Alan Jones, AO
Alan Jones AO is a former radio broadcaster and a highly popular commentator now on Sky News Australia.
A former teacher and political advisor, he coached the Australian Rugby Team to their first ever win of the Grand Slam, a feat never since repeated. Alan has been instrumental in the development of careers and progression of many TDP students and graduates. Alan regularly interviews and promotes the students on his shows and opens many doors for them in the music and entertainment business.
Dip Teach, B.Ed. M.Ed. FACE, FACEL, Honorary Fellow Western Sydney University has held a number of senior positions in education over the past 40 years.
Greg is currently an Adjunct Professor, School of Education, Western Sydney University. Before his retirement in 2017, Greg was the Deputy Director- General, Schools and Deputy Secretary, School Operations and Performance within the NSW Department Education. His key responsibilities included school operations and performance across Public Schools in NSW. Key accountabilities were for the operation and performance of over 80,000 staff, 780,000 students across 2,300 sites in NSW.
Greg led the implementation of significant initiatives in NSW including major transformational and cultural reform agendas. He has a strong commitment to evidence-based practice and the importance of a culture of continuous improvement. He has extensive experience in strategic planning, audit and risk management, finance, policy and major asset projects. In all of Greg’s leadership positions he has maintained a focus on the importance of strengthening leadership capability in order to meet the educational challenges of the future. Greg is the Chair, Australian Educational Leader, Editorial Board and a member of the Stewart House Board.
Tim is Group Director for Arena’s for AEG Ogden’s Australasian Network.
He oversee’s AEG Ogden’s Arenas in Sydney, Brisbane and Newcastle. His involvement includes business development for new venue management agreements throughout Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He is responsible for securing concert and entertainment events in these arenas and across other AEG Ogden Venues that host entertainment events, including convention centres and stadiums. He works collaboratively with other venues that are not managed by AEG Ogden to secure events which can include AEG Ogden venues in a tour.
He was a Certified Facilities Executive (CFE) by international industry body, IAVM in 2006. General Manager of Sydney Entertainment Centre 1998 to 2005. Former General Manager for Newcastle Entertainment Centre 1994 to 1998, responsibilities included management and operation of the Centre as part of the AEG Ogden Network. He was former Business Manager for Newcastle Entertainment Centre responsible for establishment of the financial and business management of the Centre during the pre-opening and initial operating phase.
His qualifications and memberships include: Past President of the Venue Management Association (VMA), Asia and Pacific.
Pam Christie, BA, DipEd, DipSpEd, GAICD
Pam has held a number of statutory and executive positions in the Government and tertiary education sector in Australia over the past 20 years.
Pam is currently Executive Director, Regulatory Operations with the Australian Skills Quality Authority, the body responsible for regulating the quality of vocational education and training in Australia. Pam was previously Managing Director of TAFE NSW, Australia’s largest vocational education and training organisation. In this role she forged a range of innovative industry partnerships, drove transformational change and shaped new policy, governance and business directions.
Pam has a passion for changing lives through education and training. She began her career as a secondary school teacher, worked overseas as an Australian Volunteer in Zambia, worked in the adult migrant education sector before working in the area of vocational education and training policy and regulation. Pam has led two of Australia’s largest TAFE NSW Institutes, Sydney and South Western Sydney and was responsible for TAFE NSW offering its first degree level programs as a higher education provider.
Pam is a member of the NSW TAFE Commission Board, the Board of Studies NSW and the LH Martin Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Management Advisory Board.
John Foreman, OAM
John was one of the first TDP Graduates, completing the program in 1992.
He is now recognised as one of Australia’s leading musical directors, a pianist and composer and a well-recognised face on Australian television. John’s big break came when he was offered the job of musical director for Bert Newton’s ‘Good Morning Australia’ at 19 years old. He joined ‘Australian Idol’ in 2003. John helped launch the careers of Guy Sebastian, Shannon Noll and Anthony Callea and produced a gold album for ‘Idol’ judge, Marcia Hines, before leaving the show in 2008.
John is musical director and producer for Vision Australia’s ‘Carols by Candelight’ and hosts the annual Schools Spectacular, which is broadcast on ABC TV.
