Board of Directors

The Board of Directors controls the business of the Company and acts to promote its objects and interests.

The Board of Directors is responsible for:

  • directing and guiding the Company’s strategic direction
  • appointing the Director/CEO
  • maintaining and enhancing the role of the Company as a centre of excellence in the performing arts
  • monitoring and maintaining the financial integrity and viability of the Company.

Chairman Noel Staunton

Noel Staunton

Noel Staunton, Technical Production (RADA), presently Executive Producer for the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, was previously the Artistic Director of the Brisbane Festival. He has been CEO at Sydney Dance Company; Creative Executive Producer for a range of projects including for the New South Wales Government the 75th Anniversary of the Sydney Harbour Bridge; Executive Producer for The Ring Cycle in Adelaide; Executive Producer for Bazmark Live including La Boheme on Broadway and the Fox Backlot; Technical Director, Opera Australia; Technical Director of English National Opera, London. Noel was previously a member of the (then) NIDA Board of Studies, serving from 1999 to 2002 and from 2005 to 2010. Noel Staunton was appointed to the NIDA Board on 21 May 2015, and has been Deputy Chair since 19 April 2016, and Chairman since 30 May 2019.

The Hon Richard Refshauge SC

Richard Refshauge SC served as a Judge of the ACT Supreme Court from 2008 to 2017. Prior to his appointment, he had been a litigation lawyer in private practice specialising in commercial, criminal, administrative, insolvency and constitutional law in a leading Canberra law firm of which he was Senior Partner. He left that position on appointment as the ACT’s third Director of Public Prosecutions. Richard has had a long involvement in the arts having been a Director of the Arts Council of Australia and President of its ACT Division, member of the Canberra Theatre Trust, and Chair of the Boards of Fortune Theatre Company, the Australian Choreographic Centre and QL2 Dance. He was member and Chair of the ACT Cultural Council for 10 years and is Chair of the ACT Cultural Facilities Corporation Board. He has wide interests in welfare, especially in the areas of HIV/AIDS and drug rehabilitation, as well as international development, judicial administration, legal education and the Anglican Church. Mr Refshauge was appointed to the Board on has been the Deputy Chair of NIDA since 30 May 2019. He is a member of the NIDA Audit Finance and Risk Committee.

Ian Collie

Ian Collie is Founder and Partner at Easy Tiger productions. A highly experienced drama and factual television producer, Ian was the series producer of four seasons of ABC’s hit drama Rake and the award winning SBS 4-part series Sunshine and was an executive producer on the United States version for the Fox Network. Ian produced the ABC’s Jack Irish series; The Principal for SBS; and Channel Nine’s 10-part series, Doctor Doctor. His feature film producer credits include Disney’s Saving Mr Banks, and Ian has also produced a range of documentaries and telemovies. Prior to television, Ian worked as a solicitor for Slater and Gordon, and Cashman and Partners, before moving to executive director for the Arts Law Centre of Australia and the Australian Directors Guild.

Professor Ross Harley

Professor Ross Harley is Dean of the Faculty of Art & Design and UNSW Chair of Arts and Culture, Professor Harley is an award-winning artist, writer and educator whose career crosses the bounds of traditional and creative arts research. His video and sound work has been presented at the Pompidou Centre in Paris, New York MoMA, Ars Electronica in Austria, the Biennale of Sydney, and at the Sydney Opera House. In 1992 he was the director of the influential International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) and returned as Co-Chair of ISEA 2013.

Collaborative work includes Aviopolis (with Gillian Fuller), a multimedia project and book about airports, Black Dog Publications, London; Busface, a photo-media installation with the Ejecutivo Colectivo exhibited at ArtBasel, Miami; and the DVD installation Cloudscope in collaboration with Durbach | Block architects at Elizabeth Bay House, Sydney; and the Museum of Copulatory Organs with Maria Fernanda Cardoso at the 18th Biennale of Sydney.

Current research projects include the ARC funded "Reconsidering Australian Media Art Histories in an International Context" and “Scanlines: Video Art in Australia Since the 1960s”, an ARC linkage project investigating the history of video art in Sydney partnering with, dLux Media Arts, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; “Airportals”, a multichannel video of personal airflights and itineraries (with Leo Martyn animator); and “Loomorama“,  a collaborative installation project with Elvis Richardson based on personal archives of VHS tapes and VJ presentation tools. He is also Lead Chief Investigator on the ARC LIEF project Design and Art of Australia Online together with DAAO Research Director and long-time collaborator Gillian Fuller.

He was Head of School Media Arts UNSW (2009-13), Deputy Director at the National Institute for Experimental Arts [NIEA] and Co-Director of the ICinema Centre for Interactive Cinema Research until 2013. A Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales, he was awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence in 2008, and became Dean of UNSW Art & Design in 2013.

