JAN POOL
CHAIR     

A director of Dancenorth since November 2011 and Company Secretary since December 2011. Jan brings to the Board extensive experience in financial management, risk assessment, corporate governance and audit in a number of industry sectors including mining, financial services and legal.  She also sits on the board of the statutory authority, Island Industries Board (Torres Straits) as Director and Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and the Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust (Gulf Native Title) as a Director.   

 

BRIDGET HART
DEPUTY CHAIR

Bridget Hart is an events and communications professional specialising in the creation of experiences for audiences from all backgrounds and diversities.

Director of boutique event agency Aspect Eight, based in Townsville and servicing the Financial, Retail, Health & Fitness, Food & Wine and Mining industries producing large scale corporate & public events in Australia, Asia and the USA. Prior to launching Royalty, then Aspect Eight, Bridget was the Director of Events responsible for a growing team of event professionals and key accounts based in Sydney and Shanghai.       

 

MARG NAYLOR
BOARD DIRECTOR     

Currently Project Officer with the James Cook University Art Collection. Marg has a wealth of experience in the arts and education sector as a lecturer, tutor and teacher of visual arts and craft.  A board member of the Barrier Reef Orchestra in Townsville.               

 

RACHAEL AZZOPARDI
BOARD DIRECTOR

Rachael is Director, Programming and Artistic Operations at Sydney Theatre Company, Australia's largest theatre company presenting work across its own three venues at The Wharf and nearby Roslyn Packer Theatre at Walsh Bay, and as the resident drama company of the Sydney Opera House.

Rachael leads the company’s programming and planning and is responsible for delivering a diverse repertoire of productions for the company’s annual subscription season as well as international and domestic touring and new work development. She also oversees management and programming of Sydney Theatre which hosts a diverse range of drama, dance, music and other events.

Prior to joining STC, Rachael was Executive Producer at Chunky Move, one of Australia’s pre-eminent contemporary dance companies, where her successes included substantial international market development and overseeing a period of rapid growth in the company’s performance, touring and educational programs. Rachael also has experience working on large scale commercial theatrical productions including Disney’s The Lion King and IMG’s Oliver.

 

BRIDGET WOODS
BOARD DIRECTOR

With more than 20 years’ experience in the hospitality and tourism industries, Bridget has extensive knowledge across all facets of operations ranging from developing, owning and managing boutique hotels, restaurants and properties in the lucrative Youth Adventure market both on Magnetic Island and in Brisbane’s CBD area.

In her current role as Executive Manager of Tourism and Events at Townsville Enterprise, Bridget is responsible for leading a team to increase visitor expenditure into the region by promoting the Townsville North Queensland region and events to key markets within Queensland, nationally and internationally.  

Bridget holds a position on the Management Committee of Townsville Business Women’s Circle, is a graduate of the North Qld Emerging Leaders Program and is currently completing her MBA.  She is also a proud wife and mother of four children.

  

VERENA COOMBES
BOARD DIRECTOR