Green Music Australia - Australia’s peak body for music and the environment - is thrilled to welcome three new members to its Board of Directors: Bella Wiggs, Mandi McIntyre and Stu Watters.
The new appointments cap off what has been a landmark few years for Green Music Australia. From launching the much anticipated sustainability toolkit Sound Country: A Green Artist Guide, to piloting Australia’s first ever music industry training course, the Green Action Program, and the recent launch of festival waste reduction web-app, Camping Buddy, GMA is well equipped to support the music sector to take more ambitious climate action and inspire deeper cultural change.
Bella Wiggs is passionate about the power of music and its potential as an agent for change in the context of the climate crisis. A highly regarded climate executive, Bella has worked across media, finance, and extensively in political advocacy and philanthropy. Her previous roles have included Strategy and Engagement Officer at Groundswell Giving, Engagement Strategist at Environmental Leadership Australia, and Strategy and Operations Director at Coalition for Conservation. She is currently Co-Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen Network, Nexus Australia Committee Member and Director of the Wiggs Foundation.
"It’s an honour to have joined the Green Music Australia board at a time where there is so much potential for climate action to be accelerated in this country, through the unique power of music, which I feel so personally passionate about. I’m excited to get started; to learn from an amazing group of people and to help scale their work" - Bella Wiggs
Mandi McIntyre is an arts and cultural industries professional with two decades of experience leading programs and creative teams in Queensland, Tasmania, the UK and South Africa. She is currently the Program Director – Key Events with QMusic, producers of BIGSOUND and the Queensland Music Awards.
"I am inspired by the profound impact music can have on issues of environmental and social justice, and the generations of artists who are using their platforms to create change. I'm incredibly buoyed by the leadership Green Music Australia has shown in the music industry and look forward to actively contributing to a better world for all through this position" - Mandi McIntyre.
Stu Watters joins the board with over 30 years in the music industry, bringing together a diverse collection of experiences. Currently the Executive General Manager of the ALMBC (Australian Live Music Business Council), Stuart’s previous positions include the CEO of AIR, running QMusic, serving on the WIN Board, and managing Licensing, Business and Public Affairs for Nightlife.
"Joining the Green Music Australia board at this time is critical. As an industry we have a lot of work to do yet we can also inspire other industries also grappling with the very real impact of climate change on our lives. I am looking forward to working with the team and board to make a real difference in this country.” - Stu Watters
Green Music Australia Board Chair, broadcaster, film-maker and author, Tracee Hutchison, confirmed the Board appointments at GMA’s most recent Annual General Meeting on Thursday.
"We are thrilled to welcome Bella, Mandi & Stu - three outstanding music industry and climate sector professionals - to the Green Music Australia Board. For over a decade Green Music Australia has championed the power of music as a force for impactful change in the music industry. Now - more than ever - artists are demanding more of the industry they are part of to be better global citizens and embrace practical solutions to reduce our footprint. Green Music is leading the way to be the change we want to see.” - Tracee Hutchison
Bella, Mandi and Stu join an accomplished Board of Directors including Chief Financial Officer at The Wilderness Society Jen Rowe as Treasurer, GMA founder and director of the Green Institute Tim Hollo, Djugun singer-songwriter and sustainability educator Nidala Barker, and award winning environmentalist and musician Jessica Panegyres. With deep thanks, Green Music Australia farewell outgoing board members Carla O’Neale and Marcus Seal for their years of service, and continued support. Green Music Australia members re-elected Board Chair, Tracee Hutchison, and Treasurer, Jen Rowe, for another three year term.