Board and Staff

Administration

Claire Edwardes
Artistic Director

Nick Pontikos
General Manager

Phone: 0421 238 636

Anna Kamaralli
Development, Marketing and Projects Manager

Alexis Weaver
Administration Assistant

Patron

Kim Williams AM

Board

Elizabeth Hristoforidis
Chair

Trish Ludgate
Deputy Chair

Andrew Fellowes
Treasurer

Dr Anthony Lowe
Company Secretary

Claire Edwardes
Regular Member

Fiona Winning
Regular Member

Prof Heinz Herrmann
Regular Member

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Biographies

Claire Edwardes

Artistic Director

Internationally acclaimed percussion soloist, chamber musician and Artistic Director of Ensemble Offspring, Claire Edwardes has been a member of Ensemble Offspring since its inception 21 years ago. She joined Damien Ricketson as co-Artistic Director on her return from Europe in 2006 and last year became sole artistic director of the ensemble and board member. In 2016 Claire was awarded the APRA /AMCOS Art Music Award for Excellence by an Individual, an award which she has won two times prior. Claire has been the Vice President of the New Music Network since 2014 and has been involved in numerous TEDX events as well as guest speaker on Vivid and Samag panels.

Nick Pontikos

General Manager

Nick brings a lifelong commitment to the production and presentation of quality music and artistic development, as well as a wealth of experience in establishing and sustaining independent music companies in Australia, including Inertia, Other Tongues and Longtime Listener – in the process, working closely with labels such as the Beggars Group, Domino, Warp, Bella Union and Elefant Traks, developing artists such as Sigur Ros, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The War On Drugs, and Medeski Martin & Wood in Australia, and working with local artists including Ben Lee, You Am I and Lisa Miller. Prior to joining Ensemble Offspring, Nick managed a local aerial theatre company and made a major contribution to Australian Indigenous music content via a special archive project for NITV and SBS.

Anna Kamaralli

Development, Marketing and Projects Manager

Anna shares a deep appreciation of the new and specialist music sector, and a strong background in arts administration. She has worked in arts organisations as diverse as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Dublin Theatre Festival, Belvoir Street Theatre and Eastside Radio. She brings expertise and experience in digital marketing, social media management, website content production and podcasting, coupled with a commitment to emerging artists.

Alexis Weaver

Administration Assistant

Alexis is a young composer and performer who is interested in all aspects of music creation, appreciation and distribution. Her previous arts administration experience includes serving as Music Secretary and Cultural Secretary for Sancta Sophia College in 2015 and 2016 respectively. She is currently completing her Honours at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, specialising in electroacoustic composition. Alexis has composed soundtracks for animation, short story, radio, and theatre, and especially enjoys fusing the beautiful and unusual to celebrate the versatility of recorded sound. She is a passionate advocate for gender equality in the music industry, and is also one of the founding members of all-female experimental music group, lost+sound.

Kim Williams AM

Patron

Ensemble Offspring’s patron, Kim Williams is an Australian media executive and composer. He has headed a wide range of prominent organisations such as Musica Viva Australia, Foxtel, the Australian Film Commission, the Sydney Opera House Trust and News Limited (now News Corp Australia). He studied the clarinet, and had tuition from Donald Westlake at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. He won a Commonwealth scholarship to the University of Sydney, choosing to study music. He also had private lessons with Peter Sculthorpe in 1969. He was invited by Donald Peart, inaugural Professor of Music at the University of Sydney, to be the concert organiser of the International Society for Contemporary Music. In 2017 he will present the annual New Music Network Peggy Glanville Hicks Address across the country.

