Margherita Coppolino, Chair
Margherita is an artist with a 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.
Brad Sadler, Acting Treasurer
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.
Sharon Flanagan, Director
Sharon is a visual artist working with mixed media on canvas, sculpture and multi-media. 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. She has had 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 non-profit sector, developing work experience programs for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities and providing training for women returning to work. Brad has an extensive history of senior executive management in community services including disability services. Sharon was appointed to the AAV Board in 2012.
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 a 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. (For further information: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EjcA6tlFmE) Mark is a free spirit these days, pursuing his fascination with inventing (see www.doycompany.com) and advising corporations on their community responsibilities (see www.markglazebrook.com). Mark was appointed to the AAV Board in 2013.
Gregoria Todaro, Director
Gregoria is an artist, whose practice encompasses writing and design. She has insights into mental health, in her role as a carer. Gregoria is also a lawyer with strong networks in the private and government sector. She has worked in senior policy roles within the state government and undertaken extensive work in the not-for profit environment with UNESCO, Fitzroy Legal Service and St Kilda Cross Roads. Gregoria was appointed to the AAV Board in 2011.
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.