BOARD

MICHAEL COTTIER, CHAIR

Michael joined the Metro Arts Board in July 2012.

Michael is an experienced company director and former CFO with a business career spanning more than 35 years. In addition to his Metro Arts directorship, Michael is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director of BT Super, Blue Sky Alternatives Access Fund Limited (ASX: BAF), and Queensland Teachers Union Health Fund Limited (TUH). He is Chairman of the Board of BAF, chairs the Audit Risk and Compliance Committee at BT Super, and the Risk Committee at TUH.

Michael previously served as an Executive Director on over 40 company Boards of QSuper, QIC, and Suncorp Group subsidiary companies as part of his executive responsibilities. He also spent three years as a Non-Executive Director of Stadiums Queensland. Michael has over 12 years’ C-suite experience as a CFO at QSuper and QIC, leading Finance, Governance, Investment, Risk and Compliance, and Corporate Services teams.

DR FIONA HAWTHORNE, SECRETARY

Fiona started her career as a registered nurse in Brisbane. She has taught bioethics, clinical communication and preparation for professional practice in schools of nursing and medicine at various universities for a number of years, as well as working as a perinatal counsellor supporting families whose baby was likely to die shortly before, during or after delivery. Fiona completed a PhD in 2006 examining the construction of risk and sources of influence when contemplating pre-natal screening. From her PhD work, Fiona was fortunate enough to be awarded the Bob and June Prickett Churchill Fellowship to undertake an extensive study tour of the UK and USA investigating how a perinatal palliative care service may be developed for Australia. Fiona has worked as the Clinical Ethicist for a large metropolitan Australian hospital and in the healthcare context in Queensland, primarily in the area of adverse events and clinical incident management.

Currently, Fiona is the General Manager of Hummingbird House, Queensland’s only children’s hospice.

In 2018, based upon her work with Hummingbird House, Fiona was awarded an opportunity to participate in the Global Leadership Practices Program in India. This program, offered by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust of Australia, and Yellow Edge – Performance Architects, is designed to expose globally minded leaders to what’s going on behind the scenes in China, the USA and India. She is also a member of the Churchill Fellows’ Association of Queensland. Outside of work, Fiona sings loudly in her car and is trying to convince her husband and two children to worship her as a living goddess.

JOHN DUNLEAVY

John is a commercial executive with 26 years combined experience in professional service firms and commerce. Formally trained in Accounting and Finance, Law and International Trade yet commercially minded in decision making.

He is currently the principal of a boutique professional services firm specializing in assisting with corporate advisory, capital raising, government incentives and commercialization and innovation matters.

John previously held senior roles with major accounting firms including Price Waterhouse and Ernst Young before establishing his own consulting business in 1995. This business has grown to an enterprise boasting an enviable client listing including the European Commission. He has been a founding director / shareholder of a number of start up ventures in sectors such as publishing, biotechnology and mining.

 John is also a director of CTA Higher Education Pty Ltd, Jason Resources and Intertrade Advisers.

BRIAN LUCAS

Brian Lucas is a choreographer, director, teacher and writer. Trained in both dance and theatre, he has a national reputation for creating powerful, provocative and intelligent works that sit uniquely between both artforms. Brian has recently completed a three year term as a member of the Dance Board of the Australia Council. He is the national President of Ausdance.

DANIEL MCKEWEN

Daniel McKewen is a Brisbane-based visual artist and academic whose practice investigates the intersections of contemporary art, popular culture, and the entertainment and financial industries. Since 2007, Daniel has been teaching in visual arts at the Queensland University of Technology.  In 2013 he was awarded his Doctorate of Philosophy from QUT for his thesis The Art of Being a Fan: Complicity and Criticality in Contemporary Art and Fandom. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally since 2006, and is held in private collections. Daniel is a founding member and serves on the board of Boxcopy a contemporary art space which provides exhibition opportunities and support for emerging artists, writers and curators.

JAMES GAUCI

James is a digital leader and agile project manager with a keen interest in arts and technology. Over his 10 year career he has led teams of specialists to deliver apps and websites for organisations including Spotify, MTV, Viacom, Brisbane Festival, and many others. James is also an experienced general manager, having overseen operations and digital transformation initiatives in technology businesses and arts organisations, yielding improvements in profitability, productivity, culture, and customer satisfaction.

James is Senior Digital Lead at Personalised Plates Queensland, and an MBA candidate with Deakin University. In years past, James was an active performer in and around Brisbane, community arts board member, and founder of Theatremakers, an independent production company. He’s a passionate advocate of the arts, and enjoys finding ways to use innovation and technology to secure their sustainability and prosperity now and into the future.

MOIRA MCGARVA

Moira’s career has focused on promoting the mission, values and visions to prospective employees of organisations through targeted talent acquisition strategies. Having enjoyed a broad range of sectors in human resource-focused roles, Moira has recently immersed herself within the education sector leading the design and delivery of the talent acquisition strategy for a Queensland-based organisation. During her time within the financial services sector, Moira toured the United States where she visited high-performing organisations such as Google and Wynn Casinos to examine best HR practice.

Left-handed, Moira completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology from The University of Queensland and more recently finalised her Masters in Organisational Development & Human Resource Management from the University of New England. Joining the Board of Metro Arts in September 2018, Moira enjoys raising one delightfully funny rugrat with her husband, Angus, along with their RSPCA rescue cat, Mumbles McGarva, who boasts significantly more friends on social media than Moira’s husband.

BRAD COOMBS

Brad is passionate about creating great places throughout the development process. He is a deeply experienced property professional with a broad skillset including development, project and construction management services. Brad is dedicated to developing city enhancing property solutions through the delivery of large and complex urban regeneration projects. He is committed to continual professional improvement through ongoing industry association and education, whilst providing business development and operational services that underpin valued returns to organizations and their stakeholders.

Brad’s personal interests focus on maintaining a balanced lifestyle through an enjoyable vocation in property, ongoing engagement of the arts, whilst maintaining a healthy social and physical existence.

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