The Festival Team
Gavin Findlay - Executive Director
Born in Perth, he studied music and computer science at the University of Tasmania and played
In 2002 Gavin joined the Australian Public Service, where he primarily worked in Indigenous economic development, and in 2009 completed a Master of Public Policy degree at the Australian National University. In 2013 he began PhD studies at the ANU in the field of digital humanities. Gavin continues to write and perform music across multiple genres and has been active in advocacy as a board member of MusicACT and the Australia Music Industry Network.
Rebecca Alferez - Artistic Administrator
Rebecca joined the team in 2012 following six and half years as Program Coordinator for the highly successful Events Queensland Regional Development team. In this
Sheridan Helft - Marketing Manager
Sheridan Helft is based in Melbourne as our Marketing
Jacqui Ferry - Marketing and Development Executive
Jacqui joins us most recently from Newscorp and from running her own photography business. A background in Marketing, Customer Relations and Photography, Jacqui spent 13 years living throughout Europe, working mainly for large hotel chains and boutique restaurants. Returning originally for 6 months, Jacqui fell in love with the ease of life in Townsville, the ability to see more than 10 days of sunshine a year, exercising outdoors and the property market. Six months turned into eight years and with an old Queenslander and 2 Border Collies, a definitive plan to stay.
Sue Hackett - Philanthropy Manager
Sue is no stranger to the Festival and is delighted to be returning as our first full-time Philanthropy Manager. Now based in Sydney, Sue took a short break after leaving AFCM in 2015 before returning to an old haunt, Opera Australia where she cut her arts administration teeth as Special Events Manager for the Philanthropy Department. Prior to
Helen Hobbs - Finance Manager
Helen has over 20 years of experience in financial and management accounting having worked in both public practice and commercial CFO roles across a range of industries. Helen has a strong focus on providing