JAN BOWEN AM – CHAIR
Jan Bowen AM became chair of Sydney Youth Orchestras in 2006 and brings to the role a lifelong passion for music and the arts. In her other life she is a best-selling author having published over 30 books on law for non-lawyers, travel and personality profiles, with sales of over 1 million copies. She is also Principal of Plain English Communications, which specialises in producing clear, reader-friendly corporate documents. She is a past Chair of Wenona School, and former Vice President of the Union, University and Schools Club. In 2016 Jan was made a Member of the Order of Australia.
ANTHONY BELL – DEPUTY CHAIR
Anthony Bell has been a director of Sydney Youth Orchestras since May 2004. He is CEO of Harrison Manufacturing Company Pty Ltd, and previously served on the Board of Ashland Pacific Pty Ltd, including four years as Managing Director with responsibility for operations in Australia and ASEAN regions. Anthony holds degrees in Applied Chemistry, Management, and a Diploma in Company Direction. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Surface Coatings Association of Australia, and a member of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
GERALDINE DOOGUE AO
Geraldine began her television career with the ABC in Perth and later Sydney, as the compere of the then new program Nationwide. She then worked for a time on commercial radio with 2UE and on commercial television, co-presenting Channel 10’s main news bulleting, before returning to the ABC in 1990. She played a major role in ABC TV’s coverage of the Gulf War. During this period Geraldine was awarded two Penguin Awards and a United Nations Media Peace Prize. Following that, Geraldine worked on programs including Life Matters and in 2000 was awarded a Churchill Fellowship for social and cultural reporting. In 2003, she was recognised with an Officer in the Order of Australia for services to the community and media. In March 2011, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by her alma mater, the University of Western Australia. Geraldine currently comperes Saturday Extra and Compass.
Jon North is the Managing Director of JB North & Co a specialist advisory business. From 2006 -2012, Jon was a senior executive of Gresham Advisory Partners Limited which provides financial advisory services. Prior to joining Gresham, Jon was a senior partner of Allens Arthur Robinson where he acted on a wide range of mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets transactions. He has a keen interest in the arts and education. He is a member of the Cranbrook School Council and a director of Delta Electricity. Jon has been a director of the Sydney Youth Orchestras since February 2009.
Pieter Oomens has practised as a solicitor since 1979 and is an accredited specialist in the area of commercial litigation. He is one of the founding partners of the boutique law firm TurksLegal where he heads its Commercial Disputes & Transactions Group, and has served on the NSW Law Society’s Litigation Law and Practice Committee, where he has also been an examiner for its specialist accreditation program. Pieter holds a Bachelor of Laws from Sydney University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, and has been involved with a number of not-for-profit organisations, including serving as Chairman of the Wenona Foundation and President of the Conservatorium High School P&C.
MALCOLM LONG AM
Malcolm Long is Principal of the broadcasting, communications and digital media consultancy Malcolm Long Associates. He is a director of the communications infrastructure and services provider BAI Group. He is immediate past Chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and is a former President of the Australian Museum. Malcolm was Managing Director of Australia’s national multicultural and multilingual broadcaster SBS from 1993-1997 and, prior to that, Deputy Managing Director of the ABC. From 2003-2007 he was Executive Director of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. For 10 years until 2010 he was a Member of the Australian Communications and Media Authority and its predecessor the Australian Broadcasting Authority. He regularly speaks and writes about media, communications and the creative industries and their importance in the life of every Australian.
Greg Levy is a Division Director and Head of Debt Capital Markets, Macquarie Capital. Greg has over 20 years experience in financial markets and corporate finance advising Government and corporate clients. Prior to joining Macquarie Capital in 2002, Greg held various positions at Bankers Trust Australia and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
Tim is currently the Managing Director of Consolo Limited, a public unlisted Investment Company. Tim’s career has focused on the finance sector including investment banking and private equity. During this time he has been a director of a number of public and private companies and Not For Profit organisations. Tim has Bachelor of Commerce and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Finsia.
Ursula is a registered psychologist and is the Company Director of Armstrong Health Care. In the area of the arts, particularly music, she is interested in fostering excellence in music performance by offering creative support to young people. She believes that music can be life-changing for young people not only contributing to their development as musicians but as ‘whole’ persons.
Wallis has had over 15 years of experience in finance, including funds management, corporate finance, and investment banking. She is currently a member of the Board of Governors of the Wenona School, a Director of the Wenona Foundation, and a Director of the John Brown Cook Foundation. Wallis holds a BA in Economics Modified with Mathematics from Dartmouth College in the United States.
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), is the 38th Governor of New South Wales. He commenced his five year tenure in October 2014.
Prior to his appointment as Governor, His Excellency served for 42 years in the Australian Army, concluding his service as the Chief of the Defence Force. His Excellency was appointed a Companion within the Order of Australia in 2010 for eminent service to the Australian Defence Force, and had been awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his leadership during Operation SOLACE in Somalia in 1993.
His Excellency is married to Linda and has three adult children: Caitlin, Marcus and Amelia. He has a wide range of interests in the arts and in sport.