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Michelle Swift Barrister Forbes Chambers

•  Human Rights • Governance • Community Justice

Michelle has been appointed to multiple Legal Aid Panels (including the Complex Crime and Criminal Appellate Panels). management boards and committees of various Community Legal Centres, sporting organisations,

University Governing Bodies and the NSW Bar Association. Michelle Swift is a long-standing member of the LGBTQI+ community & Barrister who has worked as a Public Defender both internationally (in the Solomon Islands as part of AusAid RAMSI project) and across Regional Australia as Managing Solicitor (Crime) and In-House Counsel of the Northern Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA).

Michelle has been appointed to multiple Legal Aid Panels (including the Complex Crime and Criminal Appellate Panels). management boards and committees of various Community Legal Centres, sporting organisations, University Governing Bodies and the NSW Bar Association.

Growing up & working in regional NSW, Michelle has a keen interest in the power of visible celebratory symbols  &  inclusion for all people across Australia and is a passionate supporter of  Arts as a key to positive change.

George Hughes | Chief Marketing Officer The Star

• Non Traditional Partnerships • Digital Marketing • Development

George is a passionate customer engagement professional with strong commercial and strategic acumen. He has a 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.

Marie Patane | Chief Security Officer 

• Influencer • Strategic Adviser • Communicator

People-focused leader with a strong track record in challenging and fast-paced environments. Currently Chief Security Officer for Sydney Metro, Australia’s biggest public transport project.

Marie is a recognised leader in the areas of business continuity, risk analysis and crisis management, and in 2019 she received the Business Continuity Institute’s Continuity and Resilience Professional (Private Sector) Award.

Deep experience in highly regulated sectors across operational risk management and business continuity functions for market-leading businesses in the entertainment and transport sectors, 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.

Jo KingSkin Educator

• Activist • Community Builder •  Youth educator

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.

Nina Angelo Life time artist

• Author • Central Coast Arts Historian • Community connector

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 Iocco | Co Founder

• Innovator   • Producer  • Data driven & People Focused

As Senior Advisor, Innovation, data & analytics  @ Qantas Airlines where Juan has successfully combined major Project & Program delivery for 11 years,  Juan’s passion for innovative sustainable solutions creating measurable and positive improvement through creativity, people & technology has achieved the highest Qantas accolades @ as eXcel award winner and most recently locally nominated Central Coast 2020 Australia Day “Business Connecting Communities” category.

A results oriented change agent with an outstanding background in CX, CI & innovation Juan is also a produced playwright and published Author (Pen name) 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.


Glitta Supernova | Creative Director

• Multi Award winning Producer & Artist  Curator  Community Maker & Culture Shaker

NSW WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD 2020 finalist, Australia’s Cult Pioneer of 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.

Previous member of the board:

Kim Walker | NAISDA CEO • Choreographer • Dancer • Director • Writer • Creator. 

2018 – Nov 2019 – We bid farewell to Kim who has been an amazing champion & connector for the organisation in our 1st year of operation – thank you we love you and miss you already!

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

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