Roger Hodgman

Roger Hodgman is a freelance theatre and screen director. He was Artistic Director of the Vancouver Playhouse for four years and Melbourne Theatre Company for twelve. He has worked in drama schools in the UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia – including five years as an acting teacher and director at the East 15 School in London, two years as Director of the Playhouse Acting School in Vancouver and four years as Dean of Drama at the Victorian College of the Arts. Roger has directed over 120 stage productions for numerous companies including MTC, STC, STC of S.A, QTC, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Shaw Festival (Canada), TML Enterprises, Australian Opera and Victorian Opera. He has received Green Room Awards for Best Director (Theatre, Opera and Musical Theatre) and a Helpmann for best director (Musical) and numerous nominations. Many of his stage productions have toured Australia including SkylightArtPrivate Lives and most recently successful commercial productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Fiddler on the Roof.  He counts numerous Shakespeare productions and a number of Stephen Sondheim musicals as highlights of his career, along with working in Canada with Tennessee Williams on two new plays. Since leaving MTC in 2000, he has also worked as a screen director, directing over 80 hours of TV Drama including Stepfather of the Bride (Chicago Film Festival Award for Best Telemovie), many episodes of A Secret Life Of Us (AFI nomination for Best Director), Lockie Leonard (BAFTA nomination and AFI Award for Best Children’s Series and, most recently, A Place To Call Home (first episode) and Wentworth. He has served on many committees including the Drama Committee of the Australia Council, Cultural Advisory Committee for Melbourne City Council (Chair), Advisory Committee to the Victorian Ministry of The Arts, Victorian College of the Arts Board and the Artistic Directorship of HotHouse Theatre. He continues to teach and direct when he can in Acting Schools – including most recently at NIDA, the VCA Music Theatre Course, and the Queensland Conservatorium.

Peter Ivany AM

Peter has been Chairman, NIDA Foundation Trust since April 2013 and a member of the NIDA Board since 21 May 2015. He is Executive Chairman, Ivany Investment Group and previously Chief Executive of Hoyts cinemas (1988 – 1999). Peter is also Owner/Director, IMAX Theatre Sydney and Board Member, Allied Credit and Sydney Zoo. He has had and continues to have many roles in the community and is currently a member of the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, Chairman, Sydney Swans Foundation, Chair, Loftus Peak Advisory Board, Honorary Life Governor and Foundation Chairman, Jewish Communal Appeal, Advisory Council Chairman, Sydney Film Festival and Adjunct Professor, University of Technology Sydney. Peter was also on the Board of Events NSW (2007-11), Chairman of the Australian Film, Television & Radio School from 2006-09, and has been actively involved in many aspects of the film and radio industries throughout his career.

Ron Malek

Ron Malek has been a member of the Board of Directors of NIDA since 2014. A practising corporate and financial adviser for over 30 years, he is a graduate with Commerce and Law degrees from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.
Ron is Executive Co-Chairman of Luminis Partners and has over 30 years of leading corporate and financial advisory experience. Ron previously co-founded Caliburn (sold to Greenhill in 2010) where he led the firm as Vice Chairman and Managing Director. Prior to Greenhill, Ron was Australian Head of the Consumer Sector at BZW and ABN Amro. Ron is a Vice-President of the Australian Takeovers Panel and a member of the University of New South Wales Council’s Investment Committee.

Associate Professor Sandra Phillips

Sandra Phillips is the Associate Dean (Indigenous Engagement), Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, The University of Queensland. Most recently she was the Associate Professor and Coordinator of Indigenous Higher Degree by Research at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). In a range of ways Sandra has spent her career working towards achieving greater outcomes in education by Indigenous people. Sandra is a Wakka Wakka woman who was raised on-Country among extended family in rural southern Queensland. She has three adult sons. Sandra is a Visiting Fellow of the Musashino University’s Creating Happiness Incubation, Tokyo, and a Foundation Judge of National Indigenous Story Awards. She dedicated her early and mid-career to Indigenous writing and other creative arts from editing and publishing in-house with Magabala Books, UQP, and Aboriginal Studies Press to a range of past sector leadership roles including as Deputy Chair, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board, Trustee, Queensland Performing Arts Trust, and Chair, First Nations Australia Writers Network. Sandra later went onto earn a PhD before becoming a full-time academic in 2012. Sandra is also currently a member of the Library Board of Queensland which governs the State Library of Queensland and she is a member of the International Communication Association (ICA) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).

