Conservatorium Board

The Conservatorium is partly funded by the Department of Education, and is overseen by a Board of Management, made up of parents and community members. Board positions include three executive positions (chair, secretary and treasurer), general Board members and a youth representative. The Board meets twice/term, or more often if required.  Board members are encouraged to join a sub-committee, which would also have regular meetings.  The sub-committees include Governance, Events and Finance. Every member of the Gunnedah Conservatorium is invited to submit their expression of interest for Board membership or to join the events committee. You don’t need to become a Board member to join the events committee. For more information contact the Chair or Director through the office 6742 3998 /   


Our Board Members


Ben Hennessy 
Ben is a local businessman, father of three and performing arts tragic. From an early age, the Gunnedah Eisteddfod was a yearly institution in the Hennessy household. Ben has fond memories delivering a prepared speech, ‘When I’m Prime Minister’ as a nine year old. While the job as PM seems to have eluded him, this blessed upbringing laid the foundation for a love of the performing arts, which has been pursued through roles in Chicago and Secret Bridesmaids Business. 



Lyn Pengilly (Deputy Chair)

Lyn has been a member of the Gunnedah community for 33 years, and has been a volunteer on committees for Non for Profit organisations for over 28 years. She is married to a farmer and has four boys, and is also a proud grandmother. (Art work titled ‘Nanna Lyn’ by Olive Pengilly)