THE TEAM

Meet the Team

Kate Wickett - Acting CEO

Kate Wickett (She/Her)

Interim CEO of Sydney WorldPride

Interim CEO of Sydney WorldPride

Kate studied law and began her career in various legal roles including a one year appointment as Associate to Supreme Court Justice Steven Bailey (NT), and legal positions at Maddocks, Buchanan Group, and Port of Melbourne Corp.

While completing a Master in Business Administration, Kate lectured at University of Melbourne and was a director of Midsumma Festival for just over three years. From there, her career pivoted into corporate leadership and she held a NSW Government position as project director for its Future Transport project. This was followed by roles as Partner for Aurecon (NSW and Victoria) and then Head of Change and Communications, Better Risk Outcomes Program with Commonwealth Bank.

Kate was co-chair of the SGLMG board before stepping down to head up Sydney WorldPride. Her devotion to the LGBTIQ community is equalled only by the value she brings to it. Kate has been volunteering for LGBTIQ+ organisations for over 20 years. An outstanding leader, creative thinker, tireless worker, and compassionate human being.

Adam Zammit (He/Him)

Director of Partnerships and Revenue of Sydney WorldPride

Director of Partnerships and Revenue of Sydney WorldPride

Adams twenty-five-year career as an innovative and impassioned senior executive has seen him lead the great challenge of bridging art, community and commerce through empathy and engagement with brands, businesses, institutions, government and industry to ensure a shared vision resulted in celebrated outcomes for all stakeholders. Adam lives with a continued passion and commitment to the successful promotion and growth of our diverse and evolving Australian culture and community.
Adam has generated over $100 million dollars in new revenue for arts & entertainment industry assets between 2001 and 2020 through a curated and careful management and commercialisation of its biggest events, artists and IP.
He has managed at C-Level national event and entertainment businesses with turn-over in excess of $80 million dollars (The Big Day Out, CEO) and led engagement with community, local, state and federal government and their respective agencies whilst maintaining a determined focus on the principal and original mandate of the event and the community for which they exist to represent and the profitable outcomes they aim to achieve.
In the Arts sector Zammit most recently contracted as Director of New Projects, Partnerships and Innovation at national arts organization The Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Recently, as Director of Live Entertainment he led the build and launch of the entertainment venue assets within the James Packer led $3.4 Billion Studio City Casino and Resort in Macau.
As a marketer and public relations expert, Adam founded a 360-marketing agency Peer Group Media focused solely on the arts, music and entertainment channels and markets.
Through Peer Group Media he led the development of innovative sponsorship, corporate and media partner strategies that saw him exclusively represent the majority of Australia’s leading music and cultural events and institutions including ARIA, APRA, Splendour in Grass, Bluesfest, Big Day Out and many more.

As a publisher Zammit was founder of weekly titles The Brag, Revolver and The Music Network.

Alex Daoust (He/Him)

Executive Producer

Executive Producer

Alex is our passionate Executive Producer backed by an impressive portfolio of inspiring events and festivals, both in person and via broadcast. He's led world-class productions for some of the largest local and global brands, including Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, R U OK?, AFI/ AACTA, Commercial Radio Australia, Google, YouTube, Optus, LinkedIn, Supply Nation, Microsoft, Airbnb and Amazon.

Originally from Montreal, Canada, he graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He went on to practice as a structural engineer specialising in large scale steel and concrete urban structures before pivoting to event management.

Alex's career experience also includes working for several charities and not-for-profits in Montreal, Los Angeles and Sydney, including Engineers Without Borders, Redkite and Variety - the children's charity.

For Sydney WorldPride, he's focused on creating a truly inclusive and world-class successful Festival, where everyone feels welcome and a light is shone on not only on Australia’s thriving LGBTQI+ communities, but also on communities that do not yet share our essential human rights, such as our Asia-Pacific neighbours.

