Simon Collins was first elected MEAA federal president in 2015, and again in 2017 and 2019.
Now retired as a full-time musician, Simon played viola for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for more than three decades.
He began his career as a professional musician at the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 1978 and quickly became active active with the Musicians’ Union of Australia.
He was an instrumental figure in the creation of the Symphony Orchestra Musician Association (SOMA) in the mid-1990s.
As Federal President, Simon’s responsibilities include signing off on MEAA’s financial accounts, chairing meetings of the board and the Federal Council, and representing MEAA on various forums.
Marcus was elected President of MEAA Media in 2017 and re-elected in 2019. He was a senior journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald for 14 years and now works as a science media adviser at the University of Sydney. Marcus was a Walkley Award finalist in 2016 and finalist for Science Journalist of the Year at the 2017 Eureka Awards. He is a director of the Walkley Foundation and chair of the Media Safety & Solidarity Fund.
(Victorian Board Member)
(SA/NT, TAS, ACT & WA branches board member)
A. Mark Thomas
Jason is an actor, director and producer who has worked nationally and internationally with Australia’s leading theatre companies and has been the artistic director of Grin and Tonic since 2011. The Queensland-based theatre company delivers critically-acclaimed mainstage productions, as well as workshops to over 60,000 school students per year. Jason has been a member of MEAA for nearly 20 years serving on the Queensland Branch, National Performers Committee and the MEAA Board.
Camilla Ah Kin
(NSW board member)
(Qld board member)
Fiona has worked in the Australian screen industry for three decades as a production designer and art director on productions ranging from local TV series like A Place To Call Home to offshore features such as Pacific Rim: Uprising. As well as serving as a federal councilor, she has been a member of the offshore template agreement negotiating committee, Get Real on Rates campaign committee, and is vice-president of Australian Production Designers Guild.
Cameron has been the tuba player in the WA Symphony Orchestra since 1983. He has been representing the interests of musicians since the mid 1980’s, and has a deep knowledge of the industrial, political and financial issues faced by the sector. He is an experienced negotiator and has represented the interests of musicians at a Board and Government level.