Philippe Ostermann | General Manager
Philippe is the General Manager of the AFS and the Coordinator of the Alliance Francaise French Film Festival. Prior to joining the company,
he was the CEO and head of publishing of major French and Belgian comic book publisher, Dargaud.
Prior to this, he began his career at EY and then worked for many years for the leading French cultural magazine, Télérama.
Denis Morandet | Director of Studies
Master of Language Science
Denis has extensive experience in education, having taught across a range of educational settings in Sydney and various countries around the
He also brings to his current role the unique skillset he acquired during a rich career in business and commercial diving, as well as his
enthusiasm for new technologies.
In Sydney, Denis has found the perfect setting to combine his passion for teaching French to Francophiles and his love of the ocean, the
great outdoors and photography.
Dominique Giovanangeli | Finance and Administration Manager
Dominique is a professional accountant and looks after all the finance, HR and corporate matters of the Organisation. Prior to joining the
company, he worked for the not-for-profit, automotive, infrastructure, facilities management and entertainment industries in Sydney and
Paris. He has a keen interest in accounting research and is a member of the Pacioli Society of the University of Sydney Business School.
Dominique is a Justice of the Peace (JP) for the State of New South Wales.
||Marketing and Events Manager, Festival Manager (on Mat leave)
||Marketing and Events Coordinator
||National Festival Coordinator
||Business Development Manager, School Activities Manager
||Kids Courses Coordinator
||Teacher of French as a Foreign Language
||Teacher of French as a Foreign Language
||Media Centre Manager
||Customer Relationship Manager
||Customer Relationship Officer
||Customer Relationship Officer
| Sophia Blesch || Customer Relationship Officer |
The teaching staff is comprised of 40 native French speakers.
Together they teach over 700 students in each 8 week session.
Board of Directors
Lyn Tuit | President
BA Dip. Ed, GAICD, Dipl. Sup CCI Paris
Lyn is currently the Principal at Momentum 2, a marketing and communications agency. She has gained extensive experience in marketing and
has worked for the tourism sector as Director Southern Europe South Australian Tourism Commission in Paris and is a Past First Secretary of
the Australian Embassy in Paris, France.
Lyn is a Director of Intuitive Communication, Treasurer and Director of Sydney Salon and is a Past Director of the South Australian Tourism
Commission. She is the Vice-President of the Association National des Membres de l'Ordre National du Mérite for Australia.
Marie Chrétien | Vice-President
MA, MBA, MEng, GAICD
Marie has a keen interest in Art and is currently a Council Member at The Power Institute (University of Sydney) and the Founder and
Director of Cultureplus (organisation of cultural events).
She had been working for 20 years in the energy industry both in Australia (APA Group, Transgrid) and France (RTE, EDF) as a National Key
Gareth Dando | Treasurer
MA (Hons), MBA, BSc (Hons) Mathematics, MSc Coaching Psychology
Gareth is currently a Director at Exigeant Advisory in Sydney. He is also an Executive Coach at Global Coaching Partnership in Sydney.
He previously worked as Head of Big Data Analytics, Telstra in Sydney, as Managing Director at Southern Cross Venture Partners in Sydney,
as CEO at UNISEED in Melbourne, as Senior Manager at LEK Consulting in Melbourne, as a Consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants in
London, UK and Paris, France and as IT Consultant at Andersen Consulting in London, UK.
Dominique Barbeau | Board Member
MA, BA (Hons), Grad. Dip. Ed. (UNSW, Sydney), Dip.Supérieur de Français des Affaires (CCI Paris)
Dominique is currently teaching IB French at SCECGS Redlands in Cremorne. She has an extensive teaching experience in independent,
selective and comprehensive public schools in Sydney. She has worked at the Board of Studies (now, NESA) for over 20 years as an
HSC examiner and Senior Marker.
Dominique is a passionate advocate of French language learning and has been actively involved in the Modern Language Teachers Association
of NSW (MLTA of NSW) and the NSW Association of French Teachers (NAFT). She is a Past President of NAFT and a Past
Vice-President of the Federation of Associations of Teachers of French in Australia (FATFA).
Marie Varnier-Gittard | Board Member
Marie has extensive experience in the airline industry, having worked as Regional Director for Aircalin, as Director and Member of the
executive committee at Sofrana Unilines, and as Managing Director GSA at Thai Airways.
Marie is Chair of the Association National des Membres de l’Ordre National du Mérite for Australia, Counsellor of the French
Australian Chamber of Commerce (NSW), Vice-President of the Société des membres de la Légion d'honneur, General Delegate for Australia
of the French veterans living abroad (FACS), and a member of the executive committee of the Association of the Friends of the Laperouse
Hannah Cooper | Board Member
BA Law, BLS
Hannah is currently working as a lawyer at Gilbert + Tobin (Restructuring + Insolvency) in Sydney. She previously worked as a lawyer
(Restructuring) in London, UK, at Cadwalader, Wickersham and Taft LLP and at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley and McCloy LLP, and as a lawyer
(Corporate Advisory) at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Sydney.
Hannah was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW (2014) and as a Solicitor of the High Court of Australia (2016).
Anthony Kierann | Board Member
Anthony is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Actors Centre Australia, one of Australia’s leading performing arts institutions. Prior
to this, Anthony was the General Manager of Film Festivals, Australian Cinema and Programs with Event Cinemas. He has extensive
experience in cinema theatre management with Event Hospitality and Entertainment (EVT), working across exhibition and distribution as
well as a solid experience of the hospitality industry as a Past General Manager of Hotels within Sydney.
Amaury Treguer | Board Member
M Com, B. Bus
Amaury is Executive Director Social at Red Havas, responsible for the social team across Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. With over 15
years of combined marketing and communications experience on both agency and client sides, Amaury has proven through-the-line experience
including TV, print, social media and digital. After launching Sixtine, a creative studio
specialised in content production back in Paris, Amaury is now focusing his efforts in creating and implementing social and digital
strategies for clients across a wide range of industries. In his ‘dawntime’, he’s taking photos for his blog Morning
Patrick Coquerel | Board Member
MBA, DECS (France)
Patrick is a Senior Corporate and Institutional Banking executive with an extensive network of relationships at Board and senior
management levels. He has led various banking businesses in France, Australia, Spain and the United States for Credit Agricole CIB and
the Westpac Group. Patrick is an MBA and Accounting graduate with a passion for diversity, sustainability and the performing arts.
Alliance Française French Film Festival Volunteers
Each year, over 40 volunteers assist with the running of the Alliance Française French Film Festival. To volunteer during the next
Festival season, email us!