The Foundation Council is made up of individuals from various stakeholder groups including the arts, business, law, marketing, student body, Friends, politics, alumni and staff who are passionate about The Con’s future.
The council is currently made up of 5 members as follows:
The Honorable Bob Carr, Patron
Bob Carr is the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history. He retired from politics in 2005 after over 10 years as Premier.
During these 10 years the State Government set new records for spending on infrastructure, became the first government in the State’s history to retire debt, hosted the Olympics in 2000 and achieved the nation’s best school literacy levels. Forbes magazine called Bob Carr a “dragon slayer” for his landmark tort law reforms. He declared 350 new national parks.
Bob Carr is the author of Thoughtlines (2002), What Australia Means to Me (2003), and My Reading Life (2008).
Andrew Fairweather, Chair
Andrew has almost 20 years experience in the financial services industry. Andrew joined Select Asset Management in May 2008 as the Head of Corporate Development responsible for strategy development and implementation and other strategic initiatives before becoming the Chief Executive Officer in April 2009. Andrew is a member of SELECT’s investment committees.
From 2004 to 2007, Andrew was Chief Executive Officer of MMC Asset Management Limited (MMC) before becoming the Chief Executive Officer of ASX listed financial services firm MMC Contrarian Limited from 2007 to 2008, responsible for the development of its fund management incubator model and the management of MMC and Edinburgh based, Contrarian Global Asset Management. Before joining MMC, Andrew worked at AMP from 2000 to 2004 with his last role as the Head of Business Development in AMP’s Savings and Retirement division. Prior to AMP, Andrew was Vice President at Salomon Smith Barney Asset Management, responsible for retail and mezzanine distribution throughout Australia where he worked from 1997 to 2000. From 1992 to 1997, Andrew worked for Prudential Asset Management in funds management distribution.
Mick Le Moignan, Ex-Officio member
Mick Le Moignan is General Manager, External Relations at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
After reading English at Cambridge, Mick worked as a writer and film maker in Sydney in the 1970s and 80s. He reviewed television for The Australian, theatre for The National Times and then theatre and film for The Sydney Morning Herald and wrote many programmes for ABC-TV and Radio, including an adaptation of Patrick White’s The Tree of Man. He made several films on contemporary Aboriginal life, including Eora Corroboree, and won two Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE awards for dramatised documentaries, one on the work of Aldous Huxley and the other on drug and alcohol awareness in indigenous communities.
In the 1990s, he was an independent writer, presenter and producer for Granada TV and the BBC, making over a hundred documentaries on a wide range of subjects, including the popular series Turning Points, in which well-known people spoke about the pivotal moment of their lives. He gained a Diploma in Law at the London College of Law in 1995 and was for two years the Artistic Director and General Manager of a large provincial theatre.
In 2004, he moved to Cambridge to run the communications area of the Gonville & Caius College Development Office. He enjoyed his second spell in Cambridge just as much as the first but was delighted to move back to Sydney in March 2009 to join the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
The overarching theme of Margaret’s career embraces social equity, education and community engagement. Her enduring passion for the arts is driven by the belief that art forms transcend cultures; art is in the end the universal language.
Margaret Helman’s academic background includes social work, education and communications. She is a Churchill Fellow and an ABC Fellow. In 2010 she received an award from the Governor of NSW for her commitment to human settlement of immigrants in the inner city of Sydney – over 30 years.
Margaret Helman’s social governance involvement includes Board membership of the Australia Council, The NSW Cultural Advisory Council to the Premier, the Theatre of Image, Griffin Theatre Company, International Playwrights Festival, Addison Road Community Centre, SBS Enquiry into Racism in Broadcasting, One Extra Dance Company, Australian Bicentennial Authority planning task force.
Her consultancy practice – for twenty years – services corporate, public sector and community sector organisations. She specialises in workplace communication development, project design and management and community engagement programs in arts organisations.
Currently she is engaged in further development of the Friends of the Con project and managing the volunteer program.
Christopher Bennett, Student Representative
Christopher began his studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 2007 and is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Music (Performance). In his time at The Con he has studied under internationally renowned cellists Susan Blake, Daniel Yeadon, and currently Georg Pedersen. Concurrently, Christopher has also been involved with the Early Music Unit on both baroque cello and viola da gamba in a variety of contexts including chamber music and playing in a master class with Canadian viola da gamba duo Les Voix Humaines. At the end of 2010 Christopher will be participating in the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute in Tasmania for two weeks. Christopher plans to continue his studies overseas once he graduates from The Con, and has ambitions for a career in the orchestra.
During his time at The Con, Christopher has been on the executive of the Conservatorium Students Association as Education Officer in 2009, and Social Coordinator in 2010. In addition, he has also sat on various committees at The Con including the Staff Student Liaison committee and the Learning and Teaching committee and at the end of 2009 was invited to give a presentation during a Learning and Teaching seminar for all academic staff at The Con. Christopher is looking forward to making the most of future opportunities in which he can help to enrich the student experience at the Conservatorium.