Brown’s Mart Theatre

Darwin’s first home for theatre and live performance

Our Board

Allan McGill - BM Chairman
Allan and his family moved to Milikapiti on Melville Island in 1980 where he took on the role as Town Clerk of the local community council and that was a whole new experience for a person with a heart full of good intentions and a head full of ideals. After two years on the Tiwi Islands and completing terms as the Chief Executive Officer in Alice Springs, Katherine Town Councils and Darwin City Council over a period of 30 years, Allan moved to the private sector becoming Manager of Territory Alliance, a construction company in 2008. He is presently the Chief Executive of the Territory’s Department of Local Government and Regions.  To “get away from it all”, Allan plays drums in rock and jazz bands and is also a polocrosse competitor. He is currently Chairman of Selectors for Polocrosse Australia. He has contributed to the community through active involvement in many organisations including Apex, Rotary, school councils and various sporting and cultural groups. He was the Chairman of the Tiwi Bombers Football club for 4 and a half years and provides support and mentoring to a number of Tiwi people.

Ken Conway AM
Ken came to Darwin in 1969 as a lawyer and helped establish Brown’s Mart as a community performance space. From 1972 – 2005 he was Executive Officer of Brown’s Mart Community Arts Inc., established and toured the Territory with a Theatre in Education company – in both professional and volunteer capacity. A Churchill fellow and recipient of the Ros Bower Award (a national annual award in recognition of sustained commitment to community arts), he has worked on numerous arts projects and managed the establishment of several arts & cultural organizations. In 2010, Ken was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to the performing arts in the Northern Territory.

Matthew Garraway
Matthew has bachelor degrees in law and commerce (with a major in accounting). He is a lifelong Territorian and practiced as a Civil Litigation Lawyer for over 9 years. He presently holds directorships in a number proprietary limited companies within the Garraway Family Group. Matthew was appointed as a director of BMA on 1 May 2012.

Kirstin Fausett
Kirstin is a long term Territorian and has been involved in a broad range of social and business community activities in Darwin. She is a graduate of Charles Darwin University with a Business Degree in accounting and law. She has had many years experience in marketing and operational roles in the tourism and hospitality industry. She currently works part time and is completing a graduate diploma in psychology. Kirstin has previously held positions on the NT Association for the Education of the Gifted and Talented, The Australia Day Council and the Italian Festival Darwin Committee.

Taryn Brown
Tarryn has bachelor degrees in law and science.  She is currently practising as a barrister at William Forster Chambers with over 8 years’ experience in Commercial Litigation.  She has recently relocated to Darwin from Brisbane and was appointed as a director of BMA in March 2015.

Jillian Ritherdon
Jillian (Jill) Ritherdon FAIM, GAICD, CAHRI, DESS (French Masters in Jurisprudence), Graduate Diploma of Business and Industrial Administration, LLM, has over 25 years’ management experience in global corporations, SMEs and For Purpose organisations, within Australia and internationally. She is currently the CEO of Venture Housing Company Limited, a community housing organisation.

Jill studied and commenced her career in France and speaks fluent French and professional level German and has lived in 19, mostly emerging, countries. Her career spans being an Executive Manager with Air France KLM; the General Manager and Company Secretary of a boutique financial services group in Sydney; owning a motel in the Kimberley and bringing a struggling Aboriginal organization back into profitability; as well as ten years working on large infrastructure projects in emerging nations with Siemens AG.  Previously the Executive Director of the YWCA of Darwin, in 2014, she was a NT Telstra Business Women’s Award winner.

Jill is passionate about improving the lives of those who experience disadvantage and advocating on just how much a “For Social Purpose” enterprise can deliver for each dollar for the benefit of the community as a whole!  When not at the helm of a 'not-for-loss', she enjoys theatre, cinema, horse riding and walking her dog.


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