About Us / The Team



Graeme profile

Graeme Lewsey
Chief Executive Officer

Graeme has led the Festival and its world-class team since his appointment as Chief Executive Officer in 2011.

After graduating from his Bachelor of Arts Degree at RMIT University he was awarded ‘Australian Young Designer of The Year’ by Woolmark, which was followed by over a decade of working with leading fashion brands, retailers and marketing agencies in Europe.

Returning to Australia in 1997, he was involved in the development of ‘Australian Fashion Week’ in Sydney and subsequently joined the global team at IMG as a Senior Executive for the Asia Pacific region and was instrumental in the establishment of a range of events including ‘Singapore Fashion Festival’ and ‘Hong Kong Luxury Week’.

Graeme contributes to a number of initiatives that enhance the growth and development of Australian creative talent.  He sits on the ‘Creative State Advisory Board’, chaired by the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley to help oversee the delivery of Victoria’s first creative industries strategy.

He is also a member of the ‘Industry Advisory Group’ for RMIT University’s School of Fashion, is a resident judge for the annual ‘National Designer Award presented by David Jones’, the ‘National Graduate Showcase presented by Target’ and the annual ‘Australian Fashion Laureate’. 


Laura McKinnon
Business Operations Executive / Executive Assistant


Programming & Operations

Yolanda Finch
General Manager

Katy Miliken
Programming Executive (Fashion)

Caitlin Kavanagh
Programming Executive (Arts & Ideas)

Michael Briones
Programming Coordinator (Shop)

Kate Halmos 
Ticketing Executive

Fiona Crawford
Support Services Executive


Marketing & Communications

Kate Horsfall
Marketing & Communications Manager

Jorja Brown
Digital Marketing Executive

Shelley King
Marketing & Communications Executive

Lia McNab
Graphic Designer

Catherine Huang 
Digital Coordinator


Partnerships & Business Development

Tennille Burt
Head of Sales and Marketing

Sasha Bardwell
Business Development Executive

Jarrod Leith
Business Development Executive

Breanna Alger
Corporate Hospitality Sales Executive


Events Production

Amber Rimmer
Event Manager

Ray German
Technical Production Manager

Zillah Morrow
Special Projects Manager

Sarah Normand
Special Projects Manager

Ciara O’Donnell
Event Executive


Finance & Accounts

Jacki McAvenna
Finance Manager