Carol Saffer – Chair
Carol brings extensive business, finance, leadership and management proficiency skills to NPCO Limited with experience in public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She has created and grown businesses in the retail, consultancy and business services sectors with a focus on production, retail and wholesale in the Australian fashion industry. She has been involved at executive level on peak industry bodies within the local and global fashion industry.
Carol was previously a director on the Board of Governance of Ballan District Health & Care. Carol holds an MBA from Swinburne University of Technology and a Master of Journalism at Monash University.
Wendy Geraghty - Secretary
Wendy is an Executive Director of Fivenines Consulting Pty Ltd, a management consultant firm she co-founded in 2002. Wendy specialises in process reform and change management, assisting organisations and people to perform more effectively and efficiently. Wendy has significant experience in the not-for-profit arts arena, having been a past President and Treasurer of the Australian Youth Band, a community concert and marching band that was formed in 1978.
Wendy holds an MBA for the Australian Graduate School of Management, and a Masters of Information Systems Management from Swinburne University. Wendy is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Nicole Bradshaw CPA – Treasurer
Nicole is currently the Business Manager and Company Secretary for Mentone Grammar School in Victoria. Nicole has extensive experience in business operations in the not-for-profit area. She is skilled in financial management, ICT, risk management, human resources, strategy, marketing and capital development. Nicole is a committee member of the Association of School Bursars and Administrators (ASBA Vic). Nicole is passionate about education and a strong advocate for the importance of arts in Australian culture.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Business from Victoria University, Member CPA Australia and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Tim Weir – Board Director
Dr. Tim Weir is currently the Head of the School of Creative Arts at Melbourne Polytechnic and has held this role 2016. Previously, Dr Weir has held academic roles at both TAFEs and Universities, domestically and in the United States.
His extensive academic qualifications include a Doctor of Musical Arts from the prestigious University of Miami, an M.B.A., and four other qualifications.
Tim is a professional trumpet player and boasts performances at 53 countries. He has performed at venues including the Kennedy Centre, the Village Vanguard, the Sydney Opera House, the Melbourne Recital Centre and with artists as diverse as Celia Cruz, David Amram, Michael Bolton, Michael Brecker, and K.C. and the Sunshine Band.
Liv Berg-Liaskos – Board Director
Liv is a Senior Lawyer at PricewaterhouseCoopers’ corporate and commercial legal practice with a particular focus on advising and assisting clients on commercial transactions and corporate governance matters. Liv has extensive experience with advising boards of small private companies and large listed corporates on their corporate governance framework and directors duties. Lis is also skilled in risk assessment and management, contracting and project management. Liv is passionate about bringing people together through cultural experiences.
Liv holds a Master of Laws, is an admitted lawyer in both Australia and Sweden and a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and the Swedish Bar Association.
Gemma Turvey – Executive Director / Artistic Director
Gemma founded the New Palm Court Orchestra in 2011. She is an active composer, writing and arranging the music for her four studio recordings and has also written music for Australian TV Series Neighbours, short film, theatre, public installation, and private commissions.
Gemma completed a Bachelor of Music (Piano) at the Queensland Conservatorium in 2004, studying under classical pianist and pedagogue Stephen Savage and jazz pianists Louise Denson and Stephen Newcomb. She is a seasoned performer, having performed nationally and internationally in the USA and Southeast Asia.
Gemma is a passionate educator and a tireless advocate for the importance of instrumental music as a legitimate listening and lifestyle choice for contemporary society.