CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Dr Dimitri Kopanakis


With a diverse career in the performing arts, Dimitri’s portfolio extends across Arts Management, Arts Practice and Arts Education, spanning the last 20 years.

Dimitri returned to Australia from his role as Senior Manager of Entertainment at The Venetian Macau, the world’s Largest Casino and Integrated Resort. In this role, he oversaw a multi-million dollar operation, managed 60 in-house events each day, and led a team of nearly 100 creative staff from 16 different countries.

As an arts manager, Dimitri has previously been involved as both a company director and partner in a number of performance agencies, supplying both small and large-scale entertainment to the corporate and private sectors.

In roles ranging from producer, to conductor, to performer, Dimitri has worked extensively across Australia, and in more than 20 countries across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

As an arts educator, Dimitri has worked across all levels of formal education, in many metropolitan and regional institutions in Australia, and the Asia-Pacific region.

Academically, Dimitri has completed a Professional Doctorate, a Master of Music Studies in Performance, and a Bachelor of Music Performance.

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Gail Russell


A passionate advocate of education and emotional and social well-being, Gail herself is a very positive person with a characteristic sense of community. She brings to ACPA her considerable expertise as a Human Services professional who has worked in rural, regional, and metropolitan areas across Queensland. This includes positions with the Department of Education, Department of Communities, and the Department of Justice and Attorney General. She has supported various health, education, and restorative youth justice initiatives.

In the not-for-profit sector, Gail has held roles in Human Resources for Aboriginal medical services and as a Program Manager for a Registered Training Organisation. She also has extensive voluntary experience, serving as president, secretary, or treasurer for numerous community organisations.

A descendant of the Kamilaroi people, Gail is proud to have received awards for Partnership, Reconciliation, and Strengthening and Engaging Communities. She completed the Public Service Commission’s Inspiring Women Mentoring Program and was invited to speak at a Queensland Women in Leadership Conference. Gail has also completed diplomas in business and management.

MANAGER, STUDENT ENGAGEMENT

Judith Barker


With experience in Management, Training & Assessment, and Community Services, Judith has an extensive career in local, state, and federal government departments, along with a diverse array of private organisations.

Working in regional, rural and metropolitan regions across Australia, Judith has held positions with the Department of Employment Education and Training, the Department of Aboriginal Affairs, the Department of Community Services and Health, and the Department of Justice and Attorney General. In the private sector, she has undertaken roles for a number of training providers, rehabilitation service providers, and human services.

Judith is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people

FINANCE MANAGER

Brigid Lever


Brigid joined ACPA in October 2016. Brigid grew up in Melbourne, Darwin and Brisbane, following her father’s newspaper career. Brigid herself has lived and worked in Brisbane, Gold Coast, London and Canberra, but does not hesitate to identify as a Queenslander.

Brigid is an experienced Financial Manager in State, Federal and UK Government, universities and not-for-profit organisations. Her specific areas of expertise include managing financial operations, budgeting and management reporting, financial control, regulatory compliance, statutory reporting and audit, corporate systems development and maintenance, program and project management, treasury and investment management and has a good knowledge of corporate law and governance.

ADMINISTRATION COORDINATOR

Ethan Kelly


Ethan Kelly brings to the ACPA administration team a welcoming and friendly personality as well as his extensive administrative and customer service experience.

He gained this expertise working in various roles within the Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney General and in the private sector.

Ethan is a descendant of the Biripi people and, having lived in small rural locations across Australia all his life, he has strong connections to both culture and land. At school he was responsible for conducting excursions, ceremonies, dances, songs, and acknowledgements with Indigenous students from Grades 8 to 12.

He also focused on Acting and Music when completing his own school studies, and he continues to seek new opportunities to upskill and improve his knowledge so he can deliver the best possible service to ACPA students, staff, and supporters.

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