The Management Committee offers the GCYO a diverse set of skills and expertise. Whilst all members possess unique strengths based on their previous experience, the skills offered are complementary. However, the one commonality shared is a commitment to the GCYO, which is based on prioritising:
- strategic vision
- cohesiveness and collaboration
- hospitality, openness and tolerance
The GCYO thanks all members, as they volunteer their time and efforts for the betterment of the GCYO.
Chair, Sarah Jane Ash, BEd
Sarah Jane is a graduate of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra! From playing flute and piccolo in her primary and high school years, Sarah Jane renewed her friendship with the GCYO in 2009 when her eldest daughter joined the Junior Strings Orchestra. She now has two daughters in their fifth year at GCYO. Sarah Jane is the Principal at Springbrook State School and holds a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education. Sarah Jane has conducted school choirs and worked with instrumental teachers in encouraging young musicians to achieve great things through music. She is passionate about music and views her work with the GCYO as integral to her commitment to the benefits of music education and education in general.
Secretary, Patricia Geale, PhD, MBA, BBus
Patricia Geale possesses a PhD and MBA from the University of Queensland. Together with her academic qualifications, Patricia has a thirty-year career in strategic management and marketing, primarily in the travel and tourism industry – based in Australia and in North America. Her American-based International Marketing Consultancy managed programs for major clients including: Qantas, United Airlines, American Airlines, ATS Tours, Tourism Australia, State Tourism Boards, Sustainable Tourism Cooperative Research Centre. Patricia has been on the academic staff at Griffith University, Bond University, James Cook University and Central Queensland University. Patricia lectures part-time and now dedicates her time to the 200+ musicians of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra. Her expertise in the areas of strategic management, marketing and corporate governance continue to add to the level of professionalism at the GCYO.
Bio in progress
Bruce began at the GCYO as a conductor in 1984. He works with many private students in Queensland, taught at The Southport School and currently teaches at Trinity Lutheran College. Bruce has a private Strings Studio on the Gold Coast. He is the music expert on the Committee and his vast knowledge and willingness to share it, is vital to the organisation. Whilst the Committee is primarily focused on the ‘business’ of the organisation, Bruce guides the Committee on all issues relating to our core business – ensemble music.
Nick Stefan has extensive orchestral and chamber music experience. He performs professionally, has a very large private studio and teaches at The Southport School.
Kim Kyle is a former member of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, having played the clarinet with the Orchestra during her later primary school years between 1992-93. In addition to the clarinet, Kim also enjoyed playing the flute, piccolo and keyboard and expanded her interests to singing in later years.
Kim holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and is currently employed as an Associate Solicitor with Adamson Bernays Kyle & Jones Lawyers on the Gold Coast. She has two young sons whom she hopes will follow in her footsteps with her love for music, and is eager to ensure all future generations benefit from the excellence in music which the GCYO provides by utilising her legal and practical skills to complement the GCYO Management Committee.
General Member, Alessandro Nocerino4)musician representative
Bio in progress.
Honorary Solicitor, Michael Kyle, LLB 5)independent
Michael Kyle, Senior Partner at Adamson Bernays Kyle & Jones Lawyers, graciously accepted the appointment of GCYO Honorary Solicitor in 2011. Michael assists the GCYO in interpreting and following the legal mandates required as an Association governed by the Rules of Incorporated Associations in Queensland. Michael is the most senior lawyer and one of the founding partners at Adamson Bernays Kyle & Jones Lawyers. He is a graduate with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Queensland University and was admitted as a solicitor in 1972. Complementing his extensive experience as a Gold Coast commercial lawyer representing both large and small business clients, Michael is also a Notary Public. This function, administered by the Archbishop of Canterbury, has worldwide acceptance and authorises the holder by law to certify documents, take affidavits and administer oaths on an internationally recognized basis. Michael believes that an essential part of being a good lawyer is having the capacity to communicate with clients on any level. The GCYO is grateful for his generous support.
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