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The most recent Midsumma Festival Inc. AGM was held on 12 September 2017.

At the organisation's core are community leaders dedicating their time to make change.  Read on to learn about the Midsumma Board.

Current Midsumma Board Members

John Caldwell

Chair - Joined the board of directors at the 2015 AGM.
John is the Group CEO for an international recruitment company specialising in retail and hospitality. His strengths are marketing and HR management. John is also the National entertainment reporter for KIIS FM in Australia. In 2014 John was The Victorian Australian of the year for his philanthropic work including his public quest for equality. John is an active board member for Brodies Law foundation and Ambassador for Alannah & Madeleine Foundation and White Ribbon.

Jamal Hakim

Acting Treasurer
Jamal is a financial executive with experience in both commercial and non-profit organisations and is currently the Finance Director Commercial for a global non profit organisation. Sitting on a number of community based non-executive boards, Jamal is responsible for maintaining an overview of Midsumma’s financial affairs, ensuring its viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained. Contact Jamal at [email protected]

Stephen Hanlon

Secretary - Joined the board of directors in 2016.

Aaron O'Shannessy

Acting Deputy Chair - Elected to the board of directors at 2013 AGM.
Aaron is the Manager of International Programs at the Asia Education Foundation, overseeing a number of projects funded by state/federal government and philanthropic foundations. With over 10 years experience in grant writing and project management, Aaron assists with submissions and reporting. Contact Aaron at [email protected]

Andrea Pearman

Joined the board of directors at the 2015 AGM.
Andrea Pearman is a senior corporate responsibility and marketing executive with a diverse background and extensive experience in strategy development, marketing planning and execution and community development in complex, large scale organisations including Australia Post, NAB, Fosters and Telstra.
Andrea is currently the General Manager, Community Relations at Australia Post. She is responsible for the organisation’s corporate responsibility, community and commercial sponsorship and event programs, along with management of the community as a stakeholder of Australia Post. She has lead the development and implementation of a community engagement program around Australia Post’s business reform and a new community strategy including the establishment of an Australia Post charitable Trust.

Jo Whyte

Joined the board of directors at the 2017 AGM.

Michael Daly

Joined the board of directors at the 2017 AGM.

Michael Fuller-Smith

Joined the board of directors in June 2018.

Rhys Cranney

Joined the board of directors in 2016.
Rhys is a Communications and PR professional with expertise in community engagement. A Communications and Events Manager at RMIT University with an educational background in International Business and cross-cultural communications, Rhys has worked with groups like Oaktree, the Victorian NAIDOC Committee and Portsea Surf Life Saving Club. His focus at Midsumma is supporting fundraising strategies. In his spare time, Rhys surf rows for Portsea SLSC, does Crossfit and studies Mandarin.

Sebastian L Norman

Joined the board of directors at the 2017 AGM.
Sebastian is an experienced strategy and program consultant within EY’s Advisory practice. He has over 10 years' experience in strategy, business development, and implementation roles. Sebastian has led large complex programs and teams throughout all phases of the project lifecycle, shaping strategies, helping realise benefits, and ultimately delivering value to stakeholders. Prior to joining Midsumma’s board Sebastian worked with a global not-for-profit WaterAid, as a regional fundraising committee chair.

Tori Berquist

Joined the board of directors at the 2017 AGM.

Amanda Edwards

Volunteer Administrative Assistant to the Board.


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