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).

Brian Ferreira, Vice Chair

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.

Sarah Jenett, Treasurer 

Jane Haycock, Secretary

Jane brings to the Music for Canberra board experience in governance and accountability from her roles as Vice-President, Ottawa Children’s Choir, Board Chair of the Global Innovation Exchange and as a UK representative on the Executive Boards of UNICEF and UNDP at the United Nations. Jane is currently the CEO of a peak body and has extensive experience in international development having worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the UK Department for International Development. Jane has sung in many choirs and played the violin in the Camden Symphony Orchestra whilst living in London. She is an advocate for inclusion and diversity and loves the opportunities music offers 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

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.

Gabrielle Trenbath, Ordinary Member

Gabrielle has recently moved to Canberra to work with Australian Public Service after working for the WA State Government. Previously she sat on the boards of the Disability Service Commission, a community service provider and a domestic violence shelter.

She is a Chartered Secretary, Chartered Governance Professional and is passionate about good governance in the community and NFP sectors.

Music has been a constant presence throughout her life and Gabrielle sung in many choirs in Perth and she continues to do so in Canberra.

Annie Haggar, Ordinary Member

Annie grew up with music- playing cello, piano, and singing in many of Music for Canberra’s prior organisations- CYO Society, Canberra Children’s Choir and Gaudeumus. 

She is a multi-award-winning cybersecurity and technology lawyer. She worked as senior in-house legal counsel for over a decade with one of the most advanced technolgy services companies in the world- Accenture. She now runs her own cybersecurity legal practice. She has previous board experience with Not for Profit organisation in Canberra.

Annie has two little girls (3 and 5) who love music, and she joined the Board of MfC to help ensure children in Canberra have access to top-qualilty music education and performance experiences.

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