BOARD 

Our Board of Directors comprises twelve seats: four positions for Founding Directors; four positions for Member Directors and four positions for Appointed Directors. Founding Members are nominated by AMCOS, APRA, ARIA and PPCA.
Member Directors are elected by Support Act’s membership at the AGM. Appointed Directors are selected by the Board of Directors. As of 10 October 2013, all directors are appointed for a two year term and are able to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. All directors are unpaid and give their time voluntarily.

Mark Callaghan

Mark is the singer songwriter of iconic Australian bands GANGgajang and The Riptides. He’s toured nationally and internationally…

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Sebastian Chase

Sebastian started in the music industry in the 1970s as an artist manager and is regarded as a pioneer of the independent music market.

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Linda Courtney

Linda had over 30 years experience working in the music industry when she joined the board in 2013.

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Leah Flanagan

Leah is a singer-songwriter from Darwin, with Italian, Aboriginal and Irish heritage.

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Cath Haridy

Catherine Haridy Management’s stable includes Eskimo Joe, Jebediah, Adalita and Bob Evans, Steven Schram, Jimi Maroudas, Anna Laverty, Gareth Parton…

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Sally Howland

Chair Sally has worked with APRA AMCOS for over 30 years, most recently as the Head of Member Services and prior to that the Director of Membership.

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Karin Lines

Karin Lines is currently the Executive Director Mental Health Branch, NSW Ministry of Health, after six years as the Executive Director of Clinical Operations (Forensic Health).

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John O’Donnell

John O’Donnell, the Managing Director of EMI Recorded Music Australia, is one of the most highly regarded music executives in Australia. He has spent 30 years in the music industry…
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Keith Potger

A founding member of The Seekers, Keith Potger’s musical career spans over five decades and continues through his work with that group and his solo concerts in Australia…
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Fifa Riccobono

As the former CEO of Albert Music, Fifa has been in the music industry for over 40 years. Fifa worked with the cream of Australian artists, including AC/DC, John Paul Young…
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Lynne Small

Lynne has acted as Company Secretary and Treasurer since 1998, and is also the General Manager for both the Australian Recording Industry Association Ltd (ARIA)…

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John Watson

John Watson is the President of both John Watson Management and the label, Eleven: a music company…

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STAFF 

Meet our dedicated staff members…

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Clive has a thirty year history in the not-for-profit sector.

His most recent position was as Global Chief Executive Officer of the charity Optometry Giving Sight. He has expertise in fundraising, marketing, strategy and business development. He has also spent time as an artist manager and with the YothuYindi Foundation. He is responsible for the day to day management and leadership of the organisation.

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Lindy is responsible for assessing applications for help and delivering Support Act’s crisis relief service.

Following an early career as a social worker, Lindy Morrison OAM (BSW MLS) played drums with The Go-Betweens from 1980 – 1990 and with Cleopatra Wong from 1990 – 1993. Lindy has worked as a community musician and music educator since then. She has been the Artist Director on Phonographic Performance Council of Australia Board since 1993.  In 1998, Lindy was appointed as Support Act’s National Welfare Coordinator and is responsible for assessing applications for help and delivering Support Act’s crisis relief service.

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Jo’s responsibilities include communications, marketing and fundraising.

Joanna worked for many years as a senior manager across a number of business to business titles with an international magazine publisher in the UK (technology and pro audio based). With a strong interest in fundraising and social welfare as well as a lifelong passion for music, Joanna began working with Support Act in 2008. As Communications Manager, Joanna’s responsiblities include volunteers, marketing, fundraising and website management. “I’ve always loved music and I’m passionate about supporting music creators, especially as it gets tougher to keep doing what you love”. 

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Jen is our Finance Manager and is responsible for all financial aspects of the organisation.

Jen Rowe has a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Marketing) from the University of New South Wales. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia with over fifteen years accounting and finance experience, and has completed a Graduate Diploma in Management at the Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM). Jen commenced as finance manager of Support Act in 2014. Until December 2018, she also worked as a consultant to Stingray Music, a Canadian listed music company, and Digital Music Distribution Pty Ltd where she previously held the role of financial controller. Prior to this, she was financial controller at Sony Music Australia for over five years. She has also worked in publicly listed companies and chartered accounting firms both in Australia and overseas. “In working for Support Act, I am involved with an organisation where I can truly believe that the experience, passion and dedication that I put into my work will be beneficial to the music industry and greater society”.

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Jolene’s role is to support each member of the team in their role in finance, social welfare and communications.

Jolene Brown joined the Support Act team in July 2015, as the Administrator. She has over 15 years’ experience in marketing and administration, across a range of industries in different parts of the world. Jolene has a BA Honours degree in Industrial Relations and Journalism/Media Studies, as well as a post-graduate Certificate in Marketing. Her previous roles have included Marketing Manager at Empire Marina, Sydney, Marketing Co-ordinator for G Adventures, Melbourne, Marketing Administration Assistant at the Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Melbourne, and Directors’ Personal Assistant at Horizon Yacht Charters, Caribbean. “It means so much more to be working in an organization where what you do everyday, not matter how insignificant, makes a real difference to people’s lives”.

Carina

Carina is Support Act’s first social worker solely servicing Victoria & Tasmania.

Carina is an experienced social worker with additional qualifications and extensive, well developed practice skills.  Carina brings more than 10 years of experience working in the social and community services sector to her role at Support Act. Carina is based in Melbourne and is the organisation’s first social worker solely servicing Victoria and Tasmania.

Carina holds a BA in Social Work with earlier qualifications in social pedagogy, frontline management and an extensive list of accomplished professional development. Carina is a traveller at heart; and combines her passion for music and social work in her role at Support Act.

She has well developed knowledge and expertise in trauma and attachment, mental health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol, strong advocating and support skills, strength based and solution focused supports, stress-management and meditation practices, coupled with vast experience and demonstrated skills in working with a range of vulnerable people in the community. Her experience extends from direct practice to frontline management, program development and evaluation, project coordination, fundraising and knowledge in policy development.

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Joanna is Support Act’s former CEO and a consultant on the team.

Joanna Cave has 20 years experience as a Chief Executive in a variety of arts organisations and charities in both the UK and Australia. In 2013, Jo was appointed as Support Act’s first Chief Executive. In 2018 Jo left the position and now consults part time. 

VOLUNTEERS

We are supported in our work by a large team of volunteers working across the country which enables us to deliver a nationwide service whilst keeping our costs very low. Support Act is very grateful to all the people who volunteer on our behalf.

SUPPORT ACT ADELAIDE

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

GARY BURROWS – CHAIR

SUPPORT ACT PERTH

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

CLYDE BEVAN – CHAIR