Team

Patrons
Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland and Professor Graeme Nimmo RFD
Her Excellency the Honourable Dr Jeannette Young AC PSM, Governor of Queensland and Professor Graeme Nimmo RFDJoint Patrons
Chair
Linda Apelt
Linda ApeltChair at Opera Queensland

Ms. Apelt is a business and community leader with a wealth of international senior leadership experience as a diplomat, Trade and Investment Commissioner, CEO and Non Executive Director across the public and private sectors.

Linda Apelt's most recent appointment was the 37th Executive Council appointed Agent-General for Queensland, Australia, in the United Kingdom and the Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner, Europe, July 2017 until December 2021.

As a former long-serving Director-General with the State Government of Queensland, Ms. Apelt oversaw enhanced service delivery in a range of portfolios including education, housing, health and community services, Indigenous policy and the arts.

In addition, Ms Apelt has been a Company Director on independent boards spanning superannuation, urban planning and research, housing and homelessness, health and welfare, children's and disability services, State library services, Chair of Screen Queensland and a member of the Association of Economic Representatives in London (AERL). Ms Apelt is a member of the Griffith University Council.

In her private capacity, Ms Apelt has lent her expertise and energies to programs which provide philanthropic services for people living with housing disadvantage, disabilities, experiencing domestic violence and young people in the Arts.

Linda Apelt holds a range of post graduate qualifications including a Masters of Education Studies from The University of Queensland and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Board / Committee Members
Katie McNamara
Katie McNamaraDeputy Chair

B.Pharm (Hons), MBA, GAICD.

Director since November 2020

Katie has over 18 years’ Strategy and Marketing experience in senior executive and consultancy roles with retail and fast moving consumer goods companies in Australia, Europe, America and Asia.
She is a member of the University of Tasmania Finance Committee and was awarded a Centenary Medal for Services to Australian Society in 2003. Katie is an accomplished violinist, holding her Performers Diploma from Trinity College (London), and is an active chamber music performer.

Will Fellowes
Will FellowesTreasurer

BComm GradDipCA GAICD

Member of the Audit & Risk Committee since September 2016

Director since July 2019

Will is a former Assurance Director with PwC specializing in external audit, internal audit and advisory services. He is currently a Non-executive Director of Children’s Health Queensland and RACQ.

Living in regional Queensland, Will is passionate about developing communities and bringing development, support and culture to our regions.

Judith Mather
Judith MatherDirector

GradCert (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies), MBus (Human Resource Management), MBus (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies)

Director since September 2019

Judy is an alumna of the Queensland University of Technology, having studied a Masters of Business in both Human Resources Management and Philanthropy. She is a Director and Trustee of the Mather Foundation, a Private Ancillary Fund which seeks to encourage learning through music and arts, while supporting mental health and well-being. Having worked across the banking, finance and advertising industries, Judy is passionate about supporting the personal development of children and youth by encouraging learning through all forms of music, theatre, and art.

Jody Currie
Jody CurrieDirector

BA (Gender Studies)

Director since October 2021

Ms Currie is Queensland born, and a proud Yugambeh woman with traditional ties to the country between the Logan and Tweed Rivers. She has held Senior Executive roles in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander aged care, health, and human service delivery, and is an advocate for improving service accessibility to vulnerable communities. Since attaining her Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Gender Studies in her twenties, Ms Currie embarked on her career in health and human service delivery. She serves as a non-executive Director on the Brisbane North PHN, Hearing Australia.

James Walker
James WalkerDirector

DipBus, DipAgric, DipMarketing, DipFin
Director since August 2023

James Walker is a fifth-generation farmer from Longreach, Queensland who is passionate about Australian family farms and in improving financial performance through tailored initiatives and utilising his networks in industry and government.

Coupled with the extensive agribusiness training through industry courses (Grazing for profit, KLR Marketing, Sheep for Profit, Nutrition and others) James has also conducted formal training (Diploma Business – Real Estate Management, Diploma in Agribusiness, Diploma Farm Management and a Nuffield International Scholarship).

Mark Fenton
Mark FentonDirector

FCPA, MBA, BBus, FAICD
Director since March 2024

Mark is an accomplished non-executive director with more than 21+ years' experience in a wide variety of industry sectors including performing arts, education, membership services, mental health, government advisory, supportive housing and aged care. He has extensive experience in finance, risk, audit and change leadership and is committed to ongoing personal and board development to ensure high levels of corporate governance are achieved.

With more than 26 years commercial business and finance experience (FCPA), Mark has worked in a wide range of industry sectors including disability, manufacturing, retail, professional services, retirement living and membership service.

Jane Keating
Jane KeatingMember, HR Committee

BA Psychology and Sociology, GAICD
Member, HR Committee since November 2023

Jane moved into non-executive director roles after a diverse executive career spanning human resources, systems implementation, data strategy, audit, risk and compliance. She spent 15 years in senior executive roles in finance, including as Managing Director, Finance, Data and Compliance with Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC).

Jane’s governance experience includes board roles in membership organisations, not-for-profit, and government advisory committees in the areas of women's advocacy, housing, disability and the prevention of sexual harassment.

Honorary Life Members

Honorary Life Member

Emeritus Professor Christa Critchley

Honorary Life Member

Anne Cross AM

Honorary Life Member

Lady Jane Edwards AM

Honorary Life Member

Sir Leo Hielscher AC

Honorary Life Member

Martin Kriewaldt

Honorary Life Member

David Macfarlane OAM

Honorary Life Member

Marilyn Richardson

Honorary Life Member

Emeritus Professor David Siddle

Honorary Life Member

Dr Nancy Underhill

Executive Team
Patrick Nolan
Patrick Nolan CEO & Artistic Director

Patrick has created productions for Sydney Chamber Opera, Opera Australia, New Zealand Opera, Seattle Opera, Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir St, Griffin Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company, and all the major Australian capital city festivals. From 2009 – 2014 he was Artistic Director of Legs On The Wall, creating works that toured Australia, UK, Korea, and Brazil. These included: My Bicycle Loves You for the Sydney and Perth Festivals and The Voyage for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

In 2015 Patrick was awarded an Australia Council Theatre Fellowship to support research into large scale outdoor performance and the relationship between extreme physicality and storytelling. He was also appointed to the NSW / ACT Arts and Health Leadership Group.

As a theatre maker he is driven by a process in which a performer explores the extreme of their capacity to find a way of expressing an idea, a feeling, a sound, that takes the audience to a place of inquiry and perhaps, understanding.

Executive Team

Executive Director

Adam Tucker

Chief Financial Officer

Christine McEwan

Staff Members

Head of Music and Chorus Director

Narelle French

Director of Technical Production

Alex Loh

Director of Learning, Regional & Community

Laura Hansford

Director of Marketing & Sales

Lucy Childs

Acting Director of Development

Donnita Maher

Executive Assistant

Karen Griffin

Managing Producer

Alicia Cush

Senior Producer (Straight from the Strait)

Gabby Gregory

Project Coordinator (Straight from the Strait)

Dylan Rettke

Graphic Designer

Murray Summerville

Digital Marketing Campaign Specialist

Jesse Sobey

Producer – Learning, Regional and Community

Simone Doczkal

Associate Producer – Learning, Regional and Community

Justine Hansberry

Partnerships Manager

Warrick McDonald

Development Officer

Zoé Noble Fox

Head of Wardrobe

Karen Cochet

Production Administrator

Annette Kerwitz

Production Coordinator

Rhi Booth

Principal Cutter

Bianca Bulley

Finance Business Partner

Sangeeta Khosla

Assistant Accountant

Verkha Perkash