Margherita Coppolino, Chair
Margherita is an artist with disability working in the medium of photography. She has worked in a number of roles within the Victorian public sector, most recently in senior management within the Department of Planning and Community Development. Currently, Margherita runs her own disability and diversity consultancy business. She is well networked within the disability sector, playing a leadership role on a number of Boards and Committees. She is also Chair of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO). Margherita was appointed to the AAV Board in 2011.
Sharon Flanagan, Deputy Chair
Sharon is a visual artist working with mixed media on canvas, sculpture and multimedia. She also writes short stories and poetry and has recently started to combine poetry with her visual art. She has a strong interest in all art forms as well as a passion for nature and the environment and human rights issues. Sharon has held a broad range of professional roles including general and psychiatric nursing, executive recruitment, policy development, training, equal opportunity and affirmative action. She has also undertaken considerable pro-bono work for the not-for-profit sector, developing work experience programs for disadvantaged youth and people with disability and providing training for women returning to work. Sharon was appointed to the AAV Board in 2012.
Peter Crowle, Treasurer
Peter is a Chartered Accountant and has financial experience across many industries as well as international experience, working in the UK. Peter started his career in the Risk and Advisory Service Division at KPMG Melbourne and Perth offices and then worked for RGL Forensics based in London as an Independent Expert for business interruption matters. Peter also worked at Barclays Bank (Group Centre) in a challenging reporting environment in London. Currently, Peter is working with Cricket Australia in the implementation of a new funding distribution model for State Cricket Associations. Although far from an artist himself, Peter has a keen interest in the visual arts. Peter was appointed to the AAV board in 2014.
Brad Sadler, Director
Brad has an extensive history of senior executive management in community services including disability services. He is currently CEO of Windana, a statewide drug and alcohol recovery service. He has worked extensively with the Deaf community in the past and has been active in the arts as a singer/chorister, performer and director in community-based theatre. Brad was appointed to the AAV Board in 2012.
James Dipnall, Director
James is Manager of Visitor Services at the Arts Centre Melbourne. He has extensive networks in the arts and a proven commitment to improving access for people with a disability. James brings significant expertise in arts and disability from an audience perspective and has been a terrific champion of our organisation and its work. James has also undertaken training in governance. James was appointed to the AAV Board in 2011.
Mark Glazebrook, Director
Mark is passionate about identifying and supporting unrealized potential. With a background in the community, government and corporate sectors, Mark combines a sensitivity for difference with commercial acumen to open up new business and employment opportunities for artists with disabilities in the wider marketplace. The initiative he is most proud of is the work he led whilst at BP Australia that produced a new unsniffable fuel called Opal to help reduce petrol sniffing amongst remote communities (click here for further information). Mark is a free spirit these days, pursuing his fascination with inventing (click here to read about Mark’s latest invention) and advising corporations on their community responsibilities (click here to read about Mark’s consulting services). Mark was appointed to the AAV Board in 2013.
Beau Vigushin, Director
Beau has worked with various arts and events organisations since 2001, from freelance event management with Frontier Touring and A Day on the Green through to working as Customer Relations and Online Manager with Melbourne Recital Centre, promoting and supporting universal access through initiatives like being the first Australian performing arts venue to sell accessible wheelchair spaces online. Beau has volunteered for Arts Access Victoria since 2008 as an audio describer for a range of events including The Other Film Festival. Beau currently works as Director of Ticketing & CRM at Arts Centre Melbourne. Beau was appointed to the AAV Board in 2013.
Brooke Daly, Director
Brooke is a marketing and communications professional who has worked in Australia and Europe, and has managed PR campaigns for roll out in Asia and North America. In addition to holding an MA in Communications, Brooke’s experience spans the not-for-profit, government, corporate and education sectors, with roles in the health, tourism, arts and cultural industries. Brooke’s expertise includes communications strategy and media management, having managed international communications for Tourism Australia and the Australian Film Institute | Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. Brooke was appointed to the AAV Board in 2014.
Lara Davenport, Director
Lara’s approach of sharing knowledge and asking questions results in finding practical solutions to issues affecting health, development and wellbeing. Lara is a classical flautist and artist practices include pencil and charcoal drawing/sketching. An experienced development leader, Lara has consistently demonstrated her ability to create and maintain strong relationships and partnerships in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors. Working as a program manager and organisational consultant specialising in individual strength identification, Lara has led the development of community, leadership and mentoring programs nationally and internationally. Since 2006, development roles have resulted in successful experiential programs (e.g. music, multimedia and film, mural arts and sport), delivered in regional, rural and remote Australian communities. Furthermore, a former professional athlete (Gold Medallist Olympian, 2008), Lara’s combination of lived experience and tertiary studies in psychology drive her motivation to assist individuals, organisations and communities to perform to the utmost extent of their capabilities.
Rod Macneil, Director
Rod Macneil is a communications professional with more than 18 years experience building audiences and brands in cultural institutions in Australia and the United States. As Head of Communications and Partnerships for Museum Victoria, he leads communications, brand development and stakeholder engagement for Australia’s largest museums organisation. Rod has a PhD in art history from the University of Melbourne and a life-long passion for the visual arts. Born and raised in Melbourne, he is an occasional photographer, a regular swimmer and a reluctant gardener.
Roger Chao, Director
Roger is an experienced Director having been a member of and Chair of numerous Boards and Committees in the NFP sector. He has a strong background in social research, consulting, health and education policy and strategic planning. Roger brings to the Board strong governance experience, commercial acumen and research skills combined with a passion for social capital and capacity building as a means of bringing about social change, justice and welfare. Roger was appointed to the AAV Board in 2014.