Board of Directors

Frank Varapodio

Chairman
A qualified CA + CPA and Registered Tax Agent, Frank works closely with business owners to ensure their general accounting and taxation affairs are aligned with the strategic goals and vision of the business.

David Bainbridge CA MBA

David is a Chartered Accountant and Financial Planner with extensive management and financial experience in a wide range of industries. He is also the author of Connecting the Dots: The Origins of Modern Human Society.

Jeffrey Black

International operatic baritone for over 30 years. Winner of Marianne Mathy Singing Competition 1983. Since 1984 sat on the Advisory Committee for IFAC Australian Singing Competition. National adjudicator – 2012 & 2014. Recent appointment to MOST Board.

David Full BA Bus (UTS), MCom (UNSW)

David is a wealth management advisor, involved in financial markets for over 30 years including the Australian Stock Exchange research department and presenter of a 10-minute daily market update on ABC Radio.

Ilana Gridiger BA DipEd MA (Psych)

A registered Psychologist, Ilana also has training and experience in event management. Ilana has also taught languages at both public and private high schools across NSW.

Roland Gridiger LLB MDR TEP

A supporter and philanthropist of the arts, Roland is also Principal of Gridiger Lawyers, where he practices in estate planning, conveyancing and asset protection. He is a Full Member of STEP a worldwide professional association.






Management team
Roland Gridiger Chief Executive Officer
Amelia Gledhill Manager

Ph.D English (Usyd), B.A. Hons. English & Medieval History (Usyd)

Amelia is an experienced events professional with a long history of working in the arts and education sectors. She has strong skills in administration, copywriting and editing, budgeting, website management, lecturing, and event coordination.

Meltem Akyol Events & Communications Coordinator

B.A. Econ (Marmara University), Dip. Human Resources

Meltem is an experienced event coordinator skilled in organisational development, sales management, event management, international business, and human resources. She is a strong bilingual operations professional.

David Langley Events & Communications Coordinator

M.A. Cross-Disciplinary Art & Design (UNSW),B.A. English & Studio Art (Seattle University), Dip. Marketing Arts (CATC)

David is a creative, collaborative individual with extensive experience in publication, website design, website management, social media and event management across various industries. He has strengths in conceptual ingenuity, communication, organisational skills, networking, and a passion for art and design.

Advisory Committees
IFAC HANDA Australian Singing Competition
  • Jeffrey Black
  • Janice Black
  • Lisa Gasteen AO
  • Emma Matthews
  • Patricia Price
  • Linnhe Robertson
ABC Young Performers Awards
  • Nick Bailey
  • Tim Calnin
  • Colin Cornish
  • Matthew Dewey
  • Catherine Hewgill
  • Kate Lidbetter
  • Dene Olding AM
  • Rodney Phillips
  • Mary Vallentine AO
  • Raff Wilson