Management Team


General Manager

Irena joined the Conservatorium in 2020, bringing extensive general management experience from the education and arts sectors. She previously held roles at UNSW, Opera Australia, and Epic Arts Cambodia. 

Irena is passionate about music education and comes from a background in music and performing arts. She  attended the Sydney Conservatorium High School of Music, then completed a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Music at the University of Sydney. 


Artistic Director, Conductor (CCPWE & School Bands)

Patrick Brennan attained his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and as a professional bassoonist performed with Australia’s leading orchestras for 15 years before pursuing a career as a conductor. 

He participated in the Symphony Australia Conductor Development Program whilst directing several school and community bands and symphonic wind ensembles. In 2020 Patrick won a coveted position in the Australian Conducting Academy, working with the Tasmania Symphony Orchestra.


Financial Controller

Rod Bowman joined the Conservatorium with extensive expertise in financial and commercial management. Her was previously a Partner at CFO On Call and Commercial Manager at Serco Sodexo Defence Services.

Rod holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Newcastle Graduate School of Business.