Who's Who

Board of Directors   

Trustees of the Empire Theatres Foundation

Chairman: Professor Peter Swannell AM   Chairperson: Mrs Sheena Liley
Deputy Chair: Mrs Sheena Liley   Deptuty Chairperson: Mrs Janelle Davis 
Company Secretary: Mr Bill Armagnacq  Mr Richard Chiverrell
Mrs Janelle Davis   Mr Matthew Cherry 
Ms Amanda Tolson Dr Sharyn Donaldson 
Mr John Pearson   Dr Kate Foy
Mr Andrew Wielandt     Mrs Carol James 
Ms Melissa Taylor      Mr Ben Gouldson
Mr Mark O'Connell  



General Manager

Kerry Saul

Deputy Manager and Administration Manager

 Helen Oldham

Technical Manager

 Tim Panitz

Events Manager

 Margaret Turnbull

Marketing and Development Manager

Emilee Nichols

 Projects Manager 

 Jeanette Wedmaier

 Youth Arts Director

 Ari Palani

 Marketing Coordinator 

Sarah Fleming

 Marketing Coordinator 

 Cecile O'Mara

Management Support &
Foundation Officer

 Kate Brennan


 Anthony Nunn 

 Finance Officer 

 Alison Murrell 

Events Coordinator &
Front of House Manager

 Rita Denness

 Head of Audio

 Steve Alexander 

 Theatre Technician- Staging 

 Rob Darvall 

 Theatre Technician- Lighting 

 Adam Speedie

 Theatre Technician- AV

 Shane Howarth-Crewdson

 Theatre Technician

 Kris Stewart

 Theatre Technician

 Ben Hunt


Approximately 50 other casual staff are employed in the Technical and Events departments. Some 270 active volunteer members of the Friends of the Empire Theatre Inc. perform duties including front of house, ushering, ticket collecting and other services.