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Current Management Comittee

DANIEL FLOOD | chair 2017 – present | member 2015 – 2017

Daniel Flood is the Creative Manager at The Edge, State Library of Queensland. Daniel brings to Backbone’s board extensive experience in community arts and creative technology engagement from working with organisations such as Artful Dodger Studios, Visionary Images and Frankston City Council. In Brisbane Daniel has spent time working with young people  through Backbone Youth Arts, La Boite Theatre Company and the Brisbane City Council. He has worked with young and emerging artists for over fifteen years and believes in supporting their development into professional arts entrepreneurs capable to sustaining their arts business.

NATASHA BUDD | DEPUTY CHAIR 2017 – present | member 2015 – 2017

Dr Natasha Budd is a Queensland-based theatre director and educator. She has worked in a diverse range of environments including primary, secondary and tertiary education; applied performance and theatre for children and young people. In 2014 she completed a PhD at the Queensland University of Technology, which won the Philip Parsons Prize for Practice led research. Her most recent work Joy Fear and Poetry was performed by a cast of 7–12 year olds at La Boite Theatre in Brisbane. Natasha is currently a lecturer in drama at the University of the Sunshine Coast and Artist-in-Residence at Flipside Circus.

JOANNE DWYER |SECRETARY | 1997 – PRESENT

Joanne is a lawyer working at Corrs Chambers Westgarth (Brisbane), a national commercial law firm, with over 25 years experience.  Her legal experience includes work for a range of non-profit and charitable organisations, advising on their structure, constituent documents, governance and legal obligations. She is also a committee member of Playlab Inc, and has been with Backbone’s Management Committee for 17 years.

Andrew MACKENZIE |TREASURER | 2015 – PRESENT

Andrew is an Analyst in KPMG’s Deal Advisory practice and has extensive experience in providing transaction advice, tax, accounting and middle-market advisory services to private business ranging from start-up companies to large corporate groups. To Backbone Andrew brings a youthful energy and fine sense of how technology solutions can improve our data and reporting to inform our financial choices and manage risk. 

MATTHEW STRACHAN | MEMBER | 2015 – PRESENT

Matthew is an Australian based Technical Consultant. After graduating from the Queensland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and New York University’s Liberal Arts program, Matthew worked on a broad range of projects both nationally and internationally. Now, as Technical Systems Specialist for Queensland University of Technology’s Creative Industry Faculty, Matthew has a passion for developing technology platforms to allow students to create innovate art that bridge science, digital media, and performing arts.

emily kinny | MEMBER | 2017 – PRESENT

Emily has extensive experience in the arts and cultural sector, with over 11 years working in the creative industries. Passionate about building sustainable futures for organisations, her focus is on fostering strong stakeholder relationships to enable innovation and growth. Her areas of expertise include business development, fundraising and stakeholder management. Emily was the Development Executive at Brisbane Powerhouse before joining the Brisbane Writers Festival team as Development Manager in 2014. Emily holds Bachelor degrees in both Communication Studies and Dance, and a Masters degree in Communications with a specialisation in Journalism.

ruby newport | MEMBER | 2017 – PRESENT

Ruby Newport is an emerging producer, photographer and theatre maker based in Brisbane. A graduate of Queensland University of Technology’s Bachelor of Fine Arts Drama, Ruby’s experience comes from independent and community performance environments. Since graduating in 2015, she has worked as a producer and photographer on the Backbone 2high Festival (2016), producer of Boy With The Rainbow Umbrella as part of Anywhere Festival (2016) and producer of American Buffalo at Brisbane Powerhouse (2016). As well as continuing to collectively develop and produce independent theatre works, Ruby currently works for Queensland Music Festival as the Program Coordinator.