Our Board

Antonia Seymour – Chair  has over 10 years’ experience in the cultural sector as an arts marketer and media producer. With bachelor degrees in business (UTS) and arts (UNSW) she was the Head of Marketing and Communications at the Lyric Hammersmith in London before returning to Sydney with her first child. Prior to the UK she worked with many of Australia’s leading arts companies with arts consultancy JCM and as Marketing Manager of Sydney Dance Company. Antonia recently produced multimedia projects for the museums and the cultural sector at Lightwell, and was Associate Producer at Performing Lines, then produced the Australian Theatre Forum in 2013 before joining Urban Theatre Projects as producer. She also serves on the Board of Arts on Tour (NSW). Antonia served on the De Quincey Co Board from 2003 to 2005 and re-joined in February 2010.

Michael Huxley Treasurer is General Manager of Museums & Galleries NSW. He was a graduate of UNSW and since 1996 has worked primarily as an administrator in the performing arts. He was the General Manager of Marian Street Theatre Company 1998-2001 and then Deputy General Manager for the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) until 2005 when he joined the Ensemble Theatre to be their Special Projects Manager. In 2006 he was appointed the Administrator of the Australian National Playwrights’ Centre (ANPC) as well as financial consultant to Playworks. He Joined Museums & Galleries NSW in 2007 as Finance Manager. Michael was associate producer for the Short+Sweet Organisation in 2008 working as Festival Director/Curator for their music theatre festival, and Company Manager for their national touring production. He was also Manager Finance and Administration for Kookaburra, The National Musical Theatre Company till November of that year. Michael rejoined M&G NSW in October 2008 as General Manager. He was the founding Chair of Hayes Theatre Co / In The Pipeline (Arts). He joined De Quincey Co Board in May 2013.

Tess de Quincey – Secretary is the main generator of artistic ideas that drive the company. She has been working professionally in dance and theatre since 1978 in Europe, Japan India & Australia as a performer, teacher and director. Her performance work in different terrains – from city to desert – around the world has engendered a series of works concerned with inhabitation and the nature of place. Her main emphasis is on intercultural, site-specific and cross-disciplinary works. She has served on De Quincey Co Board since its inception in June 2000.

Vanessa Bateup is a media & intellectual property lawyer with bachelor degrees in commerce and law (honours).  Vanessa has many years experience in the entertainment industry having worked for 7 years as an in-house lawyer in London at ITV, one of Europe’s largest commercial broadcasters. She trained at Blake Dawson Waldron and currently works in-house at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Vanessa joined the Board in February 2009.

Rebecca Bourne Jones is an arts marketing and management consultant, who has worked in the industry since 2002. She has a degree in Communications (UTS) and a Masters of Management in Arts Management (UTS). Rebecca began her career in London, and has had a series of marketing, communications, and development roles for organisations including the National Theatre and Churchill War Rooms (London), Madison Square Park Conservancy (NYC), and Sydney Youth Orchestras and Sydney Festival (Sydney). In 2013 she joined Better Happy as Creative Partnerships Consultant, where she brings her arts experience to a new approach to brand partnerships. She joined the Board in August 2013.

Ryan Hunt has held roles at various tech companies around the world such as Skype (London) and RealNetworks (Seattle) and is now a Product Manager in the Innovation team at News Corp Australia in Sydney. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), both from the University of Wollongong and joined the board in January 2016, after being an observer for a year.

Camilla Rountree is a free-lance theatre producer with twenty years of extensive touring experience. She was twelve years at Riverside Theatres, Parramatta creating new work and touring it Australia wide. She was responsible for programming, including building a first class education program, establishing a children’s festival ‘Spot On‘ and for initiating the presentation of Western Sydney independent theatre companies through True West Theatre. Prior to this, Camilla was Associate Producer at Sydney Theatre Company where she produced several new works including Dein Perry’s Steel City and the fabulous STC fundraising events. She also produced the opening events for Luna Park, Sydney and was Associate Producer for several major international companies managing Australian touring productions. Camilla was writer/director and producer for her Beat/Cabaret production ‘Birth of The Cool’ which she toured to Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Rhurfestspiele Recklinghausen, Germany besides Sydney and Melbourne Festivals. She is currently producing a new play for Riverside.

David Studdy is a barrister admitted in 1993. He was appointed Senior Counsel in 2008. His predominant areas of practice are commercial, contract, trade practices, intellectual property, corporations law, equity and director duties. He graduated from the UNSW with a BJur (1982) and a LLB (1984). Prior to practicing as a barrister he was employed as a commercial litigation solicitor at a large commercial law firm. He joined the Board in March 2013.


Previous Board Members

Donna Brett
2003 – 2005
Terese Casu
2007 – 2008
Gerard F Doolin
2003 – 2007
Susan Donnelly
2007 – 2009
Russell Emerson
2000 – 2003
Kiersten Fishburn
2012 – 2015
Dragan Gasic
2007 – 2008
Rani Haywood 
2005 – 2011
Simon Hinton
2001 – 2002
Bradford Johnson
2008 – 2011
Michelle Lew
2006 – 2007
Michelle McDonald
2007 – 2009
Amanda MacDonald Crowley
2002 – 2002
Joan Miller
2007 – 2008
Vicki Middleton
2008 – 2011
Philip Oldfield
2000 – 2004
Colin Rhodes
2012 – 2015
Meryl Rogers
2005 – 2007
David Robb
2012 – 2015
Edward Scheer
2000 – 2003
Antonia Seymour
2003 – 2005
Peter Steidl
2005 – 2006
Mark Sutcliffe
2003 – 2004
Kate Towey
2009 – 2011
Mary-Louise Williams
2006 – 2008
Andre Winarto
2005 – 2007
Ann Mossop
2011 – 2012
Ivona Kadlec
2011 – 2013