Board of Directors
The Australian Festival of Chamber Music – North Queensland Limited trading as Australian Festival of Chamber Music is a company limited by guarantee. View the Company Constitution.
The board of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music operates by the principles and within the guidelines set out in the Board Charter. The board is comprised of the following members:
Sandra Yates AO - Chair
Has held significant appointments in media, marketing, publishing and the arts. She was the chair of the NSW TAFE Commission Board (1998 – 2007), Chair of Sydney Writers’ Festival 2000 - 2011. Chairman of the advertising firm Saatchi & Saatchi Australia 1996 – 2004. Publisher of Time magazine 1990 – 1993. President and CEO of Matilda Publications Inc. with her then business partner,
Terry Dodd - Deputy Chair
Director of SeaLink (formerly Sunferries) and owner and Managing Director of Pacific Marine Group.
MBA (Deakin University), B. Bus (Communication) (QUT) Strategist and innovator with more than 25 years’ experience in mining, transportation and technology. As Chief Innovation Officer and Advisor to the Chairman at Aurizon (2006-2016) helped conceive and execute the second-largest government IPO in Australian history. Former Director of the Cooperative Research Centre for Rail Innovation. Currently Advisor to Blue Chilli’s City Connect innovation project, and Principal of The Baines Effect.
Bachelor of Laws, UQ. Legal practitioner for over 30 years, now working in Townsville as a Barrister at law, mediator and arbitrator. Deputy Chancellor of the Anglican Diocese of North Queensland; Cathedral Organist, St. James Cathedral, Townsville.
Russell has extensive experience in the performing arts including as General Manager of Opera Queensland (2012-2017), which followed senior management positions at NIDA (National Institute of Dramatic Art) (2004-2010), Opera Australia (1981-2003) and State Opera of South Australia. He is a former Chairman of Belvoir Street Theatre Limited.
LL.B (University of Melbourne). Mrs Nicholas practised as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and the High Court of Australia in a Melbourne-based legal career spanning 39 years. For some 22
BA.LLB (Hons) M.Bus (Marketing) FAICD. An experienced non-executive director and professional company secretary with a background as a corporate and commercial lawyer, knowledge and information professional and business development leader. She has
General Manager NewsLocal, News Corp Australia (NSW). The latest post in a 28-year journalistic and management career at News Corp Australia. In 2008 he was appointed News’ Group Editorial Business Manager before promotion in 2010 to General Manager of North Queensland News in Townsville. He returned to Sydney as General Manager Operations (NSW) in 2012 and was appointed to his current role in August 2013.
Company Secretary – Gavin Findlay