PROFESSOR JUDITH MCLEAN
CHAIR

Professor Judith McLean is currently Chair Arts Education (QUT/QPAC) and Scholar-in-Residence (QPAC). She is also a company Director; Tourism and Events Queensland. 

Judith has extensive experience in the performing arts, events and education areas working as an educator, director, executive coach and company director. Over the past 12 years she has led management and executive leadership programs in corporate settings, including the health, defence, financial, media and public sectors. 

Her position as Chair in Arts Education and Scholar in Residence is a joint appointment between QPAC and QUT's Creative Industries Faculty. In her role she is responsible for leading the development and execution of the educational strategy and engagement presented at QPAC; contributing to the programming of education strategy; reviewing, critiquing and building a broader education framework around QPAC's program of presentations and activities, including Out of the Box (OOTB) and leading executive development workshops across corporate, government and non-government sectors.

 

JACINTA WIGHT
DEPUTY CHAIR / COMPANY SECRETARY

Jacinta is a legal practitioner, currently working as a Court Coordinator at the Townsville Youth Justice Service Centre. She has spent her life in Townsville, studying law and social work at James Cook University and working across a variety of private, government and not for profit roles.

Jacinta was previously a manager at the local RSPCA shelter and gained invaluable experience working within a not for profit organisation. With a keen interest in the community, Jacinta holds a position on the James Cook University Animal Ethics Committee and volunteers with the Vinnies Refugee Assistance Program and the RSPCA. Jacinta is passionate about ensuring the cultural and economic longevity of the region, with a focus on raising awareness of the financial and health benefits that a thriving arts community can have on a city. 

 

BRIDGET HART
BOARD DIRECTOR

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.

 

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 COOMBE
BOARD DIRECTOR

Cr Coombe's vision of Townsville is of a vibrant community with a thriving economy offering broad based business, employment, education and lifestyle opportunities. Her career has spanned both corporate and not-for-profit sector and she also enjoys contributing to the local community volunteering with many organisations including the RSL, Arcadian Surf Lifesaving Club and as immediate past President of the Hermit Park Tigers AFL Club. With a passion for inclusive economic development, she will work to bring focus to events, tourism and local arts and culture that grow both our economic and social capital, while showcasing the lifestyle of our city. 

 

MARG NAYLOR
BOARD DIRECTOR     

Marg Naylor is currently Project Officer with the James Cook University Art Collection, facilitating and managing items within the Collection. Marg has a wealth of experience in the arts and education sector. She has worked at two regional galleries in the areas of public programs, marketing and collection management and has been a Lecturer, Tutor and Teacher of Visual Arts and Crafts. Marg was previously the Chair of Craft Victoria, an Education Manager in Business Administration in the TAFE sector and sat on a number of state and national committees reviewing curriculum and engagement with industry. Marg has governance experience having worked on numerous boards over a 40 year period, convened the first Australian Fibre Conference, organised major events and fundraisers and is currently also a Board Member of the Barrier Reef Orchestra in Townsville.

 

JAN POOL
BOARD DIRECTOR

Jan Pool has held a variety of roles on the Dancenorth Board including; Chair, Board Director and Company Secretary. Jan brings to the board as a senior finance and commercial executive, extensive experience in financial management, risk assessment, corporate governance and audit in a number of industry sectors including mining, financial, health and legal services and marine construction. She also sits on the board of the Aboriginal Development Benefits Trust (Gulf Native Title) as an Independent Finance Director, the Good Shepherd Home as a Council Member and Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee, the Townsville Chamber of Commerce as Secretary and as the member of the Townsville City Council – Community Safety Advisory Committee. Previous board appointments include the statutory authority, Island Industries Board (Torres Straits) as a Director and Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.