Dale has worked in the arts sector for over 15 years, having held senior management positions with some of Australia’s leading arts companies; including Director of Corporate Services for Carriageworks, General Manager for the Australian Centre for Photography, Performance Space and Australian Design Centre Object. Prior to the roles as Financial Administrator for Barking Gecko Theatre Company and Management Accountant for the British Film Institute. He founded ARTANDBUSINESS in 2017 to provide arts organisations with financial and business services and to share his experience of the unique financial and management requirements of the Arts and Not-For-Profit sector.

MARK THOMAS – Treasurer

Mark is a consultant who works with businesses and individuals to help them to excel.  Often working with start-ups and entities that have fallen on hard times, he guides them to rationalise their strategic objectives and to give them focus on the priorities that will help them achieve their goals.  Before commencing his consulting business, Mark worked for 25 years in the Financial sector, with 10 years in senior management, and before entering finance he enjoyed a career in Engineering.  In his spare time Mark is the Treasurer on four not-for-profit boards, a blogger, a lecturer at Western Sydney University and for a finance industry body; he is a competitive rower and runner, and often is confounded by his two teenage children.


Passionate about cities, architecture, and the way people interact with the places and spaces around them, Michelle Tabet has committed her career to establishing meaningful connections between society and the built environment that surrounds us. Michelle is an experienced urban strategist, working at the intersection of creative strategy and urban planning. Having spent her life living in and experiencing some of the world’s most vibrant cities, Michelle understands the important role that creative production plays in shaping successful urban environments. With extensive experience working with the design, property and urban planning sector, Michelle’s interest lies in working with project leaders to set up the right strategy for projects that impact the urban environment and built form.


David is a Senior Solicitor at the NSW Crown Solicitor’s Office. He provides expert advice to public sector clients on all aspects of government and commercial law, including arts law and intellectual property. His practice includes negotiating and drafting agreements with performers, record labels, APRA AMCOS and television networks for the broadcast of Australia Day Live at the Sydney Opera House as well as funding agreements for government grants. Previously, David was a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills and the Associate to the Hon. Justice Stephen Gageler AC of the High Court of Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (University of Sydney) and a Master of Laws (University of Chicago).


Georgia is a communications and marketing specialist with over ten years’ experience across some of Australia and the UK’s leading arts organisations, including Sydney Opera House (where she is currently Senior Communications Manager), Edinburgh International Festival, Sadler’s Wells, Sydney Festival, Sydney Theatre Company and Opera Australia. Georgia is particularly passionate about supporting emerging artists and the independent sector through profile building and audience development.


John is Head of Commercial & Operations at Fox Studios Australia, the region’s largest integrated media facility and industry hub located in Moore Park. Through provision of facilities and services, the studio facilitates the content creation value chain of international and domestic feature films, television shows and short form content. Prior to Fox Studios, John held a number of senior commercial real estate advisory roles where he specialised in commercial transactions, adaptive reuse and development. John holds a Master of Business Administration from UTS and a Bachelor of Business & Commerce from UWS. He is also the Deputy Chair of the Sustainable Destination Partnership, a collective of leading accommodation and entertainment businesses led by the City of Sydney seeking to ensure that Sydney is globally recognised as a sustainable destination.