QMusic is overseen by an elected management committee and operated by a small staff. The diversity, stability and leadership demonstrated by the Management Committee are key strengths of QMusic. The strategic recruitment of supplementary skill sets in 2019 will ensure QMusic’s position as a responsive and dynamic organisation into the future.
Michael was the editor of The Courier-Mail, Queensland’s largest source of news and analysis from 2010 to 2013. His appointment followed stints as the newspaper’s deputy editor, chief of staff and investigations editor. Earlier in his journalism career, Michael spent a decade as a sportswriter, covering the Australian cricket and rugby union teams. In his spare time, Michael tries valiantly to prevent his music collection from overloading his mobile phone storage levels. Michael joined the QMusic management committee in April 2013.
With over fifteen years in Brisbane's music community, Stephen has had experience in many different facets of the industry including roles as a music publicist, radio plugger, journalist, marketing manager, conference programmer, radio announcer, inflight entertainment producer, vocalist and music retailer. Currently managing director of SGC Media (a joint venture with MGM's Sebastian Chase working on international new media marketing for Australian artists), Stephen works with projects including John Butler Trio, The Waifs, British India, Triple J's Hottest 100 compilation, Blue King Brown and San Cisco as well as with organisations including D-Star (where he consults on both their national music promo delivery service and radio monitoring system) and QMusic. Stephen is also board member of Brisbane music education not-for-profit Starving Kids. Stephen joined the QMusic management committee in April 2010.
Ben is a Partner of the independently owned financial services firm, Stonehouse Wealth Management and a Director of mid-tier accounting firm, Bach & Company Chartered Accountants. Ben has completed studies in commerce, accounting and finance including a Master of Business Administration and Master of Financial Planning. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a fervent supporter of Queensland music. Ben joined the QMusic management committee in April 2011.
Tina has extensive government and business development experience, having worked across multiple departments and industries with high-level Government officials and senior executives for over 25 years. This includes 14 years of international business development experience in the Americas, including the United States, Canada, and Latin America. She has worked across multiple industries, including music and the creative industries, tourism, biotechnology and life sciences, information and communication technology. Tina’s strengths have been to work across government, engage industry and collaborate. She received numerous public sector awards for the development and delivery of the United States Creative Industries Export Strategy and Program and for Queensland’s Contemporary Music Export Project, a collaboration between Trade Queensland, Arts Queensland and QMusic. She is passionate about music and the arts, international development, philanthropy, and the community and has worked with many non-profits and development agencies, including the United Nations. Tina is also a board member for the Queensland Poetry Festival. Tina joined the QMusic management committee in April 2016.
Stu has been working in the music industry for over 15 years and brings with him a diverse collection of experiences. His previous roles vary broadly from CEO of Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR), running the Queensland Music Network (QMusic), serving on the Worldwide Independent Network (WIN) and holding a position on the International Honorary Committee at MIDEM for five years. In 2009 Stuart left AIR with a desire to develop his own film production, publishing, music services and consulting company Morph TV whose clients (past and present) include Nightlife Music Video, The Seed Fund, Arts Queensland, QPAC, Hunted Media, Brisbane City Council, Mix It Up, Fieldworx, The Gin Club, The Medics, Mountain Goat Brewery and QMusic. Stu joined the QMusic management committee in April 2012.
D-J is a promoter, tour producer, live performance producer and manager. He is the owner of Dmand Pty Ltd, a company that specialises in producing and promoting concert tours and theatrical productions in Australia, Europe and The United States for theatre and arena productions. He is also the owner and executive producer for Frog in a Sock Pty Ltd and Tenorissimo USA LLC which produce live concerts, TV specials, DVD's and albums for The TEN Tenors. In his spare time he enjoys all forms of sport and hanging out with his family. D-J joined the QMusic management committee in April 2014.
Jesse is co-owner of several venues and managing director of The Fans Group - a group of companies comprising artist management, venue marketing, operations & bookings and an events company. In his spare time he drinks whisky on planes. Jesse joined the QMusic management committee in April 2014.
Roz has been a constant in the Australian music industry for approximately 20 years, as musician , (one half of women in docs, independent original and international touring act, and as a solo artists) as well as presenter, programmer and producer based in regional Queensland, currently heading up Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns Civic Theatre and Cairns Festival as Program Manager. She is heavily involved in consulting on artist pathways for many regional Queenland artists, including indigenous group and choir, Sounds of Austranesia (Cairns and Torres Strait Island based). She is also currently touring as one of the songwriters in the Soldiers Wife project which has seen Queensland songwriters work artistically with women who've lost their partners in war. Roz has also worked heavily in community arts and development projects with remote Indigenous communities in Northern Territory and Queensland. She is extremely happy to be once again sitting on the board of QMusic, excited to be part of the next chapter of this organisation's growth and development across Queensland. Roz joined the QMusic management committee in April 2014.
Brian “Smash” Chladil
Smash has been self employed in the music business for more than 30 years. Starting as a sound guy, he owned a PA business, became a tour manager then a band manager, owned a studio and then an indy label and since 1990 ran an event management company that produced some of Australia’s best festivals including Livid, Homebake, Big Day Out Queensland and Soundwave Queensland. He even tried promoting (losing both times!). In 2003 he co-founded Oztix which today is Australia's largest independent ticketing company. His hobbies include rock and roll, motor bikes and politics. In his spare time he does work for the QMusic management committee and joined in September 2015.
Natalie is a lawyer and director of New Farm law firm NR Barbi Solicitor Pty Ltd. She has been part of the Brisbane legal scene since 1997, working in various areas including Arts Law, Civil and Commercial Litigation and Building and Construction Litigation. As a director, she heads the litigation team within her firm which is a general practice firm. She enjoys all aspects of the Arts and is passionate about the fostering of new Australian talent. She is an avid cricket fan, enjoys theatre and travelling and all genres of music. Natalie joined the QMusic management committee in January 2016.
David's professional life has led him to being at the centre of change in two industries that rely on creativity and innovation - the media industry and the higher education industry. As Director, Corporate Transition at QUT, David has a hand in the university's digital strategy and particularly in driving the understanding of the need to change. Before joining QUT in 2014, David was editorial director of News Corporation in Queensland and led its transition from a print only to a multimedia news operation. In his decade as editor and editor in chief, he was passionate about initiatives that would develop and enhance the unique culture of Queensland - whether through music, writing, art or film. David is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a director of Carers Queensland, a statewide organisation that acts interests of carers and sits on the adjudication panel of the Australian Press Council. David is an amateur musician (guitar, blues harps and mandolin) in a covers band. David joined the QMusic management committee in March 2017.
Rhianna started at the ABC as a news and current affairs cadet in Sydney. During her 15 years at the national broadcaster, Rhianna has worked across triple j news, television documentaries, RN and co-hosted an aviation podcast. She is the former presenter of ABC Radio’s national Indigenous programme, Speaking Out. Since 2015, Rhianna has been the presenter of #ABCRhi, a national programme broadcast across ABC Radio every Sunday evening. Rhianna joined the QMusic management committee in July 2017.
John is Head of A&R and Executive Producer at Dew Process Recordings and has worked with such artists as Sarah Blasko, The Grates, Bernard Fanning, Tkay Maidza, Eves the Behaviour, Mallrat and more. John joined the QMusic management committee in July 2017.