About / Governance

The Soundstream Board:

Established in 2008, the Board demonstrates expert governance, with its members selected for their high standing and proven expertise in the diverse professions and of Arts, Aboriginal affairs, Academia, Accounting, Business, Law, Politics and Philanthropy. The Board also draws on the expertise of its indigenous advisors.

Soundstream Board members

Hon. Chris Schacht, JP. (Chair, Soundstream)

Australian Senator 1987 – 2002

Minister in Keating Government 1993 – 1996

Fellow: Instit. of Australian Company Directors

Board member: Committee for Economic Development of Aust., Aust. Journalists Assoc., Aust. Services Union, Governor’s Leadership Group, Board member and Chair: Craft Assoc. of SA (2004 – 2011)

Chair: Greenhouse Gas Monitors Australia, Australasian Agriculture Investment Co.

Director : Marathon Resources, Australia China Development Co.

President, Aust. Volley Ball Assoc (1997 – 2003).

Sarah Alpers LLB, GDLP, Dip Community Theatre Arts, Grad Dip Public Sector Management

Sarah Alpers has worked in Aboriginal Affairs for 25 years, particularly working for Aboriginal people and their families in contact with the criminal justice system. She started her career as a criminal solicitor with the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern, Sydney, and has worked across a range of justice agencies and portfolios including police complaints, correctional services, courts administration, Indigenous policy, Aboriginal land rights legislation and community development. Her professional knowledge and cultural understanding has been greatly informed by learning from Aboriginal people’s experiences of urban, regional and remote community life, particularly whilst living with her family in the Tiwi Islands.

Sarah is a strong advocate for the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, and is passionate about implementing Aboriginal community led responses to the over-representation of Aboriginal people in the justice system. She is also passionate about Australians knowing their country’s history, believing that racism stems from ignorance. She is committed to improving educational opportunities for Aboriginal students, and is a strong supporter of greater Indigenous political representation within all levels of government.

Dr Nayia Cominos PhD MA

Dr Nayia Cominos is a researcher, lecturer and project manager in Linguistics, Communication and Education at the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. She is owner manager of a consultancy firm specialised in linguistics, ESL, curriculum development, assessment, business communication and management with clients in Australia and France. She is a long-standing advocate for the Arts, in particular New Music, and has been a member of the Soundstream Board since 2009.

Chinh Din-Pham, CA

Chinh leads the finance team on the preparation of financial statements and annual reports for the Legal Services Commission of SA, ensuring that the Commission complies with requirements of Treasurer’s Instructions and other accounting standards.  Chinh provides ongoing budgetary advice and recommendations to the Commission, providing specialist advice and guidance to executives, senior management staff and other officers of the Commission on financial and taxation matters. She manages and organises workflow for finance and payroll staff, and liaises with external auditors, officers of the Justice Portfolio, Department of Treasury and Finance and other agencies. Chinh represents the Commission at State and Commonwealth levels for all finance matters and attends reference work groups and forums on behalf of the Commission.
Committees and Board experience: LSC Budget Committee executive member (2008-Present), LSC Audit, Compliance and Risk Committee member (2008-Present), LSC ICT Committee member (2010-Present), Mercy Legacy board member (2013-2016), Government Skills Australia (GSA) Budget and Finance Committee member (2009-2015).

Jim Hunwick, LLB

Jim Hunwick is a finance lawyer and has been a partner at a national law firm, Johnson Winter and Slattery, for over 10 years.  He is currently a member of his firm’s Management Committee and is the Conflicts and Risks Partner, managing the firm’s risk and potential client conflicts. Jim’s client work involves acting as legal adviser on debt finance matters for significant listed and unlisted Australian corporations.  Jim’s passion for music began with the piano at the age of 4, followed soon by violin.

Gabriella Smart, B.Mus., M.Mus (Res)

Artistic Director and Public Officer

Gabriella established Soundstream New Music in 1993. She received a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, and a Helpmann Award in 2009. She is Artistic Director of Soundstream New Music, which received a Ruby Award for Best Event in 2009, and was recognized nationally in 2013 through the APRA/AMCOS Award for Excellence by an Organisation. In 2013 Soundstream was awarded the SA/NT Creative Partnerships SME Award for its partnership with sponsor Winston Music. Soundstream established the Emerging Composers’ Forum in 2012, a national Forum creating opportunities for emerging composers through supporting the creation, workshopping, performance and recording of their works with the assistance of ABC Classic FM.

Pianist Gabriella Smart is a passionate exponent of contemporary music, and has given award-winning premieres of Australian compositions. She has performed widely throughout Australia, and internationally, promoting the works of Australian composers. As a concert pianist Gabriella has performed in the Melbourne and Adelaide International Festivals, MONA MOFO, TURA (Perth) and in Europe and China. In 2010 she represented South Australia at the World Expo in Shanghai. Gabriella has given numerous live and recorded broadcasts for ABC Classic FM.


Douglas Wells, Elder, Titjikala Community Representative

Lorna Wilson, Cultural Adviser and Interpreter, Yankuntjatjara, Pitjatjatjara languages

Professor Barry Judd, Professor, Indigenous Specialisation program, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies RMIT, Advisor, Research fields: Social impact of professional Australian Football on Indigenous Australia; explorations of Australian identity and the process of cultural interchange between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples; constructions of Australian citizenship and Australian nationalism; Aboriginal affairs policy and administration.