Polyglot Theatre is thrilled to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board this month, including Arts Centre Melbourne’s Executive, Development and Audience Engagement, Sarah Hunt,  arts solicitor and former Green Room Awards President, Dr Mark Williams, and entrepreneur, arts patron and philanthropist, Vanessa Cox.

The new appointees join Polyglot’s current board members Chair Tom Gutteridge, Mario Agostinoni, Belinda Bowman and Kathy Fox.

“Polyglot is both lucky and delighted to welcome our three new board members, Vanessa, Sarah and Mark, who bring with them an amazing range of experience, skills and passion. I know the company will benefit enormously from their ideas, advice and leadership at this exciting time in Polyglot’s journey.” Tom Gutteridge, Polyglot Chair.

The appointment of new board members comes at an exciting time for Polyglot after the recent announcement of secure core funding from the Australia Council for the Arts for 2017 – 2020. Polyglot was also a recipient of Catalyst funding, receiving $570,000 over three years to deliver a significant new regional project – First on the Ladder.

As Arts Centre Melbourne’s Executive, Development and Audience Engagement, Sarah Hunt is responsible for the Development, Marketing, Communications and Visitor Experience teams. Before joining Arts Centre Melbourne, Sarah was Director of Marketing, Communications, Ticket Sales and Retail at the National Theatre of Great Britain.  Prior to the National Theatre, 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.

Mark Williams is a solicitor in private practice with 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 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 is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Art at RMIT University.

Award-winning business woman Vanessa Cox is co-founder and CEO of Long Tail Property, an apartment utilities company which creates a long term revenue stream for the community. Vanessa has crafted her leadership skills through work opportunities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Holland, Hungary and Australia. She was previously Managing Director of The Necessary Group, an industry and economic development consultancy with a strong Australian Government department client base. In 2004 Vanessa was Artist-in-Residence at the International Ceramic Studio in Hungary after studying Fine Arts at university, being the third Australian to be accepted at the world-renowned studio. Based in Hobart, she is a previous board member of Terrapin Puppet Theatre.