Music For Canberra's Board of Directors
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.
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.
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.
Originally from Melbourne, David has had an international career in Australia, Japan and the US, having worked in the Japanese finance industry for more than 30 years. Fluent in Japanese, he is currently a director of the Asian Finance Group, which specializes in research on Asia and translation of business, finance documents and policy papers. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors and the immediate past president of the Yarralumla Residents Association and former committee member of the Inner South Canberra Community Council. International board level experience includes President of the Kaisha Society (an association for foreigners working at Japanese companies) in Japan and Trustee on the Board of the Evergreen School, near Seattle, US.
David also has a long history of musical endeavours. He has an A.Mus.A (Piano), is a graduate of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program and was co-founder of Spellbound Theatre Productions, a musical theatre company active in Melbourne during the 1980s and early 1990s, during which time he also served on the committee of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Japanese Studies (language and music). His favourite composers include Beethoven and Sondheim.
David hopes to merge his financial background with his musical interests and concern for local community through this role.
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.
James Copelin is a Project Manager and Human Resources Advisor at the YMCA Canberra, a Not for Profit organisation that values the individual worth, uniqueness and diversity of all people.
James worked on the Australian Childhood Foundation accreditation for the YMCA Canberra in a range of policy, advocacy and business development projects. Currently James is Project Managing the implementation of a Human Resources Information System to provide an effective way to administer YMCA Canberra’s workforces. James is Currently studying towards a Diploma of Project Management with expected completion late 2019.
Outside of work, James is an enthusiastic cricketer, painter, and also loves to play one of his many guitars or pianos. In recent years, he has begun to explore new sonic scapes through digital instruments and drum machines.
Vy is the Deputy CEO of the Australian Diabetes Educators Association, a not-for-profit member-based organisation. She has a wealth of experience in governance, management, corporate partnership, marketing and communications in both government and not-for-profit sectors.
Her professional experience includes senior management roles at not-for-profit member-based organisations and government sector. She has a wealth of experience in governance, management, corporate partnership, marketing and communications.
Vy holds Master’s Degrees in Business Administration, Marketing Management and Project Management. She is also a member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, the Australian Institute of Company Director and Philanthropy Australia.
Vy played keyboard and piano in her younger years and is passionate about promoting music, especially instrumental, among her network. Vy looks forward to working closely with members, staff and the Board of Music for Canberra to promote the organisation among Canberran art lovers.
Russell Eade is a governance, audit and risk management specialist, with over twenty years experienced working with the Commonwealth Government (both in Australia and overseas), with responsibility for governance, planning, risk management, audit, assurance, compliance and fraud control. He is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, the Institute of Internal Auditors (Australia) and the Financial Services Institute of Australasia. Russell has a Master of Applied Finance (Macquarie University) and postgraduate qualifications in economic (University of New England).
He is currently a member of the ACT Division Council for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Institute of Internal Auditors (Australia) and Toastmasters International (District 70). Russell was previously on the board of the Watson Arts Centre and is passionate about the role of arts in the Canberra community. Russell has no perceived or actual conflicts of interest to disclose.