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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 Australian Army Reservist. As a proud Torres Strait Islander, Brian brings valuable and diverse experience from the public sector, private sector and military.

Brian is a Non-Executive Director of the Australian Regional and Remote Community Services (ARRCS); Australia’s largest remote service provider delivering aged care, community services and children’s programs throughout the Northern Territory. 

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 and has experience in both domestic and international operations. 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.

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.

KIM HUGHES

Kim has over 25 years’ executive, Board, and Board advisory experience in the profit-for-purpose, public, private, and government sectors across a range of industries including superannuation, life insurance, funds management, financial planning, and health. In addition to her role on the Board of Metro Arts, she is a Board member of Volunteering Australia, and has extensive Board advisory experience providing trusted advice to the Boards and Sub-Committees of the complex, highly regulated businesses of QSuper, QInsure, QInvest, Suncorp Public Offer Superannuation Fund, Suncorp Staff Plan, Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC), and Queensland Treasury Corporation (QTC). As a Theatre student in a prior life, Kim has always maintained a passion for the arts, and recognises the important role that the arts play in our community. 

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.