Advisory Council

Peter Reeve - Co-Chair

Founder and Design Director at CRD/Incorporate Design, Peter Reeve has a reputation for outstanding quality and originality in his work. Described by Vogue magazine as a “remarkable talent”, Peter’s list of clients is one of the finest in the nation. Peter's Public Offices, Philanthropic and Community Support includes:

  • Honeywell-Bull International Arts Fellow
  • Director of The NIDA Foundation
  • Chairman of the NIDA Alumni
  • Director of The Peggy Glanville Hicks Trust
  • Co-Chairman, Sydney Dance Company – Dance Noir
  • Chairman – PO Opera Advisory Committee
  • Opera Australia - Sydney Committee
  • Ambassador – The Museum of Contemporary Art - Sydney
  • Fundraising Patron – The Kirby Institute
  • Sponsor – The Hayes Theatre
  • Sponsor – Adelaide Festival of The Arts, Donors Circle

Bonnie Boezeman AO - Co-Chair

In 1996, Bonnie Boezeman AO, retired from her position of nearly 13 years as M.D. and Chair of Time Life Aust. Pty Ltd, after nearly 23 years in Intern. mgmt. with Time Warner Inc. Bonnie worked in Amsterdam/Paris/London before arriving in Sydney in 1983.
She presently is the M.D. of Business Benefits Intern. Pty Ltd & specialises in strategy & markting advice. She has also been the Exec. producer of major music events/songs/albums.

 Bonnie has been a Co. director since first joining the board of NSW State Lottery in 1994 and became Deputy Chair 2 yrs later & held that position till sale in 2010. Bonnie was the Chair of PayPal for 6 years, a subsid. of eBay, and was on the board of Landcom / UrbanGrowthNSW, and presently is Chair of ShopReply. She has been on over 14 boards, in the fields of funds management, insurance, IT and tech, retail, Defence Housing, Canberra, events, property, media, gaming for govt., public/private &start-ups.

Her passion is philanthropy and currently on the NSW Corp. Olympic Committee for over 27 yrs, the Order of Aust. Foundation, Diabetes NSW, Pacific Opera & past on ARS Musica, and Aurora TV. Bonnie was awarded an Officer in the Order of Australia AO in the 2003 Queen's Honour list "for philanthropy, and to the business sector as a corporate leader and executive", the Centenary Medal in 2003 from the Aust. Prime Minister, for service to Aust. Society and Business Leadership, and 2009 was Knighted by Pope Benedict XVI, for contributions to the Catholic Church and World Youth Day. Titled "Dame in the Order of St Gregory the Great".

Olivia Ansell

Over 20 years experience, as an artist, key creative, promoter and producer, working across tourism, media and entertainment. Over the past 15 years, Olivia has brokered and developed new Australian work and large scale festival events (contemporary music, cabaret, music theatre, comedy and dance) across 6 continents. (Australasia, Europe, UK, Middle East, Asia and North America). Skills include creative producing, artistic direction and programming, business development, fundraising, governance, financial management, event management, marketing and PR, philanthropy and sponsorship, contract management, tour management (immigration-visas and freight, tour coordination, scheduling of cast, crew and creatives), human resource management and the ability to lead, inspire and work as a team.

Throughout 2017, Olivia was a regular guest on Entertainment Buzz at Talking Lifestyle for Macquarie Media Network. 

Annette Brown

Annette Brown's dedication to music education over the last 15 years has included positions with well known music organisations such as the Australian Music Examination Board, The Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Musica Viva.

Annette firmly believes in equity and access to a musical education for all and her wealth of experience in the area of arts administration, both volunteer and in a professional capacity, has always centered on this.

Annette's role as Manager of the Willoughby Symphony sees her managing the ensemble’s day to day operations.

She is looking forward to many more successful years with Willoughby and is particularly passionate about giving performance opportunities both locally and regionally to the incredible talent of our musical youth in Australia.

