Shane Simpson AM, 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.
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 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.
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 a Board member of Studio A, Lorraine is also a Board member of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, she is also Chair of the Museum’s Director’s Circle and is a member of the Museum’s Foundation Council. She is a member of the TATE Museum’s International Council, a member of the Advisory Board of Global Women Leaders – Strategic Philanthropy and a member of the Board of Kincoppal - Rose Bay School.
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.
Commercial Finance Manager - Seven West Media
Dan is an experienced Chartered Accountant currently supporting the News and Public Affairs division at Seven. Dan has also worked across media and retail sectors in Sydney and London. Dan gained his CA with Deloitte in Auckland in 2013 and is a University of Auckland graduate.