DALE HOLLINGSWORTH – Chair

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.

MICHELLE TABET – Secretary

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 NGUYEN – Member

David is a lawyer and expert in government commercial law. On behalf of the NSW Crown Solicitor, he advises NSW Government bodies on public finance and major commercial projects. For example, he has acted on the proposed privatisation of Forestry NSW’s softwood estate; the transformation of RailCorp into a state-owned corporation; the negotiation of regulatory agreements with casino operators; tax relief measures for bushfire affected communities; and whole of government financial reform. David also sits, as nominee of the NSW Attorney-General, on a statutory committee that determines appeals against legal aid decisions. He served as the Associate to the Hon. Justice Stephen Gageler AC of the High Court of Australia, and holds a Master of Laws from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney.

GEORGIA MCKAY – Member

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 HUGHES – Member

John Hughes is the Head of Fox Studios Australia, the region’s largest integrated film and television production facility and industry hub. Over its 23-year history, the studio has contributed significantly to Sydney, NSW and Australia by being a regional leader and centre of excellence in the creative industries sector. 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 an Executive Master of Business Administration from UTS, a Bachelor of Business & Commerce from UWS and is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a councillor of Screen Producers Australia, the Deputy Chair of the City of Sydney’s Sustainable Destination Partnership and a board member of Ausfilm Inc.