Our Board

John Poulsen

John Poulsen

Interim Chair

John is the Principal of People, Passion & Performance and has deep ‘hands-on’ experience in creating and developing workplaces where people have a shared vision and purpose, so that the people thrive and the organisation flourishes sustainably.

John’s purpose in life is to help those in his sphere of influence to find deeper purpose, meaning and joy in their life. He also has passion for corporate governance and future trends arising from the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) times we live.

As a CTT Certified Consultant, John was formerly the Australian Managing Partner and CEO of Squire Patton Boggs where he was acknowledged as being an engaging, energising leader with a fierce determination to build and grow organisations.

Jay Emmanuel

Jay Emmanuel

Founding Board Member

Jay is a theatre-maker, writer, director, creative producer and community advocate. He is committed to community development using participatory theatre making processes, actively engaging the CACD space to facilitate expression for communities to tell their stories. Engagement with moral dilemmas around race, identity, gender, sexuality, social exclusion has enabled communities, especially young people from migrant, refugee and queer communities to speak up in often hostile environments. Children of the Sea is one such collaborative project spanning four years of research and development.

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Apart from Children of the Sea, Jay is currently working as a devisor on the adaptation of Mahabharata by Why Not Theatre (Canada) and has recently appeared in Helpmann award-winning play Counting and Cracking by Belvoir St/Co-Curious. In the past, he has worked with Theatre du Soleil (France), Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Perth Festival Lab, Perth Winter Arts Festival (WA) and with internationally renowned director Ariane Mnouchkine.

In October 2016, he founded St George’s Dance and Theatre program and has produced several well-received works including; Helpmann Award-nominated A Migrant’s Son, Fringe award-winning work Syncope, Biryani (Perth Winter Arts Festival), a solo show MAA, and In Between (Encounter), To Tell Tales (KickstART Festival) and co-produced In Situ (Strut Dance Co) and Proximity Festival.

In 2019, he was shortlisted for WA Young Person of the Year award and Woodside Best Emerging Arts Award in 2016. He is a graduate of the two-year program at Ecole Jacques Lecoq.

Aaron Hales LORES

Aaron Hales

Founding Board Member

Aaron has worked in performance and education for the past 20 years between England and Australia. After completing a Masters degree in composition at the London College of Music Aaron was offered the position as head of music at Ravenscourt Theatre School in London where he trained pupils in theatre and voice whilst conducting and musically directing numerous productions.

Aaron has been actively involved with musical theatre education at a tertiary level for the past 15 years between both WAAPA and the University of Western Australia having taught across a broad range of units including musicology, academic studies, performance studies, music theory, and especially vocal studies at both diploma and Bachelor level.

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Aaron has composed and arranged original works for the theatre and holds a PhD in Singaporean musical theatre with a key focus on arts policy in Asia. He regularly works in Singapore as both a consultant and artist in residence at the LASALLE COLLEGE of the Arts. Aaron had the wonderful opportunity to work on the formation of the AMEB Music Theatre syllabus in Australia and has since maintained his relationship with AMEB now as an examiner.

In conjunction with his tertiary commitments Aaron runs his own successful music studio and has pupils studying in every major school and university in the country. Likewise, Aaron has students performing in many productions in Australia and overseas whilst working as a vocal consultant and singing teacher on most of the touring shows in Perth and Australia. He is very excited to be involved in the Perth International Cabaret Festival.

Pam Herron

Pam Herron

Founding Board Member

Pam Herron is a Licensed Real Estate Agent and Company Director who currently sits on various animal welfare boards and committees and is delighted to be on the founding committee of the Perth International Cabaret Festival.

Her past experience includes three years as Secretary and three years as Chair of the Beaufort Street Network, the organising committee of the Beaufort Street Festival and Beaufort Street Art Market.

Pam was also involved in the fundraising and setting up of the Bendigo Bank Community Bank in North Perth.

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Over the past 20 years Pam has been involved in fundraising for charity, seeking out sponsorships and holding charity auctions.

The Perth International Cabaret Festival is a welcome addition to the Perth art and entertainment scene and Pam is excited to be involved.

Catriona Macleod

Founding Board Member

Catriona Macleod is co-director of Cullen Macleod Lawyers. She is viewed as a leader in legal practice for promoting and encouraging flexible work environments and a healthy work-life balance.

