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Our Board

Brad Sadler (Chair) 

Brad has an extensive history of senior executive management in local government, community, aged and disability services. He is the Founding Director of Dana Consulting and Director of Illuminate Yoga Studio, where he currently teaches yoga and meditation.

Brad has been active in the arts as a musician, singer/chorister, performer and director in community-based theatre.

Brad was appointed to the AAV Board in 2012 and has been the Chair since 2016.

Peter Crowle (Treasurer)

Peter is a Chartered Accountant and has financial experience across many industries, as well as international experience working in the UK.

Since returning from the UK, he has worked at Cricket Australia to implement a new funding distribution model and then moved to Origin Energy as a Finance Manager. Peter is currently Finance Manager at City Facilities Management.

Peter was appointed to the AAV Board as Treasurer in 2014.

Amanda Lawrie-Jones

Amanda Lawrie-Jones has lived experience of disability and is a skilled Disability Inclusion Consultant with decades of organisational capability experience. She manages her own business and has successfully created impact and meaningful change in both government and non-government sectors.

In 2018, Amanda was a finalist in the National Awards for Disability Leadership in the category of ‘Change Making’.

Amanda was appointed to the AAV Board in 2018.

Kate Hood

Kate Hood became a wheelchair user over a decade ago and reinvented herself as a disabled actor and theatre maker.

She formed her disability led theatre company, Raspberry Ripple Productions, as a response to the invisibility of disabled actors, writers and theatre makers across our stages and screens. Raspberry Ripple’s remit is to tell stories of disabled and non-disabled people living in the world together.

Kate was appointed to the AAV Board in 2016.

Kristy Spillman

Kristy is a public policy expert, predominantly in health and education. She is passionate about community participation and empowerment as drivers of health and well-being.

As Assistant Director, Governance at Department of Health and Human Services, Kristy’s focus is on building the capability and diversity of Victoria’s public health service boards to enable delivery of safe, high quality services.

Kristy was appointed to the AAV Board in 2016.

Luke King

Luke Duncan King is a visual artist currently working at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) as a museum educator leading public and school tours.

He has a strong interest in all artforms, as well as a passion for improving accessibility for Deaf and hard of hearing people at museums, art galleries, both public and private/independent art spaces.

Luke was appointed to the AAV Board in 2016.

Sonia Turnbull

Sonia has extensive experience as arts administrator in the local government sector. She has managed the development of cultural facilities, facilitated public art projects, developed strategic arts and cultural plans and managed large-scale public events. After the birth of Sonia’s daughter, who has special needs, Sonia commenced a law degree in order to ensure, where possible, that her daughter was not discriminated against and had access to the schools and events of her choice. Sonia is currently a practicing lawyer in State Government and has been on the AAV Board since 2017.