Queensland Performing Arts Centre

Organisational Structure

Who's Who

QPAC is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Queensland Government. In collaboration with the Trustees, QPAC is managed by an Executive Group that is responsible for the operations and the achievement of the Centre's strategic priorities.
QPAC is a Statutory Authority of the Queensland Government with its responsibilities set out in the Queensland Performing Arts Trust Act 1977.

Board of Trustees

Christopher R Freeman AM
Chair


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Mr Freeman AM was born and educated in Queensland and has significant company directorship experience in Australia and abroad in the property and finance sectors. Mr Freeman is the Chair of Major Brisbane Festivals, a board member of the Australia Council's Major Performing Arts Board, Vice President and Director of Tennis Australia and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. In June 2013, Mr Freeman was appointed by the Federal Government to the Queensland 20 (Q20), a group of high level business, community and government representatives tasked with maximising the benefits of Australia's presidency of the Group of 20 (G20) in 2014.

Mr Freeman has extensive experience in the property and finance sectors and currently holds the position of Chair of Watpac Limited and Chair of Urban Renewal for Brisbane City Council. Prior to joining Watpac, he held the position of Chairman, Development for Queensland, United Kingdom and United Arab Emirates at Mirvac. Previous senior roles include Chief Executive Officer of Mirvac Queensland (1998 to 2008), Executive Director of Sunland Group and the Head of Business Banking at QIDC. Mr Freeman is a past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia.

Mr Freeman was awarded a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2009 for his contribution to the property development industry, the arts and other cultural affairs. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Financial Services Institute of Australasia and the Development Institute of Australia.

Simon Gallaher


Simon Gallaher has developed a highly successful private performing arts company based in Queensland for the past 20 years (Essgee Entertainment). He is best known to Australian audiences as a music theatre star, television and concert performer, singer, pianist and songwriter. He has also become one of Australia's foremost theatrical producers and his company, Essgee Entertainment, a major entertainment presenter.

Mr Gallaher studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music before becoming a regular on The Mike Walsh Show and hosting his own night-time television variety show on ABC-TV. He has been awarded three Mo-Variety Awards, a Logie Award, Queenslander of the Year Commendation, Advance Australia Award for his contributions to the arts and was twice voted Queensland's Entertainer of the Year.

In 1984, Mr Gallaher made the transition from television to the stage as Frederic in the Australian production of The Pirates of Penzance and later performed in other musicals including Hello Dolly, The Student Prince, and My Fair Lady.

In 1994, Mr Gallaher created a new stage production of The Pirates of Penzance which was a huge hit across Australia and New Zealand and received a triple platinum video and an ARIA Award. He then created new versions of The Mikado and HMS Pinafore, and a new production of The Merry Widow. His company has also produced Terrence McNally's Master Class and Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.

In 2007, Mr Gallaher initiated Shopstoppers, a series of music-theatre workshops for young Queensland performers. In 2001 he created a special anniversary revival production of The Pirates of Penzance which opened at QPAC and played through until 2003, the $6 million Australian musical Eureka (in 2004 in association with the Melbourne International Arts Festival) and a new production of The Mikado (which opened in Brisbane in 2008 and in Adelaide in 2009). He recently returned to the stage at QPAC in the Harvest Rain production of Hairspray.

Mr Gallaher is Chair of Harvest Rain Theatre Company and was recently appointed to the Board of the Queensland Theatre Company.

Sophie Mitchell


Sophie Mitchell is a Director of RBS Morgans and has many years experience in the stockbroking and finance industry.

She has previously worked as portfolio manager for Seymour Funds Management, analyst for Morgans Stockbroking / ABN AMRO Morgans and a research analyst for McNab Clarke / CS First Boston.

Presently, Ms Mitchell is a Director of Expressions Dance Company, MTA Insurance Limited, ASX-listed Flagship Investment Limited and Silver Chef Limited, the RBS Morgans Foundation, a Member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel and the Australian Council for the Arts, and a Trustee and Member of CEDA's Queensland State Advisory Council.

Ms Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma in Taxation Law. She has completed the AICD Directors Course and is a Senior Fellow of FINSIA (Financial Services Institute of Australasia).

Mick Power AM


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Founder of the BMD Group, Mick Power AM is widely regarded as one of Queensland's leading figures in the civil construction industry.

