DR FIONA HAWTHORNE, CHAIR

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.

BRIAN WYBORN, DEPUTY CHAIR

Brian is a Senior Wealth Adviser, Non-Executive Director and a current serving Army Reservist. He brings valuable and diverse experience from the public sector, private sector and military.

A proud Torres Strait Islander Brian is a Non-Executive Director of Barayamal; a national not-for-profit focused on growing Indigenous business ownership. As a Senior Wealth Adviser with JBWere, Brian is responsible for the provision of strategic financial and investment advice to not-for-profit and charitable organisations.

Brian also serves in the Australian Army Reserves. After 12 years as an Infantry soldier, with both domestic and international operational experience, Brian has recently been appointed to undertake the Army Reserve Officer Commissioning Course. 

PAUL BOWKER, TREASURER

Paul is a lawyer and CFO with an extensive background in corporate governance, equity markets and complex commercial transactions.

Alongside his current role as co-founder and Managing Director of Brick Lane Brewing, one of Australia’s largest independent breweries, Paul has held executive level roles in ASX listed companies, regulatory bodies and worked as a lawyer internationally for major law firms.

Paul has a passion for music and the arts and through his current executive role supports a number of music and arts initiatives across Australia. Paul is also involved and a supporter of the hospitality and events sector and as a side interest is currently completing a Diploma in Wine.

SUSAN CHENOWETH

Susan brings a unique set of skills, courtesy of a 20-year career spanning financial services, wealth management, not-for-profit and philanthropic leadership roles. Susan is passionate about creating social impact through philanthropy that is linked to purpose and values. As the current Head of APS Foundation and as the former head of the Mutual Trust Foundation and director of philanthropy at Mutual Trust, Susan oversees strategy for philanthropic programs that draw together the community, business and government sectors to address social issues and improve the welfare of Australians. She has a deep understanding of the not-for-profit sector, and has also held senior advancement roles across some of Australia’s leading education and research institutions. Susan is a strong supporter of education, medical research and the arts.

BRAD COOMBS

Bradley is an senior property and infrastructure executive and is passionate about creating great places throughout the development process. He brings a wealth of knowledge in the conceptualisation and delivery of complex urban regeneration projects, as well as residential developments, commercial headquarters, retail, hospitality and infrastructure delivery. Bradley has held long term senior positions within Australia’s leading diversified property and infrastructure groups including Lendlease, Mirvac and CIMIC Group, and led high performing teams to deliver award winning projects of the highest quality for each of these Australian institutions. Brad maintains an ongoing engagement of the arts through his work with Metro Arts and invests in emerging Australian visual artists.

MICHAEL COTTIER

Michael joined the Metro Arts Board in July 2012.

Michael is an experienced company director and former CFO with a business career spanning more than 35 years. In addition to his Metro Arts directorship, Michael is currently serving as a Non-Executive Director of BT Super, Blue Sky Alternatives Access Fund Limited (ASX: BAF), and Queensland Teachers Union Health Fund Limited (TUH). He is Chairman of the Board of BAF, chairs the Audit Risk and Compliance Committee at BT Super, and the Risk Committee at TUH.

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.

JAMES GAUCI, SECRETARY

James is a digital leader and agile project manager with a keen interest in arts and technology. Over his 10 year career he has led teams of specialists to deliver apps and websites for organisations including Spotify, MTV, Viacom, Brisbane Festival, and many others. James is also an experienced general manager, having overseen operations and digital transformation initiatives in technology businesses and arts organisations, yielding improvements in profitability, productivity, culture, and customer satisfaction.

James is Senior Digital Lead at Personalised Plates Queensland, and an MBA candidate with Deakin University. In years past, James was an active performer in and around Brisbane, community arts board member, and founder of Theatremakers, an independent production company. He’s a passionate advocate of the arts, and enjoys finding ways to use innovation and technology to secure their sustainability and prosperity now and into the future.

DANIEL MCKEWEN

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.