Federal Council



Federal Council is made up of the representatives from across the country and across every section of the union who are elected by 新萄京娱乐 members every two years.

Michael Balk was elected 新萄京娱乐 Federal President in 2024.

Michael was born on Bundjalung country and grew up on the lands of the Yaegl and Gumbaynggirr people. He is an actor and producer, and has been a 新萄京娱乐 member for over 20 years. He has worked on stage and screen, at home in Australia and overseas.

Michael has been been a grass-roots activist, section delegate, Vice- President and President of Equity Queensland. He has served on the National Performers Committee, the 新萄京娱乐 Board as Queensland representative, and the Finance and Risk Management Committee.

As Federal President, Michael’s responsibilities include signing off on 新萄京娱乐’s financial accounts, chairing meetings of the Board and the Federal Council, and representing 新萄京娱乐 on various forums.

Karen Percy
(Federal President)

Karen was elected President of 新萄京娱乐 Media in 2022 and re-elected in 2024. She has been a journalist for more than 35 years. She is currently a freelance journalist. She has worked for the ABC as a local reporter in Adelaide, Alice Springs, Darwin, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as the national broadcaster’s South East Asia Correspondent from 2006 to 2009. From 2010 to 2013 she was a freelance correspondent based in Moscow working for a number of clients including Radio NZ, SBS, Deutsche Welle, CBC, Radio France, RTE. She is Deputy Chair of the Walkley Foundation and a past chair of the Dart Centre Asia Pacific.

 

National

Erin Delahunty
(Vice-President)
Kate Ferguson
(Vice-President)
Emma Field
(Vic Board Member)

NSW

Sue Lannin
(President)
David Ross
(Vice-President)
Annika Blau
Max Chalmers
Farid Farid
Anna Freeland
Mitch Jennings
Fran Molloy
Bianca Nogrady
Tawar Razaghi
Michael Slezak

Victoria

Marisa Wikramanayake
(President)
Tyrone Dalton
(Vice-President)
Jarni Blakkarly
Bianca Hall
Kaitlyn Offer
Miki Perkins

Queensland

Matt Dennien
(President)
Tobias Loftus
(Vice-President)
Stefan Armbruster
Kathy McLeish
Kasun Ubayasiri

SA/NT

Leah MacLennan
(SA/NT President)
Amanda Parkinson

WA

Tim Clarke
(President)
Emma Wynne

Tasmania

Airlie Ward
(President)
Sue Bell

ACT

Sarah Lansdown
(President)
Aarti Betigeri

Committee elected in February 2024

Jason Klarwein
(Federal President)

Jason is an actor, director and producer who has worked nationally and internationally with Australia’s leading theatre companies and has been the artistic director of Grin and Tonic since 2011. The Queensland-based theatre company delivers critically-acclaimed mainstage productions, as well as workshops to over 60,000 school students per year. Jason has been a member of 新萄京娱乐 for nearly 20 years serving on the Queensland Branch, National Performers Committee and the 新萄京娱乐 Board. He was appointed Equity President in 2020 and re-elected in 2022 and 2024.

 

National

Nadine Garner
Joti Gore
(Federal Vice-Presidents)
Bjorn Stewart
(NSW Board member)
Chenoa Deemal
(Qld Board member)

NSW

Glenn Hazeldine
(NSW President)
Jacqui Duncan
(NSW Vice-President)
Ali Aitken
Jonathan Biggins
Bridie Carter
Julian Kuo
Moreblessing Maturure
Lucia Mastrantone
Fiona Press
Amy Sole

Victoria

Stephen Mahy
(Vic President)
Sam Gaskin
(Vic Vice-President)
Michala Banas
Sharon Davis
Kathy Lepan-Walker

Queensland

Asabi Goodman
(Qld President)
Sophia Emberson-Bain
(Qld Vice-President)
Jimi Bani
Anna McGahan

SA/NT

Ruth Fallon
(SA President)

WA

Amy Welsh
(WA President)
Irma Woods
Michael McCall

Committee elected in February 2024

Fiona Donovan
(Federal President)

Fiona has worked in the Australian screen industry for three decades as a production designer and art director on productions ranging from local TV series like A Place To Call Home to offshore features such as Pacific Rim: Uprising. As well as serving as a federal councilor, she has been a member of the offshore template agreement negotiating committee, Get Real on Rates campaign committee, and is vice-president of Australian Production Designers Guild. She was first elected in 2019 and re-elected in 2022 and 2024.

 

National

Sophie Parker
Imogen Titmarsh
(Federal Vice-Presidents)
Geoffrey Tarr
Other Branches (WA, SA, Tasmania, ACT) Board Member

NSW

Chris Follett
(NSW President)
Scott Smith
(NSW Vice-President)
Garry Alcorn
Lisa Scope

Victoria

Caitlin Bryan
(Vic President)
Zoe Watkins
(Vic Vice-President)
Maxine Dennett
Jacinta Emmanuel
Claire Marmur

Queensland

Merryn Schofield
(President)
Scott Hazell
Annette Silva

SA/NT

Simon Tait
(President)
Beverley Freeman

WA

John Fairhead
Logan Jones

Tasmania

Yolanda Peart-Smith

Committee elected in February 2024

Kimberley Wheeler
(Federal President)

Starting 25 years ago in rock and metal music, Kimberley now works in the folk and country genres as a songwriter and double bassist.
Kimberley attended the inaugural Australian Women in Music Awards (2018) to seek out fellow musicians facing similar challenges. Here, she found Musicians Australia. Now, as part of the leadership team, she champions representation and collective goals in an industry that has long overlooked its musicians. Kimberley was elected Musicians President in 2024.

National

Kimberley Wheeler
(Federal President)
Mitchell Nissen
(Vice-President)

NSW

Matt Jeffrey
(President)
James Steendam
(Vice-President)

Victoria

Aaron Wyatt
(President)
Rod Davies
Ruth Hazleton

Queensland

Jacqueline Evans
(President)

SA

Lachlan Bramble
(President)

WA

Helen Tuckey
(President)

ACT

Tim Hollo

Committee elected February 2024

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