The Women of Sydney WorldPride 2023
As our Sydney WorldPride team expands, we’re welcoming experienced, talented and strong women. Profiled below, our team is excited to be working on a festival which will platform and cherish diverse women’s lives and stories. Meanwhile, our LGBTIQ+ Womens’ Advisory group meets regularly to plan and discuss events for 2023. Women from all cultures, all identities, trans and cis, being bold, powerful and courageous – all will be included and welcomed at Sydney WorldPride 2023.
Kate Wickett is the Interim CEO of Sydney WorldPride. Kate studied law and began her career in various legal roles including 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 was a sessional lecture at University of Melbourne and was a Director of Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival for just over three years. From there, her career transitioned into corporate leadership and she held a NSW Government position as Project Director for its Future Transport project. This was followed by roles as one of the youngest-ever Technical Director for Aurecon (NSW and Victoria) and then Head of Change and Communications, Better Risk Outcomes Program with Commonwealth Bank. In November 2014, Kate was awarded the Outstanding Achievement as a Business Woman award by the National Association of Women in Construction, and in 2016 she was on the inaugural list of Deloitte’s Top 50 Outstanding LGBTI+ Leaders.
An outstanding leader, creative thinker, tireless worker, and compassionate human being, Kate has been volunteering for LGBTIQ+ organisations for over 20 years. Kate was co-chair of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras board before stepping down to head up Sydney WorldPride. Her devotion to the LGBTIQ+ communities is equal only to the value she brings to it.
Meredith Jones is Director Communications and Engagement with Sydney WorldPride. 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 Commission’s first Youth Panel. Her 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 First Brigades where she managed media and community communications. She has also worked in state ministerial offices.
Meredith has a Bachelor of Arts from Sydney University majoring in English Literature and a Master of Legal Studies from the University of Sydney.
Liza-Mare Syron is working with Sydney WorldPride as First Nations Creative Consultant. She has family ties to the Biripi people from the Mid North Coast of NSW. A director, actor, teacher, dramaturge and an award winning academic, Liza-Mare is currently an Indigenous Scientia Senior Lecturer in the School of Arts and Media at UNSW. She is widely published in the field of Indigenous performing arts, and her current research focuses on the role of theatre in the revitalisation of native languages. She is a founding member of Moogahlin Performing Arts, and as a key member of the company’s Artistic Directorate for over ten years has recently been appointed Senior Artistic Associate.
Liza-Mare’s work history includes; Indigenous Research Fellow at Macquarie University, Senior Aboriginal Cultural Development Officer for Arts NSW, and Head of Theatre Performance at the Eora College for Aboriginal Studies, Centre for Visual and Performing Arts in Redfern. Liza-Mare was the creative producer of Koori Gras (2017-2020), a celebration of queer black performance. She also works as a dramaturge and lectures on First Peoples theatre practices at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts NIDA.
Rebecca Trepezanov’s role as COO / CFO at Sydney WorldPride is to manage the operational and financial aspects of the business.
With over 17 years of professional experience, predominately in the Banking and Finance sector, Rebecca has held a variety of roles in both Sydney and London managing complex projects. Rebecca has demonstrated experience in stakeholder management, risk management, process improvement and governance across all levels of an organisation. She has high levels of commercial acumen and is known for her critical thinking and ability to thrive in uncertain environments. Her last corporate role was with Commonweath Bank where she held a variety of roles mostly in Risk and Project Management.
At the beginning of 2020, Rebecca commenced a one year sabbatical. During the year, she participated in extensive study, professional development and volunteering. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Sydney, a Certificate of Communication from the Australian Speech Communication Association, is Lean/Six Sigma Green Belt qualified and is a Certified Organisational Coach on the pathway to achieving International Coaching Federation Accreditation. She is also a Chartered Accountant and is currently studying towards the Diploma of Communication.
Ebony Williams is the First Nations Engagement Officer at Sydney WorldPride. She is 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 Ebony’s 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.
Julia Lenton is Sydney WorldPride’s Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager. For the last decade, Julia has been working behind the scenes to make Sydney a more inclusive and importantly fun place to be. Before joining Sydney WorldPride, she worked in the Office of Lord Mayor Clover Moore and looked after communications for LGBTIQ, night time economy and environmental policy issues. She was a committee member for the City’s Pride Network and a member of Metropolitan Sydney’s Resilience Ambassador program. Kickstarting her ongoing commitment to the harbour city, she previously held communications roles at the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Festival. Julia has also worked for many small to medium organisations, including Underbelly Arts Festival, Belvoir, Brand X, Milk Crate Theatre, Performance Space and Weave Youth Services.
Julia graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in media and communications as well as performance studies. She is particularly interested in ways that we can use city spaces more equitably, hoping to make Sydney a global city where artists can live and work, and LGBTIQ businesses can thrive. Julia lives in Redfern with her rescue cat, Ronnie, and is a long time fan of the Sydney Swans, where she attends home games with three generations of her family.
As Stakeholder and Community Engagement Manager, Julia is looking forward to working with the team and a diverse range of LGBTIQ communities and allies to make February 2023 a game changing global moment for Sydney.
Danielle Devery is the Human Rights Conference Producer at Sydney WorldPride. For the past 15 years she has been in senior project and event management roles in the cultural sector.
Danielle has previously worked with Create NSW (NSW Government) managing Strategic Projects across various government agencies, and she was consulting Project Manager to the Museum of Chinese in Australia (MOCA) where she established the new organisation, built a strategy and secured a building in Sydney’s Haymarket.
Prior, she worked closely with leading international artists, architects, designers and creative practitioners to develop largescale installations. As Head of Exhibition at the Biennale of Sydney and General Manager at Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation (SCAF) she has produced exhibitions at major cultural institutions including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Carriageworks, the National Art School, and the iconic Cockatoo Island, amongst others.
In her past life she ran live music and performance venues in Sydney’s party zones, and she is passionate about Sydney’s incredible arts and music scene.
She will complete her Master of Law in Human Rights Law and Policy (University of NSW) in mid-2021 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications – Social Inquiry (University of Technology, Sydney).
Brooke Ravens is Sydney Word Pride’s Deputy Director of Partnerships & Sales. She 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.