The Helpmann Academy have appointed Mark Roderick as the new Chair for the Board of Governors and Richard Fennell as the Deputy Chair.

Mark steps into this role after four years as a member of the Helpmann Academy Board of Governors. He is the Executive Chairman of the Perks Group and sits on several boards, ranging from privately owned businesses to charitable foundations. He also holds the position of Deputy Chair at the Adelaide Festival, where he has been a board member for the past five years.

Mark comments, “I was first drawn to the position of Chair through my passion for artistic endeavour in this State and the need to nurture and provide pathways for young SA based creatives in all arts disciplines. I am looking forward to sharing my experience in advising, operating, and growing successful businesses with the Helpmann team to build on the incredible work they have been doing and provide an even stronger platform to provide much-needed services in this industry.”

 Mark takes over from outgoing Chair, Her Honour Judge Karen Thomas. Karen was a long serving member and leader in the Helpmann Academy community and had held the role of Chair of the Board of Governors for many years. Her dedication, drive and passion shone through in her steadfast advocacy and promotion of the organisation. Karen will remain on the Board as a member.

The new Chair will be joined by a new Deputy Chair, Richard Fennell, Executive, Consumer Banking, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank. Richard is a keen supporter of the arts in South Australia and steps up to the Deputy Chair role after serving on the Board of Governors of the Helpmann Academy for several years.

Jane MacFarlane, CEO said, “I am thrilled with Mark and Richard’s appointments to Chair and Deputy Chair. We are a small team, who consistently punches well above our weight. To continue to be at the forefront of developing pathways for emerging creatives and empowering them to build sustainable careers, we need to utilise the expertise and knowledge that both Mark, and Richard bring to the Board. I am confident and excited for whatever new challenges 2022 may throw at us!”


Images: Mark Roderick, supplied and Richard Fennell, courtesy of The Australian.