The Board

The Teneriffe Festival Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation managed by a group of volunteer professionals. The day is made possible thanks to the efforts of the management board who give up their time before, during and after the event. This year’s board brings together experience, creativity and dedication to build what has been termed one of brisbane’e most significant community festivals. The board not only organises the event itself but also sponsorship, publicity and marketing in the lead up to the Teneriffe Festival.

Michael Wilkins – Chairman

Working together with local businesses and the community it so rewarding to see everyone coming together at the Teneriffe Festival. Its really great to see all the families and locals come down every year and this really makes the Teneriffe Festival what it is today.

My family really enjoys the eclectic mix of food stalls and my eldest daughter Misha always seems to find something new from the stalls that she just must have.

Kyley Matheson – Treasurer

The Teneriffe Festival has a strong sense of community and brings the suburb’s cultural diversity to life. It is an honour to be the Treasurer and part of this unique celebration that brings everyone together.

I know from my own experiences how enjoyable and inclusive this event is for everyone of all backgrounds and ages and as an accountant working in the Fortitude Valley precinct, I am delighted to give back to my community through this role.

Mic Uebergang – Board Member

Having worked and lived in the local Teneriffe area for many years it has provided me with a huge understanding of what is happening within the broader community, local business and most importantly, our local residents.

I like the fact that the Teneriffe Festival acknowledges and respects our local history whilst developing forward-thinking ideas to highlight all that is unique and amazing about our community. Each year I enjoy making a substantial contribution to the Teneriffe Festival and watch it grow.

My favourite thing to do at the festival is to people-watch at the various pop-up bars. The sheer volume of festival-goers that come through the gates on a cracking winter’s day is incredible. My second favourite thing to do is sampling different food from a variety of leading local and Brisbane restaurants, all on one strip of Teneriffe.

Ross Garnett – Board Member

I have been privileged to be a board member of the Festival since its inception. This gives me the opportunity to participate in the community where I have lived all of my life. My particular focus on the Board is to contribute to the culture of the Festival through accentuating history. My aim is to involve other historical groups and showcase their areas of expert knowledge and their historical artefacts to keep the history of this very old part of Brisbane alive in the 21st Century.

On the day of the Festival I enjoy meeting people with a connection to the peninsula who want to know more about the history of the area and are keen to share their own oral history. For a couple of years the New Farm and Districts Historical Society has shown a film of a 1958 tram ride from South Brisbane to New Farm. What a delight it is to hear the comments of folk as they are reminded of how things were in 1958!

Matt Trewhella – Board Member

I currently work for a branding agency in the local area and have lived in Teneriffe area for 7 years since moving from Melbourne.

I am excited to join the Festival Team to help grow this wonderful community event and maintain it’s status as one of the best street festivals in Australia.

Giving back to the community and meeting so many people who make Teneriffe the special suburb it is today was what inspired me to join the Team and also the opportunity to work with high quality people involved in the Board who are so passionate about the event.

Ben Wieland – Board Member

It is a great privilege to sit on the board of the Teneriffe Festival and give back to the community in which I live. My family has been a part of the Teneriffe community for over 100 years and it gives me immense satisfaction that I can give back to the community in a meaningful way.

On the day of the festival I love to explore all the market stalls with my family. It’s something that we look forward to every year. It’s great to see so many non-residents coming to the festival and enjoying the suburb and community of Teneriffe as much as we do.

I have a vocation for history and I enjoy working towards the longevity of the festival ensuring that it lives on long after me.

In my day-to-day role, I’m a Partner at EGU.

Murray Sutherland – Event Director

As a brand strategist and the event director, I have a really unique view of the festival. I love how we plan for months to achieve the perfect format and then on the day, I get to see all the different precincts, acts and events come together, to present a really amazing day.

This particular event is really important to me. I’ve lived or worked in Teneriffe for more than 16 years and I’m proud to be part of one of Brisbane’s biggest community events that is staged right in our own backyard.

Cr Vicki Howard – Councillor for Central Ward

I look forward to the Teneriffe Festival every year because there is always a surprise around every corner – from Squatters with Sheep to guys dressed as Bo-Peep – this is the local event for ‘ewe’ to be at on the first Saturday of every July.

Grace Grace MP – Member for McConnel

I have worked with local community organisations in my electorate including P&Cs, the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre, Teneriffe Progress Association, Queensland Aids Council (QuAC), Fortitude Valley Chamber of Commerce and many others.

I’ve been a foundation member of the Teneriffe Festival Planning Committee and always enjoy being part of a very successful local community event.

Matthew Rouse – Legal Counsel

I feel privileged to have been involved with such a vibrant and passionate group of people from the inception of the Festival’s Board. Just like me, all of them live and breathe Teneriffe.

While I love the Festival in its entirety, one of my favourite things to do on the day is wander the food stalls and have a cold beverage or two as the sun goes down on another perfect winter’s day in Teneriffe.