Rebecca Taylor - Chair
Bachelor of Social Science (BSoc Sc), Macquarie University, Sydney Certificate IV in Training and Assessment – TAA40104, Aurora Training & Professional Services Rebecca Taylor has extensive experience in the arts sector in management, research, policy, learning & development, and as a professional performer. With qualifications in social research and politics, she has worked across government, tertiary and arts sectors, including research for audience and cultural development for government arts agencies. Rebecca has worked as a professional dancer in Australia, the USA and UK, including the English National Ballet, Connecticut Ballet and with independent choreographers.
Rebecca also has experience as a ballet and contemporary dance teacher, and has worked with student outreach programs in the USA. Rebecca’s dance career is now focused on training and performance in International Latin Dance. She has performed a Latin Dance Showcase in Sydney in 2009 and has recently travelled to the USA to train with competitors and coaches in New York and Los Angeles. Rebecca currently holds the position of Policy Review Officer at the Sydney Opera House, previously holding positions of Learning and Development Consultant and Manager, Organisation Development and Learning with the Sydney Opera House. In previous years Rebecca has worked with Macquarie University, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Council for the Arts and Historical Houses Trust of NSW.
Matthew Pethybridge - Treasurer
BMus (UNSW) MCom (Deakin) MBA(Intl) (Deakin)
Matthew has diverse experience from within the Arts, NFP and Education sectors, with over 15 years’ experience in operational roles, most recently holding positions as Operations Manager for Accessible Arts and The Salvation Army. Matthew brings experience in building and leading multi-disciplinary teams delivering corporate services and mission support resources within a NFP context. Matthew provides a thorough understanding of the financial challenges and opportunities within the Australian Arts sector, including grant funding, auspicing and touring. This is enhanced by early career experience within the Music Publishing and Music Products sectors.
Matthew’s creative engagement within the Arts sector is also extensive, having worked as a performer, conductor, composer, and clinician with professional ensembles in both Australia and New Zealand, receiving the RNZAF Medal for Services to Music in 2009 and twice serving as adjudicator for the NZCBA Championships. Matthew has held Head of Faculty positions for Wollongong Conservatorium of Music and has served as Musical Director for over 20 musical theatre seasons in Australia and New Zealand. Matthew has also production credits on over 40 album recordings, including three times reaching double platinum status as executive producer.
Joining the Ausdance Board is an opportunity for Matthew to continue to provide service to the Australian Arts sector, by contributing to the future strategic development and sustainability of Ausdance’s thriving dance community.
Margot Branson - Public Officer
BCOM LLB LAW UNSW. With over 20 years experience as a lawyer, specialising in banking and financial market transactions Margot brings extensive risk management and legal expertise to the Ausdance NSW Board. Currently a Division Director at Macquarie Group Limited, Margot has worked in premier law firms in both Sydney and London, including Henry Davis York and Allen & Overy and also held senior legal roles within the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. During this time Margot has participated as a senior executive within those organisations, run complex transactions and mentored and managed teams. Margot has a reputation as a commercial and pragmatic lawyer, able to quickly recognise and assess key risks.
Margot has also used her legal, governance and commercial skills to assist social venture start-ups through a social enterprise mentoring program funded by the Macquarie Group Foundation.
Kim Walker - Board Member
Kim began dancing with his mother, Margaret Walker AM, and his dancing career continued with the Aboriginal and Islander Dance Theatre in 1976 graduating with an Associate Diploma in 1979. After joining Sydney Dance Company he was appointed a principal dancer from 1980 – 1990 during which he danced and performed many lead roles under the artistic direction of Graeme Murphy. During his time with Sydney Dance Company, Kim also studied at a number of other companies including the Alvin Ailey School in New York.
Kim’s chorographic career started with the Sydney Dance Company where he created several new works. As a freelance choreographer and director Kim has worked with many major companies and directors in Australia including Opera Australia, Melbourne and Sydney Theatre Company, Richard Wherrett, Neil Armfield, Wayne Harrison and Roger Hodegman. Kim has also done extensive choreographic work for television commercials, musicals, corporate and charity launches and music film clips.
In 1998 Kim was appointed as Artistic Director of the Flying Fruit Fly Circus and has not only created a number of new and innovative works but also toured the company both nationally and overseas to great acclaim.
Susan Rix - Board Member
Bachelor of Education (Art) - Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education
Susan studied dance with Margaret Barr and performed with the Margaret Barr Dance Drama group, 1973-1976, and Margaret Chapple principal of the Bodenweiser Dance Centre, 1980 - 1986.
Her current role as Dance Performance Officer, The Arts Unit, supports K-12 teachers and students in their achievement of enhanced outcomes in Dance by ensuring the development, delivery and evaluation of an extensive range of high quality dance programs that meet their needs throughout the state. Susan designs and delivers professional learning for teachers to build skills and capacities through MyPL registered courses, aligned with the NSW Quality Teaching Framework. She produces the HSC Dance CALLBACK Concerts and the NSW Department of Education’s Public Schools State Dance Festival, annually, which celebrates dance as an art form in all its expressions taught in our public schools. She is the current Dance Director for the Schools Spectacular and has been involved in the show since its inception in 1984. Susan is a valued member of the Sydney Dance Company’s Education Advisory Committee.