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Board Biographies

LEIGH O’NEILL (Chair)

As Executive General Manager, Business Direct and Small Business, Leigh O’Neill leads a team of more than 900 people comprising direct and digital business customer services – including specialised services such as Transactional Banking, Foreign Exchange and Trade Finance – and relationship management for NAB Small Business customers.

Leigh has more than 15 years experience in financial services across the UK, US and Australia, most recently holding the position of Executive General Manager, Micro and Small Business at NAB. In this role she established the NAB Small Business Customer Advocacy Council, a group of industry influencers, representatives and business owners who provide strategic advice on NAB’s small business customer strategy and issues facing business customers.

Prior to holding the role of Executive General Manager, Business Direct and Small Business, Leigh was General Manager, NAB Private Wealth Victoria; leading the team to provide highly personalised wealth solutions to high net worth clients. Leigh is a strong advocate for corporate responsibility and has been a proponent for many of NAB’s programs around diversity and financial empowerment for women. Passionate about the arts, she became the Chair of Chunky Move in 2015 and is also a Director on Melbourne Theatre Company’s Foundation Board.

ANOUK VAN DIJK (Artistic Director/CEO)

Anouk van Dijk is the Artistic Director of Chunky Move. She is a choreographer, dancer, director and the creator behind the movement system, Countertechnique.

Van Dijk premiered her debut work for Chunky Move, An Act of Now, at the iconic Sydney Myer Music Bowl as part of the 2012 Melbourne Festival. The production went on to win The Age Critics’ Award for Best New Australian Work. This was followed by 247 Days (Dance Massive 2013), the first instalment of the Embodiment series, 1:1:1, at ACCA, gentle is the power (SOLO Festival of Dance 2014 and SummerSalt Festival 2015), Complexity of Belonging (Melbourne Festival 2014), Depth of Field (Dance Massive 2015), Rule of Thirds and L U C I D (2016).  In 2017 Van Dijk will present ANTI—GRAVITY. 

Before relocating to Australia from Holland, Van Dijk had an extensive career in Europe, touring worldwide with her Dutch company anoukvandijk dc, performing at the world’s leading festivals and venues. In 2012 Van Dijk was awarded the Golden Swan (Gouden Zwaan) – the Netherlands’ most prestigious dance accolade – in recognition of her outstanding artistic and academic contribution to dance in her home country.

JEREMY BLACKSHAW

Jeremy Blackshaw is a lawyer and is the head of Corporate M&A and Managing Partner of Minter Ellison’s Melbourne office. A partner of Minter Ellison since 1998, he has more than 25 years experience in mergers and acquisitions and equity capital markets transactions.

Blackshaw is also a member of Minter Ellison’s Partner Selection and Innovation Committees, is a regular presenter on legal issues and is a member of a number of industry and advisory bodies. Jeremy is also a board member of Linden New Art.

Having assisted Chunky Move with its legal issues over many years, Blackshaw joined the Board in 2007.

RHOD ELLIS-JONES

Rhod Ellis-Jones is principal of Ellis Jones, an Australian agency specialising in behavioural research, strategy, design and communication for positive social change. He works with all levels of government, non-profit organisations and private and public companies, including start-ups in the emerging social enterprise sector.

Rhod is founder and deputy chair of the Shared Value Project, the peak practice body for major companies investing in addressing social challenges. He is also a trustee of Vienna-based Blood Mountain Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation working at the intersection of contemporary art, architecture and design.

JEFF KHAN

Jeff Khan is Artistic Director of Performance Space, Sydney. Khan is a curator and writer working across performance, dance and the visual arts, with a particular interest in interdisciplinary projects and site-specific and socially-engaged practices. From 2006–2010 Khan was Artistic Director of Next Wave, overseeing the development and delivery of the 2008 and 2010 Next Wave Festivals, as well as Next Wave’s acclaimed Kickstart development program and numerous special projects.

Khan was Facilitator of the 2013 National Dance Forum, and sat on the Dance Board of the Australia Council from 2009-2011. In the visual arts he has been Guest Curator of NEW12 (Australian Centre for Contemporary Art) and Primavera 09 (Museum of Contemporary Art Australia). Previously Jeff has held roles at Gertrude Contemporary (Melbourne), Perth Institute of Contemporary Art and John Curtin Gallery (Perth), and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York). As a writer, he has contributed texts to numerous publications, exhibition catalogues, magazines and artists’ projects.