Meredith Jones (She/Her)

Director Communications and Engagement

Director Communications and Engagement

Meredith Jones is Director Communications and Engagement with Sydney WorldPride 2023, prior to this role she was the Director Strategic Engagement at the Greater Sydney Commission, where she led the creation of Greater Sydney’s first city wide Citizens Panel, the development of the Greater Sydney Women’s Safety Charter and the Commissions first Youth Panel.
Meredith’s engagement work has been awarded the 2018 NSW PIA award for Public Engagement and Community Planning, as well as the 2018 IAP2 Core Value Australasia Planning Award.
Meredith has worked extensively across government for two decades including the NSW Department of Education where she led strategic communication and engagement as well as the NSW Fire Brigades where she managed media and community communications. She has also worked in state ministerial offices.
Meredith has a Batchelor of Arts from Sydney University majoring in English Literature and a Master of Legal Studies from the University of Technology Sydney.

Ben Graetz (He/Him)

Festival Creative Director – First Peoples

Festival Creative Director – First Peoples

Ben is a descendant of the Iwaidja and Malak Malak clans in the Northern Territory and of Badu Island in the Torres Strait, with over 20 years of creative practice spanning both First Nations and LGBTIQA+ identities. Recent career highlights include Artistic Direction of the Arafura Games ceremonies, Creative Producing independently and for companies including ILBIJERRI Theatre and founding with collaborator Marzi Panne PARTY PASSPORT: a LGBTIQA+ and First Nations event production house with diversity and inclusion, fun and fabulousness at its heart. He has a strong knowledge of the arts in Australia and networks extending across oceans to First Nations practitioners in Aoteara (New Zealand), Turtle Island (North America) and Taiwan. He is the founder of Darwin’s First Nations festival GARRMALANG and has been instrumental in the organisation and profile raising of Darwin Pride.

Daniel Clarke (He/Him)

Festival Creative Director

Festival Creative Director

Daniel has worked as an Artistic Director, Creative Producer, Executive Producer, Director, Programmer and CEO across Australia and the UK. He is a respected arts leader with a commitment to inclusivity, bold voices, independent artists, new works and artistic development. He has championed the works of many visionary LGBTIQA+ artists throughout his career from independent producing to within large cultural institutions.

Daniel ‘s previous roles include Creative Producer; Theatre and Contemporary Performance at Arts Centre Melbourne, Executive Producer; Programming at Queensland Performing Arts Centre, CEO/Creative Producer of Theatre Works, St Kilda, Artistic Director/CEO of Adelaide’s Feast Festival of Queer Arts and Culture, Creative Producer at Leicester Haymarket Theatre (UK) and Director of Youth Theatre and Drama Development at The Point (UK). As well as his leadership roles within organisations, for more than twenty years Daniel has also worked as an independent Director and Producer.

He has had the privilege of working with many brilliant queer artists including Mo'Ju, Robyn Archer, Taylor Mac, John Barrowman, Moira Finucane, Ash Flanders, Little Ones Theatre, THE RABBLE, Fraught Outfit, Sisters Grimm, Ikochi, Regina Fez, The Wau Wau Sisters, Panti Bliss, Briefs, Magda Szubanski, Hot Brown Honey, Yana Alana, Mama Alto, Gender Euphoria, Caroline Bowditch, Julie McNamara, Selina Jenkins, Scottee, Penny Arcade, Dolly Diamond, Topping & Butch, Trevor Ashley, Thomas Jaspers, Ursula Martinez, Libby O’Donovan, Stephen Oliver, Dean Bryant, Jonny Woo, Le Gateau Chocolat, Christos Tsiolkas, Glace Chase, Jacob Boehme, Margie Fischer, Troy-Anthony Baylis, Jonathan Harvey, Tim Miller, Lea DeLaria, Cocoa Butter Club, Joel Bray, Dickie Beau and many more.

Daniel has held board positions with St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, Urban Myth Theatre of Youth, South Australian Arts Industry Council and Feast Festival. He is currently a panel member for the Helpmann Awards (Theatre).

Daniel has been awarded the Green Room Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cabaret (2020), Sidney Myer Facilitators Prize (2016), Ruby Award for Outstanding Community Impact for Feast Festival (2007) and Dame Ruby Litchfield Performing Arts Award (2002).

