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Carol Benson

BOARD CHAIR
FCPA MAICD ACIS

Carol is an experienced company director, company secretary and finance executive who has worked across commercial …

Carol is an experienced company director, company secretary and finance executive who has worked across commercial and not for profit industry sectors, including legal, health, financial services and the arts. Previous roles included 5 years as CFO / Company Secretary for The Australian Ballet and 8 years as Director of Operations for Standard & Poor’s Australia.

In addition to her role as Interim Chair with Melbourne Youth Orchestras Carol is Treasurer and a past President of the Rotary Club of Glenferrie. Carol’s passion for music and education fit well with her roles to ensure the continuing financial health, growth and good governance at Melbourne Youth Orchestras.

Board Member since May 2013.

Bernard Depasquale

DEPUTY BOARD CHAIR
BMUS (HONS), GRAD DIP ARTS ADMIN, LLB/LP (HONS)

Bernard Depasquale completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours in 1983 at the Elder Conservatorium, a …

Bernard Depasquale completed a Bachelor of Music with Honours in 1983 at the Elder Conservatorium, a Graduate Diploma in Arts Administration at the University of South Australia in 1993 and a Bachelor of Laws and Legal Practice with Honours at Flinders University in 2003.

He performed as a professional musician with his wife Sarah in the much-loved chamber ensemble, the Tea Rose Duo, for over 20 years performing around Australia and overseas.

Bernard moved to Melbourne in 2004 where he worked as Head of Administrative Services at the Melba Conservatorium and has been CEO of the Australian Music Examinations Board since 2008.

Bernard’s experience in music, commerce and education adds to the valuable opportunity and experience that Melbourne Youth Orchestras offers to young and developing musicians.

Board Member since 2014. Chair of the Education and Artistic Committee.

Sarah Bartak

BOARD DIRECTOR
BA, GRAD DIP

Sarah has considerable experience in both arts management and the world of philanthropy. She currently works …

Sarah has considerable experience in both arts management and the world of philanthropy.

She currently works for Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, one of Victoria’s major philanthropic trusts as Grants Advisor, and also looks after the grants and administration of the L.E.W. Carty Charitable Fund.

She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Arts and Entertainment Management and worked in a number of visual arts and arts event organisations before moving into philanthropy.

Sarah has a strong interest in the arts and social sectors and passionately believes in the importance of engaging with the arts for community wellbeing.

Board Member since May 2013. Chair of the Marketing and Development Committee.

Jo Beaumont

BOARD DIRECTOR
Dip. Physiotherapy, Dip. Music Performance

Violinist Jo Beaumont was raised and educated in Melbourne. For thirty years she pursued her musical …

Violinist Jo Beaumont was raised and educated in Melbourne. For thirty years she pursued her musical career in Italy, becoming Deputy Leader of the Orchestra at La Scala Opera House in Milan and Professor of Violin at Milan Conservatorium.

Following her return to Australia in 2000 she was String Coordinator at Australian National Academy of Music and Concertmaster and Artistic Director of Orchestra Victoria. Jo now maintains a busy schedule as a freelance artistic consultant and violinist. She is also currently working with young Australian opera singers at the Melba Opera Trust.

Board Member since May 2011. Member of the Education and Artistic Committee.

Steven Black

BOARD DIRECTOR
B.Comm CA

Steve is a Portfolio Manager at Pengana Capital, where he has co-managed the Pengana Emerging Companies …

Steve is a Portfolio Manager at Pengana Capital, where he has co-managed the Pengana Emerging Companies Fund for the past 14 years. Before establishing this Fund, Steve was a partner at Goldman Sachs JB Were, where he managed the award-winning JB Were Emerging Leaders Fund for almost seven years. Steve also worked for six years at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the business services division where he gained valuable insights into business valuations and investment theory.

Steve has a Bachelor of Economics/Commerce from the University of Melbourne. He has completed a Diploma of Finance with ASIA and is a Chartered Accountant.

Steve and his wife Sarah have four children. The two eldest children are actively involved in their school’s music program.

Board Member since 2014. Member of the Finance, Risk and Investment Committee.

