Organisational Structure

A guide to who’s who at QPAC

QPAC is governed by a Board of Trust members appointed by the Queensland Government. In collaboration with the Trust members, QPAC is managed by an Executive Group that is responsible for the operations and the achievement of the Centre's strategic priorities. QPAC is a Statutory Body of the Queensland Government with its responsibilities set out in the Queensland Performing Arts Trust Act 1977.

Trust Members

Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, Chair

Professor Peter Coaldrake is Vice-Chancellor and CEO of Queensland University of Technology (QUT), a position he took up in April 2003.

Peter Coaldrake is a dual Fulbright Scholar; as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the field of politics/public policy (1980 – 1981), and as a Senior Scholar in the field of higher education policy and management (2001 – 2002). Professor Coaldrake is the author or editor of a number of books and monographs including, as co-author (with Dr Lawrence Stedman), of On the Brink: Australia’s Universities Confronting Their Future (UQP, 1998), Academic Work in the Twenty-First Century (DETYA, 1999), and Raising the Stakes: Gambling with the Future of Universities (UQP, 2013; second edition 2016). He is also the author of Working the System: Government in Queensland (UQP, 1989).

Peter Coaldrake is the National Chair of the Fulbright Scholarship Selection Committee and of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management. Peter was Chair of the Queensland Heritage Council from 2011-2016. He also served as Chair of the peak body representing Australian universities, Universities Australia (UA), between 2009-2011, and in 2014 he re-joined that Board. Professor Coaldrake was Chair of the Australian Technology Network (ATN), between 2012-2013, and in December 2015 completed a four-year term as Chair of the governing board of the OECD higher education group (IMHE). Earlier in his career he spent four years as Chair of Queensland’s Public Sector Management Commission.

Professor Coaldrake was named as a recipient of a 2017 Queensland Great Award by the Premier of Queensland on 6 June, and he was the awarded the 2016 Asia Pacific Leadership Award by the Council for Advancement of Support of Education (CASE) in April.

Ms Leigh Tabrett PSM, Deputy Chair

Leigh Tabrett PSM has worked as a secondary teacher, a university administrator, and senior public servant, ending her career public service career as Deputy Director-General (Arts Queensland) in the Department of Premier and Cabinet. She has served on numerous state and national policy and co-ordinating bodies and government owned companies, has been an advisor to both State and Federal Governments on higher education and on arts and cultural policy, and has led policy, organisational and legislative reform agendas in both areas.

She now works as a company director, business coach and consultant in the arts and community services sectors. She is Chair of Bleached Arts Ltd, which delivers the Bleach Festival on the Gold Coast, a Director of publishing house Currency House Ltd, a Director of the Community Services Industry Alliance and of dvconnect. As Chair of Of One Mind Ltd, she is working to develop the WOW (Women of the World) Festival in Australia, including the staging of WOW in Brisbane 2015, and in 2018, as part of the cultural festival for the Commonwealth Games.

Mr Charles Berry

Charles Berry is an alumnus of Canada’s National Ballet School and was a member of the Stuttgart Ballet until 2009 when he was forced to stop dancing due to injury. Charles has performed with the Stuttgart Ballet at the Opera Garnier in Paris, the Coliseum in London, and theatres in Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Seoul amongst many others.

Charles joined QIC in 2014 and currently oversees the Fund Accounting team responsible for the accounting and reporting for the Global Infrastructure and Global Private Capital portfolios valued at approximately $14 billion. Prior to joining QIC, Charles was an audit and special projects manager with Welch LLP.

Charles has qualified for several professional designations including Chartered Accountant (Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand), Certified Internal Auditor (Institute of Internal Auditors) and Graduate (Australian Institute of Company Directors). He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Athabasca University.

Charles is currently a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand Queensland Corporate Advisory Panel and has held various board and committee roles, including as a non-executive director of Toronto Dance Theatre and Co-Chair of Canada’s National Ballet School Alumni Committee.

Mr Dare Power

Dare Power is Group Administration Manager for his family business BMD, one of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction, consulting and urban development organisations.

In addition, Dare is one of the driving forces behind PowerArts, an arts investment and production vehicle that works to facilitate live performing arts projects. For over ten years, PowerArts has contributed to the Australian performing arts landscape through a mixture of direct investment, sponsorship and philanthropy.

Dare has served on the board of several arts organisations, and is currently a director of Queensland’s premier contemporary dance company, Expressions Dance Company.

Dare holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Queensland, a Master of Film and Television from Bond University, and an Executive MBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Susan Rix AM

An accomplished business leader with over 35 years’ experience as a chartered accountant and corporate advisor assisting clients in varied aspects of commercial, financial and taxation matters with an emphasis on small to medium enterprises across a broad range of industries and professions.

Additionally, an experienced company director (and Chair) with current and past board roles spanning the private, not-for-profit and government sectors in diverse industries including agriculture, rail, ports, infrastructure, disability services, and education. A Fellow of the Chartered Accountants, Australia and New Zealand and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Professor Chris Sarra

Professor Chris Sarra is the founder and Chairman of the Stronger Smarter Institute Limited and Professor of Education at the University of Canberra. He is also a sole Director of his own Business and Leadership Consultancy, Strong Smart Solutions.

In 2016, Chris received the prestigious NAIDOC Person of the Year Award as recognition for ongoing and relentless efforts to positively change educational expectations of Indigenous children throughout Australia.

Despite limited teacher expectations of Chris as a student he went on to achieve many distinguished academic credentials including a Diploma of Teaching, a Bachelor of Education, a Master of Education and a PhD in Psychology with Murdoch University. He also has an Executive Masters in Public Administration and a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Leanne de Souza

Leanne de Souza is a highly-respected veteran of the Australian music industry. With 25 years’ experience working in artist management and events she has represented various high profile, award winning, commercially successful and critically acclaimed contemporary musicians.

A long-standing champion and advocate for contemporary music Leanne was a foundation board member of the Queensland Music Network (Q Music) and currently holds the Executive Director role for the Association of Artist Managers (AAM).

As an entrepreneur, Leanne is the founder and director of the Rock and Roll Writers Festival. As a sought-after consultant and facilitator, she has worked extensively across art forms and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples nationally. As a lecturer, she has worked for Griffith University, Queensland Conservatorium and TAFE Queensland. As a peer assessor Leanne regularly sits on assessment panels for the Australia Council, Arts Queensland and Brisbane City Council.


Executive Group


Chief Executive: John Kotzas

Executive Director - Visitation: Roxanne Hopkins
Executive Director - Business Performance: Kieron Roost
Executive Director - Stakeholder Engagement Strategy: Jackie Branch
Acting Executive Director - Curatorial: Bill Jessop
Director - Programming: John Glenn
Acting Director - Operations: Chris Philippi 
Director - Human Resources and Safety:
Alicia Dodds
Director - Public Engagement and Learning: Rebecca Lamoin
Director - Finance and Business: Michael Stout
Director - Communications and Marketing: Angela Slater