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.

John Watson

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


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.


Linda Courtney

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


Leah Flanagan

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


Alethea Beetson

Alethea Beetson

Alethea Beetson is a Kabi Kabi + Wiradjuri artist and producer living on stolen land in Brisbane.


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.


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).


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…

Tom Larkin

Tom Larkin

Tom Larkin has been a career musician for the past 30 years, as the founding member of the NZ rock band Shihad.


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David Albert

David is the CEO of Alberts and is part of the fifth generation to work in the Albert family business.


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)…


Jacqueline Purcell

Jacqueline Purcell

Jacqueline Purcell is the Chief Financial Officer at Deputy, a high growth workforce management software company based in Sydney. She joined the business in March 2020….


Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Rebecca Quick

Rebecca Quick

Rebecca has a Bachelor in Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Western Sydney and is a member of CA ANZ. For the past 18 years she has worked for Warner Music Group and currently holds the offices of CFO and Director for Australasia. Rebecca is also a member of the Finance Committee for Australian Recording Industry Association Ltd (ARIA) and Phonographic Performance Company of Australia Ltd


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.


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.


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

Lisa has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the University of Technology, Sydney and is a member of CPA Australia. For the past 18 years she has worked for Westfield in various finance roles, most recently as a senior corporate accountant. “I joined Support Act because I want to use my skills to make a difference in areas that I am passionate about, mental health, wellbeing and music.”


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”.

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Lou is our Fundraising & Marketing Associate and looks after community fundraising and events.

Lou is a passionate music lover (especially live music), having worked in the music industry for 6 years in venue management, NFP community arts, bookings, artist management, promotions and festival work. With 20+ years experience in graphic design and marketing (B.Design Vis Comm Honours), and 25+ years working with various charities and fundraising, Lou is excited to continue artist management, whilst working with Support Act. “Working with an organisation that reflects my own personal beliefs and values is important to me. I love music, and am passionate about supporting all people who work within the industry.”

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Anne is a social worker servicing Victoria & Tasmania.

Anne has been a music lover all her life, from waking up early to see the latest clips on rage as a child, to attending gigs and festivals, enjoying all that the Melbourne music scene has to offer. She is thrilled to be working for Support Act, an organisation that combines her passions – people and music.

Anne has a Masters of Social Work, and brings over 10 years of experience to this role. She has worked across crisis support, community health, housing support and homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol services, and has a special interest in trauma informed care.


Brett manages Support Act’s database and also works closely with the fundraising team to develop and provide data insights to foster effective and long-term supporter relationships.

Brett has 25 years experience in CRM systems and data management, the last 15 of those in the not for profit sector, with organisations like Greenpeace, and The Kid’s Cancer Project. Within his NFP roles Brett has worked closely with fundraising and donor care to ensure the CRM and data drives the effectiveness of those functions. Brett considers himself an avid supporter of the Australian music industry “I remember vividly the very first  gig I went to at Flemington Markets in Sydney where a number of local acts played, headlined by the Angels. It was the first of many hundreds of gigs  I’ve enjoyed across Sydney, on reflection seeing Aussie bands in pubs and clubs in and around Sydney have been some of the best times I’ve ever had. I am so grateful to have this role at Support Act and the opportunity to give something back to the industry that has given me so much.”

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Luke is Support Act’s Industry Relations and Partnerships, in Vic

Luke has extensive events industry experience as a performer and as owner/operator of corporate entertainment agency, Lark Music. Luke also comes with significant Non-Profit sector experience, having worked in Community Development and Advocacy in the homelessness and AOD sectors, and in Service Management and Fundraising at Reclink Australia. Luke still keeps the flame burning as lead singer of FOOLS.

Cerisa Grant First Nations Community Engagement - Social Worker Support Act

Cerisa is a proud Walpiri, Jawoyn and Gurrindji woman from Katherine who now resides in Melbourne. 

Cerisa is a proud Walpiri, Jawoyn and Gurrindji woman from Katherine who now resides in Melbourne. She is an artist manager, events manager and liaison / case support worker who has worked with the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA), Barpirdhila Foundation and Territory Families.

“I am excited to take on this role as it combines both of my passions – music and social work. I am also very proud of my culture and look forward to being able to create a safe space for First Nations music workers so that they can access Support Act’s wonderful support services should they need to.”

Cerisa’s appointment is a 12-month position that has been made possible thanks to financial support provided by the Australian Government through the Office for the Arts.


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.