Performance Space Board


Jonathan Casson | Chair

Jonathan is Chairman and head of Business Corporate and Commercial Group and Third Sector: NFP and Social Enterprise Group at Holman Webb Lawyers. As a transactional lawyer, he has more than 25 years international and domestic experience with both private and public sector clients across a wide range of industries including several Arts Organisations. He has specialist knowledge in structuring business activities, advising on corporate constitutional and strategic issues, commercial contracts and terms of trade, trade practices and intellectual property.


Donna Lawler | Deputy Chair

Donna Lawler is a commercial lawyer with over twenty years of business and legal experience in the telecommunications and satellite industries. She is currently Assistant General Counsel for Optus. Prior to joining Optus, Donna worked as a solicitor at various law firms in Sydney and Hong Kong, as a paralegal in New York and a school teacher in Seramathang, Nepal. Donna is an internationally renowned Space Law specialist.


Mark Baxter

Mark is a senior financial services executive specialising in risk management with over 30 years experience in the UK, Hong Kong, South Africa and at home in Australia.  Mark is passionate about the arts, artist support and the not-for-profit sector.  Mark has previously been a Director of the National Association of Visual Arts (NAVA), The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras and the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association.  Mark was also one of the early mentors for the Pinnacle Foundation which supports gay and lesbian students.


 Tony Bonney

The focus of Tony’s work is organisational values, ethos and purpose designed into leadership, team and customer engagement.  The outcome of his work is commercial success and brand differentiation through the application of purpose into strategy. Tony is Managing Director of Podium.On Purpose and is Associate Partner of the global conscious business leadership and culture consultancy, Axialent.  Tony’s experience stems from a 35 year background across disciplines including artist representation, brand design and experience, event marketing and team and customer engagement.  Tony also sits on the board of Bestest, a private children’s charity, and has done so since 2003.


Janine Collins 

Janine Collins has 25 years experience in establishing and developing private and not profit organisations in education and training, human rights and the arts. She significantly increased private sector income at Belvoir St Theatre, Sydney Writers Festival and Sydney Dance Company. An experienced Board member, she has also trained and mentored arts companies across NSW/ACT and consulted on international marketing and capacity building.


Kate Blackmore

Kate Blackmore is an artist whose practice draws on documentary and anthropological conventions. Through her work, she is interested in developing forms of representation that draw their relevance from the friction and engagement with social and political reality. Since 2007 she has been a key member of artist collective BC Institute (with Kelly Doley, Frances Barrett & Diana Smith) whose live performances and video works engage with the dialogue between ‘liveness’ and the performance document. In 2016 Blackmore will present two new commissions with BC Institute for the 20th Biennale of Sydney and the Art Gallery of NSW. Also in 2016 Blackmore will create a major new solo project for the Museum of Contemporary Art’s c3west initiative as well series for ABC iview commissioned by ABC Arts and Screen Australia. Blackmore is currently undertaking an MA in Visual and Media Anthropology at Freie Universität, Berlin.


Thomas Thoma

A Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience gained working for large and medium sized firms here and overseas across a number of industries. Thomas is one of the foundation partners of Titan Partners, and is passionate about assisting his clients manage risk and create shareholder value. He holds a number of private company directorships and sits on numerous advisory boards, including the Wake UP project which is focused on Mindfulness and Leadership.