Committee

In adherence with QLD Legislation, the GCYO is governed by a Management Committee (MC), which is charged with governance matters. The MC is broadly responsible for upholding the GCYO Constitution and ensuring GCYO adheres to legal mandates.

Chair, Sarah Jane Ash, MBA, BEd

Sarah Jane is a graduate of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra.  From playing flute and piccolo in her primary and high school years, Sarah Jane renewed her friendship with the GCYO in 2009 when her eldest daughter joined the Junior Strings Orchestra.  Sarah Jane has held School Principal positions with Education Queensland, is currently in a management role and holds a Bachelor of Teaching and a Bachelor of Education as well as an MBA. She is passionate about music and views her work with the GCYO as integral to her commitment to the benefits of music education and education in general.

Secretary, Patricia Geale, PhD, MBA, BBus

Patricia holds a PhD and an MBA from the University of Queensland and a BBus from University of Victoria. Her PhD was in Corporate Governance and she uses this strength for the benefit of GCYO. Together with her academic qualifications, Patricia has a thirty-year career in governance, strategic management and marketing, based in Australia and North America. Major clients she has worked with include United Airlines, American Airlines, Qantas Airways, The Australian Tourist Commission. Patricia has been on staff at Griffith University, Bond University, Tourism Queensland, James Cook University, Central Queensland University and Loyola University Los Angeles.

She loves her work at GCYO and has been with GCYO full-time 9 years. She has raised $583,000 for asset improvement since 2011 and increased the venue hire  from 2011 by average annual increase 51%.

Patricia has said often that she gains more from the musicians than she will ever offer. This is her Swan Song and she hopes it lasts for as long as she can be useful.

Treasurer, Som (Soumya) Bose, MBA, MTD, BBus

Som is the current Treasurer and brings to the Committee substantial expertise in management, finance and organisational strategies. He is tireless in his efforts for GCYO. He is a man of with high professional standards and a dedication to the benefits of music-making for young people.

He runs his own business and is a Tertiary educator in tourism, hospitality and events industry for past 24 years in various private and public training organisations. Som has two talented daughters at GCYO they perform with Youth Symphony, Junior Symphony and Little Big Band.

Som holds an MBA, MTD from Griffith University and BBus from University of South Australia.

General Member, Kim Kyle, LLB

Kim is a former member of the Gold Coast Youth Orchestra, having played the clarinet with the Orchestra during her later primary school years between 1992-93.  Kim holds a Bachelor of Laws from the Queensland University of Technology and is currently employed as an Associate Lawyer with Adamson Bernays Kyle & Jones Lawyers on the Gold Coast.  She has two young sons whom she hopes will follow in her footsteps with her love for music. Kim is eager to ensure all future generations benefit from the excellence in music, which the GCYO provides by utilising her legal and practical skills to complement the GCYO Management Committee.

General Member, Bruce Davidson, BMus, ATCL

Bruce teaches at Trinity Lutheran College and is conductor of GCYO Youth Symphony, GCYO Camerata and Queensland Youth Orchestra 3. He has a substantial private Strings Studio on the Gold Coast. Whilst the Committee is primarily focused on the strategic business of the organisation, Bruce brings strength as it relates to ensemble music and education.

General Member, Alessandro Nocerino

Alessandro was a recent performing member of the Youth Symphony. He possesses a strong background in music performance, IT and finance. He is an analytical thinker and always ready to challenge dogma. He is an energetic and highly valued member of  the Committee.