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2016 Orchestral Summit Speakers

Day 1 – Tuesday 15 November 2016

Malcolm Long AM

malcolm-longMalcolm 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.

Malcom Long appears courtesy of Sydney Youth Orchestras.

Sarah McKinnon

sarah-mckinnonSarah joined the National Farmers’ Federation team in April 2014, as General Manager, Workplace Relations and Legal Affairs. She recently led the agriculture sector’s successful campaign against the backpacker tax.

She manages national workforce policy on behalf of Australian farmers, including workplace relations, migration policy, farm safety and education and skills. She is the national farm advocate in the Fair Work Commission and sits on the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council, chaired by the Minister for Employment, Senator Michaelia Cash. Other roles include Board member of Rural Skills Australia, member of the World Farm Organisation’s Women’s Committee, Secretary/Treasurer of Farmsafe Australia and Secretary of the Australian Farmers’ Fighting Fund.

Before joining the NFF, Sarah worked as a workplace relations lawyer in the Department of Employment and as an industrial relations consultant for many years.

Day 2 – Wednesday 16 November 2016

Zoe McKenzie

zoe-mckenzieZoe has worked in private and public sectors as a lawyer, strategic adviser and policy maker. She was Chief of Staff to the Federal Arts Minister in 2007, and later served as arts and education adviser to the Victorian Premier.

Her proudest achievements in arts policy to date were the support of Bell Shakespeare in-school work in the early 2000s, the overhaul of Australian Government screen funding in 2007, and more recently, the expansion of the Arts Centre of Melbourne State Theatre pit to fit 110 musicians, the reintroduction of Art on Trams as part of the Melbourne Festival, the Small Towns Transformation Project and the introduction of White Night.

Most recently Zoe was Chief of Staff to the Trade and Investment Minister, Andrew Robb AO where she worked with a number of Australia’s arts institutions to embed cultural programs in Australia’s trade missions and with Tourism Australia to focus on cultural tourism. Zoe now runs her own trade and investment advisory practice.

Zoe recently joined the Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.

Yvonne Zammit

yvonne-zammitYvonne Zammit has worked at the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for over 10 years and is currently Director of External Relations covering the areas of Corporate Sponsorship, Government Relations, Philanthropy and Public Relations.

Before joining the SSO, Yvonne worked in corporate and financial public relations and marketing in Sydney and London. As an accomplished violinist, Yvonne has taught violin privately and at local public schools throughout her life.

Yvonne holds a Bachelor degree in Communications from the University of Technology, Sydney, (UTS), a Diploma in violin studies from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music as well as a Graduate Certificate in Arts Management, also from UTS.

Helen O’Neil

helen_oneilHelen O’Neil is Director of the British Council Australia, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.

She has worked as a manager and director across the creative sector, with a strong focus on building relationships and networks around public policy development. She was Senior Adviser to the Australian Minister for the Arts, working on the Creative Australia policy, and Executive Director of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group and the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. She has taught at the Australian Film Television and Radio School and was Chair of the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals and a Director of the Film Finance Corporation. She trained as a journalist, working for the ABC, and also worked on digital and broadband TV policy. She is a board member of design and craft organisation Craft ACT and Currency House Inc.

Janet Holmes à Court AC

janet-holmesacourtJanet Holmes à Court is owner of the Janet Holmes à Court Collection.  She is Chairman of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. She is a Board Member of the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG), the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA (CACWA), the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC), the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation and the New York Philharmonic International Advisory Board, and also a member of the Centenary Trust for Women Board of Advisors at the University of Western Australia and State Buildings Advisory Board, Western Australia.