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Board Profiles

The Honourable Justice Thomas Bradley

The Honourable Justice Thomas Bradley

Justice Thomas Bradley is a well-respected legal professional in Queensland, with over 20 years’ experience as a barrister and judge.

Admitted as a barrister in 2000, Justice Bradley was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2013 and has extensive experience in private practice across a range of fields.

In 2018, Justice Bradley appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland.

Alongside his successful legal career, His Honour has dedicated years to Queensland not-for-profits and charities, including serving as chair of Access Arts, chair of the Brisbane Festival Giving Committee and ambassador for the Pinnacle Foundation.

Justice Bradley holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bar Practice Certificate.

Julie Byth

Julie Byth

BBus (PR), GAICD

Julie is a senior leader who has lent her experience in marketing, communications and strategy to a broad range of organisations spanning human services, consulting, public transport, the arts, and tourism and entertainment.

Currently, Julie is the Chief Experience Officer with Queensland’s largest disability provider, CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, where her portfolio encompasses a broad range of functional areas, including fundraising, marketing and property.

In addition to Access Arts, Julie sits on the Board of Transport for Brisbane. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) from QUT and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Irene Clelland

Irene Clelland

Originally from Scotland, Irene moved to Australia in 2011. With over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles within the mental health and disability services across the United Kingdom and Australia, her experience includes mental health and systems advocacy services, forensic alcohol and other drug services, service design for people with complex disability and implementation of peer support programs. Irene has a long association with Access Arts, having worked as their General Manager in 2013 and has continued to be involved in various projects, including the development and delivery of peer led accessibility awareness training.

Irene is the Chief Executive Officer of Arafmi Ltd. In this role she has overseen growth in state funding, extensive NDIS growth and significant workforce and systems implementation. In her spare time, she utlisies her international hockey umpiring experience to provide coaching and support to promising umpires.

Irene holds a Bachelor degree in Behavioural Sciences (Hons) and Diplomas in Business and Leadership and Management

Simon Crane

Simon Crane

BCom, FCA, GAICD

Simon Crane is a recognised financial leader, with over 25 years’ experience in financial management and accountancy. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a registered Chartered Accountant. Since the beginning of his career, Simon has advised large, publicly listed multinationals, privately owned companies and not-for-profit organisations to strengthen and grow their financial position. He has experience across a broad range of industries that has led to his current appointment as the Partner-in-Charge of KPMG’s Brisbane Audit and Assurance practise.

Simon is a Fellow of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

He is the current Chair of CPL – Choice, Passion, Life.

Bree Hadley

Bree Hadley

PhD, MEd Higher Education, MA Creative & Professional Writing, BA Creative Arts

Bree Hadley is a recognised leader in the Queensland arts industry, with over two decades of practice and academic experience covering theatrical, cultural and arts management.

During her career, Bree has undertaken extensive academic study in the arts sector and has also worked as a lecturer at one of Queensland’s largest universities, Queensland University of Technology.

In this role, Bree has supported a diverse cohort of students pursuing careers in performing arts, community arts and arts management.

Bree is past President of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies (ADSA), past Director of Performance Studies international (PSi). She is also a nationally recognised commentator as a result of her previous roles as a critic for The Australian, judge for the Matilda Awards, and a committee member and consultant for arts agencies, organisations and festivals.

Bree holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Arts, a PhD in Theatre and Cultural Studies, a Masters of Arts and a Masters of Education.

Rhys Kennedy

Rhys Kennedy

BOccThy, MBA, GAICD

Rhys has extensive experience in the disability sector, both as an occupational therapist providing therapy services to children, and as a manager and strategist. Rhys was motivated to join CPL following a placement in the final year of his university degree, when he witnessed children with disability achieving developmental milestones with the support of CPL’s dedicated therapists.

As Chief Executive Officer, Rhys maintains his connection with clients and front-line employees through regular visits to CPL sites. In addition to a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Rhys holds a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rhys is also the Chair of Cerebral Palsy Australia.

Wendy Lavelle

Wendy Lavelle

BA (PR), AssocDip Habilitation, DipComEdu, GAICD

Wendy brings to Access Arts a wealth of community sector knowledge and management experience through her long, established career in disability and employment services.

Wendy is currently the Chief Operating Officer at CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, a leading disability services provider, where she leads all service streams as well as a number of enabling functions, including People, Learning and Culture, and Quality, Safety and Risk.

Wendy holds a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Nigel Lavender

Nigel Lavender

BA (Hons)

Nigel Lavender is an arts leader with over four decades of national and international experience in arts management and accessibility.

Following a lengthy career in the UK, Nigel immigrated to Queensland and was appointed Executive Director of Queensland Music Festival, which he led until 2018. In January 2019 Nigel founded Momentum Arts, an arts production consultancy specialising in strategic planning, regional arts funding and major events.

Nigel’s passion for arts accessibility is the driving force for his service to the Access Arts Board and other similar projects such as The Big Anxiety Festival.

Nigel holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology and English.

Ken MacDonald, AM

Ken MacDonald, AM

BA (Hons) LLB (Hons), FAICD

CPL Director, Finance and Risk Committee (Member)

Ken has over 40 years of experience in corporate law, specialising in the energy and natural resources sector. In 2017, he was awarded the Gold Medal by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently Chair of Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame and a member of Queensland Library Foundation Council.

He has held a range of directorships and board management positions, including: Chairman of Highlands Pacific Limited; Deputy Chancellor of Bond University; Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Investment Corporation, Director of Save the Children Fund Australia.