The Board

The Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Ltd is administered by a skills-based Board of volunteer Directors, a minimum of half of whom are Accredited Members. In performing its role, the Board aspires to excellence in governance standards.

Board Members

Chair:Max Holzner
Deputy Chair:Annette Brown
Company Secretary:Jaime Gibson
Directors:Sarah Harden (Newcastle Branch President)
Meryl Jackson-Kew OAM (Illawarra Branch President)
Anthony van den Broek
Tracy Harber (Independent)
Vincent Vartuli (Independent)
Rachael Zavodnyik (Independent)

Board Committees

  • Governance Committee
  • Management Committee
  • Audit Committee
  • Risk Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Fundraising & Trustees Committee
  • Accreditation Committee

Constitution and Policies

Board Biographies

Chair: Max Holzner

BMus (hons), MAICD, MMTA

Governance Committee (Chair) / Audit Committee / Nominations Committee / Risk Committee (Chair) / Fundraising & Trustees Committee

Maximilian Holzner is a non-executive director (Chair) of the MTA with an extensive background in corporate governance, especially in the NFP space, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). His musical background is as a violinist and educator, having studied violin with Josette Esquedin-Morgan and Barbara Jane Gilby, and is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge and the ANU.

Over the years, Max has collaborated with many of Australia’s leading performers and professional orchestras, with chamber groups and in festivals across Australia and the UK, where he was assistant to the late Christopher Hogwood, Academy of Ancient Music.

Max is deeply passionate about teaching and standards of music education and access. He has held positions at Radford College, Canberra, and in the pre-tertiary program at the ANU. He has also tutored undergraduates in music at the ANU and at Churchill College, Cambridge.

For the last decade, since making Sydney his home, Max has also sought engagement through broader community and business to lift the profile of music and raise awareness of teaching standards, particularly in Western Sydney, and to provide quality music teaching programs in rural and remote schools and communities.

Apart from serving on the Board of the MTA, Max is on the Board of Sydney Eisteddfod, and also Chair and founding member of the NFP, West Phil, which is aimed at bringing students and top professional performers together while raising the profile of music in the region. He is also a director of Music Aural Theory Trainer (MATT), a provider of close-curriculum online support for Australian classroom music teachers, and which is supported by NSW Treasury. He remains concerned with issues of corporate governance, particularly in the NFP space.

 

Deputy Chair: Annette Brown

Governance Committee / Fundraising & Trustees Committee / Risk Committee

Annette Brown is a non-executive director with the MTA and current Deputy Chair. She is the current General Manager of Sydney Eisteddfod, and formerly Manager of the Willoughby Symphony. Her dedication to music education over the last 15 years has included positions with well known music organisations such as the Australian Music Examination Board, The Australian Youth Orchestra, Sydney Youth Orchestra and Musica Viva.

Annette firmly believes in equity and access to a musical education for all and her wealth of experience in the area of arts administration, both volunteer and in a professional capacity, has always centered on this.

She is particularly passionate about giving performance opportunities both locally and regionally to the incredible talent of our musical youth in NSW.

 

Director: Anthony van den Broek

B.Mus, L.Mus (Piano), A.Mus (Piano), A.Mus.A (Harmony and Counterpoint), LRSM, Dip.ABRSM

Management Committee

Anthony began studying the organ and piano at the age of five and majored in piano and harpsichord performance practice at the University of NSW, in Sydney. He studied piano with concert pianist Julie Adam and continues to take lessons with John Bloomfield and Dr Therese Milanovic.

Anthony is an experienced examiner, pianist, harpsichordist and teacher and is in demand as a soloist and collaborative pianist. As well as adjudicating and lecturing in Australia and internationally, Anthony teaches all ages and levels in his studio in Sydney and gives lectures and masterclasses on performance practices of the Baroque and Classical repertoire and piano pedagogy. He is a sought after mentor for concert classical and jazz pianists as well as several piano teachers and is a Certified Instructor the Taubman Approach for Piano (Golandsky Institute, USA).

Anthony is a passionate advocate of music teachers and served on the AMEB (NSW) Board for six years as the elected Private Teachers Representative and Deputy Chair of the Board for four.

 

Company Secretary: Jaime Gibson

MEDL, B.Mus, Grad Dip Ed, FCSME, MMTA

Management Committee / Risk Committee

Jaime Gibson is an MTA executive director. He is an international director of Performing Arts having held positions in Sydney, London and Poland. His academic career began while studying a Bachelor of Music at the University of Western Sydney which was later followed by a Graduate Diploma of Education at the Wesley Institute.

