George is a passionate customer engagement professional with strong commercial and strategic acumen. He has wealth of executive experience in diverse roles across marketing, customer engagement, finance, M&A and strategy, gained in the retail, entertainment, postal and banking sectors.
Previously with David Jones where he was responsible for direct and digital marketing, customer insights, loyalty and customer relationship management. Prior to David Jones, George worked for Woolworths where he led teams responsible for innovative growth portfolios, including Everyday Rewards, Woolworth Insurance and Woolworth Mobile.
George has a First Class Honours degree in Business Studies from Dublin City University, is a chartered accountant, and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development.
Kim Walker | NAISDA CEO • Choreographer • Dancer • Director • Writer • Creator.
As a freelance choreographer and director, Kim has worked with major companies and directors in Australia including Opera Australia, Melbourne and Sydney Theatre Company, Richard Wherrett, Neil Armfield, Wayne Harrison and Roger Hodegman. Kim has also done extensive choreographic work for television commercials, musicals, corporate and charity launches and music film clips.
A critically acclaimed career beginning with the Sydney Dance Company, Kim progressed onto appointment as a principal dancer from 1980 -1990, at which time Kim also simultaneously studied at a number of other companies including the Alvin Ailey School in New York. As Artistic Director of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus Kim created a number of new and innovative works, and toured the company both nationally and internationally to great acclaim.
Kim has served as a member of the Arts NSW on number of Boards, on the HotHouse Artistic Directorate and, the Theatre Board of the Australia Council for the Arts. Kim was also the individual recipient of the Sidney Myer individual award.
A People-focused leader with a strong track record in challenging and fast-paced environments Marie Patane is currently General Manage Business Resilience for ASX100 company The Star Entertainment Group (ASX:SGR) and is a recognised leader in the areas of business continuity, risk analysis and crisis management.
With extensive experience in highly regulated sectors, including more than a decade with Qantas Airlines, Marie combines commercial acumen with a focus on enabling premium customer experiences.
Marie holds a range of qualifications in both technical and leadership fields, and is a sought- after speaker for industry conferences and panels.
An active & recognizable member of the queer community. Former executive member of Sydney Leather Pride committee and co-owner of the former Karnal Leather, running workshops for SLPA and community building. Jo was also nominated Ms Sydney Leather & and Leather Person of the Year. Member of Dykes on Bikes for over 10 years & has acted as Leather Pride Curator for the Artspace Leather exhibition.
Passionate about youth, Jo works as a an educator ( Art Teacher ) & currently Careers Adviser. An Active LGBTIQ & Leather community member Jo has represented on multiple fronts from leather women to ACON sexual health campaigns as well as Co-Organising Leather men and women floats for multiple Mardi Gras Parades. .Jo has also been involved in multiple LGBTIQ Arts & Culture festivals, activations & events from Oblivion, Gurlesque to Bad Dog and Club Kooky.
A Gay Olympics representative with"Team Sydney" Jo has also represented Australia in Volleyball at the Gay Games and Outgames Amsterdam, Sydney, Montreal, & Cologne as well as represented Australia in the World Masters in Volleyball in Sydney & is currently Coaching Volleyball.
Awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for her Service to the Arts and the Central Coast Community. Nina was also in 2018 voted the 28th most influential person on the Central Coast for her work in Arts and Culture, and as a Human Rights campaigner having been a cultural activist on the Central Coast for over 40 years.
A community Artworker Nationally and Internationally, Nina has also founded multiple creative and community arts and festivals throughout Australia.
In 2017 Nina was awarded an Edna Ryan feminist award for her life’s work empowering women, sharing their stories through the arts as well as being awarded Australia Day Community Awards for her work in Communities and Culture. Nina is also recipient of "Governor of NSW Children’s Week Award" for her work with children in remote locations.
Nina’s focus is on the importance of the creative spirit in us all, capturing the stories of our culture in our times.
Juan is a results oriented change agent with an outstanding background in CX, CI & innovation. Combining Project & Program experience with 10 years Back of house in theatre & festivals before moving into a successful corporate Airline Career delivering multimillion dollar projects @ Qantas (Senior Advisor, Innovation) . Juan has a passion for delivery of sustainable solutions through creativity, people & technology.
Founder of a successful Digital start up at the beginning of his career & until its final sale Juan was Named "The Web Wizard" by “The Australian” (newspaper). Building the business up from his bedroom & part of the exciting online emergence in this country. This wonderful experience helped form his ideals in that anything is possible, that true collaboration & engagement can propel strategy beyond expectation.
Growing up CALD with english as 3rd language its no coincidence that Juan has a love of words and language. Produced Playwright & published author (Pen name) Juan has also co-written 2 award winning Fringe Festival shows 2016 – 2018.
Having co-founded the infamous touring pop up cabaret club "Pretty Peepers Variety club" 2011 - 2015 (born in the Sydney art scene fringe & re birthed for mainstream audiences in city & regional areas). Pretty Peepers Cabaret was named by Amanda Palmer as her “favourite event in Australia”, also nominated for the ABC performance award & receiving 2nd runner up in both 2013 & 2014. Peepers was also 2014 winner of the highly competitive Adelaide Special commendation weekly cabaret award & nominated "Most loved recurring event" (Australia) at the Bustie awards.
Australia’s Cult Pioneer of outsider performance art Glitta Supernova epitomizes successful 100% independent female artist led, risk taking original work & its possibilities. Continually reinventing as multi-stream creative who has made a career challenging “the norm”, exposing societal taboo & homogenization of culture.
Glitta has been at the forefront of Queer, Counter & Fringe-culture performative art for over 20 years, co-founding Australia’s first (Multi nominated Green Room award) Burlesque club 2000-2010, “Gurlesque” developed and created a community and movement for Australia where there was none. The “Gurlesque” formula, curation & format continues to be used in Queer, Fringe, Variety and Burlesque nights across the country with a legacy which speaks for itself.
Co-founder of “Pretty Peepers Cabaret” 2011-2015, home @ the then infamous Imperial Hotel (Priscilla Queen of the desert) and further expanding as a original "popup" touring performance art show across Australia's major cities and regional areas “The Untraditional Cabaret” received multiple accolades as a multi award winning show.
Glitta has 2 co written and produced her 2 multi award winning one woman shows “Let’s get METAphysical” (2015- 2017) & “BODYMAP” (2016- 2018) also touring internationally (Best in Fringe, Best Cabaret, Most outstanding performer, Outstanding design).
As co-founder & Artistic Director of the Naughty Noodle Fun Haus in 2018, armed with a motto of “Diversity as the Norm” Glitta is engaging Artist and Audience communities in a vision for authenticity & accessibility in a partnership of independent multidisciplinary events, festivals, convening’s and activations that shine a bright light on possibilities for adventurous, unorthodox productions through emerging and pioneering artists -building community & shifting perceptions, to reshape and expand our views of ourselves and our region.