John Robinson

John Robinson is a Partner in EY’s Assurance practice with over 20 years’ experience in the media, communications and publishing sectors, John has served as the auditor of a number of not-for-profit entities in the child advocacy and arts sectors, including The Sydney Festival and the Sydney Story Factory. He is also the independent member of the audit and risk committee for the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia and was previously the Deputy Chair of the NSW Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. John has had a longstanding interest in the arts with a family dedicated to visual art, performance and music. John is the Chair of the NIDA Audit Finance and Risk Committee.

Justin Ryan

Justin Ryan, BEc, LLB (Sydney), MBA (Wharton) FFin, FAICD is Director of Quadrant Private Equity since 2011. Prior to this Justin was Chief Executive Officer of Alesco Corporation Limited, an ASX 200 diversified industrial company which he joined in 2004 (and is which now part of Dulux Corporation Limited). Justin has been a Board member of the Benevolent Society since 2008 and is the Chairman of their People Learning and Culture Committee. He is a member of the NIDA Audit Finance and Risk Committee.

Sigrid Thornton AO

Sigrid Thornton AO has had a significant career in theatre, film and television, which has included in film: George Miller's classic The Man from Snowy River (Fox Classics), The Lighthorsemen (RKO) directed by Simon Wincer, Slate Wyn and Me (Hemdale) and The Man from Snowy River 11 (Disney – Touchstone) and Michael Rymer's Face to Face and Tara Karsian & Andrea Grano's BFF's. In 2019 she reprised her much loved role as Laura Gibson in Channel Nine’s Seachange.

Sigrid has presented as MC for luminaries including Nelson Mandela, the Dalai Lama, and for the Centenary of Federation joint sittings of the Australian Parliament. In 2003, Sigrid was included in the top 100 Australian Entertainers of the Century by the Variety Club. She has worked extensively behind the camera, and on behalf of the Australian film and television industry, the arts and various charities. In 1995, she was appointed to the Federal Government’s Commercial Television Production Fund and in 1999 was Chair of the Victorian Film & Television Taskforce, whose recommendations revitalised the Victorian film and television industry. Sigrid also continues extensive work with charities including Greenpeace, Reach Foundation and Vision Australia.

Sigrid has extensive experience in oversight of arts organisations including as an inaugural director of Scripted Ink, a not for profit organisation that invests in writer's contributions to the Australian screen industry. She was a director of the Malthouse Theatre 2010 – 2016.

Anna Tregloan

Anna Tregloan has a Masters by Research and Thesis, Animateuring 2005 from the Victorian College of the Arts. She is also accredited by the Australian Production Designers Guild and a Member of their Live Performance Committee. With experience presenting throughout Australia and internationally Anna is an artist, designer and creative producer. She works collaboratively on live and interactive works as well as presenting performed installations, video and photographic works, exhibitions, interventions and participatory practice. She collaborates extensively and also works as a creative producer for other artists and groups. Anna’s works are held by the Performing Arts Museum, Victorian Arts Centre. Her collaborations include Sydney Theatre Company, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, ACMI Melbourne, The Science Gallery Melbourne, Malthouse Theatre Melbourne, Arts Centre Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Theatre Company, Circus Oz and Bell Shakespeare.

Kip Williams

Kip Williams is one of Australia's most exciting young theatre directors, and Artistic Director at Sydney Theatre Company. He graduated from NIDA in 2010, was made Directing Associate at STC in 2012, and has been Resident Director at STC since 2013.

While at STC Kip has directed many acclaimed productions including A Midsummer Night's Dream and revivals of Arthur Miller's All My Sons, and Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer, for which he won the 2015 Helpmann Award for Best Director of a Play. He staged Caryl Churchill's new play Love and Information, in a co-production with Melbourne's Malthouse Theatre, which garnered him a second Helpmann nomination for Best Director of a Play, as well as nominations for Best Director at both the Sydney Theatre Awards and Melbourne's Green Room Awards. Kip's other productions for STC include The Golden Age, Macbeth, Children of the Sun, Romeo and Juliet, Under Milkwood and Cyrano de Bergerac as Associate Director with Andrew Upton. Across these productions, Kip has directed some of Australia's leading actors including Hugo Weaving, Jacqueline McKenzie, Richard Roxburgh, Justine Clark, John Howard, Robyn Nevin, and Jack Thompson.

In 2017 Kip will direct for the Sydney Theatre Company, the Australian premiere of Lucy Kirkwood's Chimerica; Caryl Churchill's classic Cloud 9, and a reinterpretation of Chekhov's Three Sisters in a new adaptation by Andrew Upton.

Kip has also directed productions for Melbourne Theatre Company, Malthouse, Sydney Chamber Opera, Tamarama Rock Surfers, National Theatre, Melbourne and Princeton Theatre, New Jersey USA. 

NIDA is a not for profit public company limited by guarantee (ACN 000 257 741).

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