In 2001 Jaime began working at Oxford Falls Grammar and over the next 14 years built a large Performing Arts program involving over 700 students across Music, Dance and Drama. A position as Head of Music took him to Hammersmith Academy, London in 2015-17 where he forged a unique partnership with The Royal College of Music. Students at HA were given access to tailored Composition courses, mentorship from RCM students, and opportunities with the RCM orchestra.

Between 2016-19  Jaime studied a Masters in Music Education Leadership at Birmingham City University which was part-funded by the Arts Council of England. In 2017 Jaime was appointed Director of Performing Arts at The British School Warsaw. This involved further study at The Juilliard School, New York due to the school's unique partnership and coordinating the Juilliard touring artists and educators across central Europe. In 2019 Jaime conducted the Nord Anglia Education European and Middle East Jazz Band for the European Music Festival. A highlight of 2020 has been one of his students being given an early acceptance into Cambridge University, UK to study Music.

 

Independent Director: Tracy Harber

A.Mus.A, B.Acc, M.A. (International Studies), D.A.L.F., GAICD

Tracy has been at Google for over 11 years, working in a sales, marketing & tech consulting capacity with Google’s largest advertisers in Australia, specialising in the travel and fintech industries.

Prior to Google, Tracy worked in a marketing agency managing the account management team as Director of Client Services.

She is a non-executive board director on St Anthony’s Family Care and Music Teacher’s Association, and also volunteers with ADHD Australia and Wesley Mission. Tracy is a formal mentor to three others, and a mum to four children.

 

 

Director: Sarah Harden

AMusA, CertMusT(USQ)

Newcastle Branch Committee (President) / Management Committee

Sarah Harden is an executive director with the MTA and President of the Newcastle Branch. She is a piano teacher in Newcastle, who holds an Associate Diploma in Piano and a Certificate in Music Teaching from the University of Southern Queensland.

In her home studio and at Newcastle Grammar School teaching studios, Sarah strives to create a caring, nurturing, and creative environment that promotes confident musicians who have strong technique, music literacy, and musical expression. Sarah takes joy in teaching students from the very first music lesson of an individual, through to adults returning to music.

Sarah brings to the Board a variety of skills, having once been a registered nurse and is a passionate member of the Newcastle Branch Committee of the Music Teachers Association of NSW. She has held the position of Branch Treasurer (2019, 2020) and now leads a dedicated team as the Branch President.

 

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Director: Meryl Jackson-Kew OAM

BMus.BEd, AMusA, ATCL, MMTA

Illawarra Branch Committee (President) / Management Committee

Meryl is a professional music educator, conductor of choirs and orchestras, composer, music therapist and music examiner. She also holds a Certificate III in Media and Live Entertainment, a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, and a Yamaha Teaching Certificate.

Meryl has been the Music Director of the Illawarra Choral Society since 2008, and Music Director of many music theatre productions.

Meryl has over 40 years experience teaching early childhood music, secondary music and in tertiary music education, as well as her private studio teaching. Since 1994, Meryl has organised and co-ordinated HSC Music workshops, publishing study/skill booklets and CDs for all Music 1 and Music 2 students attending the workshops.

From her many years in senior music education, Meryl noticed a lack of resource material based on topics for senior music students. Hence, as a co-author with Aleksandar Vujic, she has recently released her 8th published textbook, through Wirripang Publications. Recognition for Meryl’s work in education has resulted in her being awarded with two awards for Excellence in Teaching, a production team award From The National Trust for the musical Quarry (Music Direction and Orchestration), and an Order of Australia Medal in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours.

 

Independent Director: Vincent Vartuli

Audit Committee (Chair), Fundraising & Trustees Committee

BA Business (Accounting) UWS, Institute of Chartered Accountants

Vincent has over 15 years of Commercial experience within the FMCG & Wealth Industry

Vincent is focused on delivering strong commercial outcomes for business with key focus on revenue generating activities and a strong emphasis on governance and compliance.

Having started out as an accountant early on in his career – most notably as an Audit Manager, Vincent moved over to Coca Cola Amatil in 2009, performing numerous commercial roles including as a Revenue Manager. In 2016 he then moved over to BT Financial Group to be a Senior Commercial Manager, reporting to the Head of Distribution. His current role is as Head of Revenue Management ANZ at Kimberly Clark with a focus on maximising ROI.

He is married with three children and lives in Sydney.