Studio A Board 

Shane Simpson, Chair
Shane Simpson established Simpsons Solicitors in 1986.

In 2011, the Federal Government awarded Shane a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the law and to the arts through leading roles in intellectual property and entertainment law, and as a contributor to a range of cultural organisations.

He is currently the Chairman of the Bundanon Trust; the College of Fine Arts, UNSW; and the Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers’ Trust. Shane has been an academic in the Faculty of Law of the University of New South Wales and was the founder and first Director of the Arts Law Centre of Australia.

Jill Abdalah
Jill has over ten years experience in event management, specialising in outdoor and accessible events.  Jill brings a mix of practical experience and insights to the Board, primarily as the parent/carer of a person with disability.

Steve Badgery
Senior Marketing Manager - Business, CRM & D, The Westpac Group
Steve has breadth of experience across all functions of marketing, business planning and strategy as well as business development and project management. Steve has worked across various functions of Business marketing in the banking sector as well as previous roles with an Agricultural Investment Management Business with a focus on business planning, corporate advisory and asset management. Steve’s current role sits within Westpac’s Customer Relationship Marketing team managing data driven campaigns across the business lending portfolio.
Steve first became connected to Studio A as their mentor on the Social Traders “Crunch” program. Steve worked closely with the team to test and develop a business and marketing plan that would allow Studio A to compete in the corporate sector. Steve is also passionate about of building the profiles and forging sustainable career paths for the artists but also ensuring that they gain professional development along the way.
Steve is lover of the arts having studied art throughout secondary school with a particular interest in modern art and sculpture.

Kim Spinks
Kim Spinks is currently a freelance arts broker, project manager and consultant with particular expertise in government relations.

She was previously at Arts (now Create) NSW for twenty years where she worked in a variety of positions including Manager Arts Strategy and Planning, Director Arts Development and Director Strategy & Capacity and for 9 years managed the state funding for theatre and dance. 

In her last position as Manager  Strategic Initiatives at Arts NSW she led the team responsible for strategic programs such as the Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Strategy, the Arts and Disability Partnership with FACS, the NSW Health and Arts Framework and Western Sydney. Her responsibilities included policy development and implementation and fund raising.

Prior to working at Arts NSW Kim spent twenty years in the performing arts in many different professional capacities. She is a co-founder of Urban Theatre Projects and worked as a dramaturg with the late theatre director Rex Cramphorn and for companies such as Sydney Theatre Company.  Kim has published books and articles on Australian theatre and was an associate for many years with the Centre for Performance Studies at Sydney University.

Pamela Sue
Business Development Manager, Pnyx

Pamela helps develop social enterprises to achieve a sustainable business model. With over 15 years experience in system implementation and change management, operational management, and finance optimisation in Corporate firms, Pamela brings strategic thinking, analytical and interpersonal skills to transform businesses. Pamela is also a qualified Chartered Accountant a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ).  

Lorraine Tarabay
Lorraine was formerly an investment banker in New York and Sydney specialising in corporate advisory. As a senior investment banker at JP Morgan in New York, Lorraine was responsible for the provision of advice (mergers, acquisitions, divestments and capital raisings) to many of Wall Street's largest companies including several multinationals. In Australia, Lorraine advised a diverse range of clients (public and private), as well as advising on various government privatisations.

In addition to being on the Board of Studio A, Lorraine is also on the Board of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, she is Chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s Director’s Circle and is on the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia’s Foundation Council. She is an Ambassador of the Biennale of Sydney. Lorraine is also a Founding Patron and sits on the Steering Committee of the Red Cross Society of Women Leaders. 

Barbara Ward
Barbara Ward is an experienced and qualified senior executive in the not-for-profit sector, with knowledge and expertise in the corporate service field including accounting and business administration.

Barbara has been Managing Director of the San Foundation for the past 5 years. She is responsible for the foundations strategic day-to-day operation, which includes fundraising. Barbara sits on a number of charity boards both nationally and abroad and has received many rewards for her incredible work.