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.
Liesl is a governance, policy and human resources consultant. After a career spanning 20 years in the community and public sectors, including senior roles in the Commonwealth, ACT and the United Kingdom, she now runs her own business helping organisations make excellent decisions around people and culture matters that support and drive business improvement. Liesl holds university degrees in economics and law and is admitted to practice in the ACT Supreme Court. She attended the China Executive Leadership Academy in Pudong (Shanghai) as a visiting student and is an alumni of the Australian Leadership Innovation Centre. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.
In addition to joining the Music for Canberra Board, Liesl also holds positions as Deputy Chair of the Territory Records Advisory Council, Board member of Bosom Buddies ACT and Chair of the Sts Peter and Paul Primary School Community Council. An avid singer and performer during her school and university years, Liesl continually suggests that her three children join choirs or take up various musical instruments (with some success). She is delighted to have the opportunity to personally contribute to the local music community again through Music for Canberra.
Natalie has over ten years’ experience working as a private and public lawyer in Australia. She has an established track record in providing commercial and strategic legal advice to a range of small, medium and large organisations, and is currently working as in-house legal counsel at the Advertising Standards Bureau. Prior to becoming a lawyer she completed a BA in Communications and worked in a number of creative industries including design and publishing. Over the years Natalie has taught herself a number of instruments, including the clarinet, saxophone, and more recently, the ukulele. She is also kept busy by her three young children who at any time can strike up a band with only sticks, a tin can and a cardboard box.
Andrew is a Director in the Australian Public Service. Prior to his current role, Andrew for three years provided management consultancy support to a range of government agencies as an Executive Director at the Synergy Group. Prior to joining the Synergy Group, Andrew was a senior senior executive in the APS for almost a decade with responsibility for marketing, communications, audit, assurance, compliance, risk management, fraud control, investigations, governance and planning in several departments. Andrew has Master in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is an enthusiastic cyclist, fisherman, gardener, traveller and dog owner. While having a love of all forms of music, his musical talent is limited to once, loosely, being called a ‘drummer’. Andrew and his wife have one child, who thankfully got the music gene and is a fabulous pianist.
Nathan is a lawyer with extensive 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. He appears from time to time as Counsel in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal, Magistrates Court and Supreme Court. 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…
Yu-Lan is passionate about access to musical opportunities for the Canberra community and is a Canberra Youth Orchestra alumna. She has held executive committee roles for the National Capital Orchestra since 2005 including four years as president.
Her professional experience includes policy development and implementation, HR, stakeholder engagement, organisational culture, and program management. Yu-Lan has 16 years of public sector experience (ACT and APS), including 3 years in the Senior Executive Service. Roles included Secretary to the Remuneration Tribunal, and Senior Executive with Responsibility for Business Integrity and Risk. She holds an Executive Masters of Public Administration and completed the Audrey Fagan Women’s Leadership Program, convened by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Yu-Lan places high value on communication, culture and development pathways.
Lindy is a professional musician (cellist) and spent 10 years working in Germany as a cellist in an opera house, as well as teaching at several music schools. Since returning to Australia Lindy has established a busy private teaching studio as well as teaching in several schools and the ANU School of Music, also running the instrumental programs at the ANU Open School of Music. She has been involved with MFC for many years, both as a tutor, a music advisor and many years ago as a member of the board. She was “back in the day” principal cellist in the Canberra Youth Orchestra.
Currently a cellist in the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, Lindy plays for many other organisations around the city and is also one of the player’s reps for the Orchestra. She has recently taken over the coordination of the new Kingsland Resident Artists Program at the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, a program designed to bring young graduate musicians to live and work in Canberra.
Cath believes that organisations that promote the learning and playing of music are pivotal to the ongoing rich cultural life of a community and is absolutely committed to the support of such organisations. She is currently a board member of a charitable trust (based in Melbourne but funding nationally), and has been for seventeen years. In 2014 she returned to tertiary study.
Cath has an arts practice and teaching background, and in the distant past was a teacher in two Victorian high schools. She also has experience of working with governments from a non-government organisation perspective. Though she fails to contribute a practical knowledge of music, she does contribute the skill of being an enthusiastic audience member, particularly as her daughter is a flautist.
Bruno has been an enthusiastic if modestly skilled member of Music for Canberra’s over 55s choir, Seasoned Voices, since 2012. He is very impressed with the breadth of Music for Canberra’s programs, especially bringing the joy of music to younger people and people living with disability.
Currently chair of the National Heart Foundation ACT Board, he was also a member of the National Board of the Heart Foundation until May 2018. Bruno is a retired senior fundraiser at ANU, ACU and Greening Australia and held earlier executive roles in a national HR company, an industry association and the ACT and Federal Governments. In other spheres, Bruno has held leadership positions in business, community and sporting groups. He was an active member of the Fundraising Institute Australia including ACT Chapter President, national Director, course presenter and was elected a Fellow by his peers. Bruno has degrees of BSc (Flinders) and MPA (Canberra). Apart from choir, he enjoys classical music and trad jazz, bushwalking, cycling, Australian football, cricket and reading. Bruno is proud of his birth in Hong Kong of Macau Portuguese heritage.