Christopher Curcuruto

Christopher Curcuruto (bass-baritone) joins the Pacific Opera Advisory Committee as Young Artist representative for 2017. Christopher has been involved with Pacific Opera since 2015, playing the role of Harasta in Pacific Opera's 'Cunning Little Vixen' and accepting a Young Artist position in 2016.

Christopher is very active in the Sydney opera scene, performing with many companies just this year, including Rockdale Opera Company, Willoughby Symphony Orchestra, and Operantics, as well as co-founding his own, Bare Bones Opera, which made its critically acclaimed debut in August. Christopher also owns and operates BookClassical (a classical music booking agency) and has previously co-founded and operated Felt Tip Theatre Company (a regional touring company).

Christopher brings his skills as an independent producer and entrepreneur to the Committee as well as his experience as a practising solicitor, currently working in commercial litigation. Christopher is particularly interested in marketing and promotion and was engaged in this capacity by the Sydney Theatre Company for their "New England Project" in 2012. In addition to speaking for the Young Artists and providing their valuable feedback on the program to the Committee, Christopher's portfolio will also include social media and promotion.


Alison Dunn

A Fellow of the Governor's Leadership Foundation (SA), Alison has been privileged to make a contribution to some of Australia's flagship cultural organisations, government enterprises, businesses large and small and not for profit organisations and associations.

From 2011-2014, Alison was Marketing Manager at Australian Brandenburg Orchestra (Sydney)-- B2C marketing, subscriptions, change management, events, publishing across multiple platforms From 2014-2017, Head of Marketing and Community Relations at MLC School, a multifaceted role leading and delivering community engagement, marketing and communications programs and requirements. Alison has also been CEO of the Helpmann Academy for the Visual & Performing Arts (South Australia) The Helpmann assists emerging artists to make successful transitions to a professional career. Co-Chair of the Arts Industry Advisory Council, a role I shared with Tricia Walton of Carclew Youth Arts. Alison is currently Head of Marketing and Development at National Art School.

Alison's Board memberships include the Leaders Institute of South Australia, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth and Co-Chair of the international Glass Art Society event GAS@Ausglass held in Adelaide in 2005.

Leona Geeves - Alumni Manager

Leona trained as a research librarian with a degree in Media Studies and Journalism.  She worked in picture research, then broadcasting policy and regulation before moving into media with radio SBS and ABC TV, and later in architects’ practices. Her father worked in radio management and was a classical singer, and her mother, an advertising copywriter, was a member of the Albert music publishing family whose brothers worked for Paramount films.

Leona has travelled widely attending opera and music theatre performances, in Australia and worldwide. She was invited to become Vice President of the Wagner Society in NSW organising speakers and concerts. She also assists with speaker selection for Sydney Opera Society and Opera Lunedi. She wrote several chapters for the coffee table book, Great Grand and Famous Opera Houses of the World, and has also contributed articles and reviews to journals and websites, such as the Wagner Quarterly and Sounds Like Sydney.

Dr Andree Leidenfrost

Andree is an accomplished business technologist, business transformation expert and entrepreneur.

After finishing his PhD in applied geophysics, he realised that whilst he enjoyed solving problems using technology, he equally valued interaction with people and contributing to making life better for them. So, he abandoned geophysics and moved to Australia where he has since been working on giving people and organisations better technology and better processes.

Andree much enjoys art in general - as a beautiful way of humans interaction - and performing arts in particular. A long time ago, he used to play the trumpet.

Christopher Puplick AM, BA, MA (Hons), JP

Chris Puplick is the Principal of Issus Solutions Pty Ltd, a private consultancy firm, working primarily in the field of public health. He held public office as a Senator for New South Wales and as a member of the Shadow Cabinet, and statutory office as President of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board; NSW Privacy Commissioner; Chair of the Central Sydney Area Health Service and Chair of the Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases.

He has represented Australia internationally at meetings of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on AIDS and at the International Whaling Commission.  He was the inaugural Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and served previously on the Boards of NIDA and the Theatre Board of the Australia Council. He is current chair of the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network and Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board of the National Archives of Australia.

He has authored over 90 publications or broadcasts including five books. He was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to social justice and the fight against HIV/AIDS.







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