BOAA wouldn't be possible without various people working tirelessly behind the scenes to make the magic happen.  


Andrew Walsh AM - CEO/ Executive Producer

Andrew Walsh AM has joined BOAA as the CEO/Executive Producer.  Andrew has extensive experience across a range or major events and will bring a new level of experience, connections and professionalism to BOAA.  During his 30 year career, Andrew's creative vision and technical guidance has provided direction for hundreds of productions.  Among his career highlights include Creative Director of the widely acclaimed Centennial Ceremony for Australia's Centenary of Federation, Director of Ceremonies for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, Director/Producer of London's Millennium celebrations, Executive Producer for The Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and 2011 Special Olympic Games.  Andrew was the founding CEO/Artistic Director of White Night Melbourne from 2013-2016, he took White Night from an idea, to Melbourne's largest public event.  

Julie Collins - Artistic Director

Julie Collins is best described as a sculptor who just wants to see good things happen. She has curated over 60 exhibitions including the tremendously successful Lorne Sculpture Biennale between 2010 -2016 with the recent 2016 event achieving 70,000 visitors and contributing an additional 5 million dollars the local economy. She has been an art educator at Victorian College of the Arts and RMIT, founded and chaired (5) the Contemporary Sculptors Association and the Yarra Sculpture Gallery in Melbourne. Between 2001- 2007 she owned and managed Monties Bar and Via Monties fine dining restaurant in Fitzroy and has been on numerous advisory boards. Julie was also the Public Art Coordinator for the City of Ballarat on a part time basis between 2011- 2016, bringing Ballarat innovative projects such as ContainART, Unicorn Lane Gallery and the commissioning of 10 new permanent public art.

The company run with her husband Derek John, djprojects offers a range of art related services from curation, project management, public art consultancy, artist management, structural steel & sculptural fabrication, “& gallery”- specialising in sculptural practice in Melbourne CBD, their own sculptural practice of which they have been exhibiting Nationally and Internationally of over 30 years.

Derek John - Task Force Director

Derek is fifth generation Ballarat, a descendant of the John Valves Foundry family, once the largest employer of people in Ballarat. As an artist Derek collaborates with Julie Collins on sculptural projects, exhibiting within Australia and internationally. A steel fabricator by trade Derek has developed his skills that range from his from a public art fabricator and specialist in architectural structural work. Together with Julie Collins, Derek has been the vision behind BOAA.

Ellie Collins - Task Master

Ellie has a background in metalwork and jewellery making.  She currently manages & Gallery, Melbourne, and runs resin working classes.  She is currently undertaking her Master of Arts Management.


Board Members

Jennifer Ganske (Chair)

Jennifer Ganske is Managing Director with a demonstrated history of working within the Visitor Economy andcreative program development industry. Having lived in north America and Europe she has become skilled in Theatre, Event Management, Arts Management, and Cultural Tourism. Jennifer is currently the Central Highlands Regional Partnership Deputy Chair , a Board Member of Visit Ballarat, anda member of VTIC’s Attraction Policy Committee. Jennifer has been the Director of Marketing at Sovereign Hill since 2016.

David Miller

David Miller is a Ballarat-based consultant in project development and management. He studied politics and sociology at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education (now Federation University Australia) and urban studies at Swinburne Institute in Melbourne. David was employed as Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Steve Bracks, Premier of Victoria. Prior to this he worked for 10 years for the City of Ballarat, initially as Director of Economic Development, then subsequently as General Manager, City and Cultural Development. David’s is currently a member of the Committee for Regional Development Australia (RDA) Grampians which advises the Federal and State Governments on regional development, as well as a member of the Ballarat Health Services board. He is also a member of the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery Association, the National Gallery of Victoria, the Ballarat Arts Foundation, Ballarat Arts Alive, the Australian Film Institute, the Ballarat Old Colonists’ Association and the Melbourne Football Club

Karen Golden

Karen is the Spa and Wellness Manager of Belgravia Leisure, where she has grown and developed Australia’s iconic Hepburn Bathhouse & Spa and now leads the growth of spa and wellness businesses and assets within the Belgravia Group, which boasts the recent addition of The Spa at Marysville, the Onsen Retreat & Spa at Dinner Plain and the White Spa at Mt Hotham. With a well-developed sense and ability for maximizing the potential of a business, integrating wellness, spa and developing profitable revenue streams, her success is supported by her experience in multinational companies offering destination spa, wellness and body sustainability. A personal commitment to Wellness has seen Karen accept the role of Australian Ambassador – Global Wellness Day (, with the intention of bringing a the world together on one day each year with a focus on Wellness, creating a time be aware of the value of wellness and balance in our lives. She is also a member of the Australian Wellness Association Board and lives in Ballarat with her family.

Mark Karlovic

Mark Karlovic is a Lawyer and has held senior Human Resource roles with both Australian and International companies over the past sixteen years. His current role is the Head of People, Performance and Legal at the Sovereign Hill Museums Association, one of Australia’s premier Tourist attractions. Mark has lived in Ballarat for 17 years and has held a number of Board roles including as Chair or President including the Ballarat Community Health Centre, Ballarat Regional Multicultural Council, Ballarat YMCA and Ballarat Child and Family Services.
Mark holds both a Law Degree and a Master of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University.

BOAA Board members also include Andrew Walsh, Julie Collins and Derek John.



John Wardle - Architect, John Wardle Architects (JWA) 
Elizabeth Lewis-Gray - Managing Director of Gekko Industries
Mark Guirguis - ENT Surgeon, Art Collector and Philanthropist
Vanessa Beetham - Curator, Business Women and Social Justice Campaigner. BOAA’s international Ambassador