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Federal Board Directors



The AMEB Ltd Board of Directors is made up six state representatives.  


Mike Tyler (Chair, QLD), Prof Anna Reid (NSW), Graeme Gilling (NSW), Prof Jennie Shaw (SA & NT), Dr Andrew Legg (TAS) and Professor Ian Holtham (VIC).






Mike Tyler, Chair, DipT(Music), Principal Education Officer, State Schools Performance, Department of Education and Training, Queensland.


Mike Tyler has extensive experience in music and arts education, music performance and arts business and is currently the Queensland Education Department’s Principal Education Officer responsible for the Arts.


From 1985 – 1998 Mike lectured part-time at the University of Queensland. In 2005 he was appointed by the Minister for Education as chair of the Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Queensland Advisory Committee and as a Federal Director of AMEB Ltd. He held the positions of Deputy Chair of the Board in 2006 and from 2010 to 2012 and Chair from 2007 to 2009 and 2013 – present. Mike is also an AMEB examiner.


In 2017, Mike was made the fourth ever patron of the internationally renowned Maryborough Music Conference and was awarded the International Award for his contribution to instrumental music education at the Midwest Clinic International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago.


New South Wales


Anna Reid

Professor Anna Reid, BMus (perf), M.Ed.Admin (UNE), Ph.D. (UTS). Dean, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney.


Anna Reid’s active career as a researcher in higher education theory and practice, and associated work as an academic developer began at UTS (1996-1999) and Macquarie University (2000-2009) where she gained expertise in tertiary policy and practice.


A tertiary educator her entire career, her first role was director of music for Wesley Institute (1988-1994), when she composed “With Heads Held High” for the opening of Parliament House in Canberra. Her interest in higher education leadership developed during that time, and she gained a Master of Educational Administration from the University of New England. For her PhD on music in higher education, she explored variations in the ways that instrumental and vocal students and teachers learn and teach.


She also has a large group of research students whose interests lie in music pedagogy, the social impact of music, creativity in theory and practice, and in performance as research. She still teaches a graduate research seminar. Professor Reid is also a cellist and viola da gamba player.


Western Australia


Graeme Gilling


Graeme Gilling, MusM(WA), BMus(Hons)(Cant), LRSM, Head of Keyboard Studies and Head of Performance Studies, School of Music, University of Western Australia.


Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Graeme studied the piano and composition at the University of Canterbury, completing a Bachelor of Music with Honours in Composition.

In 1983, he came to Western Australia to pursue postgraduate studies in collaborative piano with Professor Roger Smalley at the University of Western Australia. After completing his Masters Degree in 1985, Graeme free-lanced as a soloist, recitalist and teacher, with WA Opera, WA Arts Orchestra and WA Ballet, as well as with many distinguished international artists such as Gerald English, Raphael Wallfisch, Bonita Boyd, Michel Debost, Jane Rutter, Gordon Hunt, Sara MacLiver and Caitlin Hulcup.

Throughout his time in Perth, Graeme has maintained a keen interest in teaching and as part of this interest, became an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board in 1986. Graeme was appointed to the staff of the School of Music at the University of Western Australia in 1995 and became Head of Keyboard Studies there at the beginning of 1998, whilst continuing to perform, teach, examine and adjudicate regularly.


He was appointment as State Chair AMEB (WA) in 2008, as well as WA Director on the AMEB Federal Board, co-chairs the WA Piano Pedagogy Conference.


South Australia and Northern Territory


Jennie Shaw


Professor Jennie Shaw, Deputy Chair, BA(Hons), LLB(Hons) Syd, MA PhD Stony Brook. Executive Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Adelaide.


Professor Jennie Shaw is Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Adelaide where she oversees the Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences and Education, the Elder Conservatorium of Music and several university research centres.


Jennie has a BA Honours (First Class and Medal) and LLB (First Class) from the University of Sydney and an MA and PhD from Stony Brook University. Her research and teaching interests cross the arts and humanities broadly, with a particular focus on the Second Viennese School and on creative practice as research. Recent publications include Music’s Immanent Future: The Deleuzian Turn in Music Studies  (Routledge 2016).  


An active oboe and cor anglais performer, Jennie also currently sits on the advisory boards of the Helpmann Academy (SA) and the Australian Music Examinations Board (SA & NT), is a Trustee of AMF (Australia), and Deputy Chair of the federal AMEB board.




Andrew Legg


Dr Andrew Legg, PhD(Tas), BMus(Tas), TTC, Head, Conservatorium of Music, Associate Professor, Deputy Head, Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania.


Legg was born in Hobart in 1964, trained as a classical pianist, composer and educator but is best known for his work as a powerhouse gospel and soul pianist. He has an enviable and well-established international reputation as pianist, arranger and writer, performing with some of the most respected gospel choirs and artists in the USA. Legg’s long-standing relationship with multi Grammy award winning gospel artists Myron Butler and Khristian led to the formation of a songwriting and production team that has produced two award-winning albums. The trio also formed the team that has underpinned the incredibly successful gospel workshops in the internationally acclaimed Festival of Voices.


Legg has also written 15 specifically commissioned works for orchestra and film, including Let Freedom Ring for Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and is a past ‘feature artist’ for the Gospel Music Workshop of America.


Associate Professor Legg is the former Director of the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, and is currently the Director of Music, Community and Industry Partnerships @ the Hedberg, for the University of Tasmania.





Professor Ian Holtham, BA(Hons), DipEd PhD (Melb), BMus (Hons) (Durham), Hon FMusA, FTCL, ARCM, LRAM, LGSM


Professor Ian Holtham is the most senior member of the performance staff of the Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne, where he has taught for more than thirty years. He has led the piano area of the University since the late 1990s and is one of the most distinguished and highly regarded pianists and pedagogues in Australia and beyond. In the University of Melbourne, he has held a wide range of senior posts including Associate Dean and Head of Performance. He also served for a time as the Head of Studies at the Australian National Academy of Music.


Ian Holtham has performed throughout Europe, Asia and Australia and has broadcast regularly with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation since the late seventies. His discography is particularly distinguished, consisting currently of 17 solo CDs which include the complete Well Tempered Clavier, the last three Beethoven sonatas as well as the complete Etudes, Preludes, Ballades, Scherzi and Impromptus of Chopin – and major repertoire from many other composers. His CDs of Australian compositions include a wide range of works which twelve major Australian composers wrote specifically for him.  He has written widely on Music in a variety of international journals, and was piano adviser and contributor to the Oxford Companion to Australian Music.  Ian Holtham has been a Steinway Artist for many years, and in the late 1990s established the Melbourne Conservatorium as the only institution of higher musical training in the Southern Hemisphere which was gazetted as a Steinway School.


Professor Holtham has served many roles within the AMEB over a long period. He was the Chair of the Australian Music Examinations Board in Victoria for over a decade at the beginning of the century, and he has returned to that role in 2021.  He has also been the Chair of the national AMEB piano syllabus on multiple occasions, and has served five terms as the Federal Chair of the AMEB. In 2018 the Board conferred its highest honour on him, the Honorary Fellowship in Music.