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 spanning more than 30 years. In addition to his Metro Arts directorship, Michael is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director of BT Super, the Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia, and Queensland Teachers Union Health. He chairs the Audit Risk and Compliance Committees at BT Super, and MFAA.
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.
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.
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 is a digital and technology manager, agile project manager and MBA candidate. He’s led teams of specialists to deliver apps and websites for Spotify, MTV, Viacom, Brisbane Festival and many others. He’s also an experienced general manager, having managed operations and transformation projects in technology businesses and arts organisations, yielding improvements in productivity, culture, and customer satisfaction.
In years past, James has been known to act, sing, produce and direct in and around Brisbane. He’s an impassioned advocate for local contemporary performing and visual arts, and aims to find ways to use innovation and technology to ensure their sustainability and prosperity.
DR FIONA HAWTHORNE
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.
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.