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Byram is a founder and Non-Executive Chairman of Mainstream Group. He is a business leader with more than 45 years of professional experience including 30 years as a management consultant. Prior to establishing Mainstream Group, he was the managing partner for international consulting firms and outsourcing organisations including Arthur Andersen, Andersen Consulting, AT Kearney, PA Consulting, The IQ Business Group and Financial BPO.
Byram was previously Chairman of ASX listed companies Greencap Ltd and Powerlan Ltd and is a former Chairman of ASIC’s Audit Committee. Byram holds a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He served as President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants from 1995 to1 996.
Byram was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2004 for service to Australian motor sport, to the community as a fundraiser, and to the accountancy profession. Byram brings a wealth of business knowledge to Porosus Pictures and is excited to serve as Chairman of the board.
Andrew is a senior leader in the cultural arts industry. For more than 40 years he has brought his extensive experience to the international classical music and contemporary performing arts sectors. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester UK.
His work includes executive direction associated with classical music ensembles and artists and their managements, leading concert halls and theatres, and associated programming. In other adjunctive and related fields he has and continues to direct ticketing, box office and food and beverage services and businesses. Andrew is active in taking the principal role in the negotiations and direction of international tours by such distinguished ensembles as the Berlin, London and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra’s as well as numerous headline theatrical and contemporary productions from the West End and USA.
Andrew’s wide-ranging executive level experience has been developed in delivering cultural services and productions in both public and private sectors within the local, national and international arenas both in Australia and the UK. He has a real-world understanding of the nuanced requirements and expectations related to funding and outcomes as they exist between government and public organisations and agencies.
As a Director of Porosus Pictures, he brings his extensive experience in music and media production. Andrew has produced many recordings within the classical and contemporary music fields and through his work in the production of classical radio and television programmes for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and commercial organisations and individuals
“There is no greater power on this earth than story”, so said author Libba Bray and as a lifelong storyteller Deborah wholeheartedly agrees. Deborah began her career as a young actor and then as a theatre director where she first discovered the joy of telling stories that had the power to move an audience and take them on a journey in an unexpected way.
During the 90’s, she worked as a producer and director for Company 2A at Belvoir Street Theatre, Surry Hills. The company produced eleven seasons during which Deborah directed everything from modern classics to the collaborative development of new work. One such critically acclaimed season was Women in Shorts - seven short plays culled from over 40 submissions by female playwrights. During this time, she also co-produced and was an active board member of the inaugural Pittwater Arts Festival.
More recently Deborah took a storytelling sidestep into the world of journalism, working as a features writer, theatre critic, and political columnist with News Ltd. “Holding an audience in thrall and taking them on an intellectual and emotional voyage through the pages of a human story is what inspires and motivates me,” Deborah said. “The medium through which I speak is almost incidental. What matters is telling the story in the most compelling way possible.”
After a chance meeting with screenwriter and director, Ren Thackham, Deborah has launched into yet another branch of storytelling, film production. “I feel so privileged to be part of Porosus Pictures going forward, I am sure this new collaboration with Porosus will see the culmination of my experience to date. My objective is to bring meaningful and entertaining stories to the company and to a wider audience, as I look forward to the journey continuing.”
dr susan bolt
Dr Sue Bolt has a successful and extensive career in Education, initially in the public and private
school sectors in Western Australia as a teacher, consultant, and manager, and subsequently in the
higher education sector in Australia, the UK and internationally. She holds two higher degrees by
research (a Master of Education and a PhD) and has a track record of publications and awards. In
2015, Dr Bolt won an Australian Government Endeavour Fellowship and was awarded a Principal
Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (PFHEA).
Since 2017 Dr Bolt has worked in the UK as Head of Academic Development at the University of Liverpool, where she leads a team of Senior Academic Developers to deliver and quality assure programmes accredited by Advance HE, Masters Level programmes, the Pedagogical Research Conference, and the Developing Academic Practice Journal. Dr Bolt has worked with national and international partners to successfully complete collaborative funded projects, supervise doctoral students, and establish an accredited programme for a global market through Liverpool Online.
Sue has a passion for Culture and the Arts, demonstrated through her longstanding professional and personal experiences. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to Porosus Pictures, in project management, research and development, quality assurance and enhancement, and the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse stakeholders across sectors and beyond borders.
For over 30 years, Risto has run successful businesses in high voltage power line maintenance and the construction industry keeping essential infrastructure and services operating after floods, cyclones, and civil unrest. For the past 12 years he has provided essential services in remote Northern Territory and currently holds contracts for construction and maintenance of power distribution in 40 remote communities, providing essential service operators to 10 of those communities.
Risto is experienced working with a broad range of stakeholders including the Australian Federal Government, British Government Agencies, United Nations, NGOs, as well as local Territory Government and private developers in both consulting and restoration of services roles.
Risto was recognised by Prime Minister John Howard and the Australian Government personally thanked by Former Governor-General Peter Cosgrove for his services including the restoration of power of schools in East Timor. Risto’s experience in team management in dynamic high-stakes environments brings a valuable perspective to Porosus Pictures.
Danny comes from a background in commerse and marketing, finding audiences for some of the most prestigious performing arts venues in Westurn Australia. As Marketing Coordinator for AEG Ogden Perth he coordinated the marketing activities across the Perth Theatre Trust Venues: His Majesty’s Theatre, Perth Concert Hall, Subiaco Arts Centre, State Theatre Centre, and Albany Entertainment Centre.
While studying business in New York he represented the American Marketing Association to win the State University of New York, New Paltz, Annual Business Plan Contest 2007. As a result he accepted a role implementing this plan at The Business Institute whilst leading a team of market researchers. Returning to Perth Danny obtained his Bachelor of Commerce with Honours at Curtin University with his thesis work on Consumer Skepticism being published in the Twentieth Annual World Business Congress Poznań, Poland conference proceedings. As a Sessional Academic he taught business strategy to final year Curtin Commerce Capstone students.
Keen to get back to his creative roots and apply his skills to film, he completed a Diploma of Screen and Media at New York Film Academy. He produced a number of successful and ambitious short films some of which secured airline and TenPlay distribution before starting Porosus Pictures with his business partners in 2019.
Ren's background is in marketing, her tertiary qualifications led to a career marketing large scale events and expos in Sydney before pursuing opportunities in London’s live comedy festivals and venues. There she spent 9 years immersed in the worlds best live comedy and magic and picked up some tricks along the way. Working on a comedy TV pilot opened her eyes to filmmaking and she studied at Raindance Film School while working nights as a close up card magician.
Returning to Australia she completed her studies at New York Film Academy Sydney, showing her ambition early with a graduation thesis that involved horses, guns, prosthetics, stunts, corporate sponsorships, a huge crocodile, and a mind mending narrative that won her Best Film, presented at Event Cinemas, George Street. Since then she’s gone onto win dozens of awards and honed her craft with several shorts, as well as commercials and VR content for clients and agencies.
Ren is an established award winning artist, her sculpture series 'Second Coat' toured galleries in Sydney and London before winning Second Prize at the prestigious Barcelona International Art Prize featuring 120 artists from over 50 countries.
Ren is the writer/director of our first production Ridgy Didge and with all the success she’s had already we’re confident she’s set to make a spectacular debut.