Four Winds Founder

Four Winds Board

Sheena Boughen Chair
Moira Scollay Deputy Chair
Geoff Steel Treasurer
Robert Tacheci Secretary, Director of Visuals
Michael Darling Board Member
Sian Morgan-Hall Director, Fundraising & Development
David Claringbold

2016 Easter Festival

Paul Dean, Artistic Director
Yarmila Alfonzetti, Executive Producer

Previous Artistic Directors

Paul Kildea

Genevieve Lacey

Christopher Latham

Carrillo Gantner
Rodney Hall
Michael Brimer

Four Winds Staff

Liena Lacey, Creative Producer
Lara Crew, Community Engagement Carol Hellmers, Office Manager
Sylvia Triffit, Book Keeper
Katrina Heding, Database Manager
Russell Stewart, Site Manager
Marg Hansen, Exec Assist/Media

Festival Patrons

Sir William Deane - Patron-in-Chief
Louise Cox
Philip Cox
Lady Grounds
Daryl and Kaye Jackson
Jonathan Mills
Mirka Mora
Carl Vine
Gough Whitlam

Board Members

Michael Darling | Board Member

image of Michael Darling

Some board members prefer being part of an organisation when it’s charting a steady-as-she-goes course. But Michael Darling, the Director and Chairman of Caledonia Private Investment, prefers to navigate a ship through uncharted waters.

‘I like to be around when things are in flux,’ he says, citing his experience as a trustee of the MCA when it was making the transition from the Power Institute to its current site at Circular Quay - a journey not without its bumpy moments.

A former director of the Australian Stock Exchange, current chair of the Centre for Independent Studies policy think tank and past chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia and a trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, Darling has a strong interest in seeing Four Winds grow at a manageable pace.

‘Too often, arts organisations stumble through success. Growth can mean vulnerability. I hope I can help avoid any mis-steps. With expansion you need a new business model. I also hope to be able to identify untapped sources of support.’

‘Where Four Winds has excelled is in very productive alliances with other arts organisation, so that we provide a way for them to fulfill their regional obligations and we get the benefit of their expertise. It’s a win-win strategy.’

Darling and his wife, distinguished food writer Manuela Gannser-Darling own a cattle and haymaking property at Tilba and have been festival goers for many years. ‘What I love about the festival is the unexpected moments that become highlights, like hearing a quartet made up of didgeridoos and cellos, or hearing Riley Lee or the Towadros Brothers for the first time.’