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COLIN NEAVE OAM / President
Colin Neave is the Commonwealth and ACT Ombudsman, Regional President of the Australasia and Pacific Ombudsman Region of the International Ombudsman Institute (and board member of the Institute) and Chair of the Pacific Ombudsman Alliance. He was formerly Chair of the Commonwealth Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee, President of the Administrative Review Council and also served as the Banking and Financial Services Ombudsman and then Chief Ombudsman of the Financial Ombudsman Service between 1996 and 2011.
He held senior positions with various state governments between 1987 and 1995 including Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department in Victoria, Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in South Australia and Managing Director of the Legal Aid Commission in New South Wales. He also served as Deputy Secretary of the Attorney-General's Department (Cwth). He practised as a Solicitor in Melbourne between 1967 and 1982, and from 1982 to 1987 he was General Counsel and the Company Secretary of the then listed company AMI Toyota Ltd and a Director of Toyota Group companies in Australia. He has a lively interest in the Arts having been a Board Member of the Melbourne Chorale and a Director of More Than Opera Ltd, as well as being a long standing subscriber to the Australian Ballet, Opera Australia, the Australian String Quartet and a regular attender of Red Stitch Theatre Company productions in Melbourne. He is a member of the Order of Australia.
ALISA TAYLOR / Vice-President
Alisa Taylor is a Partner at Meyer Vandenberg Lawyers. She has been a Canberran since moving here to study in 1998, and spent many of her University years writing, producing and acting in amateur productions at The Street Theatre. She is an avid fan of all things theatrical and artistic, and spends much of her free time (unsuccessfully) emulating Chopin.
Alisa brings to the board her skills in navigating tricky commercial issues, and her eye for detail in documents. Her day job involves advising many of Canberra's large developers and builders on how to run their projects smoothly and without dispute. She is excited to now also have the opportunity to also be involved in The Street Theatre's projects by serving on its board.
HENRY KAZAR / Treasurer
Henry joined the Board in February 2016 and accepted the role as Treasurer. He is a Partner of Ernst & Young prior to which he owned and operated his own accounting practice with one Partner and 16 employees. Henry has acted as treasurer of other not for profits and is acutely aware of the challenges faced by these organisations in our community.
Henry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has over 30 years’ experience in personal and corporate restructuring and corporate governance.
His interest in the Theatre and productions arises from his two daughters being actively involved in dance and acting in their early years.
A strong believer in supporting local community has led Henry to assisting the Street in seeking to achieve its potential.
SUE BEITZ / Secretary
Sue Beitz has been a board member since 2008, bringing with her a depth of management and governance knowledge to the board having had 18 years experience in Human Resources, Workplace Relations, business assurance and general management. Sue holds qualifications in the Arts (Psychology and Sociology) and Business Management (Grad Dip).
Sue's long time appreciation of the arts especially theatre and music, coupled with desire to make a contribution to the Canberra community inspired her to become involved with the Street. Sue's goal is to support the Street Theatre to develop its brand and audience to ensure a unique and diverse offering for Canberra audiences and opportunity for local talent.