Who’s Making the Festival

The team behind Adelaide French Festival

Adelaide Festival Centre Trustees

Michael Abbott AO QC (Chair)
Jim Hazel (Deputy Chair)
Mary Hamilton
Phil Hoffmann AM
Carolyn Mitchell
Tony Smith
Kate Thiele
Sandy Verschoor

Adelaide Festival Centre Senior Management

Douglas Gautier AM – CEO & Artistic Director 
Carlo D’Ortenzio – Chief Operating Officer 
Liz Hawkins – Director of Programming, Development & Venue Sales 
Kristen Eckhardt ​– Director of Marketing, Sales and Audience Engagement 

Greg Adams – Head of Digital
Ruth Sibley – Head of Public Affairs 
Rebecca Pearce – Associate Director of Programming 
Ebony Bott – Executive Producer Cabaret & Commercial Ventures 
Chris Searle – Technical Manager 
Robyn Brown – Manager Philanthropy 
Christine Dunthorne – Manager Finance 
Claire George – Manager Human Resources 
Carolyn Laffin – Manager WHS & Risk 
Yolanda Sulser – Manager Marketing & Customer Experience
Ashlesha Chandran  – Manager Food & Beverage
Natalie Adam - Manager Ticketing


Andrew Dundon – Producer
Teresa Busuttil – Steel Ryan Fellow
Kathryn Sproul – French Festival Designer
Charissa Davies – Senior Exhibitions Curator

Marketing, Sales and Audience Engagement:

Jessica Coppe – Marketing Executive
Jennifer Salter – Publicity Executive
Molly Taylor  Publicity Coordinator
Meral Nieman – Marketing Coordinator
Paige Mulholland – Marketing Coordinator
Melissa Centofanti – GreenRoom Coordinator
Adrian Cowell  – Senior Graphic Designer
Mina Capoccia  – Marketing Administration Assistant
Simeon Nikolaidis – Marketing Assistant
Ralph Varricchio – BASS Client Services Executive
Dace Howard – Digital Content Officer
Dale Menz – Digital & Database Projects Executive


Teresa Whitehorn – Senior Development Executive
Clare Mansfield – Development Coordinator


Laura Smans – Production Coordinator
Jane Rossetto – Head of Sound

Venues and Bars:

Tiana Capponi – Event Sales Executive
Julia Germinario – Event Sales Executive

Front of House:

Cathy Barrett – Retail Buyer – Commercial Operations
Kate Hagan – Head of Department - Patron Services

Venue Sales:

Lucja Dolatowski – Venue Sales Executive
Kimberley Smout – Venue Sales Assistant