Our Board & CEO

Music For Canberra's Board of Directors & CEO

As a non-profit organisation, Music For Canberra is run by a volunteer board of members who work closely with our CEO & Artistic Director. Board members generously donate their time, skills & expertise to oversee the efficiency & success of our programs, and to ensure that MFC's central aims are upheld in all that we do.

Peter Thrall

Peter Thrall

Chair

Peter holds an MS and PhD in Plant Biology, and is a Chief Research Scientist with CSIRO Agriculture. He is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has held a diverse range of leadership positions in CSIRO. Currently, in addition to his role as a researcher he is Deputy General Manager of Organisational Development & Change. Pete grew up on a dairy farm in the US and knocked around in the construction industry and various other jobs for a number of years before deciding to do graduate studies at Duke University. He moved to Australia from the US about 20 years ago and has never looked back. Pete has a lifelong passion for music and began learning electric guitar through Music For Canberra when he turned 52 (a few years ago). He was part of MFC’s ‘Legend Academy’ adult rock program in 2013 and is still playing regularly in his spare time with the band-mates he met through MFC. He is thoroughly enjoying the challenge of learning how to play nicely with others.

Geoffrey Manning

Geoffrey Manning

Vice Chair

Geoff studied at ANU and the School of Music, starting his working life unsure if his vocation was as an operatic baritone or a computer scientist. The computer path eventually won out, so he now spends his work time as an enterprise architect for the Australian Taxation Office after having performed in many operas, oratorios and musicals. Much of his childhood was spent overseas, but the beauty of Canberra has kept him nearby over the border on a property where he can experiment with brokering solar/battery power into the grid. Geoff has a son playing viola in Peg Mantle Strings at Music For Canberra, triggering an interest in contributing to the music community again after a long break.

Anne Buck

Anne Buck

Secretary

Anne has over ten years experience in Federal Government in both program management and policy roles, spanning social and economic policy. Her roles within Government included advising on employment policy, developing and administering major grant and procurement projects and managing programs. Anne has served on a range of Boards, from a Parents and Citizens Assocation through to a company registered with ASIC. As a result she is familiar with the obligations and requirements of participating on a voluntary management board. Anne is not only a parent with children who have long been involved in Music For Canberra programs, but is also a keen singer herself. Anne holds a BA Hons (History).

Gavin Kellett

Gavin Kellett

Treasurer

Gavin is a Chartered Engineer with experience in the private and public sector. He has a B.Eng/B.Com Degree majoring in Commercial Law, a MS in IT and M.Eng in Project Management. In a separate role Gavin works with organisations to develop capability through improving employee engagement and well-being. He is a keen guitarist and bass player, and his two daughters play in the Canberra Youth Orchestra.

Nathan Hancock

Nathan Hancock

Member

Nathan is a lawyer with twenty years experience in public policy and government law. He has worked as a Native Title Officer in Indigenous Affairs, a Research Analyst in the Parliamentary Library and as Human Rights Advisor to the ACT Government. Currently, he holds the position of Special Counsel – Human Rights in the Office of the ACT Government Solicitor, with primary responsibility for matters arising under the Human Rights Act 2004, the first Bill of Rights in Australia. When not advising or appearing for the Territory, he sets up a decent camp site and plays sessions at folk festivals, encourages his teenage children to choose music over law and wonders what would have happened if he had continued his vocal jazz training with the late Gerry Scott…

Kerry Mills

Kerry Mills

Member

Kerry is a scientist with a PhD in molecular parasitology. She spent several years in Germany as a postdoctoral fellow at the Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg researching Hepatitis B and D viruses. Kerry now runs a company doing systematic review and meta-analysis. For many years in her youth, Kerry was a member of the Canberra Youth Orchestra Society, playing clarinet in several groups. Her main instrument, however, is the piano, and she has managed to persuade both her children to take up music. Kerry’s two children are now involved in Music for Canberra’s String Stream ensembles.

Alan Hui

Alan Hui

Member

Alan is a Canberra-based pianist, repetiteur and musical improviser. He is a member of Canberra bands FunkyTrop and Silky Six, and a regular collaborator with Impro ACT and Sparrow Folk. Previously, he has served on the committee of Supa Productions Inc and as President of the jazz and musical theatre societies of Sydney University. Alan brings experience from the disability and higher education sectors, advising not-for-profit organisations through changes in national laws and funding. He is completing a PhD in music and copyright law at the ANU, and works as an Assistant Director at the Department of Communications and the Arts.

Catherine Carter

Catherine Carter

Member

Head of the Property Council of Australia’s Canberra office for more than a decade, Catherine now heads up boutique consulting firm, Indigo Consulting Group, where she provides a range of specialist business and communication advisory services to businesses and not-for-profit associations including property development and construction companies, law firms, arts and cultural organisations and industry groups. Catherine sits on several boards including Music For Canberra, the National Association of Women in Construction, and the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women, and is a regular media columnist and commentator on issues relating to the built environment, diversity and arts and cultural life in the nation’s capital. Catherine was the recipient of the Telstra Business Women’s ACT Community and Government Award in 2010.

Kathleen Grant

Kathleen Grant

CEO & Artistic Director

Kathleen Grant has had a long and varied career within the music industry that has provided her with a unique set of skills and an Australia-wide network. While 17 years old and still at high school, Max Cooke – the founder of the Team of Pianist at Melbourne University Conservatorium – accepted Kathleen as a pianist into the Gifted Musicians program. In the following year Kathleen pursued her driving interest in the study of combined degrees of Music and Education where she excelled in choral conducting, Kodaly methodology and classroom management.

Passionate about developing students’ skills via creative activity, Kathleen’s 30-year career spans Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. She has developed unprecedented music classroom and performance programs that have established new levels of performance opportunities, participation rates and results. Kathleen used performing arts to reinforce students’ broader development and has been able to show that students who had previously struggled in traditional studies had significant learning improvements if they where able to fully engage in performing arts programs that allowed them to develop and reinforce a sense of engagement, teamwork and self-worth. Kathleen has a clear client-based vision regarding her desired outcomes and career goals. She has applied flexibility and creativity in developing and utilizing teaching, conducting and management skills around Australia, across the entire learning spectrum from Early Childhood development to University, from inclusive community groups to ensembles of excellence, thereby providing Kathleen a genuine national perspective regarding music education in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.

Kathleen’s first step into senior administration occurred in 2006 when she became the first Operations Manager appointed at Box Hill Institute, Creative Industries. During this time of lecturing, conducting and administration Kathleen was responsible for improved administration of enrolments, data management and preservation of core knowledge. She also completed a Masters of Business at Swinburne University, receiving the Dean’s prize for Excellence in Knowledge Management.

Kathleen’s speciality in business is problem solving and creating sustainable systems. She seeks out and targets difficult areas of business and areas of institutional hurt, and by speaking plainly with effected parties, identifying the key issues and creatively constructing immediate and long term solutions, she has had great success and is a sought-after administrator.

As CEO & Artistic Director of Music For Canberra, Kathleen brings with her the necessary knowledge, experience, skills and attributes for managing the business and leading the artistic direction of the organisation, and is thrilled to work with the wonderful team of staff and wider community of members and participants.


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