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Mardi Gras Governance

SGLMG Board 2018-2019. Clockwise from top left: 
Adrian Phoon, Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco, Kate Wickett, Robyn Kennedy, Jesse Matheson, Christopher Brooke, John Hannaford and Kat Dopper.

Our Membership elects the Board of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Ltd. The Board exists to ensure the organisation stays attuned to the wishes of members and the broader community. Its role is one of governance, developing policy, lobbying and ensuring the company has the right professional management team.

Kate Wickett - Co-Chair Mardi Gras

Kate Wickett | Co-Chair

Kate has been the Co-Chair of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras since 2017 and is on the Committee to bid to host WorldPride in Sydney in 2023.  In 2016 Kate was named in the inaugural list of the Deloitte Top 50 Most Influential LGBTI Leaders in Australia.  She is a lawyer by background, and her work typically involves strategic advice for large projects, transformation and general corporate advisory work.

Kate's vision for SGLMG includes the provision of an iconic, relevant and diverse creative arts festival for both emerging and established artists, while ensuring the organisation responds to, and is reflective of the LGBTI community views through leadership, advocacy and support.

Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco.

Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco | Co-Chair

Giovanni has been a proud part of the LGBTIQ community since his first Mardi Gras 20 years ago: member of the former SGLMG and founding member of the current one. His passion for direct participation had him involved with a number of organisations and initiatives over the years, including two years as the Membership Director of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association and more recently four years as the President of Queer Screen (Mardi Gras Film Festival). 

Giovanni's role as a Senior Project Manager for the last decade involves managing sensitive projects that require, beside governance, a strong focus on risks and issues management. Previous careers in theatre, events and photography make him attuned with the creative process as well.

Christopher Brooke

Christopher has been a Board member of SGLMG since early 2018 with special Board responsibilities including Treasurer of SGLMG and Board representative to the Governance Risk and Audit Committee.

Christopher has a Bachelor of Economics (Accounting) from Flinders University, a Master of Business Administration from University of Adelaide, and is a Fellow of both CPA Australia and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (London), and is a recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (February 2018) and also a Justice of the Peace.

Robyn Kennedy

Robyn Kennedy brings to the SGLMG Board high-level skills in strategic policy and planning, program development and implementation, business planning, monitoring and evaluation and the development of strategies to support growth and diversity.

Robyn has worked at senior levels in both the public and not for profit sector working across social and affordable housing, homelessness, Aboriginal housing, disability and health, with particular expertise in public policy and funding. 

Robyn’s career choices and voluntary involvement have been informed by a commitment to addressing issues related to social justice and civil rights.  She has worked closely with Aboriginal communities and public-sector agencies to address challenging social issues confronting these communities.  She has also worked with United Nations advocacy bodies and the Asian Women's Human Rights Council.

Robyn is a proud 78er with a long history of involvement in LGBTIQ activism. She has experience in corporate governance through membership of several not for profit Boards.

Robyn’s vision for SGLMG includes outreach to marginalised members of the GLBTIQ community, leveraging the international profile of SGLMG to advocate on issues affecting GLBTIQ communities and ensuring the preservation of our vibrant, diverse, 40-year history.

Jesse Matheson

Jesse Matheson

Jesse joined the Board in 2017 following ten years of volunteer work across Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras's Youth, Membership, Event Creative and Marketing working groups. During his first year as a director, he authored the Board's submission to the Senate inquiry into Marriage Equality legislation and led the successful reshaping of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras membership scheme as Chair of the Membership Committee. 

Jesse has a degree in Communications and has been published in a range of community, national and international publications such as BuzzFeed, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Associated Press. He currently studies a Masters of Public Policy and works as the Secretariat Officer for disability advocacy peak body Inclusion Australia.

Adrian Phoon

Adrian Phoon

Adrian was voted in as an SGLMG Board member at the 2018 Annual General Meeting. He's a gay Asian-Australian man with professional skills in helping large organisations practise good governance principles based on safety, accountability and inclusion. He's developed training for executives and staff throughout Australia and abroad on topics such as anti-money laundering, conflicts of interest and risk management.

Adrian's first community board experience was in 2006. He's a grassroots volunteer with a lifelong passion for promoting the diversity of our community. 

He’s also a writer who has published articles in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Junkee.