NIDA CEO Liz Hughes today welcomed two recent executive appointments to NIDA – the National Institute of Dramatic, Australia’s leading performing arts educator and innovator.
Lorelle Yee has joined NIDA as Director of Partnerships and Engagement and Susan Kibukamusoke is NIDA’s new Director of People and Culture.
Liz Hughes said:
I am delighted that Susan and Lorelle have joined the team at NIDA, at a very exciting time in the organisations history. We have an ambitious few years ahead as we continue to unlock the power of performing arts across stage, screen, future media and beyond. Alongside the excellent group of educators and executives here, I am excited to see the difference both Lorelle and Susan will make at NIDA.
“Susan brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in people and culture to NIDA and will be integral to our firm commitment of building and maintaining an inclusive, agile and diverse culture across both staff and students. Her passion for collaborative working and value will be key to NIDA’s future development.
“I am thrilled to have someone of Lorelle’s calibre, experience and insight lead this important area at NIDA. We are in a partnership business, and I am looking forward to working with Lorelle to build more important and long-lasting relationships that support NIDA both on the national and the global stage, across the performing arts, business and creative industries.
Susan Kibukamusoke is a passionate advocate of shaping workplaces that celebrate diversity of thought and practice, culminating in innovative, positive, and high-performance cultures. She has over 20 years’ experience both in the UK and Australia delivering people-centred initiatives in learning and development, organisational change, inclusion and human resources. Starting her career in London, Susan has experience in a variety of business fields including, global communications, the arts and both state and federal government.
Before NIDA, Susan worked at the National Indigenous Australians Agency driving key projects as part of the HR leadership team. Prior to this, at the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, Susan was instrumental in a number of inclusion and diversity projects culminating in the implementation of an organisation-wide cultural change program, a first for the department. During her tenure at Sydney Opera House, Susan implemented leadership and employee experience programs resulting in the shift to culturally inclusive and high performing work environments.
Lorelle Yee is a marketing and communications professional with experience across engagement, partnerships, and collaboration. Inspired by the power of storytelling in connecting people and the role the performing arts industry plays in Australia’s cultural fabric, Lorelle joins NIDA with more than 25 years across a range of industries, including media and entertainment, commercial property, retail, cosmetics, and hospitality.
Prior to NIDA, Lorelle was Director, Member Engagement at Chief Executive Women. Within the media sector, Lorelle led marketing at the Australian Association of National Advertisers, and Screen Producers Australia. She also led the subscriber marketing team, and the Channel Integration team at Foxtel before being appointed Director Marketing and Communications for World Wrestling Entertainment’s first Australian and New Zealand office. She was also instrumental in launching the UKTV channel to Australian audiences.
Media and communications consultant Jamie Campbell, who has been recently overseeing partnerships and engagement will continue working with NIDA across a variety of areas including communications and alumni and industry engagement in a senior advisory capacity.