Access Arts (CPL) Chair
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 was 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, Chair of the Brisbane Writers Festival, member of the Foundation Committee of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art Foundation, and Ambassador for the Pinnacle Foundation.
Justice Bradley holds a Bachelor of Laws (UQ) and a Bar Practice Certificate.
AACPL Company Secretary
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, tourism and entertainment over a career spanning 25 years.
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 development, marketing and property.
In addition to Access Arts, Julie sits on the Traffic and Transport Futures Board for Brisbane City Council. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) from QUT and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
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 its 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 utilises her international hockey umpiring experience to provide coaching and support to promising umpires.
Irene holds a Bachelor in Behavioural Sciences (Hons) and Diplomas in Business and Leadership and Management.
Simon is the Partner-in-Charge of KPMG’s Brisbane Audit & Assurance practice. He is a registered company auditor who – over his 25+ year career – has worked with large, publicly-listed multinationals, privately owned companies and not-for-profit organisations across a broad range of industries.
Simon holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a registered Chartered Accountant, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In addition to his Access Arts Board position, Simon is the current Chair of leading disability organisation, CPL – Choice, Passion, Life.
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 has extensive experience in the disability sector, both as an occupational therapist providing therapy services to children, and as a manager and strategist. Currently, Rhys is the Chief Executive Officer of CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, one of Australia’s largest disability support providers.
Rhys is well known and respected in the human services sector, through his roles on a number of advisory groups and as the current Chair of Cerebral Palsy Australia. In addition to Access Arts, he also sits on the Board of CPL subsidiary, Cootharinga.
He holds a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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 delivery streams as well as a number of enabling functions including People, Learning and Culture; Practice Government and Quality; and Risk, Safety and Compliance.
Wendy holds a number of qualifications including a Bachelor of Arts (Public Relations), Master of Human Services (Disability Practice) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). Wendy also sit on the Board of Cootharinga North Queensland Limited.
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 Australia and was appointed Executive Director of Queensland Music Festival, a position he held until 2018. In 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 has over 40 years’ experience in corporate law, specialising in the energy and natural resources sector.
During his career, Ken has advised and guided businesses through periods of growth and change and has a passion for supporting leaders and business executives.
As a seasoned Director, Ken has served in a number of board management and directorship positions including Chairman of Highlands Pacific Limited, Deputy Chancellor of Bond University, Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Investment Corporation and Director of Save the Children Fund Australia. Currently, Ken is the Chair of the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame Governing Committee, and a Member of the Queensland Library Foundation Council. He also sits on the Board of CPL – Choice, Passion, Life.
In 2017, Ken was recognised for his extensive service to Boards across Australia with a Gold Medal from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Recipient of the 2021 Australia Council ‘Ros Bower Award for Community Arts and Cultural Development’ for her pioneering work using art to create culturally aware, creative birthing approaches for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, Marianne is an Indigenous artist, storyteller, midwife and registered nurse.
Born in Meanjin (Brisbane) with maternal connections to her grandmother’s land and Girramay mob in North Queensland, Marianne has developed “Perinatal Dreaming” and “Understanding Country”, two Indigenous holistic maps which reveal an expanded perception of the human experience and how we are profoundly impacted during our first 1000 days.
Indigenous lead with the Big Anxiety Research Centre UNSW, Marianne is currently collaborating on a Virtual Reality version of Perinatal Dreaming which will be launched in Sydney, Brisbane and Warwick.