Brooke Ravens (She/Her)

Deputy Director of Partnerships & Sales

Deputy Director of Partnerships & Sales

Brooke has over fifteen years’ experience working in business development, stakeholder management, philanthropy, sales and marketing, working with both government, tourism, corporate and media partners in the arts, entertainment and cultural sector.

Brooke is passionate about working for major events that transform cities, support artists and communities, creating significant economic impact. She is dedicated to forming integrated partnerships that create impactful brand engagement and enhance audiences’ experiences.

Brooke studied a Bachelor of Art History at New South Wales University (COFA) and began her career in the Indigenous visual arts sector. Previous roles have included Senior Corporate and External Affairs Manager at Sydney Festival, Development Manager at Griffin Theatre Company, Development & Communications Manager at Darwin Festival, Marketing Manager at Tiwi Art Network Corporation and various consulting roles.

Ebony Williams (She/Her)

First Nations Engagement Officer

First Nations Engagement Officer

Ebony Williams a Sydneysider of Wiradjuri and African American descent, with two decades of professional experience in the cultural sector, including roles in community engagement, liaison, education, administration, customer service, performance and production. Her passion is connecting organisations to Indigenous communities to ensure authentic cultural understanding and participation.

Her work experience is extensive having worked across a diverse range of mediums she holds strong links with the Indigenous community through consultation, research, protocols, cultural awareness and networking processes.
Ebony has worked in the areas of community liaison, and production management for main stream industry conferences and events such as Fuse, WAMI, Indyfest, Big Sound, Music Oz, Garma, NT Indgenous Music Awards, Midem conference (Cannes France), APAM.

She has been fortunate enough to work for organisations, such as the Australia Council for the Arts, the Sydney Opera House, Sydney City Council, Redfern Community Centre, Urban Theatre Projects, Bangarra Dance Theatre, the NSW Centenary of Federation on the Federation Day Parade, Public Event Group on the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, PACT Theatre, Gadigal Information Service and the Music Managers Forum, the Association of Independent Record Labels and APRA/AMCOS, The Jimmy Little Foundation, The NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group Inc, Carriageworks, Sydney Festival, The Australian National Maritime Museum

In her spare time she is a professional hip hop artist and sound designer. As a rapper she has performed at festivals, participated on industry panels and was signed to Mother Tongues an all female hip hop label.

Le-vondri Tolken (She/Her)

Financial Controller

Financial Controller
Originally from South Africa, Le-Vondri studied at the University of Johannesburg before immigrating to New Zealand with her family where she completed her Bachelor of Business and Administration at Victoria University of Wellington.
Passionate about expanding her knowledge about business, she completed an Honours degree in Accounting, which included a thesis on the market reaction to the appointment of independent directors. She started her professional career as an auditor at the Auditor General’s office of New Zealand where she worked for 6 years. She then worked her way up to Assistant Manager. During this time, she completed her Chartered Accountant qualification, as well as a management training programme.

Passionate about continuous improvement, Le-Vondri then worked at KPMG as a continuous improvement consultant before moving into a corporate accountant role at a logistics company in New Zealand. Being promoted to Finance Manager in this role, Le-Vondri was responsible for significant improvements to the accounting and reporting function.

Le-Vondri then moved to Australia and worked in various industries as Finance Manager before taking up the role as Financial Controller at Sydney WorldPride. Driven by her passion for continuous improvement and best practice, Le-Vondri is hard working and enjoys a challenge.

Matt Akersten (He/Him)

Pride and Diversity Officer

Pride and Diversity Officer
Born in Auckland, New Zealand and living in Sydney since 2010, Matt Akersten has extensive experience showcasing and uplifting LGBTQI+ communities across Australasia. He's been the senior journalist and editor at several LGBTQI+ news titles before becoming the Social Media Manager and Community Liaison at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for five festival seasons. Matt's role now is about engaging with LGBTQI+ communities and the global InterPride network with the shared goal of ensuring Sydney WorldPride 2023 is welcoming, diverse, inclusive and accessible.