Board of Directors

The Australian School Band and Orchestra Festival Ltd is company limited by guarantee and is listed on the Federal Government’s Register of Cultural Organisations (ROCO) as a tax-deductible entity.

Nada George

Nada has a strong corporate background, and is currently Head of HR and a Board Member for American Express Australia. Nada is looking to combine her business skills and her passion for music and education of young people and is keen to support the SBF vision, especially in the area of marketing and communications.

Louise Goodchild

Louise is a practicing NSW Barrister, working from the Fredrick Jordan Chambers, Sydney. Louise is both a member of the Board of Directors and the Company Secretary. Louise is passionate about supporting youth education and has been closely involved with the New South Wales School Band Festival all her life.

Paul Goodchild
Paul is currently the Associate Principal Trumpet, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Artistic Director of Sydney Brass, one of Sydney's oldest chamber ensembles. Paul is one of the most well known and successful professional musicians in the Sydney classical music scene. Paul has been closely involved with the SBF all his life.
Don Shearman

Don lectures in mathematics and statistics for Western Sydney University and is also involved in research in education. Don has worked as a high school band director and has been active in community music organisations for over 40 years. A number of Don's ex-students are professional musicians and teachers.

Pat Devery
General Manager

Pat has a strong background in teaching and education administration. He is the General Manager of the NSW School Band Festival and CEO of the Australian School Orchestral Festival (established 2011). Pat has been actively involved with  the NSW School Band Festival for over 30 years.