The Team

Patron: Anthony Steel AM

Anthony was the first general manager of the Adelaide Festival Centre and the artistic director for five Adelaide Festivals during the 70s and 80s. For these achievements, Anthony was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1978. He has managed various arts organisations around the world and has run major events in Australia includng the Sydney Festival, Brisbane Music Festival and the National Festival of Australian Theatre in Canberra. More recently, Anthony has worked in South Australia with the Meryl Tankard Australian Dance Theatre, Barossa Music Festival, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and State Opera of South Australia.

Anthony is immediate past president of Recitals Australia and a member of the Board of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. In 2007, Anthony received the Premier’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his cultural contributions to the South Australian community.


The Board


Darlene Mattiske-Wood


Darlene is a senior executive who is passionate about people and specialises in the field of Organisational Development. Her background includes a degree and graduate diploma in business along with more than 20 years of experience as a senior executive reporting to CEO’s and Boards in the fields of Organisational Development; Corporate Strategy; Strategic and Operational Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations; Leadership Development and Strategic Change Management including Mergers and Acquisitions. Darlene’s experience includes consulting and speaking on People Strategy and Change Management in various organisations and forums within Australia and has achieved 2 AHRI awards for excellence in People Management and Leadership. Darlene is an Executive General Manager of Organisational Development within People’s Choice Credit Union, the second largest Credit Union in Australia and is a Member of the Company Directors Association.


Susan Benham Page

Susan oct 2011 photo

Susan’s ongoing commitment to the promotion of the Arts as an essential and integral component of everyday life has spanned a 30 year career in arts management with a focus over the last decade on facilitating, shaping and strengthening relationships between the private and cultural sector. She specializes in providing artists, arts organisations and corporates with business development advice around giving and sponsorship planning and assisting arts organisations with board development and strategic, business and marketing plans. Susan has previously managed performing arts, visual arts and cultural tourism venues in New South Wales and South Australia and worked as a consultant in production, programming and arts marketing as well as lecturing in business practice in the arts. Current and previous board positions cover the fields of performing arts, opera, dance, music and museums


Kate Hong


Kate Hong is a Chartered Accountant currently working for one of Adelaide’s leading recruitment agencies as the Group Financial Controller.  Kate is passionate about working with high performing individuals to lead and development organisations to reach their full potential.  Kate enjoys using her financial and project management skills to assist organisations successfully design, implement and manage strategic goals and visions.

Kate has a keen interest in women’s leadership and is also a board member of the South Australian Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accounts Women in Business Committee.



Nicole Fishers

Nicole is an Information Technology professional with over 22 years’ experience in business systems management, project management and consulting. She has a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Systems Management and is currently Associate Director, Application Services at Flinders University. Nicole is passionate about the arts having devoted much of her personal time to performing in various choirs and other musical endeavours.


Sarah Hender

Sarah Hender

Sarah graduated with a law degree in 1982 and a Master of Laws in 1998. She began her career as a Judge’s Associate to a Supreme Court judge in Adelaide and subsequently, was a Judge’s Associate to the Chancery judges of the High Court in London. Sarah has since practised with several private law firms and more recently, in the public service with the Crown Solicitor’s Office in the Advising Section and Serious and Organised Crime and with the Legal Services Commission as a legal advisor. She was also a contributing editor of the Planning and Environmental Law Journal produced by Adelaide University and subsequently the University of SA.


Emma O’Neill

Emma O'NeillEmma has worked and toured nationally and internationally in theatre and community arts since 1989. Besides her experience in stage, production and tour management, Emma is a puppeteer, community artist and designer.

Companies she has worked with include State Theatre, State Opera, Melbourne Theatre Company, ADT, Performing Lines, Windmill, Sydney and Melbourne International Arts Festivals, Various People Inc, Magpie, Patch, Red Shed, Brink, Restless Dance and Tutti.

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Cheryl Pickering

Cheryl is Artistic Director of Various People Inc and Chair of Chamber Music Adelaide. She is a producer, director, singer and singing teacher, and has been selected as one of the 2014 cohort of Australia Council Emerging Leaders.

For Various People Inc Cheryl has directed Vesalius: a Requiem, which was listed in The Adelaide Advertiser Top Ten Shows for 2010, and ’60 Minute Opera’ versions of Carmen, Hansel & Gretel and Madam Butterfly for the State Opera Studio. For OperaTu, a partnership between the State Opera of South Australia and Tutti Arts, Cheryl directed the acclaimed choral theatre production The Shouting Fence in the 2009 Adelaide Fringe Festival, and the much-loved circus-inspired production of The Magic Flute (2011). Cheryl has also devised and written productions for Arts in Health at the Flinders Medical Centre and the Royal Institute of Australia, and the West Terrace Cemetery Authority for History Week SA 2010.

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