Liz Martin, Interim 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. A Sydney-based, award-winning musician, Liz is also a member of the Contemporary Music Board of Create NSW, a board member of Arts Access Australia, and an active leader within the arts and disability community.
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.
Jo Simpson, Project Manager | ArtScreen
A lifelong love of literature led Jo to begin her career in publishing and complete a master’s degree in Creative Writing at UTS. This was followed by five years with the Literature Board at the Australia Council for the Arts and another five in cross artform arts administration with a focus on equity in access and representation. Jo is passionate about supporting artists and is delighted to be part of the team at Accessible Arts, assisting artists with disability in bringing fresh and valuable perspectives to the cultural discourse.
Brahmmi Kumarasamy, Project Manager | Disability & Culturally Diverse Internship Program
Brahmmi is involved in project management/community engagement, with government policy, psychology research and office administration experience. Brahmmi has supported others within arts, mental health and advocacy, including translating and promoting refugee rights campaigns, tutoring trauma and war-affected high school students, and platforming performers and writers of racialised backgrounds who experience misogyny via We Are The Mainstream. The foundations for empirical research were laid during Brahmmi’s bachelor’s degree in Psychology at UNSW, where she built skills in statistical analysis and software programs such as SPSS. Brahmmi is engaged in neurodivergent and disability-led academic reading and critical discussion groups. Brahmmi is a contributor at WestWords, playing with words to navigate contradictions, resist, resonate and heal.
Dale Hollingsworth, Financial Consultant
Dale founded ARTANDBUSINESS in 2017 to provide arts organisations with financial and business advice and to share his experience of the financial and management requirements of the Arts and Not-For-Profit sector. He is currently Chair of Brand X and has over 20 years of financial and management experience; having held senior management positions with some of Sydney’s leading contemporary arts companies including Director of Corporate Services for Carriageworks, General Manager for the Australian Centre for Photography, Performance Space and the Australian Design Centre as well as Financial Administrator for Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Management Accountant for the British Film Institute.
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.
Our Trainers & Advisers
- Athena Pavlis-Goard
- Cobie Moore
- Dan Graham
- Daniel Savage
- Emily Dash
- Erika Gelzinnis
- Faye Chamberlain
- Georgie Zuzak
- Glenn McKenzie
- Holly Craig
- Jack Dowdell
- Jeff Wood
- Karen Peacock
- Keith Rutherford
- Madeleine Lidbetter
- Maree Jenner
- Michelle Brown
- Rebecca McCormack
- Riana Head-Toussaint
- Winston Stearn
- Young-Hoo Byun
Emeritus Professor Sharman Pretty, Chairperson
BMus (Hons), Adelaide; Künstlerische Reifeprüfung, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Freiburg im Breisgau.
As one of Australasia’s most experienced leaders in higher education, the arts and creative industries, Sharman Pretty has served on the senior executive team as Professor and Dean at the Universities of Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne from 1994 – 2010. In 2010, she established Teamsolve, providing consultancy services to the higher and professional education, government and not-for-profit sectors.
Andrew Buchanan, Vice Chairperson
Andrew is a communications and media consultant based in Sydney, with more than 25 years in broadcasting as an announcer and journalist on radio and television with the ABC, including leadership of the ABC’s 60 local radio stations around Australia. He was also General Manager of the ABC’s International Development area with training consultancies in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and South Africa. Andrew is regarded as having special expertise in staff motivation and facilitating corporate change. Andrew has held board positions as Chair of NSW Disability Council, is currently a member on the Board of Cerebral Palsy Alliance and the national Chair of Open Gardens Australia. Andrew was awarded a Public Service Medal in the 1995 Australian Day Honours for services to communication, regional and rural communities.
Hasan Godhrawala, Treasurer
Bachelor of Science (Business Administration, Accounting)
Hasan has over 7 years of experience in the Assurance practice with PwC having worked in the Not-For-Profit sector, ASX listed portfolios and audits of subsidiaries of US listed companies. In his role as a ‘Be Commercial Champion’ within the group, Hasan led the drive to implement cost efficiency measures ensuring improved margins while maintaining quality. Hasan’s experience includes managing a portfolio of audit engagements of entities providing disability care, care for children and families affected by cancer, organisations supporting the LGBTQI+ communities, and organisations supporting growers in Australia.
Kate Lidbetter, Secretary
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 (2005-8), Artist Development Manager of Symphony Australia (1997-2005), Artistic Administrator of the Australian Youth Orchestra (1995-7) and General Manager of Sydney Children’s Choir (1994 -5) and was Chair of Ensemble Offspring until 2014. Kate represents professional orchestras as a Councillor of Music Australia, and is currently Chair of Gondwana Choirs. She regularly participates on panels, committees and juries for various music organisations in Australia and abroad.
Alex Jones, Director
Alex Jones is an advocate for people who are Deaf or have a hearing impairment. Alex is a Co-Founder and Brand Ambassador of Access Innovation Media (Ai-Media), which developed Ai-Live, a real-time word-accurate speech-to-text captioning program using broadband technology which won on ABC1’s The New Inventors. Alex was born to a Deaf family in Michigan, U.S.A., and graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. In 1997, he was recruited by the Australian Theatre of the Deaf, was the Director of the 2005 Deaflympic Games Cultural Festival in Melbourne and toured Australia with Heads Up!, a theatre-in-education production. Alex played Lyle Slater on the Australian TV drama All Saints from 2001 to 2002. Since 2004, he has served as an ambassador for Don’t DIS my ABILITY and is currently the Chairperson of the Deafness Forum of Australia; a body representing the interests of people with hearing impairments, or chronic disorders of the ear.
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 human services sector reform, program review and evaluation, strategic and operational planning and operational improvement. The majority of David’s recent work has focused on disability sector strategy and reform and the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). David is currently a Board Member for Muscular Dystrophy NSW and the Chair of the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation Australia. Previously, he was the inaugural director of the Parramatta Artists’ Studios, where he developed an innovative hub for emerging artists.
Michael Dagostino, Director
Michael Dagostino is the director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, a flagship contemporary art institution in south-western Sydney. His passion and dedication is focussed on collaborating with contemporary artists and curators to challenge historical, economic and social frameworks. Michael’s career highlights includes being the chair of Artspace, on the boards of Accessible Arts, FBi Radio, and has had leadership positions on the NSW State Government Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee, Western Sydney Arts and Cultural Lobby and Sydney Cultural Network.
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.
Jaci Armstrong, Director
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.
Image: AArts staff and advisors in 2019 (credit: Daniel Jaramillo)