Locals Welcomed to AFCM Board

The Australian Festival of Chamber Music welcomed three new board members this week, including two locals and someone who has been in the cultural industry for 40 years. IMAGE: Supplied

The 2019 Australian Festival of Chamber Music will have more local flavour than ever and a wealth of new experience behind the scenes, with the announcement of three new board members this week.

Past Musica Viva Australia CEO Mary Jo Capps and Townsville’s Judy Higgins-Olsen and Timothy Kelly were announced as the latest additions on Monday, following past Board Director Terry Dodd stepping down after 14 years.

Event Chair Sandra Yates AO said the inclusion of two locals in the new inductees would bring new excitement to the Festival.

“Having new Townsville-based Board and Committee members is going to be a great benefit moving forward. We are expanding the Festival’s school and community outreach activities in 2019 and are looking to raise the awareness of the Festival as an organisation that is active all year-round in Townsville, not just during our season-proper,” said Sandra.

“One of Australia’s most experienced arts administrators, Mary Jo Capps recently stepped down as CEO of Musica Viva after 20 years at the helm and brings a wealth of expertise and an extraordinary network in the classical music world which will strengthen the AFCM’s position as the national leader in its field. Two new Townsville-based Directors have also joined the Board in Judy Higgins-Olsen, General Manager of the Townsville Hospital Foundation, and Timothy Kelly, Principal of Townsville Grammar School.”

Meet your new board members:

Mary Jo Capps
Mary Jo’s credits include managing the WA Symphony Orchestra, playing key roles in other major Australian arts companies such as the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Company B Belvoir Theatre, Bangarra Dance Theatre and the Museum of Contemporary Art as well as serving on a number of business and pro bono boards. She recently stepped down after nearly 20 years as CEO of Musica Viva Australia and is now managing a portfolio of board roles and leadership consultancies with a particular focus on mentoring emerging female leaders.

Timothy Kelly
Timothy commenced as the Principal of Townsville Grammar School in 2018, and prior this was Deputy Headmaster of Toowoomba Grammar School and the Head of the Business Faculty at Anglican Church Grammar School in Brisbane. Before commencing his career in education, Mr Kelly worked in banking located in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Judy Higgins-Olsen
Judy works in an allied health practice assisting and treating patients, is formerly General Manager of Townsville Fire  and is the current General Manager of Townsville Hospital Foundation.  She is an active member of North Queensland Opera and Music Theatre and the Townsville Choral Society (most recently starring as Scaramouche in We Will Rock You and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors). Judy also regularly performs as part of music duo Sunday Blue at venues around Townsville.

Catch the Australian Festival of Chamber Music at venues across Townsville from 26 July – 4 August, with tickets available here.

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