Jo Dyer (Chair)
Jo Dyer is currently Director of Adelaide Writers’ Week. One of Australia’s leading arts producers, Jo has held leadership roles across the Australian cultural industry, including at Bangarra Dance Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Writers’ Festival, and work produced by her company Soft Tread Enterprises has toured nationally and internationally.

As a film producer, Jo’s films have twice been nominated for Best Film at Australia’s AACTA awards and have won awards across the globe. They have screened in cinemas and at Festivals worldwide, most notably at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Jo is Chair of celebrated dance theatre company Force Majeure, and was a founding Director of the Board of Sydney’s City Recital Hall.

Stephen Gottlieb (Treasurer)
Stephen Gottlieb is currently a Special Counsel in the Tax Division of KPMG’s Sydney office. Stephen was formerly a partner in the Tax Division of KPMG and was a member of the KPMG Australia National Board. He is currently also the Treasurer of the World Wide Fund- Australia. Stephen has a LLM (Hons) from the University of Sydney and BCom, LLB from the University of New South Wales. He is a Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Chartered Tax Adviser and has been admitted as a solicitor to the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

Este Darin-Cooper
Este is Co-founder and Director of the Darin-Cooper Foundation (est 2014) and leads the Foundation’s grant making, sector engagement and impact investing strategy. Este is passionate about the power of arts and culture to build communities and foster social cohesion. Este has had a diverse career across the private, public and not-for profit sectors. After studying Law/Engineering (1st class hons) at the University of Melbourne, she practiced at top-tier commercial law firms, before joining the Federal Government in a role advising Government, businesses and start-ups on emerging technologies and data policy. Most recently Este worked at Social Ventures Australia – initially in the consulting team and then as Director of Venture Philanthropy, where she partnered directly with funders and early-stage ventures to resource, prove and grow more effective models for addressing disadvantage. She is currently State Manager (NSW/ACT) at Creative Partnerships Australia, where she provides capacity building support to arts organisations to grow investment in the cultural sector.

Shauna Jarrett
Shauna is an experienced senior executive and Non-Executive Director with a background in strategic design and implementation, governance and fund-raising strategy. She is accomplished in the education, legal, arts and community sectors and public policy.  With over 20 years’ experience at board level she is currently a Trustee of the Australian Museum, Director of Seton Villa and runs a governance/legal consultancy.


Steve Riethoff (Deputy Chair)
Steve has over 25 years’ experience in communications working across a variety of disciplines and industries. He has provided counsel to public and private organisations, including many of Australia’s leading companies. 

A consumer specialist, he has developed strategic and tactical campaigns across finance, arts, FMCG, technology, automotive, telecommunications, pharmaceutical and healthcare. Steve’s expertise covers a wide range of communications disciplines; brand strategy, consumer marcomms, publicity, cause related marketing and social issues management.

Loretta Busby
A NIDA graduate, Loretta Busby has worked across theatre, opera, dance and festivals as executive director, producer, artistic director, programmer, lecturer, stage manager and theatrical agent, making a substantial contribution to the Australian arts scene. Loretta has been instrumental in the commissioning and development of many new Australian works. Some career highlights include: Artistic Administrator of Opera Australia; Head of Programming of Sydney Festival, inaugural Executive Producer of Carriageworks which included Artistic Director of the Sydney Children’s Festival and Executive Producer of the Platform Hip Hop Festival; Artistic Planning Manager of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Arts Festival for which she commissioned the celebrated opening event, Tubowgule and Bangarra’s Skin, both directed by Stephen Page; Artistic Planning Manager of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Arts Festival; Artistic Administrator/Education Manager of Bell Shakespeare; and Associate Director of Barrie Kosky’s iconic1996 AdelaideFestival.

Loretta has also worked in sponsorship, fundraising and events for a children’s cancer charity. In 2012 Loretta produced Sydney Festival’s ground breaking and comprehensive contemporary First Nations’ festival program, Black Capital at Carriageworks which featured the premiere season of I Am Eora, directed by Wesley Enoch. While at Sydney Festival she created developed, implemented and launched the Sydney Festival Reconciliation Action Plan which was subsequently recognised by Reconciliation Australian as an innovative and influential RAP within the Arts sector.

Loretta is currently the Executive Director of Ensemble Theatre and holds the following positions: Member of the Seymour Centre Artistic Advisory Panel; and Secretary to the Ensemble Ltd and Ensemble Foundation boards.

Danielle Micich
Danielle Micich is a highly-awarded choreographer, director and performer of dance theatre. She makes new work for festivals, theatre productions, opera and film, alongside site-specific and community work. After graduating from the Victorian College of the Arts and relocating to Perth as a company dancer for 2 Dance Plus, she was appointed Artistic Director of STEPS Youth Dance Company. Her independent work extends nationally and internationally, working with companies such as Sydney Theatre Company, Belvoir, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Perth Theatre Company, Night Train Productions, Steamworks Arts Productions, Dwhani Dance Company (India), Barking Gecko Theatre Company, Pinchgut Opera and Monkey Baa Theatre. Danielle’s ambition is to contribute to making new Australian work through storytelling that reaches audiences by exploring themes and issues relevant to contemporary culture; reflecting, embracing and challenging community attitudes and ideals.

Force Majeure acknowledges the Gadigal people as the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work, and pays respect to their Elders past and present.