ATYP Welcomes New Board Members


Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) is pleased to announce the appointment of six new non-executive directors. Bringing key skills and important networks to Australia’s national youth theatre company, Nancia Guivarra, Gillian Larkins, Daniel Selikowitz, Nicole Webb and Donna Worthington were appointed on 14 October 2019, and Mark Morrissey was appointed on 25 November 2019.

Chris Puplick AM, Chair of the Board said: “I am so excited to welcome such a range of talented people to join our Board at this critical point in our history. The confirmation of plans for the redevelopment of our new home at Pier 2/3 poses great challenges and even greater opportunities for ATYP. It is just the right time to strengthen our team with new blood, fresh ideas, and enormous vitality. Some of our new Board members are well-established leaders in the industry and others bring skills in vital areas of information technology, fundraising, legal expertise and liaison with Indigenous communities and artists. I am confident this team, supported by experienced Board members and with strong leadership from our Artistic Director and General Manager, will lead ATYP to a new era of growth and development cementing its place as Australia’s leading young people’s theatre company.”

ATYP Artistic Director Fraser Corfield is delighted with the appointments. “One of the great strengths of ATYP has always been the extraordinary experience and skills of its Board. We are thrilled to be announcing such a distinguished group of new members. As we navigate the transition to our new home over the coming years the company has assembled an extraordinary team to provide leadership and support. We are very much looking forward to working with them.”

Nancia Guivarra is the current Manager of Communications at NSW Aboriginal Affairs Agency. She is an experienced Miriam, Wuthathi and Bendall Juru journalist with more than 20 years reporting on the arts and working within the media sector. Nancia is also a board member with Marrugeku Theatre Company.

Gillian Larkins is the Chief Financial Officer at the ASX and has previously held roles with Perpetual, Westpac, Citi Group and Woolworths. Gillian has held NON-Executive/Trustee Directorship positions with a range of companies including Sydney Airport Board Trust and Perpetual Investment Management Ltd.

Daniel Selikowitz holds an MBA (Harvard) and BA/Law (USyd) and is currently a Partner at Boston Consulting Group and a leader in the Public sector and Corporate Finance & Strategy practices in Asia Pacific. Daniel has previously held roles in the US with The Harbus News Corporation and L Catterton. Daniel was a Board Observer at the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

Nicole Webb is an award-winning PR specialist, founder, and CEO of The Impact Agency, with previously held PR and marketing roles at Universal Press, Profile Communications and the NSW State Government. Nicole is the current chair of the PRIA Registered Consultancy Group.

Donna Worthington is a Partner at MinterEllison Consulting. A leader of Risk & Regulation Transformation and Strategy with experience managing complex portfolios within large organisations, Donna has a blended background of working in Financial Services and consulting, having worked in BIG 4 consulting and for large ASX50 Financial Services Institutions in executive management roles. Donna is a Board Advisor to PeopleStories Foundation.

Mark Morrissey is founder and Managing Director of Morrissey Management, one of Australia’s most successful and leading talent management companies. In his 35 year career, Mark has nurtured some of the biggest names in Hollywood including Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Jai Courtney, Luke Bracey, Kate Ritchie, Georgie Parker, and Yerin Ha.

These appointments to the ATYP board come as the company assembles its strongest team in preparation to make the transition to their new home on Pier 2/3 in the new Walsh Bay Arts Precinct. Positioned as the peak organization for the sector, ATYP continues to deliver award-winning productions and increase its presence, support and reputation in the areas of playwriting, education and professional partnerships.