Strategy - Facilitation - Engagement - Recruitment

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Through my governance roles, I bring a calm yet productive style to compliance, accountability, and advocacy.

January 2023 – present

All the Queens Men

allthequeensmen.net

Chair

A brilliant arts and health organisation led by Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid. Curating and creating participatory experiences for and with communities, All The Queens Men are exactly what contemporary community engaged practice looks like.

September 2020

Diversity Arts Australia

diversityarts.org.au

Board Director

Diversity Arts Australia is Australia’s key organisation promoting cultural diversity in the arts. Forty-nine percent of Australians are first- or second-generation migrants (2016 Census), and we want to build a creative sector that reflects this rich and inspiring diversity.

June 2014 – June 2016

Western Melbourne Tourism

melbourneswest.com.au

Board Director

Western Melbourne Tourism Inc (WMT) is an urban regional tourism board incorporated for the purposes of developing a stronger more competitive tourism sector in Melbourne’s west. Melbourne’s west embraces the municipal boundaries of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham councils.

Sept 2013 – March 2016

Creating Australia

culturaldevelopment.net.au

Board Director

Creating Australia worked to provide advocacy for the Australian Arts and cultural landscape with a particular focus on community arts and cultural development. The work of this organisation was moved to the Cultural Development Network through a strategic alliance in 2016.

Over the last 20 years, I have held a range of leadership roles in government and for-purpose organisations in Australia and south-east Asia.

2020 -2022

Creative Australia

(previously Australia Council for the Arts) creative.gov.au

Head of Industry Development

Creative Australia is the Australian Government’s principal arts investment, development and advisory body. As Head of Industry Development, I was responsible for the leadership of national and international sector development for the cultural and creative industries. This included International Engagement, Sector Development, Artform Development, Digital Culture and Industry Initiatives and Capacity Building.

2019 – 2020

COHEALTH

cohealth.org.au

Executive Director Public Affairs

Cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation that provides vital services including medical, allied health, mental health, aged care and counselling along with specialist health services across Melbourne’s CBD, northern and western suburbs. As the Director, Public Affairs, my role oversaw communications, marketing, policy, advocacy, research, prevention, government relations and strategic relationships..

2012 – 2017

Footscray Community Arts Centre

footscrayarts.com

Director and CEO

FCAC is Australia’s leading and longest running community engaged, contemporary arts centre. Based in Melbourne’s West, FCAC delivers over 1800 activities a year to an audience and participant base of 100 000. Key highlights throughout my tenure include: new vision and mission, 25% increase in activities, audiences and revenue, international market development activities and collaborations in Indonesia, Thailand, East Timor and UK.

2009 – 2011

Brisbane City Council

brisbane.qld.gov.au

Team Leader, Arts and Cultural Development

As part of the Creative Communities Team, this unit was tasked with delivering community engagement, arts and cultural development activities to the city of Brisbane. This local government area is over 1300 km² and is the largest local government in the Southern Hemisphere. Key highlights in this role included: re-designing the creative and cultural program for delivery across Brisbane, strategic partnership with Arts Queensland for new grants program and over $1M investment in local artists.

2006 – 2009

SpeakOut

Now known as Human Ventures.

Executive Manager, Youth and Community Programs

With a statewide remit to deliver programs to/for/with children, young people and communities across Queensland, this role was responsible for the delivery of key programs such as Stylin’ UP Regional, Creative Pathways in Central West and cultural enterprise, SpeakOut Connect. Key highlights in this position included: development and establishment of fee-for-service (profit-for-purpose) enterprise, SpeakOut Connect, three year co-designed plan with communities for building creative and cultural capacity across a geographic region (central western QLD) and multiple fee-for-service projects resulting in award winning outcomes for example, Red Alert for Emergency Management Australia – a disaster preparedness resource for young people.

I collaborate and co-design with communities and artists to deliver powerful, exciting, and beautiful arts experiences.

2017

Women of the World Festival (WOW Melbourne)

In partnership with Southbank Centre London, FCAC delivered Women of the World Festival Melbourne. WOW Melbourne was a three-day festival of critical conversations, music, film and performance, celebrating women and taking an in-depth look at the remaining challenges to gender equality.

2013 – 2016

Collaborate Asia

Delivered over three years, this initiative was developed following a research inquiry undertaken from 2011 – 2012 by Jade. This research was seeking to understand the ways that Australian/SE Asian collaborations could be democratised and ensure true partnership between artists and organisations across the region. Collaborate Asia was a project exploring new residency models in partnership with Survive! Garage, Kunci Cultural Studies Centre, Ace House Collective, Cemeti Art House, Krack Studio, CNX Art Connex in addition to numerous government agencies in Australia and Indonesia.

2012

Meta-Meta

4 days, 46 practitioners, 60 open space sessions, 15 meals, 150 cups of coffee … Meta-Meta was attended by practitioners from Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Australia, Cambodia, Germany and the UK. Participants ranged from arts leaders, managers, CCD practitioners, live art performers, artists, community development workers, social planners and consultants. Meta-Meta was a mixed bag of critical dialogue, presentations, ideas, intercultural exchange and discussion. Meta-Meta took place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in June 2012. Read more about Meta-Meta and download the e-book here.

My Experience

Leadership, Creative, and Governance expertise.

