Principal at Olvera Advisors
Damien has played a significant role in the LGBTIQ community for over 12 years. As treasurer and then president of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, he transitioned the organisation from one focused on charity to one of empowerment. In his role as treasurer and co-chair of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG), Damien oversaw a dramatic restructuring that helped bring the organisation back into surplus. He re-established its giving and foundation programme and realigned its community focus as an LGBTIQ arts and cultural organisation.
Damien is a senior partner at Olvera Advisors, a Sydney based transformation and restructuring firm. He also sits on a number of company boards and is a firm believer in growth and change.
A proponent of independent government, Damien has been involved in fundraising for independents for several state and federal elections.
Treasurer of SGLMG and Ex-Officio Board Member
Chris is a financial professional with over 30 years’ experience in a range of ASX listed companies, as well as serving on committees and boards for numerous not-for-profit organisations. He has been a non-executive director and treasurer, and a member of Board’s Governance Audit & Risk Committee of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Limited and Mardi Gras Arts Limited, since January 2018.
Chris has also served for 5 years as a Board member of the Aids Council of South Australia (ACSA). His long-standing commitment to community service gained him a Premier’s Award for Services to the Community in South Australia.
Chris has a proven track record in executive and board decision making, and operationally driving cost management & cash control, with key strengths in corporate strategy and M&A negotiations.
Jesse is Co-Chair of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. He has been a board member since 2017 and a volunteer for more than 10 years. During his time with SGLMG, Jesse has assisted with strategy and execution of Australia’s largest LGBTIQ festival; developed brand building and promotional initiatives; increased membership and community and stakeholder engagement; participated in community related advocacy.
Jesse has a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy and degree in Communications and is AICD trained. He has been published in a range of community, national and international publications including BuzzFeed, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Associated Press.
Jan has extensive experience in event coordination and production. Her portfolio of international events includes: the Invictus Games; ICC Cricket World Cup; World Rally Championships; and the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. She plays an integral role in large scale local events such as New Year’s Eve, City to Surf, Sydney Mardi Gras, and Sydney Marathon, with her team also directly producing Australia Day and its national broadcast; Anzac Day; and Remembrance Day. Jan leads the coordination of government services and streamlines the working relationship between event organisers and authorities. She designs and delivers risk management exercises, including emergency simulations.
Jan’s career began in education and she has worked in both private and public sectors. She holds a Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts and Diploma in Education.
At the helm of the Australian Government agency for tourism, Phillipa is responsible for stimulating and nurturing the international and domestic tourist economies. Her purview covers a network of global offices spanning 12 countries. Phillipa’s first role at Tourism Australia was as Executive General Manager International, leading the organisation’s international operations for Asia, the Americas, Europe and New Zealand, as well as Global Distribution and Partnerships.
Phillipa’s prior experience includes six years working for Hamilton Island Enterprises as well as a variety of globally-focused senior sales, marketing and product roles across e-commerce, retail and wholesale tourism platforms in London and Sydney. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Mass Communication and Psychology) from Macquarie University and an MBA from AGSM at the University of NSW.
Michael has a clear commitment to improving social policy. He has held a number of government and non-government roles which have allowed him to effect change in policies around age, disability, care-giving, children, and housing. He launched his career with Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission in Sydney, then took up the position of director of community health at ACON. Michael is credited with preventing the collapse of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras when it went into receivership in 2002. He has made a significant contribution to the LGBTIQ community and to the wider community, combining his acumen in business strategy and creative solutions with a genuine desire for people-positive outcomes.
Having held numerous CEO positions and served on a several boards, Margy brings enormous wealth of skills and experience to the table.
Her appointment to TTF in 2014 followed eight years with Australian National Retailers Association (ANRA) as its first CEO. The organisation was created in 2006 to represent some of the largest national retailers in Australia. Margy headed the State and Sydney Chambers of Commerce in NSW for five years. She founded the Sydney 2000 Olympic Commerce Centre and the Sydney First projects, for which she sat on several roundtables. Margy has been a media adviser and chief of staff respectively for two NSW Ministers. She currently serves as a board member for UITPANZ and Chair of National Tourism Associations Council [World Travel and Tourism Council - WTTC].
A governance specialist she has extensive experience in the not-for-profit and government sectors improving governance systems and practice, in Australia and internationally. Driven by integrity, she is committed to best practice and aims to create the benchmark in not-for-profit governance. A Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors, she has completed a Certificate in Corporate Governance and Executive Master of Business Administration. She is also a non Executive Director.