Our board

Professor Iain Martin – Patron
Iain has been Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University since July 2019. On commencing at Deakin, Professor Martin said ‘I am honoured and greatly privileged to lead Deakin and continue the ambitious strategy of addressing the challenges and opportunities of the future to benefit our communities and Australia more widely. As one of Australia’s largest universities, Deakin has strong global linkages, world-class research and, most importantly, an educational portfolio that blends the best of campus and digital delivery into a highly supportive and personalised student experience.’ Prior to taking up his appointment as Vice-Chancellor of Deakin University, Professor Martin was Vice-Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University. Professor Martin was born in South Wales and spent his childhood in Hampshire. He studied medicine at the University of Leeds and trained and worked as a surgeon before moving to New Zealand in 2000.

Wendy Galloway OAM – President
Wendy first became enthralled with symphony orchestras and the music they play back in her Sydney student days. She was a member of the Sydney Youth Orchestra, Australian Youth Orchestra and a regular participant in National Music Camps. Her career as a violinist and teacher as well as an adjudicator and examiner spans many decades in Melbourne and Sydney as a well as Sweden and Illinois USA. Since coming to live in Geelong she has been a key member of many fine music organisations including Music at the Basilica, Geelong Friends of the MSO and the Geelong Chamber Music Society. Wendy is certain that Geelong has the fine, qualified and experienced orchestral musicians to ensure that the Geelong Symphony Orchestra will continue to be an integral part of Geelong’s transition into a vibrant, cultured and artistic city as we proceed through the 21st century.

Jon Mamonski
Jon is passionate about all things symphonic and has produced and recorded works with symphony players as diverse as Hot August Night at the Grove Pavilion and Symphony on the Beach with the Ukraine National Symphony Orchestra in Cairns. Jon’s passion is to grow the GSO and its audiences.

Barney Ellis
Barney studied music at Edinburgh University followed by a Post Graduate in Performance from Frankfurt. He has been a member of various choral and instrumental groups, while pursuing a career in financial advice.

Marian McDonald
For many years, Marian has been the administrator of the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition and the National Celtic Festival. Marian also supports the production of the Geelong Schools Music and Movement and Poppykettle Festivals.

Suzanne Moodie
Suzanne began playing the flute at age 11 as a founding member of The Geelong Concert Workshop Band. She studied with Mardi McSullea completing a Bachelor of Music majoring in music performance at the University of Melbourne and then later with Alan Hardy. Suzanne has performed with a variety of different ensembles throughout Melbourne and Geelong and is currently a member of Sonus Ensemble.

Lydia Shiu
Lydia has been playing first violin with the GSO since the beginning. She began her music journey learning the piano and violin at the age of 6. She is currently a part time music teacher, and is also involved with a local classical music program for young children called Musicamaze.