Polyglot’s Board Members are:
Sarah Hunt, Chair
Sarah is interim Executive Director of The National Theatre Melbourne. As a Creative Industries freelancer, Sarah’s work has included Director of Marketing and Development at Bangarra Dance, Theatre; Senior Marketing Consultant for Opera Australia and GFO; Marketing Consultant for the Adelaide Festival Centre, Cranlana Ethics Centre, and Art House Melbourne. Until 2018 Sarah was Arts Centre Melbourne’s Executive, Development and Audience Engagement, leading the Development, Marketing, Communications and Visitor Experience teams. Before moving to Australia, Sarah was Director of Marketing, Communications, Ticket Sales and Retail at the National Theatre of Great Britain. And before that, Sarah held the positions of Head of Marketing, Development and Press at the UK’s oldest working theatre, Bristol Old Vic; Marketing Director at the Donmar Warehouse; Marketing Manager at the Tricycle Theatre; and Marketing & Press Assistant for English Touring Opera. Sarah is also on the Board of Flinders Quartet.
Mario Agostinoni, Treasurer
Mario was the Finance Manager at Melbourne’s leading contemporary theatre company, Malthouse Theatre, for 20 years. Starting when the company was the Playbox, Mario was a theatre maker in Italy before arriving in Melbourne. He has worked closely with government agencies and key stakeholders to ensure Malthouse’s financial robustness over the last decade, and brings a wealth of experience as a previous board member at Arena Theatre Company.
Jacob is a Melbourne born and raised artist of the Narangga and Kaurna Nations, South Australia. He is the founding Creative Director of YIRRAMBOI Festival, recipient of the 2018 Green Room Award for Curatorial Contribution to Contemporary and Experimental Arts. Alumni of the Victorian College of the Arts, (MA in Arts – Playwriting, MA in Arts – Puppetry) Jacob is a multi-disciplinary theatre maker and choreographer, creating work for the stage, screen, large-scale public events and festivals. His critically acclaimed solo work Blood on the Dance Floor (2017 Green Room Award Best Production) is touring internationally from 2019. Jacob is a member of the International Advisory Panel for the Calouste Gulbenkian UK Enquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations and the Ministry of Culture Taiwan South East Asia Advisory Panel. He is currently the recipient of the Australia Council for the Arts Fellowship.
Kathy is a Producer for Creature Technology Co. specialising in managing complex creative projects encompassing multiple creative and technical disciplines. Prior to this Kathy worked at Museum Victoria as Exhibition Producer specialising in developing complex long-term exhibitions at Melbourne Museum and Scienceworks. She has an ongoing interest in collaborative creative processes; and the potential of design to communicate ideas and create meaningful experiences for diverse audiences. Kathy holds a Master of Design (by Research) RMIT University; a Bachelor of Industrial Design, RMIT University; and a Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne (Double major – Physiology and Biochemistry).
Matthew is the Chief Executive Officer of Arts Access Australia, the national peak body for arts and disability in Australia. He has deep and diverse experience in the Australian arts sector as well as 20 years of management experience in professional service firms. He has held senior leadership and executive management positions in national and international organisations, and led diverse teams in commercial and not-for-profit environments. Matthew has been Chair of the Brisbane Writers Festival and the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and a Board member of Queerscreen, the presenter of the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival. He also played a key role in setting up, and was an inaugural Bard member of, the Namatjira Legacy Trust working with family and community in Alice Springs. Matthew holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws (with honours) and Master of Laws, and has completed postgraduate studies in management at the Harvard Business School. He brings to the Polyglot Board significant skills, as well as the perspective and experiences of a person living with disability.
Greg has worked in the post-disaster community and government nexus in Victoria for nearly twenty-five years. Working for both not-for-profit organisations and government, he has been involved with the recovery from most of the significant disasters in Victoria over this period. Following the 2009 Victorian bushfires, he was a Principal Adviser within the Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction and Recovery Authority and subsequently worked supporting Victorian communities impacted by the 2010/11 floods, 2012 floods, 2013 bushfires, 2013 North-East tornado and 2014 bushfires including the Hazelwood Mine Fire. In 2014, Greg moved to the University of Melbourne to take on the role of managing the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety. In 2017, he was appointed as the Business Development Director for the newly formed Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education continuing in this role until April 2019. Most recently, Greg has been appointed to an academic role within the University as the Enterprise Fellow – Disaster Recovery within the Melbourne School of Population of Global Health. He is undertaking a range of disaster related research as well as commencing his PhD investigating the impact of disasters on child development.
Rasika is a multidisciplinary executive, bringing 18 years of experience delivering high impact initiatives within the public, private, and social sectors. She has worked across several industries including banking and financial services, information technology, roads and transport, automotive, small scale renewable energy, and international trade and development. With skills in strategy and business consulting, innovation and design thinking, transformation and change, and program management, she has applied these in diverse contexts and settings. She is currently focused on the integration of sustainability and ESG into corporate strategy and action. Having lived and worked in developed and emerging contexts in South Asia, South East Asia, the Pacific Islands, and with First Nation Peoples, she brings empathy for a range of different stakeholder sets and is driven by passion for inclusive, sustainable change. Rasika is currently serving start-ups in an advisory capacity in the areas of ESG, modern slavery and human rights, and science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in schools. She is Kalinga Fellow at the Bridge Institute – looking to tackle the issue of human trafficking using a systems thinking approaches. She is also a Board Observer with Multicultural Arts Victoria.
Geoffrey is an HR Business Partner at Arts Centre Melbourne. Born a Kiwi, after practicing law for several years in Auckland, the creativity of Melbourne called. Geoffrey produced cabaret across Australia and New Zealand for a stint while also working front of house at Arts Centre Melbourne, then moving into their HR team where he partners with the business to achieve strategic objectives and drive change through high-level advice. Geoffrey holds a Bachelor of Laws and Arts double degree (Senior Scholar in Arts) from the University of Auckland, and has been admitted to the Supreme Court of Victoria.
A Canadian by birth, Sandra has over 20 years experience in fundraising for the not-for-profit sector. Sandra is Fundraising Director for Breast Cancer Network Australia and was previously Director of Development at Melbourne Recital Centre for over eight years. Prior to joining Melbourne Recital Centre, she held a grants management role in local government and development roles with the National Ballet of Canada and Australia Business Arts Foundation (AbaF). She was Deputy General Manager of the Melbourne Festival. As a consultant she has provided strategic development and business planning advice to a range of Australian arts organisations. Sandra has an honours business degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business, London (Canada) and a Masters of Marketing from Monash University. She is a graduate of Canada’s National Ballet School. Previous board memberships include the Monash Gallery of Art and Grants Network Victoria.
Dr Mark Williams
Mark is a solicitor in private practice with specific expertise in the arts, innovation and technology transfer. His clients include state and independent theatre, dance and arts companies and Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne. He has served on the boards of Arts Access Society Inc., Chandrabhanu’s Bharatam Dance Company, Viscopy Limited, Currency House Inc., and The Green Room Awards Inc. where he was President from 2005 to 2010. Mark holds qualifications in law, arts and intellectual property law from the University of Melbourne and a D Phil in English dramaturgy from the University of Oxford (1990). He was an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art at RMIT University from 2009 – 2019.