Burrinja Board
Holly DeMaria

Years on Board 2

I have worked in the arts and cultural, events and youth (welfare/alternative education) industries (in various roles) for over 15 years. I have a Masters Degree and Post-Graduate Diploma in Community Cultural Development, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Business Management and Advanced Diploma in Music. I have a great deal of networks both locally, state wide and broader within the arts industry. This has been developed through my studies, roles as part of NACA (National Arts and Culture Alliance), many volunteer and participation opportunities and my current role as Cultural Development Officer for Cardinia Shire Council. Earlier in 2015, I initiated and partnered with six municipalities to run an unconference event called Fusion – which focused on strengthening the networking, sharing of skills, expertise and knowledge of local artists, creative and community focused people. This was deemed a great success and is set to run again in 2016 as a bi-annual event. I have utilised my skills and worked with a range of artists and art groups to develop strategic directions, marketing and promotional advice to assist them in moving forward with their practice, change of direction or event just to clarify what they do and why. 



Matthew Posetti

Vice President
Years on Board - 5

A member of Burrinja Board’s since 2013, Matt brings both knowledge and experience from working within senior management, leadership and stakeholder liaison roles from across both the tertiary education and the community cultural and arts sectors.

Early in his career, Matt worked with and for a number of Melbourne Arts and Cultural institutions such as the Melbourne Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, TheatreWorks in St Kilda, Box Hill Community Arts Centre, and the Melbourne Workers Theatre. Across this period he also practiced as a professional actor, and producer and director of fringe theatre pieces in Melbourne's vibrant arts community.

More recently Matt's career has transitioned across to the Tertiary Education sector, through which Matt has operated in several senior management and strategic leadership positions. Currently Matt is employed as the Executive Officer of the Swinburne Student Union.


Jon Whitehead

Years on Board - 3

Jon has over 17 years of financial and accounting experience working for Commonwealth and State Governments, Industry, Financial Services and Not for Profit. Burrinja combines Jon’s passion of the arts and culture with delivering sound financial and operational management.






Leah MacGibbon

Year on Board 2

Leah has had a career leading digital strategy and online communications for global corporate and non-for-profit organisations. Specifically, Leah lead the development of CPA Australia’s enewsletter strategy where she significantly increased member engagement and won awards for several digital channels.
Leah also spent several years working for Royal Dutch Shell, Australia Post and EnergyAustralia where she also developed digital acquisition and retention strategies.
In addition to professional expertise, Leah has a great respect for the Dandenong Ranges and a love for our community.



Paul O'Halloran

Board of Management
Years on Board - 18

Paul O'Halloran is a trained secondary teacher and also has post graduate qualifications in audiology and ergonomics. Paul has publications on a range of organisational health and risk management issues. He is a member of the Association of Risk and Insurance Managers of Australasia, and is a Board Member of the Deafness Foundation. Paul has had a life-long interest in the visual and performing arts and works both in 2D and 3D media.




Aunty Janet Turpie-Johnstone

Board of Management
Years on Board 4

Aboriginal Equity Pathways part of Jim Baa Yer Indigenous Unit - Australian Catholic University.

Board Member Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place (2005-Current)
Board Member Boorndawan Willam Aboriginal Healing Service (Current) .




Natasha Bassett

Board of Management
Years on Board 2

Natasha is a multi-skilled marketing professional with a love of the arts and a strong background in customer engagement, strategic planning, digital marketing, brand management, communication and end-to-end experience design. She has worked for Monash University, Yarra Ranges Council, Coles, Red Hill Estate, and was proud to work at Burrinja Cultural Centre as Marketing and Box Office Manager during the launch phase of the centre. Outside of work, Natasha is a theatre maker, performer and producer of concerts and musical theatre.






Tanja Kovac

Board of Management
Years on Board 2

Tanja is a writer and director at communications, leadership and justice consultancy, Kovac & Co.
After a decade of student activism at school and university, Tanja commenced work as a solicitor at Slater & Gordon, working in the firm’s Public Interest Unit, where she was responsible for a number of high profile human rights cases, including the Richmond Secondary College police “baton charge” and for Amnesty International in the case concerning refugees aboard the MV Tampa. Tanja also volunteered in community legal centres providing legal support to victims of the Black Saturday Bushfires.
Tanja has managed several small non-profit organisations in the faith, women’s and human rights sectors, where she was responsible for all aspects of strategic and operational leadership, managing fundraising and advocacy, cause-related marginal seat campaigns and volunteer engagement.
Most recently she was Chief of Staff to the late Fiona Richardson MP, Australia’s first family violence prevention minister where she was responsible for overseeing Victoria’s strategic family violence prevention and gender equality agenda, including creating Victoria’s first Gender Equality Strategy.
Tanja has extensive experience with print, radio, TV and online media. Her writing has featured in The Age, Daily Telegraph, Crikey, MammaMia, New Matilda and more.


Cr Mike Clarke.

Lyster Ward

Cr Clarke represents Council on the following committees:
    Eastern Regional Libraries Corporation
    Eastern Transport Coalition
    Fire Management Committee
    Graffiti Working Group
    Municipal Emergency Management Committee
    Yarra Ranges Environment Advisory Committee

Lyster ward covers Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Kallista, Lyserfield, Menzies Creek, Narre Warren East, Selby, Sherbrooke, Tecoma and The Patch.


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Burrinja acknowledges the Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, on whose land we meet, share and work. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging, and extend our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from all nations of this land. 

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