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Rachel has been working in the arts and cultural sector for more than twenty years, including four years as Director of Performing Arts for Sydney Opera House and ten years as General Manager of Belvoir St Theatre. Rachel has also worked for The Australian Ballet, Handspan Theatre and the State Theatre Company of South Australia and as a cultural industries consultant and independent producer. She is currently Executive Manager, Culture for the City of Sydney and is leading the process of developing a new cultural policy for the City.
Mark Davy founded Futurecity in 2007 as a culture and placemaking consultancy and a platform for predominantly private sector involvement in culture-driven development of our urban centres. Under his leadership Futurecity now has over 30 clients in the property industry, has written over 100 cultural and arts strategies for large brownfield developments, regeneration areas and urban centres across the UK and works for a wide range of property sector, local authority and public sector clients. Recent projects include Slipstream, Richard Wilson's sculpture at Heathrow Terminal 2, City Art Fund strategy which has led to the ambitious Sculpture in the City project for the City of London and the Culture Line for Crossrail.
Mary Darwell leads Arts NSW in its activities to support a vibrant arts and cultural life in NSW.Arts NSW is a NSW Government agency that creates more opportunities for more people to shape and experience excellent arts and culture in NSW.Arts NSW works to achieve this by directly investing in artists, organisations and arts professionals, by developing creative spaces and places, and by leading and implementing strategies that bolster the sector’s success.Mary brings 20 years’ experience to her current role and previously held roles as Executive Director, Economic Development Division in the NSW Cabinet Office; Director, Structural Reform, NSW Health; and Manager, Group Environment with energy company AGL. Mary held legal positions with Mallesons Stephen Jaques and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.Mary is currently Chair of the NSW Cultural Institutions forum, Minister’s alternative on the Sydney Festival Board and previous Board member of Carriageworks, Sydney Film Festival and Museums and Galleries NSW.
An experienced CEO, non-executive director, cultural precinct leader, producer, and public servant, Richard Evans has held roles as Executive Director of The Bell Shakespeare Company, Managing Director of Sydney’s BridgeClimb, Executive Director of The Australian Ballet and CEO of Sydney Opera House.
Richard has a deep knowledge of and experience in managing creative companies, a strong entrepreneurial outlook and a solid record of commercial management, growth and government relations. Richard is a passionate place maker, with an acute sense of potential for public spaces and cultural infrastructure projects.
He is tech-savvy, data driven, insightful, energetic, and an inspiring leader of high performing teams. Richard has a global outlook and relationships, with significant international experience and networks.
Following a 20-year career in the arts Richard established REĂ Consulting Pty Ltd in early 2013. REĂ Consulting is a boutique consulting firm offering business, philanthropic, contemporary communications, marketing and fundraising insights and strategies. Key skills include team building and experience planning in the arts, culture, events and broader community and cultural infrastructure and development environments.
Current appointments and projects include being the Advisor for Arts and Culture to the Barangaroo Delivery Authority, Chairman of the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals, Board Member of Belvoir Street Theatre, and assisting the Sydney Theatre Company in their search for a new Artistic Director.