After spending his formative years with Leighton Contractors, Mr Power started BMD Group in 1979 as a family business. Under his leadership, BMD Group has since grown and diversified into what is today considered to be one of Australia's largest privately owned civil construction, consulting, and urban development organisations. With the company now in its 34th year of operation, Mr Power retains an active position as BMD Group Board Chairman and Managing Director.

Mr Power also devotes his time to supporting a number of not-for-profit organisations and is a Board Member for the Greg Norman Golf Foundation, Brisbane Lions Football Club, South Bank Corporation and Queensland Performing Arts Centre.

Mr Power is an Honorary Ambassador of the City of Brisbane and in 2005 was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the building and construction industry - particularly in the field of civil engineering and for his community involvement.

As Vice Patron of Surf Life Saving Foundation, Mr Power established official naming rights sponsorship (the first of its kind in Australia) for BMD Northcliffe Surf Life Saving Club in 2007. In 2009 he was also honoured with the QUT Distinguished Constructor Award for his commitment to the Queensland construction industry.

Rhonda White


Rhonda White is a co-founder of the Terry White Chemists (TWC) Group and has been integral to the success of the brand. Her visionary skills in developing the systems and disciplines for the Brand, commitment to the development of Professional Services combined with exceptional business skills have proven a critical ingredient in growing the franchise network to its current position of 168 pharmacies in all states, employing over 5000 staff with a turnover in excess of $1 billion.

She graduated as a Pharmacist in 1963 and also holds a Bachelor of Arts and Postgraduate Diploma in Organisational Psychology from the University of Queensland.

Ms White currently serves as a board member of TWC Group Investment Limited. She has also been a director of a number of government and private companies, including the Energex Retail Board, the Ergon Energy Board, was a foundation member of the Nudgee College Board and was Foundation Chairman of the Queensland Cancer Fund Volunteers Committee. Ms White has received numerous professional accolades including Australia's 2000 Leading Women's Entrepreneur of the World, Star Group International Award in Venice, National Business Bulletin – Business Star of the Year in 2004, Pharmacy Practice Medal of Excellence, University of Sydney 2006, Outstanding Alumni Award for Faculty of Science, Queensland University of Technology 2007.

Ms White was inducted into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in September 2011 in recognition of exceptional entrepreneurship and innovation in national retailing, and significant contributions to the community.

In December 2011, she was awarded the Degree "Doctor of the University" by Griffith University in recognition of her distinguished services to the Pharmacy Industry and to the University.

Kylie Blucher


Kylie Blucher has an extensive knowledge of both the radio and television industry after more than 25 years working with both the Austereo Radio Network and the Nine Network. She has held various promotion, sales, marketing and publicity positions to become a highly respected and sought-after authority in the media industry.

Blucher held various positions within Austereo, including Promotions and Marketing Director of B105 FM where she was involved in the strategic planning for the station. From this role she was promoted to the role of Promotions Manager at Today FM in Sydney – Australia’s largest radio market.

Blucher then worked at the Triple M Network in the role of National Sales Promotions Director. Her responsibilities included creating and implementing network-based promotions nationwide. This involved working with some of the biggest agencies and clients in the country.

Returning to Brisbane, she moved into the television industry at Nine Queensland in 1997 where she has moved through the ranks as Marketing Director to Programming and Marketing Director, before taking on her current role in 2010 as Managing Director. During her career Blucher has been instrumental in securing and maintaining Nine Queensland’s major sponsorships such as the Royal Brisbane Show (EKKA), Brisbane Broncos, Gold Coast Titans, Surf Life Saving and brought the prestigious Major Brisbane Festival back to the Nine Network.

Blucher has held Board positions with the Surf Lifesaving Queensland Foundation, Riverfestival and the Major Brisbane Festival Board which was created after the amalgamation of the Riverfestival and Brisbane Festival Boards. Blucher was Deputy Chair of MBF when she resigned from the Board in 2007. In 2013 she took up a position as a Director on the Boards of the Prevent Blindness Foundation and Youngcare and most recently, in 2014, has taken up a position on the Board of the Queensland Performing Arts Trust.


Executive Group

Chief Executive: John Kotzas
Director - Presenter Services: Ross Cunningham
Director - Marketing: Roxanne Hopkins
Director - Corporate Services: Kieron Roost
Director - Patron Services: Tony Smith
Associate Director - Human Resources: Alicia Dodds
Associate Director - Ticketing: Chris Holder
Associate Director - Presenter Services: Bill Jessop
Associate Director - Strategy: Rebecca Lamoin
Associate Director - Programming: Deborah Murphy
Associate Director - Finance and Business: Michael Stout

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