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, FAICD (Chair, Soundstream)
  • Former Senator for South Australia.
  • Former Federal Minister for Science, Small Business and Customs.
  • Former Chairman of the South Australian Craft Association
  • Former member Adelaide University Council
  • Presently Company Director and Consultant
  • Has lived in South Australia since 1963
  • Attended Wattle Park Teachers’ College and Adelaide University.
Dr Nayia Cominos PhD MA
Dr Nayia Cominos PHD MA is a researcher, educator and consultant in communication, language teaching, and linguistics specialised in clinicial communication, medical discourse, Indigenous education, CALD, and academic literacy. She has worked extensively in senior management in education, marketing, and merchant banking, in Australia and France. Currently, she is a Senior Lecturer in Health Professions Education at the prestigious Prideaux Centre, Flinders University. She is a longstanding advocate of the arts, in particular new music, and has been a member of the Soundstream Board since 2009.
Jim Hunwick, LLB
Jim Hunwick is a finance lawyer and is a partner at international firm Pinsent Masons, based in Sydney.  He has governance experience, having occupied management positions in law firms for an extended period. 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.
Dr 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.
Simon Ridely
Professionally, Simon commenced practicing law as associate to Supreme Court Justice Nyland in 2008. He then worked in general private practice for about ten years in a variety of jurisdictions, specializing in civil litigation working on both local, interstate and international matters. He now works as a prosecutor for the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, prosecuting offences in the heavy vehicle industry.
Musically, Simon has played in many bands over many years. He has recorded albums, played regular gigs and toured nationally and internationally.
Nicholas Peters
Nicholas is a chartered accountant, and accomplished pianist.


Lorna Wilson, Cultural Adviser and Interpreter, Yankuntjatjara, Pitjatjatjara languages
Professor Barry Judd, Professor/Director Australian Indigenous Studies
Culture and Communication
 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. 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.