Board Members


JUSTIN MARSCHKE – CHAIR

Justin has been a Principal at Tucker & Cowen Solicitors since 2013 after spending 5 years as a Partner at an international firm. For over 15 years he has acted for some of the largest multinational firms focusing on commercial disputes, insolvency and regulatory issues at local and international levels. Best Lawyers ® International in the Australian Financial Review has consistently recognised Justin as one of Australia’s Best Lawyers for Litigation and Regulatory practice since 2013 and again for 2018. The Legal 500 singled out Justin as an “outstanding litigation lawyer” in their Asia Pacific rankings in 2013 and 2014. Doyle’s Guide to the Australian Legal Profession has consistently recognised Justin since 2012 and has again ranked Justin in both Leading Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution Lawyers and Leading Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers in Queensland in 2017.

 

AUSTIN GIBBS – TREASURER

Austin is a Chartered Accountant with nearly 20 years’ experience in the industry. He has worked in audit and accounting firms in Sydney, Brisbane, New York and the UK. He also teaches accounting at ACU and QUT, as well as for Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand as part of the Chartered Accountants program. Over the years Austin has worked with many clients in the broader not-for-profit sector, including aged care homes, mental health organisations, community clubs, industry bodies and local charities, providing strategic advice, assisting with compliance activities and helping to prevent the risk of fraud.

 

CHRISTA POWELL – SECRETARY

Music educator, violinist and administrator for Topology, Christa balances a busy home and work life with her commitments to the organisation. Budgeting, billing, reconciliations, tax concerns, the status of the organisation, consulting with the bookkeeper and the accountant, and the running of projects and performances are all monitored and recorded by Christa. Christa also reports to and advises the board on finances and other matters. As a member of the group since its formation in 1997, she has a vested interest in the activities of the committee. Christa joined the management committee at its outset and intends to remain on the committee for the foreseeable future. Christa Powell is responsible for budgeting, financial records, coordinating the band members, organising rehearsals, tour management and strategic planning. As treasurer on the board, Christa informs the effective decision making of the organisation on day-to-day operations, as well as addressing long-term funding requirements and program plans.

 

JACKIE D’ALTON

Jackie has over 17 years experience as a non-executive director with prominent Boards including QLeave (the Portable Long Service Leave Authority for Queensland), the Major Sports Facility Authority (now Stadiums Queensland) and the Gabba Cricket Ground Trust. Her roles include Chair, Deputy Chair, Board Member and Chair and Committee Member of Committees including Audit Risk & Compliance, Finance and Stadium Management Committees. She joined the Board of Topology in November 2012 accepting the role as Chair in December 2012. Jackie is a current Board Member and Secretary of the Motor Neurone Disease Association of Queensland Inc. She has over 30 years experience in Bank Treasury operations holding senior positions with Suncorp Metway Bank Treasury, Bank of Queensland and Standard Chartered Australia. Professional memberships include: a Fellow of AICD and a Senior Fellow of Finsia. She has a Master of Applied Finance Degree from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Queensland, is a Graduate of the Securities Institute of Australia and a Graduate of the AICD Directors Course. Jackie has a strong due diligence and governance skill set, at both a Board level and in her professional career with extensive experience in financial markets.

 

ROBERT DAVIDSON

Artistic Director and bassist for Topology, Robert (Senior Lecturer in Composition, UQ) takes a keen interest in every aspect of the organisation. Having instigated the organisation in 1997, Robert has experience and knowledge of the industry that is key to informed decision making by the committee. Also, as the Artistic Director, Robert makes decisions with the committee about the direction and purpose of the organisation. Robert joined the committee at its outset and intends to remain for the foreseeable future. Robert Davidson is responsible for the artistic direction of the organisation, including establishing and maintaining collaborative network relationships, composing music, performing and teaching in the education program. As Artistic Director he strongly influences the strategic partnerships and direction of the organisation.

 

FABIENNE COOKE

Fabienne is an arts administrator with 25 years experience, from box office to key management positions in major arts organisations. Having completed her Bachelor of Arts (Drama) majoring in arts management and Master of Business (International Management) from QUT, Fabienne has worked extensively in performing arts, primarily producing theatre in her early career. Following on from artistic roles at State Theatre Company of South Australia and Queensland Theatre Company delivering creative programs for many years, Fabienne pursued an interest in generating income streams for arts organisations through stakeholder relations, audience engagement, corporate partnerships, foundations, and individual giving. Fabienne is passionate about ensuring the cultural vibrancy of our community and developing relationships with others who share her enthusiasm for our artists. As Head of Philanthropy at Brisbane Festival, Fabienne drives the Giving Program, stewarding a wonderful group of generous Festival donors with the help of a dedicated Giving Committee that she established in 2016. Fabienne serves on the management committee for Women Chiefs of Enterprise International and is a mother of four beautiful children aged seven to eleven