Through my governance roles, I bring a calm yet productive style to compliance, accountability, and advocacy.

January 2023 – present

All the Queens Men

allthequeensmen.net

Chair

A brilliant arts and health organisation led by Tristan Meecham and Bec Reid. Curating and creating participatory experiences for and with communities, All The Queens Men are exactly what contemporary community engaged practice looks like.

September 2020

Diversity Arts Australia

diversityarts.org.au

Board Director

Diversity Arts Australia is Australia’s key organisation promoting cultural diversity in the arts. Forty-nine percent of Australians are first- or second-generation migrants (2016 Census), and we want to build a creative sector that reflects this rich and inspiring diversity.

June 2014 – June 2016

Western Melbourne Tourism

melbourneswest.com.au

Board Director

Western Melbourne Tourism Inc (WMT) is an urban regional tourism board incorporated for the purposes of developing a stronger more competitive tourism sector in Melbourne’s west. Melbourne’s west embraces the municipal boundaries of Brimbank, Hobsons Bay, Maribyrnong, Melton, Moonee Valley and Wyndham councils.

Sept 2013 – March 2016

Creating Australia

culturaldevelopment.net.au

Board Director

Creating Australia worked to provide advocacy for the Australian Arts and cultural landscape with a particular focus on community arts and cultural development. The work of this organisation was moved to the Cultural Development Network through a strategic alliance in 2016.

Over the last 20 years, I have held a range of leadership roles in government and for-purpose organisations in Australia and south-east Asia.

2020 -2022

Creative Australia

(previously Australia Council for the Arts) creative.gov.au

Head of Industry Development

Creative Australia is the Australian Government’s principal arts investment, development and advisory body. As Head of Industry Development, I was responsible for the leadership of national and international sector development for the cultural and creative industries. This included International Engagement, Sector Development, Artform Development, Digital Culture and Industry Initiatives and Capacity Building.

2019 – 2020

COHEALTH

cohealth.org.au

Executive Director Public Affairs

Cohealth is a not-for-profit community health organisation that provides vital services including medical, allied health, mental health, aged care and counselling along with specialist health services across Melbourne’s CBD, northern and western suburbs. As the Director, Public Affairs, my role oversaw communications, marketing, policy, advocacy, research, prevention, government relations and strategic relationships..

2012 – 2017

Footscray Community Arts Centre

footscrayarts.com

Director and CEO

FCAC is Australia’s leading and longest running community engaged, contemporary arts centre. Based in Melbourne’s West, FCAC delivers over 1800 activities a year to an audience and participant base of 100 000. Key highlights throughout my tenure include: new vision and mission, 25% increase in activities, audiences and revenue, international market development activities and collaborations in Indonesia, Thailand, East Timor and UK.

2009 – 2011

Brisbane City Council

brisbane.qld.gov.au

Team Leader, Arts and Cultural Development

As part of the Creative Communities Team, this unit was tasked with delivering community engagement, arts and cultural development activities to the city of Brisbane. This local government area is over 1300 km² and is the largest local government in the Southern Hemisphere. Key highlights in this role included: re-designing the creative and cultural program for delivery across Brisbane, strategic partnership with Arts Queensland for new grants program and over $1M investment in local artists.

2006 – 2009

SpeakOut

Now known as Human Ventures.

Executive Manager, Youth and Community Programs

With a statewide remit to deliver programs to/for/with children, young people and communities across Queensland, this role was responsible for the delivery of key programs such as Stylin’ UP Regional, Creative Pathways in Central West and cultural enterprise, SpeakOut Connect. Key highlights in this position included: development and establishment of fee-for-service (profit-for-purpose) enterprise, SpeakOut Connect, three year co-designed plan with communities for building creative and cultural capacity across a geographic region (central western QLD) and multiple fee-for-service projects resulting in award winning outcomes for example, Red Alert for Emergency Management Australia – a disaster preparedness resource for young people.

I collaborate and co-design with communities and artists to deliver powerful, exciting, and beautiful arts experiences.

2017

Women of the World Festival (WOW Melbourne)

In partnership with Southbank Centre London, FCAC delivered Women of the World Festival Melbourne. WOW Melbourne was a three-day festival of critical conversations, music, film and performance, celebrating women and taking an in-depth look at the remaining challenges to gender equality.

2013 – 2016

Collaborate Asia

Delivered over three years, this initiative was developed following a research inquiry undertaken from 2011 – 2012 by Jade. This research was seeking to understand the ways that Australian/SE Asian collaborations could be democratised and ensure true partnership between artists and organisations across the region. Collaborate Asia was a project exploring new residency models in partnership with Survive! Garage, Kunci Cultural Studies Centre, Ace House Collective, Cemeti Art House, Krack Studio, CNX Art Connex in addition to numerous government agencies in Australia and Indonesia.

2012

Meta-Meta

4 days, 46 practitioners, 60 open space sessions, 15 meals, 150 cups of coffee … Meta-Meta was attended by practitioners from Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Australia, Cambodia, Germany and the UK. Participants ranged from arts leaders, managers, CCD practitioners, live art performers, artists, community development workers, social planners and consultants. Meta-Meta was a mixed bag of critical dialogue, presentations, ideas, intercultural exchange and discussion. Meta-Meta took place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in June 2012. Read more about Meta-Meta and download the e-book here.