Elizabeth Hristoforidis

Regulatory Transformation Leader, Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)

Liz offers diverse expertise and experience in leadership, organisational strategy and transformational change management, public and regulatory policy development, corporate and financial services regulation and compliance, risk management and governance. Liz is currently Chair of Shopfront Arts Co-op Ltd. and a Director of KU Children’s Services and a member of their Nomination and Remuneration Committee and Marcia Burgess Foundation Committee. Liz has qualifications in management, law and commerce (marketing), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Trish Ludgate

Executive Manager, Musica Viva Australia

Trish has spent over 30 years in arts management in Australia, first as Country Wide and Export Manager at Musica Viva, then as Relationship Manager in the Major Performing Arts division at the Australia Council for the Arts. She is now enjoying her second placement at Musica Viva. These roles provided her with experience in promoting and touring Australian artists nationally and internationally and working closely with Music, Opera and Literature organisations, both MPA and Key Organisations, funded by the Australia Council. She was closely involved in managing the Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music which ran for 12 years in the 1980s/90s. She sat on the Board of the Australian Youth Orchestra, served as Chair at Arts on Tour and on the Board of Governors of the Federation of Asian Cultural Promotion (FACP). At Musica Viva from 1983-2002 she was also responsible for curating and implementing the Cultural Relations Program for the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade internationally, leading delegations of Australian arts companies to Japan and writing a touring manual for the countries in Asia which formed the focus of DFAT’s cultural program. Prior to her involvement in the arts, Trish spent ten years serving abroad in DFAT’s diplomatic service. She graduated from Deakin University with majors in Public Relations and Journalism.

Andrew Fellowes

Director of Treasury and Investment Services, Finance, University of NSW

Andrew is responsible for the management of cash, funding, banking, and exposures to financial markets risks, including credit, foreign exchange and interest rate risk, for the University of New South Wales. He currently manages more than $500 million in short and long-term investments, and sits on the governance committees of a number of infrastructure projects currently under construction or planned on campus valued at more than $300 million. Andrew was previously Corporate Finance Manager at Downer EDI Ltd, and has a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University.

Dr Anthony Lowe

Chief Executive Officer at Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia

Anthony is Chief Executive Officer at Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, a broad-based community organisation and the peak national body for prostate cancer in Australia. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University and a member of Actuaries Institute’s Leadership & Career Development and Public Policy Council Committees. Prior to joining PCFA, Anthony was Chief Operating Officer at the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Anthony has held senior executive positions in the financial services industry in Australia, the US and UK, ultimately becoming Executive Director and Asia-Pacific business group leader at Mercer Wealth Solutions.

Fiona Winning

Head of Programming, Sydney Festival

Fiona Winning is an independent writer and producer working in contemporary arts, across theatre, dance and visual cultures. She curated Convictions + Connections: Australian Theatre Forum 2011. From 1999-2008 Fiona was Director of Performance Space, a national contemporary arts hub based in Sydney. During this time she collaborated with artists and communities to conceive and produce events in theatres, galleries and public spaces as well as developing a range of training and residency programs. This included producing and curating Liveworks Festival 2008; producing and co-curating six Time_Place_Space interdisciplinary arts laboratories (with Teresa Crea, Sarah Miller and Julianne Pierce); collaborating with peers to set up Mobile States–Touring Contemporary Performance Australia; and programming exchanges with inter/national artists and companies. Fiona works with Bundanon Trust as Program Consultant and Co-convenor of Siteworks – an ongoing conversation between artists, environmentalists and scholars. She also collaborates on the development of intercultural and interdisciplinary projects by independent practitioners. Fiona was also instrumental in the development phase of Carriageworks, collaborating with the arts sector, Arts NSW and the architectural company, Tonkin Zulaikha Greer. In 2012 she was appointed Head of Programming at Sydney Festival.

Prof Heinz Herrmann

Managing Director, Plancast

Heinz is a CEO with over five years of board member experience and more than 25 years of executive P&L experience (up to $1.6 billion) across various commercial sectors: digital & broadcast media, manufacturing, consumer electronics, distribution channels, IT, telecommunications, technology, service and tertiary education industries. Heinz is Managing Director APAC for Plancast – a telecommunications design & construction company. Heinz has a Doctor of Business Administration, a Masters in Information Technology, a Board Director Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and he is an Adjunct Professor of Leadership at Torrens University Australia.