Our Board

David Harvey, Chair
GAICD

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).

Brian Ferreira, Vice Chair
GAICD

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.

Samuel Robinson, Treasurer 

Samuel Robinson was born in Perth, grew up in Sydney and has lived in Canberra for close to 15 years. He is married with twin young children, with family scattered across Australia and overseas. At work, he is an assurance and management consultant, based in Canberra with more than a decade of experience in professional services, and currently leads a team of data analysts working across federal government projects. He is a chartered accountant with CAANZ, and has experience across a range of financial, non financial, conformance and performance audit and assurance engagements in several industries

Jane Haycock, Secretary
GAICD

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.

Jason Li, Ordinary Member

Jason Jingshi Li is a data scientist based in Canberra. He has more than a decade of experience in artificial intelligence research and development, and currently leads the technical delivery of AI solutions to public and financial sectors. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from the Australian National University, and was previously a research scientist at the ANU and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL). He co-founded the Black Mountain Piano Quartet, where he also serves as the principal violinist. Jason was born in China, spent his formative years in New Zealand, and moved to Australia when he was 18. He is married with two primary-school-age children.

Russell Eade, Ordinary Member
GAICD

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.

Ashok Pothen, Ordinary Member

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).