Academic Qualifications

FCME (Fellow of the Collegiate of Music Educators 2012)

M.Mus. (Mus. Ed.) University of Sydney Conservatorium (1998)
Throughout my life in the Great Lakes, over more than 30 years, I have maintained a keen and active involvement in community, educational and cultural activities.

I am committed to life-long learning for all, and have a passionate belief in the right of every person of every age to have access to a balanced and creative life in a safe environment.



Achievements of Note

  • Re-elected as Chair of Arts Mid North Coast 2018. Peak body supporting creative and performing arts and cultural development on the MNC
  • With the amalgamation of Great Lakes with Greater Taree and Gloucester into Midcoast Council in 2016 was apointed to the Interim Advisory Committee
    • While on council:
    • Re-elected to Great Lakes Council September 2012 for a third term (since 2004).
    • Re-elected to State Executive Local Government Association October 2011 for a third term.
    • Founding Chairperson of the Great Lakes Arts Network (GLAN – an S355 committee of Great Lakes Council). This group involves all local creative and performing artists and community members, providing them with support and communication, and encouraging cultural development in the region.  It also umbrellas a number of Working Groups.
    • Chair –  Crime Prevention Task Force. Instrumental in gaining 24 hour policing for Forster Tuncurry
  • An active contributor to the community and cultural life of the region, with involvement on many community committees, including school support, and Oyster Festivals.
  • Taught at Forster High for sixteen years. Work at Forster High included the staging of many of the high school productions and the instruction of many of Forster’s best and brightest.
  • Directed plays and musicals for the Great Lakes Amateur Dramatic Society, Taree Arts Council Theatre, Carols by Candlelight, the arrival of the Olympic Torch in Tuncurry and many other musical and community events.
  • Founding President of Sinfonia Mid North Coast, the only community orchestra in our area, which has become a key cultural identity.
  • The founder and Director Company of Voices a twenty-two voice adult vocal ensemble that performs throughout the Great Lakes for charitable fund-raising
  • Taught at local primary and infants schools, and instructed many young talented musicians from my home teaching studio.