Catriona assists a variety of boards and committees across the legal, business, and not-for profit sectors including the Piddington Society (law), the Western Suburbs Business Association, the Subiaco Justice Centre (a form of community legal centre) and the Autism Association of WA. Catriona has just finished a three year appointment as the inaugural co-chair of the Austral Asia Centre for Legal Innovation.

Catriona has a broad perspective on the intersection between legal education, business needs and modern legal service delivery.  She has a particular interest in bringing legal services into the 21st Century and enabling happy, healthy workers to have fulfilling, modern careers in the law.

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Prior experience working with the Law Reform Commission of WA, with the former Chief Justice of WA, and teaching at Murdoch Law School, has also provided Catriona with a broad background that contributes to her current areas of interest and expertise.

With a first degree in History of Art, and a personal interest in art and theatre, Catriona is delighted to be involved with the Perth International Cabaret Festival, to  bring local, national and international artists to WA.

Laura Milke-Garner

Laura Milke-Garner

Founding Board Member

Laura Milke-Garner (MILKE) is an award-winning producer, mentor and active advocate for the arts in Australia. She has been producing events, shows and touring productions for over 20 years. In 2008, she established her own company MILKE to help artists produce their work, while also providing 1:1 mentorship, workshops and online courses for artists and producers looking to develop their artistic careers.

MILKE has creatively developed and produced work for Sydney Opera House, Sydney Festival, Arts Centre Melbourne, Darwin Festival, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Power House, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Venice Biennale.

Danny Olson

Danny Olsen

Founding Board Member

Danny Olsen is a Business Services Partner with more than 17 years of experience in providing advisory services to business owners and high net worth individuals. He is also an experienced business owner and investor who has grown start-up businesses to become high growth, profitable and valuable enterprises. Through this entrepreneurial focus he brings a unique perspective and is able to clearly understand and empathise with the challenges business owners are faced with.

As a trusted strategic advisor, he has supported his clients through their journey from start-up to growth and then on to exit, which has in a number of cases involved raising capital from external investors. His high level of skill in taxation and accounting is underpinned with a clear mind for business strategy and execution.

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He has a passion for educating business owners and improving their awareness and skills on operating more profitable businesses. Most recently developing and delivering an education series for owners and operators of small and medium businesses to assist them to accelerate growth and to become investor ready.

Danny’s experience covers small, medium and large privately-owned businesses and extends across a wide range of industries. He is highly regarded for his practical approach to problem solving and his attention to detail.  His deep understanding of the taxation law and ability to simplify the complex is of enormous benefit to his clients.

Danny is a Member of Chartered Accountants of Australian and New Zealand (CAANZ) and is a Dale Carnegie Graduate.

Jo Wilkie

Jo Wilkie

Founding Board Member

Jo has enjoyed a rich, diverse and rewarding life that spans the community, government and corporate sectors.

She is a social innovator, committed to building community through innovation, cooperation, collaboration and activism.

She is passionate about the role of the third sector as a key player in a civil society and is involved in many community initiatives and Boards including: Perron Institute for Neurological and Translational Science, Government House Foundation, Apex Camp Jurien, Perth International Cabaret Festival, Swan River Trust.

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Jo was a leader in the not-for-profit sector for 20 years working at Centrecare, Anglicare the YMCA. During this time, she was appointed to four Ministerial Advisory Councils and was a member of the WA Government Taskforce on Families, President of the Youth Affairs Council WA, founding Chairperson of the Youth Legal Service, foundation member of both the Youth Accommodation Coalition and the Youth Sector Training Council. She was part of the team that established the ECU BA in Youth Work.

During some 20 years as a Grants Manager at Lotterywest, Jo managed a number of grant portfolio areas including: Big Ideas — Statewide Initiatives, WA Universities, Research, Community Legal Centres, Community Radio and Television, the State Homelessness Strategy and Aboriginal.

Jo is currently the Principal of Jo Wilkie Consulting which provides services to government, corporate and community organisations in the areas of: social enterprise and social investment; strategic business development; governance and leadership, cross-sector partnerships, financial and organisational sustainability

Jo is a qualified Football (soccer) coach and referee, founded one junior Club and rescued another from deregistration. Has been a Rotarian for more than 4 decades and a recent founding member of City Rotary.