About Us / The Board
Our visionary Board of Directors bring a wide range of invaluable expertise and leadership to the Festival. Find out more about each of them below.
David Briskin was appointed Chairman of the Board in August 2017. He has been a Director of MFF since August 2012.
David has extensive experience in retail, finance and investment as a Director of a number of renowned Australian fashion brands over 20 years. David was Chief Executive Officer and shareholder in the iconic luxury fashion brand sass & bide from 2008 to 2014 before selling the business to Myer.
Prior to that, he was Managing Director and shareholder in leading accessories retailer Mimco from 1999 until its sale to Gresham Private Equity in 2007. In February 2014, David became a shareholder in and Director of M.J. Bale, one of Australia’s leading designer menswear brands.
In 2014 David founded Briskin Investments and Advisory which provides strategic advice to a number of domestic and international brands. David has been a guest lecturer at the Monash University, Melbourne University and RMIT.
Tony Kendall has been a Director of MFF since May 2010.
Tony is a consultant in Sales and Marketing, most recently he was Chief Revenue Officer of APN News & Media. He previously held at its subsidiary company the position of CEO of Australian Radio Network, operator of commercial radio networks KIIS and Pure Gold.
Tony was Director of Sales at Bauer Media Group. Tony’s appointment to Bauer in 2013 followed a 23-year career at News Limited where he held a number of senior positions including Group Advertising Sales Director at News Limited, Chief Executive Officer at News Magazines and a stint overseas as Senior VP, Sales for the New York Post.
Tony’s connections and understanding of the advertising and marketing industry in Australia is second to none.
Paul Lappin has been a Director of MFF since October 2015.
Paul is an experienced Company Director and Chairman, leading companies across a diverse range of sectors including hospitality, retail and bio-technology.
Paul is a qualified chartered accountant, having worked for Price Waterhouse Coopers for 10 years and ran his own boutique advisory company, including lecturing in strategic planning at Melbourne University.
Paul is a co-owner and past Chairman of Peter Rowland Catering.
Paul’s present Board roles include the Australian Grand Prix Corp, the Australian P.G.A and Nico.Lab, an International AI company. Paul is also Chairman UCI Pty Ltd, a national commercial furniture company headquartered in Melbourne.
Launa Inman has been a Director of MFF since May 2010.
Launa is on the board of Precinct Properties NZ Pty Ltd and the advisory boards of Winnings Appliances, Appliances Online and Porter Davis Pty Ltd. Launa also sits on the board of the Not For Profit Organisation, The Alannah and Madeline Foundation (an organisation for helping abused children and preventing cyber bullying).
Launa has strong business skills in large corporations, experienced in multi-brand wholesale and retail, e-commerce, strategic planning, marketing, and corporate restructuring & has worked internationally. Launa was Managing Director for seven years to end 2011 of Target Australia, the largest Australian retailer of apparel, homewares and general merchandise, finishing with an annual turnover of A$3.9 billion, EBIT of A$281 million and 294 stores.
Launa was also Managing Director of Officeworks and CEO and Managing Director of Billabong International, one of only six Woman CEOs in the ASX 200. In recognition of her contribution to business Launa was awarded Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year in 2003.
In 2015 the Australian Marketing Institute award her the prestigious Sir Charles McGrath Award for her significant contribution to the field of marketing and wider industry achievements.
Janice Breen Burns has been a Director of MFF since August 2013. Veteran journalist Janice is editor of Voxfrock, the fashion and pop culture blogzine she founded in 2013. Janice also undertakes freelance journalism projects, writing masterclasses, and public fashion presentations.
For 19 years Janice was a renowned columnist, features writer, news reporter and fashion editor for Melbourne’s The Age newspaper as it evolved from a traditional print to a multi-platform news source. In the 1980s, Janice was features writer and fashion editor for The Sun (now The Herald Sun) and women’s editor of The Geelong Advertiser.
Janice was a founding member of the Victorian Government’s committee to address the impact of media on body image. In 2011, Janice was inducted into the Stonnington Fashion Hall of Fame.
Oliver Carton was appointed as Company Secretary in February 2015. He is a member of the Audit and Marketing & Ticketing Committees.
Oliver is a qualified lawyer with over 28-years’ experience in a variety of corporate roles. Oliver currently runs his own consulting business and was previously a Director of the Chartered Accounting firm KPMG where he managed its Corporate Secretarial Group. Prior to that, Oliver was a senior legal officer with ASIC.
Oliver is an experienced company officer and is currently Director/Company Secretary of a number of listed and unlisted companies, including Pental Limited, Transport Certification Australia Limited and Cremorne Capital Limited.
Oliver also is a Board member for a number of not for profit entities including Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Pty Ltd and The Good Foundation Pty Ltd.
For over 20 years, Kallie has applied her experience and enthusiasm to the social sector through her work with international philanthropic and not-for-profit organisations. Her previous work includes roles at: Skoll Foundation (United States), Very Special Kids (Australia), The United Nations Development Programme (India) and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (Australia).
In 2015, Kallie commenced as the Director of MGA (Monash Gallery of Art) which is the Australian home of photography. In this role she looked after the gallery’s significant collection, yearly exhibitions, public and school programs, customer service and financial sustainability. In early 2018, she became Chair of MGA’s Foundation.
Kallie is also a Trustee of St Vincent’s Institute and a member of the National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association.
Kellie Hush has been a board director since 2018 and is an experienced fashion industry leader with expertise in media, social media, digital media, publicity, marketing and retail.
Kellie was the editor-in-chief of Harper’s BAZAAR from 2013-2018 and a former editor of GRAZIA and Fashion Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.
She is co-founder of the Australian Fashion Council where she was co-chair until 2017. She also founded BAZAAR in Bloom, a major fashion charity event for the Royal Hospital for Women. She is also a new Trustee of the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences where she is working on a new home for its extensive fashion collection.
With over two decades in fashion media Kellie has developed incredibly strong relationships with Australian fashion designers and retailers as well as contacts globally in fashion and media.
Kellie launched the retail brand The Way in 2018 and is now a consultant working with Australian and International fashion brands and technology companies.
Lisa Egan was appointed to the Board in January 2019. Lisa is a lawyer with 20 year’s experience, with particular expertise in issues impacting the fashion industry. She is the Group General Counsel of Australian owned global brand KOOKAI, where she brings a commercial and pragmatic approach to managing the legal needs of the business and has responsibility for risk management and compliance. She also leads the ethics and sustainability initiatives of the business and provides legal and compliance support to Katalyst, a charity founded by KOOKAI’s owners.
Prior to joining KOOKAI, Lisa was a partner at global law firm K&L Gates, where she specialized in intellectual property law and led the firm’s Fashion Group practice.
She is also the Chair of the Essendon Women’s Network, a coterie group of the Essendon Football Club.
Lisa is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Association of Corporate Counsel. She has been a member of MFF’s Audit & Risk Committee since 2014.
Karson Stimson was appointed to the Board in January 2019.
With 20+ year’s experience in digital, Karson Stimson is one of Australia’s key industry players with expertise in helping business and brands connect and trade with the modern consumer through strategy, technology and design.
After 11 years as a director of Spin Communications, Karson founded WeAreDigital in 2009 which quickly became, and continues to be recognized as a top-tier strategic consultancy specializing in digital commerce, digital transformation, online and omni-channel retailing and customer engagement.
Karson is a well-respected public speaker and leading voice in digital and customer-centric digital and retail strategies.