The Honourable Justice John Robertson Sackar, President
John Robertson Sackar was appointed a Judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales in February 2011 after practising as Queen’s Counsel for nearly 25 years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1973 and was admitted as a solicitor in that year. He was admitted as a barrister in 1975 and graduated with a Master of Laws degree in 1976 again from the University of Sydney. He was appointed as a Queen’s Counsel in 1987.
Justice Sackar is a strong advocate for the Australian arts community and a keen collector of art and other objects. He is particularly passionate about protecting the moral and legal rights of artists and the special cultural integrity of Indigenous art.
Justice Sackar joined the Arts Law Centre of Australia as President in 2019.
Andrew Wiseman, Vice President
Andrew Wiseman is an intellectual property and technology lawyer with over 25 years experience. He has built his reputation through his work for high-profile international and domestic clients across many industries on copyright, piracy, licensing, marketing, confidentiality, trade mark and many other issues.
Andrew has a unique blend of litigation, intellectual property and commercial legal skills that makes him one of Australia’s leading music industry lawyers. He has acted on international landmark music industry litigation and commercialisation. Sony Music, Sony/ATV Publishing, Sony Pictures, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra Victoria together with a variety of international and local artists, managers and others in the entertainment business seek Andrew’s ongoing advice and representation. In addition, clients seek Andrew’s drafting and negotiation skills for their general commercial contracts, distribution agreements, recording contracts, publishing contracts and producer contracts.
Andrew is committed to protecting artists that are vulnerable in respect of their legal rights and is dedicated to meeting the needs within Australia’s arts community for practical legal advice and education and other resources to support artist’s rights.
Andrew has been a partner of Allens Arthur Robinson since 1995 and a director of Arts Law since 2008.
Sarah Kwok, Treasurer
Sarah Kwok is an Associate Director in the KPMG Enterprise Advisory practice and leads the financial modelling and investor readiness capability within Enterprise Sydney. Sarah has 8 years experience as a trusted advisor to high growth technology start-ups and privately owned businesses in the mid-market. Sarah has extensive experience in buy-side and sell-side financial due diligence having advised start-ups, privately owned and public business across technology, media, manufacturing and construction. She has also assisted established businesses on growth strategy and the sustainability and feasibility of new projects. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Business (Finance) and a Bachelor of Law from University of Technology and a Graduate Certificate of Accounting from Deakin University, Melbourne. Sarah is a chartered accountant and undergoes training on an annual basis to keep abreast of key updates in the Australian accounting standards.
Navid Bahadori is Co-Founder & Managing Director at Broken Yellow, a film production and creative services company. Navid is an Australian Legal Practitioner, accountant and has completed his Masters in Laws at Sydney University focusing on commercial and taxation law. Navid also has extensive practical experience in intellectual property law from his involvement with Broken Yellow productions.
He started out his career in criminal law and then spent 8 years working in commercial taxation consulting working for Deloitte in Sydney and then as Regional Taxation Manager at ResMed in Australia. He has been concurrently involved with Broken Yellow for over 15 years.
Deb Camden is a career communicator and consultant with more than 35 years’ experience in media and communication, specialising in strategic communication planning and stakeholder engagement.
The founder of a boutique communication consultancy, Deb is inspired by the disciplines of architecture, art and design in developing communication strategies for clients operating in the private, public and non-profit sectors throughout Australia.
She works with organisations who want to tap into the sentiments of their key stakeholder audiences in sustainable ways. Her hallmark is designing memorable, elegant and practical solutions to complex and contentious public issues. Deb’s early roles as a journalist with the Brisbane Telegraph, Managing Director of Brisbane’s tourism marketing authority and Director of Queensland Events Corporation underscore her hands-on and practical approach to communication.
Deb holds a Bachelor of Business (Communication) from QUT and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Queensland. She serves on the Board of the International Association of Business Communicators (Queensland) and is a member of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.
Deb has a passion for the arts, in particular, the performing arts having qualified as a teacher of tap in her early life. Deb was welcomed onto the Board of Arts Law in April 2016.
Michelle Gibbings is a leadership and career expert. The author of Step Up: How to Build your Influence at Work, and Career Leap: How to reinvent and liberate your career, Michelle is an international keynote speaker, advisor, facilitator and executive mentor for leading global organisations.
She has undergraduate degrees in Communications and Commerce, and a Masters in International Trade. She is a Certified Compliance Professional from the Governance Risk and Compliance Institute, and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Michelle actively supports Arts and Community organisations, having served as a Board member for an independent theatre company and a community radio station.
Michelle has been a director of Arts Law since October 2014.
Dr Andrew Lu OAM
Andrew Lu is a solicitor specialising in general insurance, health care liability, and medical defence. A partner of HBA Legal, he represents hospitals, health practitioners, and government in civil, coronial and disciplinary matters. He is an experienced trial and appellate advocate, and also appears at inquests and inquiries. Andrew graduated LLB from the University of Western Australia, LLM from New England, and SJD from The Australian National University. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and of ANZIIF, adjunct Senior Lecturer at UWA Law School, and a sessional Member of the State Administrative Tribunal.
Dr Lu is also a non-executive director of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and the National Gallery of Australia Foundation. A member of the Council of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, he chairs the Fulbright Commission’s WA Selection Committee, and was awarded an Order of Australia medal in 2008.
Dr Emma Hicks
Emma is a Sydney based artist, writer and academic of Gamilaroi and European heritage. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Bachelor of Visual Arts (first class honours) from Sydney college of the Arts (University of Sydney), Advanced Diploma of Graphic Design and a Diploma of Fine Arts. In 2013, she received the Dr Charles Perkins AO memorial prize at the University of Sydney. As a contemporary artist Emma has exhibited both nationally and internationally working across film, installation and performance.
Emma’s current roles include Coordinator for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Learning Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art in the National Centre for Creative Learning and a casual academic for the University of Sydney. Emma is a current Australia Council peer assessor in the area of emerging and experimental arts. Emma also works as a freelance graphic designer. She has previously worked as a casual lecturer for Sydney College of the Arts across disciplines and as a sessional Lecturer for the National Art School. Emma has facilitated workshops in creative writing, professional art practice, filmmaking, Aboriginal art & culture & transcultural collaboration for institutions such as Sydney College of the Arts, University of Western Sydney, University of Sydney & National Art School.
Emma is passionate about language revitalisation and is currently studying the Gamilaraay language at EORA TAFE.
Dr Jared Thomas
Dr Jared Thomas is a Nukunu person of the Southern Flinders Ranges and the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Cultural Material at the South Australian Museum. An international award winning author, his titles for children include The Game Day series with Patty Mills, Dallas Davis, the Scientist and the City Kids for children, and Sweet Guy, Calypso Summer and Songs that Sound Like Blood for young adults. Jared’s writing explores the power of belonging and culture.
Jared has worked as a University of South Australia Communications lecturer with a specialisation in protocols for art and creative production that involves Aboriginal people and culture, and Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts and Culture, Arts SA. He currently serves on the Australia Council for the Arts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Strategy Panel. Jared is an Ambassador of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Jared’s pursuits through the South Australian Museum explore new methodologies and models for engaging Aboriginal people and communities in the telling of their stories and the custodianship of their material culture.