Four Winds Founder
Four Winds Board
2016 Easter Festival
Paul Dean, Artistic Director
Yarmila Alfonzetti, Executive Producer
Previous Artistic Directors
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
Sir William Deane - Patron-in-Chief
Daryl and Kaye Jackson
Michael Darling | Board Member
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.’