Board and Management
In November 2002, the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® Foundation was established to run both the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® and J Rock™ events.
The Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing performing arts opportunities for young Australians. Their charter is to build on the success of the event and to continue to explore new avenues to give students the opportunity of learning through the arts.
The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® Foundation has Deductible Gift Recipient Status as approved by the Australian Taxation Office,allowing the Foundation to recieve gifts with tax benefits for the donor.
The Board of the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® Foundation offers its experience to the Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® and J Rock™ events and hopes to establish strong links into participating communities as well as Government and corporate Australia.
The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® Foundation board consists of committed individuals who can advise on many complex governance matters to do with running a Foundation:
Robert Wannan BA (Hons) LL.B Chairman.
Chairman, Kemp Strang, Lawyers
Rob is Chairman of Kemp Strang and has practised as a Commercial Lawyer for more than 30 years. His professional interest also extends to directorships of a number of companies associated with ANZ Bank and formerly Aussie Home Loans, the Swire Group and Cantarella Bros. He has a keen interest in education and is the Chairman of the Council of Knox Grammar School and Chairman of Knox Grammar School Foundation Limited.
Robert Graham FAA, MD, FRACP, FACP, FAHA
Executive Director, Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, St Vincent’s Hospital
Robert is widely involved in healthcare and biomedical research. He holds academic positions at the University of New South Wales (Des Renford Professor of Medicine and Professor Of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics) and Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio (Professor of Physiology and Biophysics). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and a Director of EnGeneIC, Inc. In 2003, he was awarded a Centenary-of-Federation Medal for services to the community and molecular cardiology.
Marianne Hammerton BA(Hons), MA
Marianne joined the Commonwealth Public Sector as a Graduate Management trainee and subsequently gained program, project management and policy experience in a range of agencies.
She has worked for three public sectors including at the CEO level. In 2004 she was engaged to manage the State Rail Authority and its assets and liabilities to closure. A by product of this work has been the creation of the Office of Rail Heritage in RailCorp and she is the first Director of the Office. Marianne has been awarded a Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Corporate & Government category and her interests include family, mentoring and music.
The Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® Foundation is a member of the Registry of Cultural Organisations (ROCO) which brings together groups whose common focus is the promotion of arts-related activities including community arts, performing arts, music, television, craft, Aboriginal arts, video and design. Rock Eisteddfod Challenge® and J Rock™ bring together these mediums and interests!
Membership to ROCO enables the Foundation to offer donors the incentive of making tax deductible gifts.