Federal Council



Federal Council is made up of the representatives from across the country and across every section of the union who are elected by MEAA members every two years.

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.

Read more about Simon.

Karen Percy
(Federal President)

Karen was elected President of MEAA Media in 2022.Shas been a journalist for 35 years. She has worked for the ABC as a local reporter in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as the national broadcaster’s South East Asia Correspondent from 2006 to 2009. From 2010 to 2013 she was a freelance correspondent based in Moscow working for a number of clients including Radio NZ, SBS, Deutsche Welle, CBC, Radio France, RTE. She is a director of the Walkley Foundation and chair of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific.

 

National

Leigh Tonkin
(Vice-President)
Erin Delahunty
(Vice-President)
Caleb Cluff
(Vic Board Member)
Martin Saxon
(WA Board Member)

NSW

Fran Molloy
(President)
Vacant
(Vice-President)
Julia Bald
Wilson Da Silva
Michael Janda
Kishor Napier-Raman
Liam Phelan
Peter Ryan
Finbar O’Mallon
Cathy Wilcox

Victoria

Marisa Wikramanayake
(President)
Myriam Robin
(Vice-President)
Ben Butler
Osman Faruqi
Emma Field
Wes Mountain
David Aidone
Kaitlyn Offer

Queensland

Anne Syvret
(President)
Kate Kyriacou
(Vice-President)
Stefan Armbruster
Elly Bradfield
Kathy McLeish
Kasun Ubayasiri

SA/NT

Leah MacLennan
(SA/NT President)
Jane Bardon
Meredith Booth

WA

Kate Ferguson
(President)
Neale Prior

Tasmania

A. Mark Thomas
(President)

ACT

Sarah Lansdown
(President)

Committee elected in February 2022

Jason Klarwein
(Federal President)

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. He was appointed Equity President in 2020 and elected in 2022.

 

National

Ursula Yovich
(Federal Vice-President)
Tiffany Lyndall-Knight
(Federal Vice-President)
Bjorn Stewart
(NSW board member)
Michael Balk
(Qld board member)

NSW

Glenn Hazeldine
(NSW President)
Jonathan Chan
(NSW Vice-President)
Ali Aitken
Fiona Press
Jonathan Biggins
Saroni Roy

Victoria

Sharon Davis
(Vic President)
Sam Gaskin
(Vic Vice-President)
Joti Gore
Michala Banas
Kathy Lepan-Walker
Nadine Garner

Queensland

Asabi Goodman
(Qld President)
Sophia Emberson-Bain
(Qld Vice-President)
Jimi Bani
Veronica Neave

SA/NT

Ruth Fallon
(SA President)
Elaine Crombie
Jamila Main

WA

Nick Maclaine
(WA President)
Monica Main
Ngaire Pigram
Irma Woods

Committee elected in February 2022

Fiona Donovan
(Federal President)

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. She was first elected in 2019 and re-elected in 2022.

 

National

Zoe Watkins
(Federal Vice-President)
Geoffrey Tarr
Other Branches (SA, Tasmania, ACT) Board Member

NSW

Sharna Galvin
(NSW President)
Scott Smith
(NSW Vice-President)
Christopher Follett
Jamella Hassan

Victoria

Jack Kenneally
(Vic President)
Imogen Titmarsh
(Vic Vice-President)
Maxine Dennett
Jacinta Emmanuel
Claire Marmur
Martin Shlansky

Queensland

Andrew Conder
(President)
Bruce Bright
Annette Silva

SA/NT

Ashley Knight
(President)
Beverley Freeman

WA

Eoin O’Briain
(President)
Nigel Devenport

Committee elected in February 2022

Cameron Brook
(Federal President)

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.

NSW

Alex Masso
(President)
Peter Jenkins
(Vice-President)
Cassy Bartolomei

Victoria

Kimberley Wheeler
(President)
Ruth Hazleton

Queensland

Jacqueline Evans
(President)

WA

Liam O’Malley
(President)

SA

Lachlan Bramble
(President)

ACT

Tim Hollo

Committee elected February 2022