Our board

Peter Matthews - President

Peter and his family have lived near Woodend in regional Victoria since the mid-1990s. He has worked in the creative arts as an artist, manager, consultant and academic for more than 35 years. His experience encompasses many cultural settings such as: dance, youth arts, regional arts, circus, performing and visual arts, photography, community arts, tertiary education and poetry. He was Head, Arts Academy, University of Ballarat (now Federation University); CEO, Regional Arts Victoria; Deputy and Acting Director, Australia Foundation for Culture and the Humanities (now Creative Partnerships); and as a dancer and choreographer Peter worked throughout Australia and internationally. He has undertaken consultancy work for arts organisations, universities and government agencies. Peter has more than 20 years experience on Boards and committees, many as Chair. The University of Ballarat granted Peter the title of Emeritus Professor in February 2013. He holds qualifications in Engineering, Performing Arts, Management and Governance. Peter is currently President, Kyneton District Hospital and Chair, Audit Committee Macedon Ranges Shire Council.

Trisha Dunn - Vice President

Trisha Dunn is a Tasmanian based performer, choreographer, project manager, teacher and rehearsal director. Trisha was an integral part of Tasdance for 13 years engaged under various guises and during this time worked with over 35 Australian and international choreographers. 

Trisha has performed extensively throughout Tasmania and Australia and has had the opportunity to tour with Tasdance to New Zealand, India, China and Korea. Trisha has also performed several seasons with New Zealand based ‘Raewyn Hill and Dancers’ and Melbourne’s ‘Chunky Move’.

In March 2013 Trisha presented 'Finding Centre', a full length solo work for the Ten Days on the Island Festival, which then went on to tour Melbourne at Gasworks theatre. Trisha continues to work as a mentor and movement specialist with theatre companies and independent artists and teaches Pilates and Yoga for a wide range of businesses. 

Trisha has been honoured to contribute to the Tasdance Board over the last two years and looks forward to continuing the vital work this company enables.

Pat Chilvers - Treasurer

Pat and her family have been living in Tasmania since 1990 and permanently in Launceston since 1996. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand with over 35 years’ experience in public practice mainly at Deloittes Chartered accountants and recently as Finance Manager at HR Plus Tasmania. Pat has been dancing since she was seven years old in classical ballet, jazz and tap and is passionate about dance. Pat has been on the board of St Patricks for 7 years, with 5 years as chair of the Finance Committee and joined the board of Tasdance in April 2017.

Ron Layne

Ron Layne has a Masters Public Policy and Applied Social Research; Graduate Diploma Business; Graduate Certificate Marketing; Executive Certificate Event Management and a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities). Ron returns to the Tasdance Board bringing well over 40 years’ experience working in the arts, including in senior management roles at the Australia Council for the Arts specializing in policy development, strategic planning and research, and audience and market development.  He has worked in professional theatre, managed various small arts organisations and ran local government cultural programs.  In addition, Ron has had a range of sponsorship, fundraising, and development roles including for the Australia Business Arts Foundation, Hobart’s Theatre Royal, and Tasdance. He was the inaugural President and Chair of Launceston’s Junction Arts Festival and from 2012 until March 2015 was Vice-President and Deputy Chair. Ron has also served as a member of several other boards and committees including Tasdance, the Tasmanian Theatre Company, the Junction 2010 Executive Committee for the 2010 national Regional Arts Australia conference, and the Federal Government’s Playing Australia’s regional touring assessment panel.

Kai Beyerle

Kai works as a lawyer, specialising in commercial law. He comes to the board of Tasdance with experience advising and assisting charities and community organisations on governance matters, as well as in relation to their property and commercial affairs.

Kai grew up in north west Tasmania, attended university in Hobart, and now works in Launceston. He is passionate about Tasmania and eager to support the work of Tasdance and the significant contributions it makes to the state’s thriving arts community.

Simon McKenzie

Simon grew up in Burnie and maintains strong ongoing connections with the community. Having grown up in a family that supported arts on the north-west coast of Tasmania, he is committed to contributing to the cultural life of the region, and Tasmania more generally. He counts seeing Tasdance in Burnie as one of his first live performance experiences, which helped inspire an ongoing interest in the arts.

Simon is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland Law School. He completed his undergraduate arts and law study at the University of Tasmania and holds a PhD in International Criminal Law from the University of Melbourne. He has worked as a government policy officer, a commercial litigation lawyer, a consultant for a Melbourne start-up, a researcher at the Supreme Court of Victoria, and a lecturer at the University of Melbourne. He has significant experience volunteering with organisations such as the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the Inner Melbourne Community Legal Centre, and the Clemente Program. Simon is thrilled to be a member of the Tasdance Board and is excited to help the company build its community access, engagement, and impact.

Emma Porteus

Emma believes deeply in the power of art to positively transform both people and communities. She have over 15 years’ experience working as a performance maker and producer on dance, community and festival projects throughout Australia and internationally, including with Vrystaat Festival (South Africa), ANTI Festival (Finland), Sydney Festival (NSW) Dancehouse, Festival of Live Art, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Next Wave (Vic), Tracks (NT), Dark Mofo, Mona Foma, Tasdance, Ten Days on the Island, Festival of Voices, Junction Arts Festival and Tasmania Performs (Tas). She is the current Artistic Director of Arts and Culture at Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart.

Ben Lovitt

Ben is a Director of Launceston-based company: AT+M Marketing. He is a strategic marketer with significant experience in online digital marketing and a proven track record in delivering  commercial outcomes. Ben has a Bachelor of

Commerce from the University of Tasmania, specialising in marketing and electronic business, and post-graduate qualifications in Strategic Management from the Mt Eliza Executive School of Business. He has won awards including from the Australian Marketing Institute in 2018 for marketing excellence and from the Launceston Chamber of Commerce in 2015 for business excellence.

To Tasdance he brings his diverse marketing knowledge and experience including in data-driven decision-making, integrated marketing communications and public relations. Ben is enthusiastic about the opportunity of supporting Tasdance’s growth and development through the Tasdance Board.