Former Foreign Minister Bob Carr is also the longest continuously serving Premier in New South Wales history. Bob Carr has received the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue. He is the author of Thoughtlines (2002), What Australia Means to Me (2003), My Reading Life (2008), Diary of a Foreign Minister (2014) and Run for Your Life (2018).
Theatre is a vital component of society’s cultural tapestry and the work of the Lysicrates Foundation in encouraging local talent and stoking passion for playwriting is invaluable.
Bob Carr is honoured to sit on the Board.
John Azarias, former senior tax partner at Deloitte in Sydney, was originally from the Greek community of Alexandria (Egypt). He has carried out reviews into Defence, Immigration and Foreign Affairs and Trade for the Federal Government, as well as a review of the Board of Treasurers (BoT) for State and Territory Treasurers. He is a member of a number of boards. Together with Dr Patricia Azarias, John has created the Lysicrates Foundation, which has spearheaded the repair of the Lysicrates Monument in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, the creation of two playwriting competitions, both held on models developed in ancient Greece, and the restoration of our knowledge of James Martin, NSW Premier and Chief Justice.
Dr Patricia Azarias, a former UN civil servant, was the Director of Internal Audit for the United Nations and the most senior Australian in the United Nations at the time. Previously she was the Director of the Public Accounts Committee of the NSW Parliament. She currently serves on a number of boards. She is the co-founder of the Lysicrates Foundation.
Michael Diamond is a retired solicitor with over 50 years local and international experience in many fields of commercial and corporate law: direct selling, mining, religious and cultural institutions and performing arts organisations, including Reg Grundy, Institute of Multicultural Affairs, Bell Shakespeare Company, AAIA Syd Uni (Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens), State Library of NSW, and SBW Foundation (Seaborn, Broughton & Walford).
Michael is involved with the Lysicrates Foundation because it presents a very exciting way to promote Australian theatre and our local playwrights by reviving the Ancient Greek tradition of a competition that allows audiences to choose the winning play based on live performances and simultaneously aiding the restoration of the Lysicrates Monument in the Botanic Gardens.
Keith Skinner was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Deloitte Australia, a role he held from 2001 until his retirement from the firm in 2015. Since that time Keith has been a director of a number of public and Government organisations and has consulted to a number of organisations on strategy execution, restructuring and operational improvement and has acted as lead negotiator on a major capital procurement project. During his period at Deloitte he was a co-architect and key executor of the firm’s innovative and results-driven strategy, which has seen it achieve a notable and highly regarded turnaround, followed by an unprecedented period of growth. During Keith’s term as the key executive responsible for the firm’s profit and loss, Deloitte grew its revenue from $300 million to $1.2 billion.
Management and Professional Roles
Various strategy and operational improvement advisory roles 2015 to date
Sandra Gav is the founder of Foundation IV, which finances research for the Institute of Haematology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She is currently fundraising for St Basil¹s Nursing Homes and The Estia Foundation of Australia. A former community representative for South Sydney West Area Health Advisory council (2006 to 2011), Sandra was a member of the board of trustees of Laiki Bank.
Sandra believes that it is a privilege to assist in the restoration of Sydney¹s beautiful replica of the Lysicrates Monument in Athens, and to help support the modern Lysicrates Playwriting Prize, which also derives from the Greece of the classical period.
To note how ancient Greek models have found new life in Australia is very gratifying for someone, like Sandra, who shares both patrimonies.
Kathleen Gilbert worked as an English teacher in secondary schools and the Adult Migrant Education Service, and as a teacher librarian. She has been involved in a volunteer capacity with a number of arts and not for profit organisations, including ANTaR (Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation), The Sydney Writers’ Festival, The Historic Houses Trust, The Ethics Centre and Human Rights Watch.
Kathleen is an enthusiastic reader, and an avid cinema and theatre goer.
Kathryn has contributed as a board member or Chair to a number of Government, corporate and non-profit entities in her fields of health, education and community development. An enduring passion has been the enrichment of our communities through collective engagement whether solving wicked problems in social issues or through the shared joy of the performing Arts. As a Board member of Bell Shakespeare Company which ensures the Bard’s plays are seen by as wide an Australian Audience as possible, Kathryn knows the joyousness which comes from hearing the creative language of one of the world’s most revered playwrights.
The Lysicrates Prize provides a wonderful incentive for the creation of new Australian work which fosters inherent Australian creativity and provides a long-lasting legacy for all. In time to come, these new works will be played around Australia too.
After having completed secondary school in Sydney and University in Armidale, Natalie Joyce lived and worked in northern NSW, Western and Central QLD. Natalie is the mother of 4 daughters managing a very busy family.
Natalie is excited to be a part of the project and hopes to assist the board by making a connection to other families like hers and the cultural benefits of a greater association the arts brings.
Alan is a founding Director and Chief Executive Officer of GCA group of companies, and the CEO and Chair of UBSS.
As Chief Executive Officer, Alan is responsible for the corporate planning and governance of the group which has as its flagship the Universal Business School Sydney, an independent Higher Education Provider that provides a Business Degree, an Accounting Degree and a Masters of Business Administration.
Alan is a published author, company director and entrepreneur with over thirty years of experience in the technology and education industries. He has twenty years of experience as a Company Director with private, public and NFP companies.
Geoff Selig is the Executive Chairman of ASX listed print and marketing communications business IVE Group Ltd.
Geoff is a director of the Selig family investment business Caxton Group, and has a long history of involvement with the not-for profit sector.
Geoff is a former State President of the NSW Liberal Party (2005-8)
Geoff believes it is a privilege to be involved in the genesis of an organisation that has shaped an event of creative and artistic expression that will undoubtedly become an integral component of the cultural landscape of Sydney for many years to come.
Vanessa Tay has been a director of a number of companies, including “Theatre of Image”, and YTD.
Vanessa joined the Board of Lysicrates to support John and Patricia Azarias in their passion of starting the first Australian original playwrighting competition and the restoration of the beautiful Lysicrates sandstone monument in the Royal Botanic Garden.
Deepi is a Consultant Psychiatrist who practices as St. Vincent’s Clinic in Sydney. She attained her medical degree from the University of Western Australia and completed her specialist training in Psychiatry at St Vincent's Public Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital, Bloomfield Hospital and with Justice Health. She currently holds the position of Adjunct Clinical Senior Lecturer in the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Banking and Finance) from the University of New South Wales.
As a mother of two primary school aged boys who have both immensely enjoyed the Martin Lysicrates Prize, Deepi is committed to supporting the growth of Australian storytelling and to raising its profile throughout the community.