Our Board

Our Board

David Harvey, Chair

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, specializing in research on Asia and translation of finance and corporate governance documents. He is a 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, in the greater Seattle area, US.

David has an A.Mus.A (Piano) and is a graduate of the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program (Seattle). He was co-founder of the Melbourne-based musical theatre company Spellbound Theatre Productions and also served on the committee of the Music Theatre Guild of Victoria. He also holds a Graduate Diploma of Japanese Studies (language and music).

Yu-Lan Chan, Vice Chair

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 extensive public sector experience (ACT and APS), including many years in the Senior Executive Service. Roles include CEO of the ACT Gambling and Racing Commission, Secretary to the ACT 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.

Jane Haycock, Secretary

Jane brings to the Music for Canberra board international experience in governance and accountability from her roles as Vice-President, Ottawa Children’s Choir, Board Chair of the Global Innovation Exchange, roles at the United Nations and in Australia and the UK.   Jane is an advocate for inclusion and diversity and loves the opportunities music offers young people from different cultures to come together, be creative and have fun, while developing their technical skills and sense of community.

Ashok Pothen, Treasurer

Ashok has joined Music for Canberra with a wealth of experience in financial and accounting functions of leading commercial and public sector organisations in Australia and overseas and for the past 14 years, he has been working for Australian Public Service. Ashok is a member of CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant Australia) and CA ANZ (Chartered Accountant Australia and New Zealand) and have masters in Finance and also a CAMS (Certified Anti Money Laundering Specialist).

Russell Eade, Ordinary Member

Russell is a governance, audit and risk management specialist, with over twenty years experience 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 Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australasia and has a Masters of Applied Finance (Macquarie University) and postgraduate qualifications in economics (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 the arts in the Canberra community.

Nicole Webb, Ordinary Member

Nicole is a fourth-generation pianist having attained Grade 7 AMEB who shares the belief that beautiful music resonates and cultivates deep sensitivities in communities.

Nicole also has over 16 years’ experience in financial and legal services, namely in providing advice on superannuation, compliance, governance and commercially sound legal solutions. Nicole’s experience spans the retail financial services sector, government and not for profit sectors and she has previously held a position on a national board, advocating for and raising awareness to improve women’s retirement outcomes and access to superannuation.

Anna Sarelas, Ordinary Member

Anna is an accomplished professional who specialises in empowering diverse stakeholders to successfully manage complex workplace scenarios, Anna Sarelas brings structure, strategy and unique insight during periods of great organisational change.

An organisational advocate for workplace equity, Anna’s demonstrated commitment includes workplace disability support, anti-age discrimination and LGBTI inclusion. She has established many successful initiatives across organisations including an annual review of gender pay analysis, an enhanced suite of parental leave with a vacation care subsidy for working parents, and expansion of domestic violence leave.

Anna has fostered clear industrial relations with multiple unions to promote organisational inclusivity, champion underrepresentation in remote areas and prioritising workplace equity when leading teams through privatisation and mergers.

Brian Ferreira, Ordinary Member

Brian migrated to Australia from South Africa after a long international career in technology and business.  In Australia, Brian is a Managing Partner for an advisory firm supporting boards and the c-suite on various business, technology, board environment items.

Brian has a personal philosophy about the impact of music on people and has a deep relationship with Baroque music.  In addition to this love for music, Brian is experienced and qualified in the board environment as a Chartered Secretary, Chartered Governance Professional and a Masters Degree in Governance and Leadership.  Brian’s contribution to the board is about strategic thinking, maturing the board’s operations and supporting Canberra’s ambition to be a Design City as part of the UCCN where creativity as a strategy is deployed for urban development.