Arts and media leadership

Across two decades I led media and arts organisations, specialising in creating new frameworks for established companies to generate new thinking and new work. Across this period I developed a range of leadership tools and advocacy approaches, with a particular interest in creative professional development programs to foster critical thinking and ongoing engagement with the public impacts of our work.

National Association for the Visual Arts (2017-2020)
Reinvigoration of strategy and program, with a focus on governance, cultural diversity, best practice, creative professional development, national sector capacity and national advocacy development. Peaks in membership and public engagement. Strong national collaboration with a strong state-to-state presence.

Regional Arts Victoria (2012-2017)
New artistic framework, inspiring art across the state through Creative Communities, Creative Places and Creative Catalysts. New State-Wide Project: Small Town Transformations, a $2m Victorian Government partnership, reiterated with a 40% increased investment. New creative professional development programs. Victoria Day Award for the Arts.

Melbourne Fringe (2008-2012)
New strategic plan focused on independent arts leadership and advocacy. New artist development focus. Significant new partnerships. Peaks in audience and artist numbers. AbaF Marsh Partnering Award; Tourism Victoria Award; Tourism Australia Bronze Award.

SYN Media (2008)
Three-month restructure, introducing new frameworks and leadership mentoring to sustain this dynamic collaboration. Documented in Life of SYN by A/Prof Ellie Rennie, my legacy was described as having “changed the gender” of the organisation.

Craft Victoria (2007-2008)
Led a new artistic framework balancing exhibition practice and production practice to bridge the organisation’s programming areas.

SBS Radio Melbourne (2006)
Created concepts and content for the new digital network to be known as SBS4, defining a new niche in culturally diverse programming.

Emerging Writers’ Festival (2005-2007)
Created the governance and programming frameworks to launch the Festival as a new entity independent of Express Media.

Express Media (2004-2007)
Enhanced a collaborative leadership model. New professional development focus for volunteer writers and editors. Reframed magazine design and workflow. Presented workshops across the state.

National Ethnic and Multicultural Broadcasters’ Council (2003-2004)
Refocused organisational mission in a time of change, transitioning major youth, training and emerging communities projects. Led a multilingual news service and Registered Training Organisation, edited a journal, and presented workshops in multiple languages.