Matt Thomas - Chair
Alumnus of the Sydney Conservatorium, Matt has been a principal artist with Victorian Opera, Melbourne Opera, Opera Australia, Opera Queensland, Chambermade, Tokyo Experimental Opera and the Lyric Opera of Melbourne. Matt also completed studies in Advertising and Art History and has held a variety of roles in arts marketing and arts administration. In his early career he sat on a number of arts company boards as well as the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council, for which he was recognised as the 2005 ACT Recipient of the Young Australian of the Year Awards.
Matt is now Head of Public Relations at national creative, digital and communications group Icon Agency where he leads a team of consultants operating across Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra with a focus on government, corporate and not-for-profit clients.
Miki Oikawa - Secretary
Miki has crossed over many areas in the arts over the years from a dancer to actor, producer and director. With a day job as a business analyst in I.T., Miki is also a marriage celebrant and a yoga teacher / movement consultant, focusing on the specific needs of singers. Miki is President of The Richard Wagner Society of Victoria, board member of IDPro and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Suzanne is a freelance opera and theatre director and Director of the Richard Divall Emerging Artists Programme. A University of Melbourne graduate and NIDA trained, her career spans opera, text-based theatre and outdoor spectacle. Suzanne is passionate about good governance. Lyric is her fifth arts related board appointment. Prior to Lyric, she was Chair of Theatre Works. Suzanne has directed two productions for Lyric and runs regular opera directing workshops.
Having trained in the Technical Theatre and Production. Katelyn has spent the last 20 years in Production, Venues & Logistical Management for Live performances and Events. She is now expanding her skill set into inclusivity, with additional studies in Disability support.
Roxane is a graduate of Sydney University, the NSW Conservatorium of Music and RMIT University. She is a multi award winner including The Sydney Sun Aria, Australian Regional Finals of the Metropolitan Opera Awards and a Green Room Award recipient. With a repertoire of over 60 roles Roxane has appeared with every major opera company and Symphony orchestra in Australia. Roxane is on staff at the University of Melbourne Conservatorium and is a passionate teacher and mentor of the next generation of young singers. In addition to her teaching, she sits on the Board of several Arts organizations that promote young singers and is in demand as an adjudicator and audition panellist.
Bridie re-joined the Lyric board in 2019 having previously served between 2015 and 2017. Bridie is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and has performed with Lyric on several occasions. Professionally, Bridie has a background in HR and Project Management, currently works as a Technology Project Manager for Specsavers Australia and is a mother of two.
Neale has been a Lyric board member since 2013. By profession he is a commercial barrister and has been in the law since 1998. He brings corporate governance experience and pro-bono legal services to Lyric. But his passion is in seeing and facilitating the production of rare works, and in seeing them excite new and existing opera lovers.