Our guardian angels.

Hinda Crosbie, Treasurer is a qualified Chartered Accountant, with over 14 years of finance experience, the past 5 years of which have been in commercially focused roles within the consumer goods industry in Melbourne. She is currently a partner at ABInbev, the largest beer brewer in the world. Prior to this Hinda lived in London for 7 years where she gained experience in strategy, financial analytics and business partnering as well and exploring the world as much as possible. Hinda’s diverse financial background will provide sound strategic and financial support in the ongoing development and sustainability of Next Wave.

Stephen Armstrong is a graduate of the University of Melbourne and attended the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He specialises in new work creation as a producer and creative director. Stephen has been the Creative Producer of Arts Centre Melbourne’s Asian Performing Arts program since 2013 and is Creative Director of Asia TOPA: Asia-Pacific Triennial of Performing Arts which has its second edition in Melbourne from January to March 2020. Previous executive positions include Executive Producer of Malthouse Theatre, Artistic Associate of Sydney Theatre Company, Executive Producer of Queensland Theatre Company, and Executive Producer of Chamber Made Opera which he co-founded. Director positions have included Melbourne Fringe, NIDA, Chunky Move (Chair) the Australia Council’s Theatre Board (Chair) and New Media Arts Board (Chair). He is currently a Trustee for the Victorian Actors Benevolent Fund.

Lesley Gillan is currently the Head of Human Resources at ACMI, the national museum of film, TV, videogames, digital culture and art. Lesley has extensive experience as a HR leader in both the public and corporate sector and is a highly skilled mediator and conflict coach. She specialises in Industrial and Employee Relations and designing HR strategies and solutions for complex people problems. She has a particular interest in inclusion and diversity and in helping organisations realise the value of conducting their business with a social conscious. She enjoys developing leaders to empower, motivate and inspire others and she offers a collaborative approach to cultural transformation. Lesley is a creative thinker who is passionate about people and the Arts.

Kristy Ayre is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently Executive Director/Co-CEO of Chunky Move. Previous roles include, Executive Producer Phillip Adams BalletLab/Temperance Hall (2015-2019), Co-Producer National Dance Forum (2015) and Associate Producer Next Wave (2011-2014). Kristy’s early career spanned over a decade of engagements as a dancer for some of Australia’s most esteemed choreographers including Gideon Obarzanek, Lucy Guerin, Shelley Lasica, Lee Serle, Ashley Dyer and Luke George. Kristy is Co-Chair of the Green Room Awards Dance Panel and has been a Board Member of Next Wave since 2015.

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