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.


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.


Claire (Gil) Beckwith (she/her)Business & 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.


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.



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


Samantha Hans (she/her) Partnerships Manager
Ryan Carter (he/him) Head of Content


Anne-Marie Mina (she/her) Head of Marketing, Communications and Engagement
Rafael Contreras (he/him) Digital Marketing Manager
Joel de Sa (he/him) Senior Graphic Designer


Brock Taffe (he/him) Festival Producer
Lisa Martin (she/her) Festival Producer
Tracie Miller (she/her) Festival Producer
Jan Schneider (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

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.