our board

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dr meg hooper

president and founder

Director and Principal Consulting Psychologist 
Carousel Consulting


Dr Meg Hooper used her professional experience and love of the circus arts to start Circus Ipswich in 2017. She is also responsible for the development of the Umbrella Circus program and its benefits for young people in the program.

She is a Psychologist with a PhD in Organisational Psychology and nearly twenty years’ experience in senior internal and external consulting roles. Meg runs a consulting practice where she and her team manage organisational change projects of all sizes for their clients.

Meg is an Ipswich local, passionate about her city and the role education, belonging and community play in its development. Her vision is to see circus education as a learning and performance option for all young people in her city.

Other appointments:
Trustee, Ipswich Grammar School

catherine adcock


 Business Owner
Adcock Grants
BBus(Public Relations) QUT. PGCertPublic Sector Management. Leeds Beckett University, Quicksmart Certified Literacy Tutor, UNSW 


Committed to regional Queenslanders and the development of young people Cath works with growers and agribusinesses that are leading change in their industry, and community.

An experienced project manager and grant writer Cath’s employment history spans Rottnest Island Authority, The Tim Fairfax Family Foundation, and consultant to Kalfresh, a leading farming, packing, and marketing company.
More recently Cath founded Adcock Grants to nurture urban and rural connections with funding that supports regional Queensland.
When not providing literacy support to high school students and raising a young family, Cath runs a small Hay Farm with her Husband in the Scenic Rim.

dominic matthews


Systems Administrator 
Queensland Building and Construction Commission 


Dom has spent his working life in the IT industry.

Dom is a circus and dance Dad and sees first-hand the positive impact of circus, dance and the performing arts on the lives and wellbeing of his daughters.

Dom is an Ipswich local and is handy when a trailer needs to be reversed!

jodie jurgs

board director

 Head of The Arts
Ipswich Girls Grammar School


Jodie is a strong advocate for the value of the Arts and the establishing a community of individual celebration.
As an Educator, she works to embrace the artist in all students and foster industry pathways to future success. This includes a strong focus on the 21st century skills that will prepare young people for the future workforce.
In 2019, Jodie was recognised on The Educator’s Hot List for her Arts Innovation and community-based projects that raise awareness of political and social issues within the Ipswich Community. Working closely with the Domestic Violence Action Centre, she aims to use the Arts as a means to challenge, empower and unite participants.

As a board member, Jodie is eager to apply her knowledge of the educational context to develop programs and communities that facilitate growth and connection both within student artists and across the Ipswich Region.

daniel dunlop

board director

Freelance Arts and
Creative Industries Specialist  
MFA(CulturalLeadership) NIDA, MACreativeIndustriesMgt QUT, BCI(Drama) QUT, BEd QUTDipBus(Gov)


Daniel is an arts, events and entertainment specialist, with a passion for innovation, creativity and excellence. With a practice in live performance he has worked across all areas of the creative and cultural industries.

Previously he has held roles for Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, Sydney Opera House, National Institute of Dramatic Art, Australia Council for the Arts, Brisbane Festival, Lunchbox Theatricals and Queensland Performing Arts Centre, and has toured with national productions of Wicked, Jersey Boys and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Daniel has experience in operations, governance, strategic planning, company and tour management, programming, corporate development, research, venue and audience experience, marketing, finance, safety and risk administration and arts business sustainability.

As an educator and Teaching Artist, Daniel has taught, facilitated and produced programs in schools, universities, theatre companies and arts organisations, and is a champion for creative learning in the development of all young people.

Other appointments:
Peer Assessor, Arts Queensland
Fellow, Institute of Community Directors Aust
Board Member, Backbone Youth Arts

Grateful thanks are extended to previous Circus Ipswich Inc Management Committee members: 

Belinda Bond (2017–2018), Mel Hooper (2017–2018), Russ Hooper (2017–2018), Imelda Miller (Treasurer 2017–2018), Natasha Hinrichsen (2017–2019), Carmen Stevenson (2017–2019), Veronica Witham (Secretary 2017–2019), Jacqueline Keller (Treasurer 2019–2020, Secretary 2020), Rebecca Lewis (2019–2020), David Paterson (2020).