MPA Panel Biographies

Rachel Healy

Rachel Healy has been working in executive positions in the arts and cultural sector for twenty-five years including as Director of Performing Arts for Sydney Opera House, General Manager of Belvoir Street Theatre and roles at the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Handspan Theatre and The Australian Ballet. Most recently she worked as Executive Manager Culture for the City of Sydney, where she was responsible for developing both the City’s first cultural policy and live music and performance action plan. She has also worked as a cultural industries consultant and producer and has held governance roles on the boards of many cultural organisations and government agencies including the Sydney Opera House Trust, Live Performance Australia, Arts on Tour, Arts NSW, Sydney Writers’ Festival, Hothouse Theatre, the Industry Advisory Board at the University of Technology Sydney’s Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building and the Theatre Board of the Australia Council.

Rachel is currently Chair of the Performing Arts Touring Alliance and has been a member of the Major Performing Arts Panel of the Australia Council since April 2014.With Neil Armfield, Rachel is currently Joint Artistic Director of the Adelaide Festival.

Kate Brennan

Kate Brennan was Chief Executive Officer of Fed Square Pty Ltd from July 2005-Sept 2013 during which time Federation Square became the heart and focal point of Melbourne’s community and cultural celebrations with 10 million visits each year and an annual program of over 2000 different activities. She was previously the Chief Executive Officer of the Adelaide Festival Centre Trust, leading a program of significant change in that time and in earlier roles at the Melbourne City Council, led the enhancement of the Council's planning for and financial and practical commitment to the arts. Kate has had extensive involvement as project member and client in capital infrastructure projects and was instrumental in the design and activity concepts for Federation Square. Kate has also led small arts and community organisations.

Kate is a member of the Board of the Canberra City Renewal Authority, Deputy Chair of the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct and Arts Centre Board and is an independent member of the Project Control Group for the Queen Victoria Market Redevelopment in Melbourne.  Kate is an active member of several groups with education and community improvement objectives including Melbourne University’s Research Unit in Public Cultures. Recently she completed terms as Deputy Chair of the Executive Board of the Committee for Melbourne and as a member of the Board of the Melbourne Convention Bureau (Chair, Risk Committee). She was previously Vice President, and is a Life Member of, Live Performance Australia, Deputy Chair of the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres, a member of the Australia International Cultural Council (chaired by the Minister for Foreign Affairs), the Melbourne City Council Retail Advisory Board, the Australia Day Committee (Vic), the South Australian Multi-Cultural and Ethnic and Affairs Commission, a South Australian Business Ambassador and Foundation Board member of the Leaders Institute of South Australia and was Chairperson of the Capital City Forum, advising the South Australian Government and the Adelaide City Council on Adelaide’s development. 

Helen Cook

Helen expanded her non-executive director roles in 2014 after transitioning as Partner of KPMG’s Energy and Natural Resources Group and 18 years with the firm. She combines her commercial focus with a wide range of arts governance roles.

Helen is currently Chair of the Chamber of Arts & Culture WA, Deputy Chair Fremantle Ports, Deputy Chair, and the Minerals Research Institute of WA and holds Non-Executive Director positions at RACWA Holdings and RAC Finance. She is a Councillor of the National Gallery of Australia and a Director of the Cruthers Foundation for Women’s Art.

Helen is a WA Divisional Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Helen is past Chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, past Director of the Perth Theatre Trust and has held directorships in a wide range of organisations for over 20 years including the Friends of Perth International Arts Festival, the Advisory Board at UWA for Mining, Energy and Natural Resources Law, the Australian Energy Alliance, the Petroleum Club of WA, the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies, State Chairman of the Australian Marketing Institute of WA and Board member of the Volunteer Task Force (WA) and the Australian Heart Foundation (WA).

Derek Young

Derek has over 30 year’s management consulting experience, including as Managing Director of Accenture Australia. Derek is a CPA and an FCCA (London). Derek is currently the Chair of the Orcadia Foundation and the Robert Rose Foundation. Derek is an Adjunct Professor in RMIT’s College of Business.

His previous Board positions have included: Chairman SMS Management and Technology Ltd, Melbourne Theatre Company (Chair), Australian Major Performing Arts Group (Chair), RMIT University Council.

Derek was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 for significant service to the community of Victoria through contributions to the performing arts and higher education, and to philanthropy.

Rosheen Garnon BEc/LLB, FCA, CTA, GAICD

Rosheen has over 29 years’ experience in the professional services sector having been a senior partner with KPMG in Australia.  She was the National Managing Partner for KPMG Australia’s Taxation Division for 6 years and a member of the National Executive Committee of KPMG Australia during this time.  Rosheen was also a member of KPMG’s Global Tax Steering Group which oversees KPMG’s Global Tax Practice. 

Rosheen is a Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Creative Partnerships Australia. She is a member of Chief Executive Women. Her professional qualifications include Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australian & New Zealand, Chartered Tax Advisor and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Prof. Larissa Behrendt

Larissa is a Eualayai/Gamillaroi woman who holds the Chair of Indigenous Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a graduate of UNSW and Harvard Law School. She is also a graduate of the Australian Company Director's Course. She is an award winning novelist and has published numerous textbooks on Indigenous legal issues. Her most recent book is Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling (2016, UQP).

Larissa wrote and directed the documentary After the Apology and the Walkley nominated feature documentary, Innocence Betrayed and has written and produced several short films. She is a board member of the Sydney Festival and a member of the Major Performing Arts Panel of the Australia Council. She is the former Chair of Bangarra Dance Theatre and of National Indigenous Television (NITV). Larissa was awarded the 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year award and 2011 NSW Australian of the Year. She is the host of Speaking Out on the ABC Local Radio and Radio National.​

Prof. Judith Mclean

Judith Mclean, is an educator, executive facilitator, strategist, company director and former theatre director. Over the past 25 years, Judith has held substantive board and chair appointments with the Queensland Theatre Company, the Brisbane Festival, Southern Cross Soloists and the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. 

Currently she is both a scholar-in-residence at QPAC and Chair of Arts Education at the Queensland University of Technologies Creative Industries Faculty.  Judith currently chairs the QLD Events subcommittee and is a Board Director of Tourism and Events QLD. Her work ranges from consultancies with the Sydney Opera House - Children & Families Program to working with engineering and emergency services using arts based processes to affect change. She is also lead facilitator with the Australia Council’s Leadership Program.

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