APRA Board

The APRA Board comprises twelve Directors. Of these, six are representatives of publisher members elected by the votes of all publisher members and six are writer members elected by the votes of all writer members; of these latter, five are elected by the Australian writers and one by the New Zealand writers. One-third of the Directors retire by rotation each year but, if eligible, may seek re-election.

Jenny Morris OAM - Chair

Non-executive Writer Director since 1995. Current Chair of the Board.

A writer member of APRA since 1983. Jenny has been a music writer, performer and recording artist since 1980 with three top 5 and four top 20 singles in Australia and similar success in New Zealand. Jenny has recorded nine albums gaining gold, platinum and multi platinum status in the process and won back to back ARIA awards for best female vocalist. 

Mike Perjanik

Non-executive Writer Director since 1985. A writer member of APRA since 1970.

Extensive background in the music industry as a record producer and songwriter and as a composer of contemporary music for television, advertising and film.

Managing Director of music production company Mike Perjanik Productions Pty Ltd, currently producing original music for the TV series Home and Away.

Robert Aird

Non-executive Publisher Director since 1989.

Robert is Managing Director of Universal Music Publishing Pty Limited, Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Ltd, Universal/MCA Publishing Pty Limited, Essex Music of Australia Pty Limited and Cromwell Music of Australia Pty Limited.

He is also a Director and past Chairman of the Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited and a Director of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited.

He previously held a management position at Polygram Records and was Managing Director of Rondor Music (Australia) Pty Ltd when it was an independent company.

David Albert

Non-executive Publisher Director since 2010

David is the CEO of the Albert Group of Companies which includes J.Albert & Son, the music and entertainment business founded in 1885 by Great Great Grandfather Jacques Albert. David is the fifth generation Albert to work in the family business. David holds an MBA from the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, a Masters in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts and is the co-chair of Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy Australia and is a Director of Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited and the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited.

Matthew Capper

Non-executive Publisher Director since 2007

Matthew is the Managing Director of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd. He is also a Director of Chappell & Co (Australia) Pty Ltd, Wallaby Music Pty Ltd, Warner/Chappell Pty Ltd, the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited, and is a Director and Deputy Chair of the Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited.

Ian James

Non-executive Publisher Director since 1991 and current Deputy Chairman of the Board.

Ian has been the Managing Director of Mushroom Music Pty Limited since 1986. He is also the Chairman of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited and a Director of the Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited.

Ian has a Bachelor of Commerce (Applied Psychology) from the University of New South Wales and was employed by the Australasian Performing Right Association Limited from 1976 to 1986 in several management positions

Eric McCusker

Non-executive Writer Director since 1990.

Eric is a songwriter/guitarist who has been involved in the Music Industry for over 40 years, notably with the band Mondo Rock for whom he wrote 7 Top 40 songs and won Songwriter of the Year, Album of the Year and the APRA Award. Among his songs are Come Said The Boy, State of the Heart, Chemistry and Summer of ’81. He has had songs covered by Paul Rodgers, Rick Springfield, Tex Perkins and John Farnham who included Eric’s song No-one Comes Close on the multi-platinum Whispering Jack. 

Eric’s songs have charted in the Top 40 in the USA, Germany and Japan. This year saw a world premiere performance of his new musical AVA (at the end of the world) and also saw him teach Monash University’s first ever course in Songwriting.

Don McGlashan

Non-executive Writer Director since 2010

Don has been a full-time songwriter, performer, and composer for over 30 years. He has won the Silver Scroll twice: in 1994 for Anchor Me and in 2006 for Bathe In The River. With his various bands, Blam Blam Blam , The Front Lawn, The Mutton Birds and recent solo work, he has had 5 top ten albums, 6 top 5 singles (including one No. 1, The Heater) and received 7 Tui awards, (including, in 1993, Best Band, Best Single and Best Album with the Mutton Birds). There are 5 of Don’s songs in APRA’s 100 best songs of all time.

He also has an enduring involvement in music for film, TV and advertising throughout his career: scoring 10 feature films, including Jane Campion’s An Angel At My Table, and Toa Fraser’s No. 2 (which won best film score at the NZ Film & TV Awards 2006); five TV series, including the long-running drama Street Legal, (which won the TV score award at the same event in 2003), and This Is Not My Life, TV1’s top drama show in 2010; and has written and produced music for many long-running TV ad campaigns, including NZPOST, Pam’s Foods, New World Supermarkets and Whittaker’s Chocolates.

Don has a long history of serving on Creative NZ committees across the fields of music, theatre and education, and he was one of the founders of Auckland’s Watershed Theatre, being heavily engaged in the set-up and running of that venue through the early nineties.

Chris Neal

Non-executive Writer Director since 2000. Writer member of APRA since 1972.

A songwriter and screen composer with feature film and TV drama credits spanning 35 years and including such titles as Turtle Beach, Bodyline, Farscape, GP, Emerald City and The Shiralee.

A founding member and past president of the Australian Guild of Screen Composers. Representative for the interests of composer colleagues since 1987. A member of the film industry lobby group informing the Broadcasting Tribunal drafting of Standard TPS 14 which guaranteed the place of Australian music in local content regulation for commercial television.

Damian Trotter

Non-executive Publisher Director since 2000.

Damian is the Managing Director of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and a Director and former Chairperson of the Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited and the Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited.

After joining CBS Records in 1981, he held various positions including Local Artist Marketing Manager and National Promotions Manager. In 1990 he was appointed General Manager East West Records before returning to Sony in 1991 to take up his current position.

Following the merger of Sony/ATV Music Publishing with EMI Music Publishing in 2012, Damian was appointed Managing Director of both companies. 

Philip Walker

Non-executive Director since 2000

Philip is Chairman of Origin Music Group, Chairman of the Sago Group. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Technology in 1980. Philip is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Member of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Member of the Australian Institute of Management. He has previously served as a Director and Honorary Treasurer of the Craft Council of New South Wales. He was in practice as a Chartered Accountant, Auditor and Tax Agent from 1980 – 1998. He is currently a director of AMCOS, the Australasian Music Publishers Association Limited and the Foundation for Life Sciences a charity doing research and treatment in the area of youth mental health.

Nigel Westlake

Non-executive Writer Director since 2008

Nigel's career, spanning over three decades, began as a clarinettist touring Australia and the world with many ensembles. He began composing from 1980, receiving offers to write for radio, theatre, circus, TV and film. His film credits include Miss Potter, Babe, Children of the Revolution and the IMAX films Antarctica and Imagine. He writes extensively for the concert hall, receiving commissions to write for orchestras, ensembles and soloists. Nigel has received many awards including 14 AGSC / APRA awards, across both classical and screen categories, and the Gold Medal for "Best Original Music" at the New York International Radio Festival.

Jonathan Carter

Company Secretary since 2010

Jonathan Carter is General Counsel of the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society (APRA|AMCOS), managing the legal affairs of both organisations.

After being admitted to practise in 2001, Jonathan was appointed associate to the Honourable Justice Heerey of the Federal Court of Australia, who at that time was Chair of the Court's intellectual property law panel. Jonathan also worked in the intellectual property group of national law firm Allens Arthur Robinson, before taking in-house legal and management roles at Sony Music Entertainment Australia and then EMI Music Australia.

Jonathan has degrees in arts and law with double first class honours from the University of Sydney.