JOHN DUNLEAVY, CHAIR
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.
As well as his position as Chair of Metro Arts ; John is also a director of CTA Higher Education Pty Ltd, Jason Resources and Intertrade Advisers.
MICHAEL COTTIER, TREASURER
Michael joined the Metro Arts Board in July 2012 as Treasurer.
Michael is an experienced company director and former CFO with a business career spans more than 30 years. In addition to his Metro Arts directorship, Michael is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director of BT Super, Stadiums Queensland, the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia, and Queensland Teachers Union Health. He chairs the Audit Risk and Compliance Committees at BT Super, MFAA, and Stadiums Queensland.
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. 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.
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.
Andrea is an actor, director and teacher. Her acting credits are extensive and include theatre roles for mainstage companies across Australia as well as film and television. She has directed for Queensland Theatre Company, Jute Theatre, NIDA, WAAPA, USQ, QUT performance studies and with her own company …and moor theatre. Andrea is a master teacher of the acting technique Practical Aesthetics.
Margo Powell joined the Metro Arts board in 2012 and is a professional fundraiser with over 20 years in senior fundraising roles across the arts, health and medical research and higher education. As Philanthropy Manager, QUT she leads a large, dynamic team for a multi-million dollar university fundraising campaign. Margo is active in the fundraising community as mentor, coach and fundraising consultant and works with not-for-profit boards to build fundraising capacity. She has studied B Business (Communications) QUT and holds an Executive MBA (RMIT).
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.