Nancy Calo

BOARD DIRECTOR
BMus (Hons), Grad Dip Ed, MMUS (Musicology)

Nancy Calò’s career in music and music education spans 22 years as a primary and secondary …

Nancy Calò’s career in music and music education spans 22 years as a primary and secondary school music teacher and co-ordinator. She has also tutored in Music History subjects at the MCM. In addition, Nancy has combined her passions for music and the Italian language by coaching aspiring and professional opera singers in Italian diction. In this capacity, she has run courses at the VCA and Monash University, and master classes for the Developing Artists’ Program at the Victorian Opera.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Music (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, majoring in Musicology, and a Master of Music (Musicology) in the area of Italian opera. She also holds a Postgraduate Diploma of Education from the Australian Catholic University (ACU).

Nancy has been a Melbourne Youth Orchestras parent for a number of years. Her son was in Melbourne Youth Wind Symphony and Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra and her daughter was in Melbourne Youth Strings in 2013. Both children have participated in Summer Schools.

Board Member since July 2014. Member of the Artistic and Education Committee.

James deRozario

BOARD DIRECTOR
BMUS, GDPI EDU

James de Rozario is an experienced string teacher and music educator. Originally hailing from Perth, he …

James de Rozario is an experienced string teacher and music educator. Originally hailing from Perth, he studied violin at the WA Conservatorium of Music and later gained a Graduate Diploma in Education from Monash University.

Working as an itinerant teacher for several years, James performed regularly in WA as a freelance artist. In 1999 he was appointed Head of Strings at Scotch College Perth and later conducted with the WA Youth Orchestra Association.

James moved to Melbourne in 2005 to take on the role of Head of Strings at Scotch College Melbourne and in 2020 moved to Xavier College as their new Head of Music (3 Campus)

As an experienced clinician, James has presented workshops on string education within schools and at conferences. He has is heavily involved in the Australian Strings Association (AUSTA) and is currently National President.

James has worked in many of the MYO Programs including as tutor and conductor for both the Saturday morning program and for Summer Camps.

Alice Hanna

BOARD DIRECTOR
BPsyc (Hons)

Alice Hanna is a People and Culture Consultant with over 15 years’ experience in Human Resources …

Alice Hanna is a People and Culture Consultant with over 15 years’ experience in Human Resources including the past ten years in Human Resources management roles. With tertiary qualifications in Psychology, Alice has experience in helping businesses achieve their goals through maximising workforce potential and creating innovative workplace cultures.

Alice has worked across a variety of industries including mining, aviation, public service, insurance and IT. Alice’s achievements include helping OBS Pty Ltd to be rated as the BRW’s #1 Best Place to Work in Australia in 2012 and was a finalist in the Human Capital ‘Australian HR Manager of the Year’ award in 2012. Alice has a passion for music, with previous experience in choirs and orchestras (flute).

Board Member since May 2015.

Shannon Gilmore

BOARD DIRECTOR
BA (PUBLIC RELATIONS)

Shannon is an experienced fundraising professional with over 14 years’ experience. Her speciality is creating sustainable …

Shannon is an experienced fundraising professional with over 14 years’ experience. Her speciality is creating sustainable fundraising programs built on strong relationships with funding partners. Shannon has a passion for inspiring the community to deliverable sustainable and ongoing revenue to support the not for profit sector. She has a varied skill set which includes direct marketing, major gifts, grants, corporate partnerships, bequests and engagement.

Shannon is currently working for St John Ambulance Victoria and St John Ambulance NSW as the Fundraising, Grants and Trusts Manager.

Board Member since January 2017.

Grant Purdy

BOARD DIRECTOR
BSc (Hons), EurChem, CSci, CChem, MRSC, Dip SH

Grant’s role has had many titles over the last 40+ years. However, all seems to come …

Grant’s role has had many titles over the last 40+ years. However, all seems to come down to assisting decision makers have effective and efficient conversations about whether the decisions they are making, and have made previously, are providing sufficient certainty that intended outcomes will be achieved.

Seeking sufficient certainty is an age-old challenge with many approaches (including ‘good old common sense’) Through most of Grant’s career this has been labelled risk management.

Grant has set up and run a number of businesses, was Manager of Risk Management for BHP and has, for the last 15 years worked at Board and Executive levels, advising many large organisations across the world on how they can understand and deal with uncertainty as a fundamental part of making sound decisions.

Nowadays he chairs two other Not-for-Profit organisations and works generally in that sector, on a pro-bono basis.