Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras can only happen with massive community effort and volunteerism, however it also depends on a backbone of dedicated specialist staff.
Albert Kruger | CEO
Before joining Mardi Gras, Albert led the Industrial Portfolio delivering Exhibitions and Trade Fairs' five largest domestic business-to-business shows. In the last two years, he has been responsible for the end-to-end delivery for each event, including exhibition and sponsorship sales, operations, ticket sales, marketing, and finance departments driving tangible results and growth KPI's. Before working in Australia, Albert started an events company at 21 and managed the business for 12 years. As founder and CEO of Contemporary Events group of companies in South Africa, he saw the business grow from 1 to over 60 employees across four brands. Albert has delivered several significant projects in his career, and maintained a central ethos that every event should not only be fun to attend but always serve a higher purpose with a clear strategic outcome.
His vision for SGLMG is to build on the solid foundations and grow the organisation into a highly successful global brand. He intends to leverage the momentum of the existing Australian events experience to ensure the organisation's financial viability and build on Australia's diversity and inclusion agenda.
Grant Lowe | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Grant commenced with Mardi Gras in 2017 as the Parade Producer for our 40th Anniversary year. He stepped into his current role of Executive Producer in 2018. Grant has also given his time previously to Mardi Gras back in 2007/2008 where he volunteered with us working on Fair Day and many other events.
Grant is an established, senior event and project management professional. He has a unique strategic planning and operational skillset, ensuring the exceptional delivery of live performance, events, sport and other entertainment properties. Upholding personal and professional integrity, he is an engaging and influential leader who shows enthusiasm for creativity, people and positive community outcomes.
Claire (Gil) Beckwith | BUSINESS AND FINANCE MANAGER
Gil has a significant career in the Arts and not for profit industry in senior finance and administration management roles. Her working career spans over 20 years and includes working for Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Festival and the Victorian AIDS Council. Gil brings a keen understanding of the fine balance of successful artistic and creative outcomes with positive financial results.
She is very passionate about our community and she feels very fortunate to marry her work career with her passion for the LGBTQI+ community. She has been involved in the community as a volunteer in various roles and was the first female President of Midsumma in 1997.
Jason Dixon | HEAD OF PARTNERSHIPS
At the beginning of his career Jason joined Mardi Gras as Marketing Assistant for the 2010 Festival and Sleaze Ball. Nearly a decade later, with experience across ten countries managing over 100 corporate, government, community and cultural events and sponsors, Jason returned to Mardi Gras – working his way up the ranks of the Partnerships department and was appointed as Head of Partnerships at the 2020 Festival.
Jason has a Masters of Event Management and his experience includes marketing, production, and project management roles in Australia and the UK.
FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION
Rebecca O'Donnell | FINANCE CONSULTANT (she/her)
Callum McLean | OFFICE MANAGER (he/him)
Samantha Hans | PARTNERSHIPS COORDINATOR (she/her)
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Brock Taffe | FESTIVAL PRODUCER (he/him)
Lisa Martin | FESTIVAL PRODUCER (she/her)
Tracie Miller | FESTIVAL PRODUCER (she/her)
Jan Schneider | FESTIVAL COORDINATOR (he/him)
Cass Looveer | PARADE PRODUCER (she/her)
Emily Santiago | PARADE MANAGER (she/her)
Bel West | VOLUNTEERS MANAGER (she/her)
Liz Carter | WORKSHOP PRODUCTION MANAGER (she/her)
MARDI GRAS WORKSHOP CREW
Fourth Wall | PRODUCTION FOR PARTY, LANEWAY & FAIR DAY
Sold Out Events | PRODUCTION FOR PARADE, SIDESHOW & DIAMOND CLUB
Anne-Marie Mina | MARKETING MANAGER (she/her)
Bianca Blancato | MARKETING EXECUTIVE (she/her)
Joel de Sa | GRAPHIC DESIGNER (he/him)
Matt Akersten | SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER & COMMUNITY LIAISON (he/him)