About Us / The Board
Our visionary Board of Directors bring a wide range of invaluable expertise and leadership to the Festival. Find out more about each of them below.
David Briskin is the Festival Chairman, appointed in September 2017. Prior to this David has been a Director of the Festival’s Board since August 2012.
David has extensive experience in retail, finance and investment as a Director of a number of renowned Australian fashion brands over 20 years. David was Chief Executive Officer and shareholder in the iconic luxury fashion brand sass & bide from 2008 to 2014 before selling the business to Myer.
Prior to that, he was Managing Director and shareholder in leading accessories retailer Mimco from 1999 until its sale to Gresham Private Equity in 2007. In February 2014, David became a shareholder in and Director of M.J. Bale, one of Australia’s leading designer menswear brands. In 2014 David founded Briskin Investments and Advisory which provides strategic advice to a number of domestic and international brands.
David is a non-executive Director of Adairs Limited, Australia’s leading specialist retailer of manchester and homewares and is a guest lecturer at the Monash University and RMIT.
Sue Lloyd-Williams is the Festival Deputy Chairman, appointed in October 2017. Sue has been a Director of the Festival since November 2011 and Chairs the Audit Committee.
Sue is an Alumni of RMIT University, and sits on the RMIT Advisory Board for the School of Economics, Finance & Marketing.
Sue has an extensive background in business and administration. Sue retired from the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) end of November 2011 after 32 years of continuous service. She held Senior Executive positions and was the Club’s Deputy Chief Executive from 2002-2011.
Sue is widely acknowledged for her exceptional contribution to the VRC having steered the Club’s strategy for corporate development, marketing, membership, catering and television. Sue played an integral role in the growth of the international standing of the Melbourne Cup Carnival as a world-class event and championed the Club’s international strategy.
Since 2011 Sue has adopted a portfolio career and has taken a lead role with Victorian Government Trade Missions to Middle East & Asia focussing on Equine and Fashion. Sue is a Past President of Zonta (International Business Women’s Organisation).
Sue’s significant achievements have received the highest accolades. Sue was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Committee for Melbourne Achiever Award in 2003 and the Jo Miller Award in 2004.
Tony Kendall has been a Director of the Festival since May 2010. He Chairs the Marketing & Ticketing Committee and is a member of the Nomination Committee.
Tony is the Chief Revenue Officer of HT&E (formerly APN News & Media). He previously held at its subsidiary company the position of CEO of Australian Radio Network, operator of commercial radio networks KIIS and Pure Gold.
Tony was Director of Sales at Bauer Media Group. Tony’s appointment to Bauer in 2013 followed a 23-year career at News Limited where he held several senior positions including Group Advertising Sales Director at News Limited, Chief Executive Officer at News Magazines and a stint overseas as Senior VP, Sales for the New York Post.
Tony’s connections and understanding of the advertising and marketing industry in Australia is second to none.
Paul Lappin has been a Director of the Festival since October 2015.
Paul is an experienced Company Director and Chairman, leading companies across a diverse range of sectors including hospitality, retail and bio-technology.
Paul is a qualified chartered accountant, having worked for PricewaterhouseCoopers for 10 years and ran his own boutique advisory company, including lecturing in strategic planning at Melbourne University.
Paul is a co-owner and past Chairman of Peter Rowland.
Paul’s present Board roles include Chairman of Rision Ltd: a public company working internationally in the contingent workforce industry, Chairman of UCI Pty Ltd: a national commercial furniture company headquartered in Melbourne, and Director of Bastian Group: the most dynamic, national marketing agency in Australia.
Jacquie Naylor has been a Director of the Festival since June 2006. During this period Jacquie held the position of Chair of the Fashion & Creative Committee and is now Chairing the Business Events Committee and is a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.
Jacquie is a business strategist with over 35 years of retail industry experience.
In May 2014 Jacquie was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Pas Group, one of Australia’s leading apparel groups. Jacquie was also owner/director of Husk Corporation, boutique lifestyle stores.
Jacquie spent 25 years with The Just Group where she held the position of Group Merchandising Director, responsible for five iconic brands including Just Jeans, Portmans, Jay Jay’s, Dotti and Jacqui E, comprising 800 stores in Australia, New Zealand & South Africa. Jacquie has also acted as strategic retail adviser for major brands including Saba, Sportscraft, Bra’s n Things and Willow.
Launa Inman has been a Director of the Festival since May 2010. She is a member of the Marketing & Ticketing Committee.
Launa is on the Boards of Super Retail Group and Precinct Properties NZ Pty Ltd. Launa also sits on the Board of the not for profit organisation, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation (an organisation for helping abused children and preventing cyber bullying). Launa is a former Director of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Bellamy’s Australia Ltd.
Launa has strong business skills in large corporations, experienced in multi-brand wholesale and retail, e-commerce, strategic planning, marketing, and corporate restructuring and has worked internationally.
Launa was Managing Director for seven years to end 2011 of Target Australia, the largest Australian retailer of apparel, homewares and general merchandise, finishing with an annual turnover of A$3.9 billion, EBIT of A$281 million and 294 stores.
Before this Launa was Managing Director of Officeworks, the largest stationery and office technology retailer in Australia.
Launa was also CEO and Managing Director of Billabong International, one of only six Woman CEOs in the ASX 200. At the time of her appointment in May 2012, Billabong operated across 100 countries with 10 wholesale brands, 750 retail stores, and two pure play on-line businesses.
In recognition of her contribution to business Launa was awarded Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year and Victoria Businesswoman of the Year in 2003. In 2015 the Australian Marketing Institute award her the prestigious Sir Charles McGrath Award for her significant contribution to the field of marketing and wider industry achievements.
Janice Breen Burns has been a Director of the Festival since August 2013. She is a member of the Arts Program Committee and champions the Fashion Writing Series.
Veteran journalist Janice is editor of Voxfrock, the fashion and pop culture blogzine she founded in 2013. Janice also undertakes freelance journalism projects, writing masterclasses, and public fashion presentations.
For 19 years Janice was a renowned columnist, features writer, news reporter and fashion editor for Melbourne’s The Age newspaper as it evolved from a traditional print to a multi-platform news source. In the 1980s, Janice was features writer and fashion editor for The Sun (now The Herald Sun) and women’s editor of The Geelong Advertiser.
Janice was a founding member of the Victorian Government’s committee to address the impact of media on body image. In 2011, Janice was inducted into the Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame.
Oliver Carton was appointed as Company Secretary in February 2015. He is a member of the Audit and Marketing & Ticketing Committees.
Oliver is a qualified lawyer with over 28-years’ experience in a variety of corporate roles. Oliver currently runs his own consulting business and was previously a Director of the Chartered Accounting firm KPMG where he managed its Corporate Secretarial Group. Prior to that, Oliver was a senior legal officer with ASIC.
Oliver is an experienced company officer and is currently Director/Company Secretary of a number of listed and unlisted companies, including Pental Limited, Transport Certification Australia Limited and Cremorne Capital Limited.
Oliver also is a Board member for a number of not for profit entities including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Pty Ltd and The Good Foundation Pty Ltd.