ROSE HISCOCK

Rose Hiscock is the inaugural Director of Science Gallery Melbourne, an innovative new gallery dedicated to the collision of art and science. Opening in 2018, Science Gallery Melbourne is a flagship engagement project of the University of Melbourne and part of the Global Science Gallery Network – a network of eight Science Gallery locations including Dublin, London and Bangalore.

Prior to joining Science Gallery, Hiscock was Director of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS), Australia’s contemporary museum for excellence and innovation in applied arts and sciences.

Hiscock’s career includes a period at the Australia Council, where she held the position of Executive Director, Arts Development. Responsible for building Australian arts nationally and internationally, she was integrally involved in the development of the new Australian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. Prior to the Australia Council Hiscock worked for Museum Victoria where she was responsible for commercial and audience growth across Museum Victoria’s highly successful venues. She is a Board member of Back to Back Theatre and Chunky Move.

SUE DONNELLY

Sue commenced as Executive Director in 2012 of Queensland Theatre Company.  She has extensive experience in arts and cultural development, health and social policy.  Prior to Queensland Theatre Company she was Executive Director of the national lobbying and advocacy organisation Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG).  Sue has held a diverse range of senior executive positions including Director, UNSW Foundation; General Manager, Company B Belvoir; Director South East Arts (UK); Public Affairs Manager, Sydney Symphony and Director, Arts Development, Arts NSW.

She has consulted and lectured in arts business development and management, served on wide-ranging Government advisory boards, funding committees and tribunals, as well as the boards of numerous arts and not-for profit companies.  Sue holds a Master of Social Work with Merit and a Bachelor of Social Studies from the University of Sydney and is an alumnus of the Asialink Leaders’ program.  She is a peer assessor for both the Australia Council and Arts Queensland, as well as an observer on the LPA Executive Council, and sits on the boards of Chunky Move and Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA).

ROGER POOLE

Roger Poole is the principal of his own architectural practice, Roger Poole Architects Pty Ltd, providing independent advice to clients on architectural and development strategies.

For 34 years, Poole was a Director of Bates Smart Architects, one of Australia’s leading architects and interior designers, serving 16 years as Executive Chairman. Poole has designed or contributed to the design of many award-winning Bates Smart buildings including the Melburnian, the new Age Headquarters, Federation Square, Freshwater Place, 150 Clarendon Street, and the Royal Childrens’ Hospital. Currently underway are the 43-storey tower at 35 Spring Street and Eastbourne, at 300 Albert Street, East Melbourne.

In 2015 Poole was made an Honorary Life Member of the Committee for Melbourne, recognising his 14 years as a member of the Executive Board.

Poole served as Chair of Council of St Catherine’s School, Toorak for four years, and has served on The Council of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Property Council of Australia. His wife Catherine Poole is a practicing artist who shares Roger’s commitment to contemporary dance and painting.

MICHELLE BROOKS: Chair of Finance and Audit Sub-Committee

After completing a Bachelor of Business (Major and Minor Accounting) Michelle Brooks started her professional career at Coopers and Lybrand in their Business Recovery and Insolvency Division, from there she took a position as an Accountant at Clemenger Group Limited, an advertising group through-out Australia and New Zealand.

For the next twenty years Brooks has embarked on a challenging, stimulating and rewarding career in the Clemenger Group. After spending time as the Finance Director at many agencies in the network, she was appointed the Finance Director of the largest Advertising agency in Melbourne Clemenger BBDO (Melbourne) Pty Ltd – the most effective and creatively awarded agency in Australia. During her tenure at Clemenger she became a Certified Practicing Accountant, completed her Public Practice Certificate, did a management course through the Melbourne Business School and a two year Leadership program through the Committee for Melbourne.

SEAN JAMESON

Sean Jameson is the Director Human Resources and Marketing, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at the Taxi Services Commission, the regulator of the taxi and hire car industries. Sean has more than 15 years experience working as an HR leadership professional across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Jameson’s areas of expertise are workforce planning, management and leadership development, industrial relations, occupational health and safety and workplace diversity. He joined the Board of Chunky Move in 2016.