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Conductor, global arts and culture strategist and former Chief Media & Digital Officer of New York’s Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts, Elizabeth Scott, is one of four new members to the Conservatorium Board, joining digital transformation leader Janet Attwood, magazine founder Catharine Retter and corporate finance expert Douglas Wallace.

The four new members were appointed to the board at the Conservatorium’s Annual General Meeting in April. They join the following members who were re-elected; Claire Braund (President), Hilary Day, Rob Kitchen, Penny Lee, Bettina Pidcock, Kate McCallum and Paul A Murnane AM.

Claire Braund, CCCM President and co-founder of Women on Boards, said both the new and re-elected board members were a showcase of the depth of director talent now available on the Central Coast. “This highly experienced and skills based board will work closely with our new CEO, Lisa Barnes in our newly refurbished building to bring music education and performance opportunities to students across all walks of life,” she said.

Elizabeth Scott

Elizabeth – the former Executive Director of Create NSW – has been appointed Board Vice-President. She also serves as board member of the US’s largest artist peak body, Fractured Atlas, and as a Director of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra.

An accomplished performing artist who has freelanced as a conductor with opera companies, choruses and festivals across New York, her recent work in Australia includes conducting the Orange Symphony Orchestra and the East Sydney Chamber Orchestra. She recently assumed the role of Music Director with the Central Coast’s VERVE Voices. Prior to her arts sector executive work, Elizabeth ran the business of Major League Baseball’s film and television production for over a decade.

Douglas Wallace

Douglas Wallace is highly experienced in the fields of investment management and corporate finance. Based on the Central Coast Douglas works remotely as a senior executive of an asset management firm in South Africa. Prior to his move into investment management, Douglas held various corporate finance roles, participating in numerous M&A and capital markets transactions.

During this time, he developed keen interest in the analysis of equity markets and investments, due diligence and valuations. Douglas strongly believes in the long term value of education in all spheres of life and that music education in particular provides unique benefits and transferable life skills.

Janet Attwood

Janet Attwood is an accomplished transformation leader with more than 20 years’ experience in the Public Sector. She specialises in digital transformation, strategic planning, regulatory policy, compliance, governance, and risk and has a deep understanding of work health and safety. Janet is a Non-Executive Director and on the finance committee of the Central Coast Community Women’s Health Centre.

A born and bred ‘Coastie’, Janet said she understands the key role the Conservatorium plays in bringing music and the arts to our local community and is grateful to be contributing to the Conservatorium’s next steps.

Catharine Retter

Catharine Retter is the publisher of Coast magazine and an experienced board director and CEO with a strong career background in management, marketing, tourism and publishing. Catharine has been a senior marketer of some of Australia’s major events, including the Bicentennial celebrations, Sydney 2000 Olympic Bid and Sydney 2000 Olympic Game.

Catharine has been a member of the Central Coast Tourism Advisory Committee for the Central Coast Council and similarly for the Gosford-Erina Business Chamber. She is also the author of nine published non-fiction books, as well as being a closet novel writer.

Find out more about the board members HERE

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