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26/07 - 04/08/2019

Artistic Director Kathryn Stott

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, Dr. Anne Summers, in New York in 1988. Past President of Chief Executive Women, and the YWCA of Sydney, and a former board member of the University of New South Wales Press, NSW Major Events Board, UNICEF, Musica Viva, and the Taronga Foundation. Past President of the Magazine Publishers Association of Australia, and a former director of the Magazine Publishers Association in the US.

Terry Dodd - Deputy Chair

Director of SeaLink (formerly Sunferries) and owner and Managing Director of Pacific Marine Group.

Stephen Baines

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.

Michael Fellows

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 Mitchell 


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.

Marjorie Nicholas

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 years she was also a managing owner/partner in a large-scale cropping and beef cattle enterprise in the NSW Southern Riverina. Mrs Nicholas is currently a board member of Methodist Ladies’ College, Kew, Victoria, and Howlong Country Golf Club Limited.  She has previously held other directorships. Classically trained as a pianist, singer and clarinettist, and more recently playing as a cellist with the Murray Conservatorium Orchestra and the North East Victoria Occasional String Orchestra, she maintains a keen interest in music.

Jane Seawright 

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 substantial board and senior executive experience in a range of environments, including the not for profit sector, specifically in the arts, mining, health and research sectors. She has advised listed and unlisted companies in corporate governance, capital raising, financing, commercial agreements and arrangements, intellectual property and commercialisation. Jane is currently a director of the Residential Tenancies Authority and is Chair of Netball Queensland.

Michael Wilkins

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

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