Board Members

Ally Harvey - Chair

Alison has worked in the arts industry since 1988. Career highlights include working with Sir Peter Hall, the RSC and on the Ceremonies of the XVII Commonwealth Games 2002, the inaugural New Year's Eve celebrations on the London Eye, 2003 and M~M Geelong in 2009.
Alison is honoured to be Senior Producer with Back to Back Theatre - a creator of astonishing, original Australian contemporary performance. The company collaborates with diverse and marginalised community members with and without disabilities, and is an advocate for a better world.
Alison is an alumnus from Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program.

Professor Garry Carnegie - Treasurer

Garry Carnegie is an Emeritus Professor of RMIT University having served in the roles of Head, School of Accounting and Professor of Accounting from 2010 to 2017. Prior to joining academe, Professor Carnegie gained experience in the IT industry, professional accounting services, and in the financial services industry. Professor Carnegie had been employed in Australian higher education institutions since 1985 and, prior to joining RMIT University, he held full-time professorial posts at Deakin University, Melbourne University Private/The University of Melbourne, and at the University of Ballarat (now Federation University Australia).

Kelly Clifford

Since moving to Geelong in 1997 to teach Drama at The Geelong College, Kelly has been an active participant in the Geelong community. For seven years she was President of Geelong Repertory Theatre Company and is currently a committee member. Professionally, she has worked in Australia and Overseas teaching drama. She is a graduate of the Leaders for Geelong program and was on the Committee of Management for the Blue Bird Foundation. Kelly manages the Youth and Education program at the Geelong Performing Arts Centre

Duncan Esler

(Non-voting) City of Greater Geelong Arts & Culture Department representative. Duncan is Co-ordinator of the Arts & Culture Department, where he co-ordinates arts events, projects and cultural programs with the aim of increasing participation attendance to arts & cultural activities and events throughout the Geelong municipality. Key projects currently include Central Geelong Live Music Action Plan, Mountain to Mouth Extreme Arts Walk , Geelong After Dark, Creative Communities Grants program, and Council’s online cultural presence. He also has an advocacy and strategic advisory role within Council pertaining to arts and culture.

Lachy Joyce

Lachy is a CHYA alumnus, having been a member of the Blind Mice collaboration with Geelong Repertory Theatre in 2005/2006 and also Sheepish which was performed at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006. Professionally, Lachy has worked in the education sector as a Drama teacher for the past 12 years and has recently returned to Geelong after a two year working holiday in the U.K. He has strong ties to the Geelong theatre community and has a long history of being an active participant in a variety of creative roles.

Tom Molyneux

Tom is a CHYA alumnus, having been a member of the inaugural Creative Collective in 2015. Tom holds a Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Performing Arts from Monash University, a Graduate Certificate in Management from the Australian Institute of Business, and is completing a Master of Business (Arts and Cultural Management) at Deakin University. He is an independent Theatre practitioner, and works as an actor and director.

Michele Domonkos

Michele's career in theatre spans twenty years, managing Theatre and Arts venues in Geelong, Wyndham and Melbourne.
She has held roles such as Venue Manager, Operations & Human Resources manager, Technical and Production Manager at medium to Large Victorian venues, and guest lectured to Arts Management and Performance students at RMIT, Victoria University and The National Theatre Drama School.
Qualified in Theatre Management, Event Management and Human Resources Management, she is also an experienced lighting designer, having designed for professional and community productions of circus, dance, drama, corporate events, concerts, musicals and community festivals in Melbourne and Geelong.

Emma Buchanan

Emma has been a life-long lover of the arts in all its forms. Emma has lived in Geelong for 10 years and is a lawyer at a regional law firm based in Geelong. Emma's contribution to Courthouse Youth Arts is to support the organisation with her professional experience, in its purpose of nurturing Geelong’s creative young people in their artistic endeavours. Emma also enjoys being a spectator of the young creative minds of Geelong and the work they create.

Dr. Cameron Bishop

Cameron Bishop is a curator, writer, artist and senior lecturer at Deakin University. He has exhibited widely and been the recipient of numerous awards, grants and public art commissions. His collaborative work has extended into curating and coordinating public art projects, including the two Treatment public art projects (2015 as associate curator and 2017 as curator). Currently he is working on a project with a group of architects at Deakin to explore the ways creative practice might prompt communities in de-industrialised cities (namely Geelong) to re-imagine and re-purpose their old spaces in novel and unexpected ways. He has published book chapters, journal articles, and catalogue essays. In both his art and writing he explores notions of identity and its connection to place, and the actions of inclusion and exclusion.