Our Team Executive
Chair, Chorister Representative
Catherine has diverse experience as a resilience and HRM professional as well as working as an academic in management and ethics. Coupled with experience working globally in a range of sectors, she considers multiple perspectives to develop an informed view. Catherine’s significant exposure to and engagement with Board-level decision-making, enables her to consider strategy and operational issues. As a thought leader in the business continuity community, Catherine has engaged globally with sector colleagues to share knowledge and experiences.
She holds a Masters in Commerce (Organisation & Management), and an Honours degree majoring in Australian history and in the past five years, Catherine has volunteered her skills for the Business Continuity Institute, City of Parramatta’s Historical Advisory Committee and local school Parents & Friends Associations.
Catherine commenced her choral experience aged 10, as a member of Australian Youth Choir, and was a founding member of VOX. During the early VOX period, choristers self-organised all logistics, marketing and operational components of performances, and Catherine was a key contributor. She has performed in a number of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs performances and was delighted to join River City Voices at its inauguration.
Catherine is passionate about the artistic and cultural possibilities for the Western Sydney Region and is thrilled to contribute as a chorister and Board member.
BILL SOPER, FCA(UK)
Bill's 40 year career as a chartered accountant in both the UK and Australia, has taken him from the accounting profession through to various consulting companies - both medium and large sized with between 30 and 1,500 employees. His roles ranged from operational management through to Finance Director, and during his career his employers have included Price Waterhouse (now PWC), Dames & Moore, URS Australia (now Aecom) and ERM.
Although semi-retired, Bill continues to work in a voluntary capacity and included within these roles he has been Finance Director of Australian Seniors Computer Clubs Association (ASCCA) Australia’s peak body for seniors and technology. He is currently President of the Computer Pals for Seniors group in Turramurra
A keen cyclist, Bill managed a charity bike ride for a former colleague, and in November 2018 took up his greatest challenge yet, cycling from Melbourne to Sydney as part of the "Peleton Events Ultimate Challenge", raising significant funds for three different charities.
SCHON G CONDON, RFD
Schon has a career spanning over 40 years in Accounting focusing on Financial, Operational, Sustainability and Management advice to help businesses during times of growth, stabilisation and difficulty. He is well recognised within the profession as a leading advisor and media spokesperson. His professional role has seen him in numerous leadership and command roles including President of the Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, Chair of CPA Public Practice Committee, Chairman Hawkesbury Business Connection and President of the Royal Australian Artillery Association of NSW Inc.
Schon holds a Bachelor of Business Degree from the University of Technology Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Management from the University of Canberra. He is a fellow of the Chartered Accountants ANZ, Institute of Public Accountants, CPA Australia, and former member of the State and National Public Practice committees, Taxation Institute of Australia, Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and Member of the Association of Independent Insolvency Practitioners.
In addition, Schon is a Commissioned Officer in the Australian Army and has maintained an active Army Reserve career, including being a former Commanding Officer of 23rd Field Regiment, Royal Regiment of Australian Artillery.
Founder, Director and General Manager
Inara Molinari brings to the choir a career spanning 25+ years that has focused predominantly on voice as a professional opera soloist and chorister, early music singer, artistic administrator and producer, and more recently, as an office manager at Westmead Hospital. Her connection with the arts scene in western Sydney began twenty years ago, when she established “Opera West”in Wentworthville, a weekly course for aspiring opera and music theatre singers.
After returning from the USA in 2000, Inara founded “The Tall Poppeas”, Sydney’s only female baroque vocal ensemble that delivered innovative programs throughout Sydney and interstate for ten years, including staging an original opera for the Darlinghurst Theatre (now Hayes Theatre) and Melbourne Fringe Festival and a featured program for the Historic Houses Trust at Government House.
In 2011, Inara co-founded Ondine Productions. Its first project was fully staging the Australian premiere performance of "La liberazione di Ruggiero dall'isola d'Alcina" (1625), by the first female composer of opera, Francesca Caccini. The production received critical acclaim and was short-listed for an ArtsHub award in 2012. Subsequently the company produced the first reduced semi-staging of Philip Glass's opera "Akhnaten" on early instruments, with infused bespoke perfume and with the composer's thumbs up !
Inara has performed locally with Packemin Productions at the Riverside Theatres and with Holroyd Musical Society back in Wentworthville. She has been a strong community advocate and volunteer in her local 'hoods of Granville and Parramatta, forging strong relationships with local government, community and arts organisations. Inara was a member of Cumberland City Council's Arts Advisory Committee, 2018-2019.
Raquel has an extensive career in strategic communications, media and engagement across diverse industries, including higher education, infrastructure and utilities. As a business advisor to senior management, she identifies and evaluates risks and provides expert counsel on how to build, leverage and protect brand reputation. She has worked for corporate, not-for-profit and government organisations and has first-hand experience in getting a start-up off the ground, having co-founded the design and communications studio, Creative Itch, in 2005.
Raquel holds a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication (First Class Honours) from Western Sydney University and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Technology Sydney.
Raquel is passionate about the arts and is a keen advocate for diverse forms of cultural expression in Western Sydney.
PIROOZI DESAI, OAM, JP
After 40 years involvement, Piroozi has retired from her leadership position as CEO with Sydney Eisteddfod but will retain her involvement with the company as their Artistic Advisor in 2022.
Piroozi is passionate about the performing arts and her past collaborations with Artistic Director Dr Sarah Penicka-Smith has given her an insight into the future plans for this wonderful choir and she is looking forward to furthering this vision as a member of the Executive Team.
A woman of warm personality, Piroozi is essentially a people's person. She is amazingly articulate, speaks five languages, completed her BA (Hons) and describes herself as a born organiser. She is proud of the Australian citizenship that she adopted in 1984, takes her responsibilities very seriously and serves the community as a Justice of the Peace.
She enjoyed her work with the Sydney Eisteddfod and has many contacts within music and performing arts industries in Sydney and around Australia and will volunteer for Opera Australia and the Sydney Festival.
Piroozi is proud of the emerging singers, dancers, musicians and actors that she has watched rise from the Sydney Eisteddfod platform over the years, follows their careers closely, and is always one of the first to congratulate them when they enjoy new triumphs.
The Advisory Committee was established from RCV's inception to provide local industry knowledge for the choir and Board during its establishment period and first year of operations. The Committee members are:
Robert Love, AM, Director, Riverside Theatres, Parramatta
Brett Weymark, Artistic and Music Director, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs
Cath Dadd, Executive Producer, Performing Arts, The Joan, Penrith
A/Professor Diana Blom, Music, Western Sydney University, Kingswood
Dr Paul Smith, Lecturer in Music, University of New England, FutureCampus Parramatta
Bill Soper, Chartered Accountant
Do you have experience working with not for profit organisations?
Interested in joining our Board?
Call our General Manager, Inara Molinari on 0409 776 577