Deborah Hockings, B Ed, Dip Teaching, Dip Bus Man
Debbie has recently retired from the NSW Department of Education and Communities.
During her career she was principal at four Sydney primary schools, leader of the Department’s School Leadership Unit, Director of schools in Sydney’s Inner West and Director, School Operations. In all roles Debbie has promoted the participation of students in the performing arts.
Dr Christina Curry
Christina is an experienced leader with a demonstrated track record in governance, education and people development.
With 20 years’ experience in the education sector Christina has developed and refined her skills in education policy, strategy and community engagement. Christina has held various leadership positions at Western Sydney University and is a senior lecturer and researcher in Health and Physical Education. Prior to this appointment she worked as a Head of a Health & Physical Education Department in a secondary school for the NSW Department of Education.
Christina has extensive experience in governance from her roles as Chair of Bayside Women’s Shelter, non-executive director of ClubsNSW, The Randwick Club Group, and previously the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
Christina has a strong understanding of community engagement and advocating for better services through her role as an elected local government councillor. As a Patron of a women and children’s centre Christina is a strong advocate for women and diversity.
Andy started Out There Productions in 1996. The business group includes event agency OTP Australia, and OTP Major Events, the promoter arm.
Andy has a serious passion for major public celebrations – he loves delivering events with a purpose, and the bigger the crowd the better. The OTP group’s events are enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Australians every year.
OTP has put TDP graduates literally on centre stage, in front of millions of people at hundreds of high profile events for 25 years. TDP artists have starred in major sporting, cultural and national celebrations produced by OTP in Australia and broadcast around the world.
Andy is also a co-owner of the Summernats Car Festival, buying this iconic event in 2009. The Summernats has grown from 75,000 punters to over 110,00 every year, and brings over $30m to the ACT economy. The motoring lifestyle arm of OTP now includes MotorEx, Australia’s leading automotive industry consumer show, the Red CentreNATS, a destination tourism event in Alice Springs that brings $10million to the NT economy, and RockyNats which earned $20million for the Rockhampton region in its first year.
In 2020, Imogen released her critically acclaimed EP The Making Of Me (touted by Rolling Stone as “a landmark”) and played a series of sold out live stream and in-person shows, where the Sydney Morning Herald said “she commanded the stage with a matchless acuity”. In 2021, Imogen returned with a second EP Bastards, which has been touted by the Herald Sun as “a thing of wonder”.
Cutting her teeth playing in local pubs during her teen years, Imogen graduated from the Talent Development Project in 2012 at the age of 17, before taking the stage with artists like Shania Twain, Clare Bowen, Diesel, Jim Lauderdale and Ian Moss.
Imogen has worked relentlessly over the past decade building up her musical chops, with her most recent musical offerings garnering widespread acclaim both in Australia and North America. She has maintained a consistent touring schedule, gracing stages throughout Australia, the U.S., Europe and the U.K., including festival line ups for Maverick (U.K.), Americana Festival (U.S.) and Blue Mountains Folk Festival (Aus).
The ever-growing list of international collaborators Imogen has worked alongside on the stage, in the studio and in writing sessions include Colin Hay (Men At Work), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello & The Attractions), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and Mike Meadows (Taylor Swift), as well as local acts Kasey Chambers, Alex Lahey, Clare Bowen and Emma Swift.
TDP Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus
Mary Lopez, AM
In 1991, Mary Lopez AM was appointed the Artistic Director of the TDP. Mary devised the teaching program upon which the TDP is based.
Her personal belief in the talent of young performers led her to devote over 35 years to their development. Few people have given more to NSW Public School students and in 2010 her amazing contribution to public education and the arts was recognised with the conferral of an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Western Sydney.
Mary’s success as a Producer/Director emanates from her flair for capturing the spirit of Australia through themed productions in huge cast variety Spectaculars and Special Performance Events. Over her career, Mary created over 60 major productions, many of which have been televised. She created the concept for the Schools Spectacular from which the TDP grew. She was the Director of every Schools Spectacular from its launch in 1984 until 2008.
Mary played a pivotal role on the TDP Board of Directors until her resignation in 2021.