Members of Huon Folk Inc.

Management Committee

The Cygnet Folk Festival Management Committee for the 2013/14 Festival are:


Erin Collins

Erin is a musician and writer whose work has been showcased at performances and festivals as diverse as the Cygnet, National, Tamar Valley, Malden and Majors Creek Folk Festivals as well as Ten Days on the Island, Junction Arts Festival, the Wooden Boat Festival and From France to Freycinet. Erin has also attended several workshops and short courses in festival and event management and has performed in this capacity for Cygnet Folk Festival, Ten Days on the Island and as manager for her performance group, Silkweed. Erin has co-programmed the 2012 and 2013 Cygnet folk festivals. In her other hours she works as a herbalist/naturopath and is the mother of five boys (all of whom learnt to play music!)

Vice President

Carole Le Bas

A State Service employee at Tasmania Police in procurement, asset and facility management and contracts and has been doing this type of work for over 14 years. She operates a novelty cake making business in her spare time. She is the Squire of the Jolley Hatters, Morris dancers and dances every week. She has strong organisational and time management skills. In past years she has chaired a youth organisation (Festival of Dreams), performed the role of President of several Parents & Friends Committees, Vice President of the State Parent and Friends Organisation and has mentored a secondary school student in a mentoring program.


John Huckerby

John has been self-employed since 1969, owning and selling a number of businesses. Whilst choosing to work for himself, he has been a Business Partner for international companies such as IBM, Digital Equipment Corporation, Honeywell, NEC, Compaq, Toshiba, ICL and others. Experience has been at senior level focussing on Sales and Marketing Management and General Management. Currently working part-time for his own Executive Search and Recruitment business, Phoenix Executive Research as well as his daughters business, Srecruitment. John has a BCom (Accounting) degree.


Robin Winter

Robin is a primary teacher who lives in Cygnet. She plays djembe in a local band, is a member of Cygnet Arts Collective, a board member of Tasmanian Regional Arts and is very active in the local arts scene. She brings a wide variety of interpersonal skills, IT skills and organisational skills to the committee.

Festival Coordinator

Kaye Gilhooly

Kaye has a background in Art, (BA Visual Art), Design and Administration. She is the owner/director of several businesses. Kaye has extensive experience in communications and sales and administrative roles, has been Secretary of Cygnet Arts Council for 4 years, and volunteer for the festival for 7 years. Kaye was awarded the Huon Valley Council Voluntary Service Award in 2010. She has been the festival Administrative Officer (now Festival Coordinator) for 2 years and is serving her third year in this role.

Committee Member

Fran Butler

Frances Butler works at Hobart City Council as Public Art /City of Hobart Art Prize Program Officer and lives in the Cygnet area. She worked 20+ years in the visual arts, but also in the theatre and music industries in many guises and locations. She used to play bass guitar in an 80s Sydney garage/grunge band but now plays violin and attempts to maintain a visual arts practice.

Committee Member

Olita Dierckx

Olita has always done volunteer work most of the time and has been as treasurer or secretary of different clubs and organisations such as Volunteering organisations, Festival of Arts in Mandurah, Pistol club, RSL Club and also tutoring for children with disabilities. For most of her career she was involved in accounts and office administration for the Department of Defence and the Department of Education.

Committee Member

Paul Fenton

Paul is an ex teacher and self employed business man who has lived in Cygnet for 4 years. He is also a musician who has played in interstate bands and is deeply involved in the local music scene,playing jazz,blues,rock & celtic music. He has enhanced the festival by liaising with local schools and assisting with the development of relevant creative programs.Has taken on the transport & accommodation portfolios for the last Festival & next.

Online Media

Emily Keen

Emily has completed an Advanced Diploma in Tourism Event Management, a Bachelor of Information Systems, and a Masters of Information Systems. She became involved in the Cygnet Folk Festival while researching the development of an ontology to support the life cycle of community events for her PhD which she is completing through the University of Melbourne.

Committee Member

Mary Mallett

Mary is a long time Huon Valley resident who is the manager of a disability advocacy service. She has a lifelong interest in, and love for, folk music, has previously been a volunteer at the festival and has been a regular attendee for 27 years. She wishes to contribute to the festival which has given her so much pleasure and hopes to make it more disability friendly.

Committee Member

Suzy Manigian

Suzy is a producer/designer/maker. She worked for the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority on large festivals at the Rocks and Darling Harbour: Aroma, Fiesta, NYE as well as installations including the Rocks Christmas Tree Markets by Moonlight, the Vintage Dinner and Firewater. With her partner Suzy has worked on audio production at the National Folk Festival and the Blue Mountains WinterMagic Festival, Sydney Writers Festival. Suzy has a 20 year association with the Cygnet Folk Festival as an event manager, venue coordinator, director and production manager. She also coordinates the Big Sing in the Desert for Rachel Hore and has managed Australian and UK tours for the Spooky Men’s Chorale, Kate Rowe and Fred Smith. In Tasmania Suzy has sung with 'Dolly Putin and the Kazakstan Kowgerls' and operated VanDiemonium, a hemp napery business.e

Committee Member

Gerard Mathews

Gerard is a composer/musician who lives in Cygnet. He sings and plays a number of instruments as a solo artist and in local bands and runs a home recording studio for local musicians. He has had many years' technical and administration experience and has been involved in the music industry for most of his life both in Ireland and in Australia.

Committee Member

Martha Robson

Martha is currently working with Community Corrections as the Senior Practice Consultant and also as the A/Manager of Court Mandated Diversion. She has responsibility for the associated budget, resource and staff management, quality assurance and auditing of the work. A registered psychologist, her past roles have included Programs Manager, senior psych with the Australian Defence Force, psychologist with Vietnam Veterans Counselling Service, rehabilitation consultant, police officer, youth worker and respite carer. Martha participated in the Tasmanian Leaders Program and as a result of that was inspired to contribute back to the community in the area of the arts.

Committee Member

Michael Thomsen

Michael is a qualified medical herbalist working primarily in research and cancer support. He has written a number of scientific publications and contributed to several books and journals in this field. Michael also builds websites especially for musicians and artists and creates the visuals integral to the performances of Silkweeds multi-media shows. Michael is a long-term and regular supporter of folk and community music events.

Huon Folk Inc. Constitution

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