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Our Team

Mardi Gras Team

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.

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Albert Kruger (he/him) Chief Executive Officer

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.

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Claire (Gil) Beckwith (she/her)Chief Financial Officer

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.

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PJ Gahan (he/him) Executive Producer

PJ Gahan has an extensive career spanning many performing arts disciplines. His background and qualifications are in financial services, criminology, disaster recovery, crowd science and work health safety.

As a Producer, Event Manager and Technical Director he has worked on many large-scale events across domestic and international markets. PJ’s experience includes events such as the Invictus Games, Vivid Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Michael Cassel Group, Opera Australia, Sydney Festival and Sydney International Cabaret Festival. PJ has a background and qualifications in financial services, criminology, disaster recovery, crowd science and work health safety.

Internationally PJ has worked as a consultant on the Asia Indoor Martial Arts Games (Turkmenistan), Riyadh Cultural Launch (Saudi Arabia) and a project for the Sydney Opera House (Germany).

PJ has immeasurable ties to the LGBTQIA+ community. He is passionate about engaging with the community he loves in his role through world-class events as Executive Producer.

Travis Conneeley (he/him) Creative Director

Travis brings over 25 years of creative experience to the team, with a diverse background spanning broadcast television, event production and creative design.

Over the years, he’s delivered award-winning creative both at the Seven Network and as the Creative Director of Foxtel. He’s also produced some of Sydney’s most memorable parties and events, and more recently is running his own creative agency.

Travis is also passionately involved with our community and is a huge fan of Mardi Gras, having volunteered as a parade marshal, a Sleaze Ball creative, as a float participant and float producer. He also executive produced 3 live parade telecasts. He may have even graced the stage as a community dancer with Ms Minogue. Shhh!

At the heart, Travis loves to fuse talent, technology and ideas to create unique experiences that bring joy to others. He has much pride in our talented, resilient and diverse community, and in what they have achieved over the years. For Travis, Mardi Gras is the time when our community comes together to shine, and he can’t wait to work with the team to help make that as bright as it can be.

FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION

Soane Tupou (he/him) Office Manager/Executive Assistant
Rebecca O'Donnell (she/her) Finance Consultant

DEVELOPMENT

Samantha Hans (she/her) Partnerships Manager
James Moran (he/him) Account Manager

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS

Anne-Marie Mina (she/her) Head of Marketing, Communications and Engagement
Bianca Blancato (she/her) Acting Head of Marketing and Communications
Rafael Contreras (he/him) Digital Marketing Manager
Joel de Sa (he/him) Senior Graphic Designer
Matika Little (she/her) First Nations & Community Engagement Officer
Jake Troncone (he/him) Marketing and Communications Executive 

FESTIVAL & EVENTS

Brock Taffe (he/him) Festival Producer
Lisa Martin (she/her) Festival Producer
Tracie Miller (she/her) Festival Producer
Ned Matthews (he/him) Festival Producer
Jakob Tate (he/him) Festival Coordinator
Cass Looveer (she/her) Parade Producer
Emily Santiago (she/her) Parade Manager
Bel West (she/her) Volunteers & Operations Manager
Liz Carter (she/her) Workshop Production Manager
Drew Reddy (they/them) Volunteers Coordinator

Mardi Gras Workshop Crew

Fourth Wall Production for Party, Laneway & Fair Day

Sold Out Events Production for Parade, Sideshow & Diamond Club

 

Thank you to all of the artists, consultants and contributors who continue to make Mardi Gras absolutely spectacular.

Further job opportunities can be found on our Work with Us page. You can reach any of us via our Contact Us page and we'll get right back to you.

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