous arts and not-for-profit companies. Sue holds a Master of Social Work with Merit and a Bachelor of Social Studies from the University of Sydney and is an alumnus of the Asialink Leaders’ program. She is a member of Live Performance Australia’s Executive Council, and sits on the boards of Chunky Move and PAC Australia (formerly APACA).
Johanna Featherstone founded Red Room Poetry in 2003 and was its artistic director until 2015. In that time Johanna established a national poetry education program for schools and Correctional Centres in NSW, at which she continues to facilitate poetry workshops. Her poetry features in journals and anthologies, including Best Australian Poems (Black Inc) and her chapbook Felt was released in 2010 by Vagabond Press with her second collection, featuring poems, prose and art criticism is forthcoming (2020). Johanna is an honorary associate of The University of Sydney’s School Arts and Media and a regular peer assessor on literature panels for the Australia Council and Create NSW.
Johanna has judged the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism and the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship. Johanna received a fellowship from the St James Ethics Center (2008) during which time she worked in a mine, studied Tagore and began her journey as a yogi; she teaches the Iyengar method. Much of Johanna’s time is spent adventuring with family including 4 and 6 year old girls and as a Director of the Oranges & Sardines Foundation.
Eamon is Belvoir’s Artistic Director. He was born in Singapore and grew up in Singapore, Darwin, Brisbane and Cootamundra. He trained as an actor at WAAPA from 2001 to 2003 and has since worked as a director, actor, writer and dramaturg, from Milikapiti on the Tiwi Islands to Geraldton and Melbourne. For Belvoir, Eamon has directed Ghosts, The Rover, Ivanov, Angels in America Parts One and Two, The Glass Menagerie, Babyteeth, As You Like It, Twelfth Night or What You Will, The Blind Giant is Dancing, The Great Fire, Once in Royal David’s City and The End. He co-adapted Ruby Langford Ginibi’s memoir Don’t Take Your Love to Town with Leah Purcell, and co-devised Beautiful One Day with artists from ILBIJERRI, version 1.0 and Palm Island. His dramaturgy credits for Belvoir include Neighbourhood Watch, The Wild Duck, Brothers Wreck and The Book of Everything. His adaptations include Chekhov’s Ivanov, Gorky’s Summerfolk and Sophocles’ Antigone. Ivanov won four Sydney Theatre Awards in 2015 including Best Mainstage Production and Best Direction. Eamon’s productions of The Glass Menagerie and Angels in America both won Best Play at the Helpmann Awards.
Alison is the National Chairmanof KPMG Australia. She is also a member of KPMG’s Global and Regional Boards and is Chair of KPMG’s Global Audit Quality Committee. In this role Alison is responsible for the overall governance and strategic positioning of KPMG in Australia.
Alison has held a variety of management and governance roles within the partnership, as well as serving as External Audit Partner for a range of major ASX listed companies, 5 of those have been on ASX’s Top 50 listing.
Outside of KPMG Alison has held a number of external board appointments in the not for profit sector across the mining, safety and education sectors and has served as auditor to numerous charitable organisations.
Alison has a Bachelor of Business Studies from the University of Sheffield. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Registered Company auditor and a Member of the Institute of Company Directors.
MICHAEL LYNCH CBE AO
Michael Lynch was Chief Executive of London’s Southbank Centre from 2002 until 2009 and was responsible for the major renovation of Royal Festival Hall and the transformation of the Southbank cultural precinct. Previously, Michael held positions as Chief Executive of the Sydney Opera House, General Manager of the Australia Council and General Manager of the Sydney Theatre Company. From 2011 to 2015 he was Chief Executive of the West Kowloon Cultural District, an ambitious project which will see a huge arts precinct built on the shores of Hong Kong‘s Victoria Harbour. Michael is currently Chairman of Circa, Chairman of the Sydney Community Foundation, and a Board Director of Belvoir Theatre.
SAM MEERS AO (Chair)
Sam is Executive Deputy Chairman of property and investment group the Nelson Meers Group, and Co-founder and Trustee of the Nelson Meers Foundation. Her current board appointments include Chairman of Documentary Australia, Belvoir St Theatre and the Brett Whiteley Foundation; Deputy Chairman of the Federal Government’s Creative Partnerships Australia; a Trustee of the Art Gallery NSW; and a Director of the State Library of NSW Foundation. Sam also sits on advisory boards for the University of Sydney and the Centre for Social Impact at the University of NSW. Sam began her career as a commercial lawyer with Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King and Wood Mallesons), and her executive career included senior management roles in the media sector. Sam is a member of Chief Executive Women and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Stuart founded Houston in 2011 after previous roles as CEO of Ogilvy & Mather Sydney and 12 years as CEO and partner at Moon Design. Houston, in exceptional timeframe, has built an unprecedented list of iconic clients with large-scale brand projects. These include the Qantas Group, Caltex Australia, Toyota, Lendlease, UTS, Macquarie Group and NRMA Mutual, and a host of key non-for-profit organisations such as Luke Battey Foundation and Wayside Chapel. He worked across eight Sydney Theatre Company seasons and four seasons of the Sydney Symphony. Since selling Moon to STW Group (now WPP) in 2008, Stuart has also been an active investor in a number of successful start-ups and digital disruptors including SocietyOne, Prezzee, and ROKT.
Peter is a Managing Director with Greenhill, where he provides financial and strategic advice to major Australian corporations and governments. Peter practised as a solicitor with Mallesons Stephen Jaques and lectured in law at the University of New South Wales before joining Greenhill. Peter is the Chairman of Playwriting Australia, the peak Australian body supporting new writing for theatre, a director of Company B Limited (the producing company of Belvoir St Theatre) and a member of the Finance Council of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy in Australia and Papua New Guinea. Peter is also the Philanthropy Adviser to the Council of The Women’s College within the University of Sydney. He has held board positions with numerous other community organisations including the Finance Council of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan of the Order of St Benedict in Australia, Inner City Legal Centre (ending as Chairman) and The English Association, publishers of Southerly, Australia’s oldest literary magazine (ending as Treasurer). Peter attended St. Ignatius’ College, Riverview and the University of New South Wales, where he received a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) with honours in Finance.