The Board of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is delighted to announce the appointment of Gil Beckwith as the organisation’s Chief Executive Officer.
Stepping up from her role as Interim CEO and the current Chief Financial Officer for almost 5 years, Gil’s leadership during this transitionary period has been exceptional, ensuring the seamless continuation of operations while nurturing both our staff and relationships with community stakeholders and organisations.
Gil is an exceptional leader, with an impressive 20-year career in the Arts and not-for-profit industry, assuming senior finance and administration management roles. Her stellar resume includes stints at the Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Festival, and the Victorian AIDS Council. These experiences have equipped Gil with a nuanced understanding of the delicate balance between artistic and creative outcomes and positive financial results.
Gil’s dedication is further exemplified by her longstanding engagement with the LGBTQIA+ community. As the first female President of Midsumma in 1997 and an active volunteer in numerous roles, she embodies the spirit of Mardi Gras – community, celebration, and advocacy.
Speaking on her permanent appointment, Gil Beckwith said, “Having served this vibrant community in various capacities over the years, I am deeply honoured to be trusted with the CEO position. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is not just a festival, it’s a message, a movement, and a celebration. I am committed to championing our LGBTQIA+ community and ensuring our future is as luminous as our past.”
Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco, Chair of the Mardi Gras Board, said, “After an extensive recruitment process and interviewing other impressive candidates, the Board’s decision came naturally after witnessing Gil’s exceptional stewardship in the Interim CEO role. She brings a rare blend of financial astuteness, leadership finesse, and genuine passion for our community. Our theme for 2024 – ‘Our Future’ – resonates profoundly with this new chapter under Gil’s leadership.”
After an outstanding 2023 Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride season, and with plans already underway for 2024, Gil’s appointment heralds an exciting era for the festival, ensuring its growth, relevance, and cultural impact for years to come.