Our People

Phillipa Edwards


 Skunkworks Director

Phillipa is one of Australia's preeminent ensemble conductors. She studied trumpet at the Victorian College of the Arts and has enjoyed the teaching of brass luminaries Gordon Webb, Mark Summerbell and Rob Smithies. She has studied conducting with Professor David King and Steve Bastable (UK) as well as Dr Barry Bignell and Brett Kelly. 

Jamie Lawson


 Skunkworks Director

One of Australia's foremost musicians, Jamie studied at Melbourne University and  Salford University (UK) where he holds a Bachelor of Performance. His busy performance schedule sees him regularly travel to perform as a guest artist throughout Australia and NZ. Jamie is a Geneva Instruments performance artist.

Colin Harrison


 Skunkworks Director 

Colin has over 30 years experience in project management and business management with responsibility for projects both in Australia and overseas. In 2018 he developed and project managed the Armistice Centenary Tour to France, Belgium and the UK by the Footscray-Yarraville City Band. 

Bill Farr


 Creative Consultant


Bill has had 40 years of experience in the publishing industry as designer, illustrator and art director. After a stint in advertising, he worked for Penguin Books, Time Inc and Fairfax Media. As Art Director at The Age from 1994 to 2012, he oversaw several redesigns, won two Walkley Awards and three Melbourne Press Club Quill Awards. He was also an occasional contributor to The Age as a writer. He now brings these skills – and a love of the performing arts – to SkunkWorks.

Margaret Haggart


 Skunkworks Advisory Director

Margaret Haggart studied with Antonio Moretti-Pananti, gaining amateur performance experience with Victorian Opera Co., which became Victoria State Opera.

In 1972 her professional career began in the UK, with Welsh National Opera, singing Queen of Night & Gilda (Rigoletto).  

Principal roles followed with ENO, Scottish Op., Opera North, English Music Theatre, R.Albert Hall Prom Concerts & BBC Radio & TV.  She performed with Nancy Opera & the Orange Festival in France, and Santiago Opera in Chile. 

Home in Melbourne from 1984, she appeared with VSO, all State Companies, Opera Australia, most major Festivals, most Symphony Orchestras, and ABC simulcasts locally, and worked in NZ., Italy, Singapore & USA.

Timothy Harrison



Timothy has recently completed his Bachelor of Arts at Latrobe University after spending a year in Japan at the Akita International University studying Japanese language and culture. His interests include drama and creative writing and he has written and performed in his own works. As part of Skunkworks' Young Artists Development Program, Timothy is gaining experience in professional productions and creative writing. He is currently working on the Judy Garland show plus writing for a book about The Silent Anzac project.