Liz Martin CEO
With over 20 years’ experience working across the Australian arts and disability sector as advocate, musician, producer, project manager, trainer and advisor, Liz Martin is driven to contribute to an arts sector that is authentically representative, diverse, and accessible for everyone. CEO of Accessible Arts NSW, Liz is also an award-winning musician, a past board member of Arts Access Australia, and an active leader within the arts and disability community.
Amy Claire Mills Arts Development Manager
Amy Claire Mills is a disabled textiles artist, curator, community activist and campaigner. Most recently, she has worked as an access consultant across the arts sector. With a broad range of skills, Amy has worked with community and art organisations, local councils and fellow artists to curate exhibitions and events focusing on access, inclusion and representation. Her art practice explores identity and resistance through immersive and colourful textile installations. Disrupting the socially-constructed narrative of disability, critiquing and examining the politics of disability experience whilst suggesting new vocabularies of softness, tactility, empathy and care.
Rachel Musgrove Marketing and Development Manager
Rachel has extensive marketing and communications experience and has worked in the arts and cultural sector for 17 years, specialising in arts marketing. She is a playwright, theatre maker and was a script editor for the world’s leading play publisher in London. Her writing spans comical children’s books to academic essays. She is passionate about the performing arts and the role that creativity plays in living a full life. In her position as Marketing and Development Manager, Rachel develops and implements marketing and business development strategy. Rachel is proud to be part of the Accessible Arts team, striving for equity within the arts and cultural sector.
Daniel Jaramillo Office Administrator
Daniel is a Sydney University graduate in philosophy and cultural studies. Daniel completed high school at the Australian Institute of Music. Daniel’s skills range from research on all things related to popular culture to writing and thinking critically about topics such as music, news, media, entertainment, politics or sport to ethical and social issues. Since graduating from university in 2016, Daniel has contributed over 150 concert, album, art and film reviews to various websites and publications as well as community radio stations.
Michelle Teear Training and Project Coordinator
Michelle is an arts events and project manager, trainer, advisor, disability consultant and a visual artist. Her gestural paintings of wandering lines, flat and transparent colour are a response to living in remote landscapes on research trips to fully immerse herself in place. She has worked for not-for-profit arts and music events, in managerial positions, and as an educator for the visual arts. Through her role in Accessible Arts Michelle is dedicated to building an arts sector of greater inclusivity and diversity. Michelle was shortlisted for the Evelyn Chapman award 2020, and completed a residency at Bundanon in 2020.
Eugenie Lee Project Manager | Ripple: Disability and Culturally Diverse Internship Program
Eugenie is a Queer disabled woman who is passionate advocate for disability justice, CripTime, equity and inclusion. On the days when she’s not working for Accessible Arts, she works as an interdisciplinary artist with a conceptual focus on persistent pain whose work is informed by scientific research, creative technology and disability studies. She investigates pain-related perceptions and experiences through various media and technologies that often stem from collaborations with pain scientists, creatives and people with disability. Her works are expressed in the form of participatory interactive performances, installations and paintings. She is a recipient of various grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, ANAT, Accessible Arts, Create NSW and has exhibited at arts institutions and museums in Australia and overseas. Eugenie graduated with First Class Honours from Sydney College of the Arts in 2012.
Our Trainers & Advisers
- Anthea Williams
- Athena Pavlis-Goard
- Bedelia Lowrenčev
- Bec Hogan
- Cobie Moore
- Dan Graham
- Daniel Savage
- Emily Dash
- Erika Gelzinnis
- Faye Chamberlain
- Fiona McMurphy
- Georgie Zuzak
- Glenn McKenzie
- Holly Craig
- Jack Dowdell
- Jeff Wood
- Karen Peacock
- Keith Rutherford
- Kerri Shying
- Madeleine Lidbetter
- Maree Jenner
- Michelle Brown
- Michelle Teear
- Morwenna Collett
- Nat Thomas
- Rebecca McCormack
- Riana Head-Toussaint
- Winston Stearn
- Young-Joo Byun
Jaci Armstrong, Chairperson
Jaci Armstrong has extensive experience in the disability, government and health sectors including positions with NSW and Federal MPs and at KPMG in Sydney. Jaci has also served as National Policy Advisor for Guide Dogs Australia (GDA) where she led strategy and engagement with government and industry bodies. Ms Armstrong also represented GDA on blindness sector peak bodies Vision2020 Australia and Blind Citizens Australia, and was one of four Australian delegates to the World Blind Union. Jaci also has substantial governance experience and currently serves on the boards of People with Disability Australia and HireUp. Ms Armstrong is also a former chairperson of Riding for the Disabled. Jaci has extensive lived experience of disability. Having had significant vision loss since birth, she has benefited from having a Guide Dog as her primary mobility aid for over 20 years. Further understanding of the importance of accessible design, inclusive practices and attitudes has been reinforced by observing the experiences of her twin sister who has cerebral palsy.
Kate Lidbetter, Deputy Chairperson
BA (Syd Uni), Grad Dip Arts Management (UTS), Master of Policy (UNSW), Grad Cert Applied Finance (Kaplan), Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Kate is Chief Executive Officer of Symphony Australia, also known as Symphony Services International. Previous positions have included Director of Music at the Australia Council for the Arts, Artist Development Manager of Symphony Australia, Artistic Administrator of the Australian Youth Orchestra and General Manager of Sydney Children’s Choir. Kate is Chair of Gondwana Choirs and has held previous directorships with Ensemble Offspring and ADHD Australia. She regularly participates on panels, committees and juries for various music organisations in Australia and abroad.
Hasan Godhrawala, Treasurer
ACA (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (American University of Sharjah).
Hasan is the Risk Partner at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) working in risk management. Hasan has been in the professional services industry for over nine years with prior experience in Assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Hasan has had a long association with the Education and Not-For-Profit industries with servicing clients in this industry all his career, with particular focus in the Not-For-Profit in the past five years.
Alex Jones, Director
Alex has more than 15 years’ of experiences as a chair, board, and committee member in the corporate, government and non-government sectors. Alex is a passionate advocate on changing Australian society’s attitudes and behaviours towards people with disability, and people who are Deaf or hard of hearing. He was recruited to Australia in 1997 after graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Alex is a Co-founder of Ai-Media, a global captioning solution provider. Over the years, Alex has led various events as Director and Chair for the 2005 Melbourne Deaflympics Cultural Festival and 2018 Australian Deaf Games. Alex was also one of the NSW Don’t DIS my ABILITY ambassadors for several years. He is an Assistant Director in policy and engagement at the Disability Royal Commission.
David Kay, Director
David is a Director of KPMG’s Health, Ageing and Human Services team. He has more than 15 years’ experience in advising governments and large not-for-profit organisations on disability sector strategy and reform, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), and the interface between the NDIS and other mainstream government services and sectors (including health, education, justice, and the arts). David has held a number of not-or-profit Board position in the health and disability sectors. He is currently a Board Member for the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, and was a former Chair of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia.
Emily Dash, Director
Emily Dash is an accomplished filmmaker and theatremaker as well as a dedicated industry advocate for arts practitioners and audiences with disability or who are Deaf. Emily has written, produced, directed and/or performed in many screen and stage productions in Sydney and has worked with the ABC and Sydney Opera House. Emily has participated in several Accessible Arts professional development programs and is a member of Accessible Arts’ Advisory Panel. She is also a board member of Bus Stop Films.
Fiona Winning, Director
Fiona has had a diverse career in independent and commercial performing arts across contemporary performance, theatre, dance and festivals. She was Sydney Festival Head of Programming from 2012 to 2017, presenting works by inspirational Australian and international artists in venues across the city. Previously, Fiona worked as a dramaturge and producer in contemporary arts, curating the Australian Theatre Forum in 2011 and co-convening the Bundanon Trust’s annual Siteworks event in 2010-11. From 1999 to 2008, Fiona was Director of Performance Space, a national contemporary arts hub based in Sydney. In this role, she collaborated with artists and communities to conceive and produce events in theatres, galleries and public spaces, as well as developing a range of festival, training and residency programs. She was instrumental in the development of Carriageworks, collaborating with the arts sector, Arts NSW and architects Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. Fiona is also a lecturer and co-designer of NIDA’s landmark Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) course.
Image description: A group photo of Accessible Arts Board and staff members including Liz Martin, Daniel Jaramillo, Marika Perrow, Sarah Korte, Andrew Buchanan, Hasan Godhwarala, Kate Lidbetter, Rachel Musgrove and Eugenie Lee. Photo by Dieter Knierim.