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Creative Industries Taskforce and Expert Reference Group

The development of the Creative Industries Strategy will be overseen by a Ministerial Taskforce. The Taskforce will lead a public conversation about the value and future of Victoria's creative industries, and provide expert, independent  advice to the Minister. The Taskforce will consult widely across the creative and cultural industries - and beyond - and gather and provide insights on issues, challenges and opportunities facing the creative industries.

The Taskforce is backed an Expert Reference Group – comprising a mix of leaders spanning regional arts, design, games development, cultural entrepreneurship, indigenous arts and culture, film and television, music, media, urban renewal, visual and performing arts, and festivals, as well as philanthropy, law, business and commerce. Both groups are chaired by Louise Adler AM. 

Louise Adler, Creative Industries Taskforce Chair Martin Foley, Minister for Creative Industries With the Creative Industries Taskforce

L-R: Shaun Micallef, Mark Madden, Louise Adler, Tony Ayres, Martin Foley MP, Callum Morton, Bronte Adams, Katrina Sedgwick, Dan Rosen, Karen Quinlan, Eddie Perfect (absent)

Louise Adler AM: Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne University Press (Chair)

Louise Adler AM is Chief Executive of Melbourne University Publishing and President of the Australian Publishers Association. Her career includes the Editorship of The Australian Book Review, Publishing Director of Reed Books Australia, Arts & Entertainment Editor of The Age, the Presenter of Arts Today on the ABC’s Radio National and Deputy Director (Academic & Research) at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Louise served for over a decade as a board member of the Melbourne Festival, the Australian Centre for the Contemporary Arts and the Monash University Council. From 2010-2013, she was Deputy Chair of the Book Industry Strategy Group and the Book Industry Collaborative Council convened by the federal government.


Dr Bronte Adams: Partner, dandolopartners

Bronte Adams is the Principal and founder of strategic planning consultancy dandolopartners. She is a Rhodes Scholar and former McKinsey consultant who has worked in senior positions in both the public and private sectors.

Bronte has led and managed public sector policy development and implementation and consulted to a wide range of clients in the telecommunications, information technology, biotechnology, tourism, education, innovation and arts sectors. She is a Director of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and Rhodes Trust Australia and a member of the Business Spectator Advisory Group.

Tony Ayres: Producer/Director, Matchbox Pictures

Tony Ayres is an award-winning showrunner, writer and director in television and feature films. He is a founder of Matchbox Pictures, one of Australia’s largest film and television production companies.

Tony’s first feature, Walking on Water, won the Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival and five AFI awards. His second feature film, The Home Song Stories, won 24 Australian and international awards. Tony’s equally acclaimed work includes his contribution to the ABC TV mini-series, The Slap; comedy series, Bogan Pride; telemovie, Saved; and ABC features including Nowhere Boys, Old School and Devil's Playground.

Mark Madden: Director, Devil’s Advocate

Mark Madden is the Director of Devil’s Advocate Pty Ltd, which specialises in strategic planning and communications, policy development and governance in the public and not-for-profit sectors.

He has contributed to policy development and implementation at the highest levels of government, including participation in Budget/Expenditure Review processes at State and Federal levels.

Mark is a former journalist and is also the author of Generals, Troops and Diplomats, a practical guide for the role of Ministerial offices and advisers in Australian politics.

Shaun Micallef: actor, comedian and writer

Shaun Micallef moved from Adelaide to Melbourne to pursue a full-time comedy career in 1993. He gained recognition as a cast member of the sketch comedy show Full Frontal, which led to a number of television roles including his own sketch show, The Micallef P(r)ogram(me); the sitcom Welcher & Welcher; and the variety show, Micallef Tonight.

Shaun fronted the satirical news comedy series Newstopia on SBS; hosted the game show Talkin' 'Bout Your Generation on Network Ten; and Shaun Micallef's Mad as Hell on the ABC. Shaun’s career also includes success on stage, radio and as an author.

Professor Callum Morton: artist and academic

Professor Callum Morton is an artist and is Head of the Department of Fine Arts at the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University (MADA).

In 2007, Callum was one of three artists to represent Australia at the Venice Biennale. In 2009, he completed the pavilion Grotto for the Fundament Foundation in Tilburg, the Netherlands; and Hotel, commissioned for the Eastlink Freeway, Melbourne.

In 2011 his work was the subject of a 20 year survey at The Heide Museum of Modern Art. In 2013 he designed the set for the MTC’s production of Other Desert Cities and in 2015 designed the set for their production of Endgame.

Eddie Perfect: writer, actor, singer-songwriter

Eddie Perfect is a composer, playwright, comedian and actor. Widely known for his role on Ten's series Offspring, Eddie wrote the hit play The Beast for Melbourne Theatre Company, composed songs for Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, and has written and performed numerous award-winning solo shows including Songs from the Middle with the Brodsky Quartet.

A recipient of the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards, Eddie wrote the lyrics, music and book for Shane Warne: The Musical, winning the 2009 Helpmann, Green Room and Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. From May, Eddie will be hosting ABC TV's Play School

Karen Quinlan: Director, Bendigo Art Gallery

Karen Quinlan graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1985 after completing a Bachelor of Education (Visual Arts). She taught Visual Arts at the secondary level for five years before embarking on a career in the museum industry.

In 1996, Karen joined the Bendigo Art Gallery as Curator. In 2000, she was appointed Director of the Bendigo Art Gallery. Karen is a Board member of the Melbourne Fashion Festival; Board member, State Library of Victoria; Chair, Public Galleries Association of Victoria; and was recently appointed as an Adjunct Professor, La Trobe University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Dan Rosen: CEO, Australian Recording Industry Association

Dan Rosen is the Chief Executive of ARIA, the peak body for the Australian recorded music industry. He is a Fulbright Scholar with valuable experience across digital media, law, public policy and music. Prior to joining ARIA, Dan was based in New York working with KIT Digital from start-up to NASDAQ listing. Before leaving for the States, Dan worked as an Advisor to the Federal Minister of Communications, responsible for broadband and innovation policy.

Dan won Triple J Unearthed in 2003 with his band ‘Second Dan’, and has since independently released two albums and toured the US and Australia.  He is a former Board member of Circus Oz.

Katrina Sedgwick: Director/CEO, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Katrina Sedgwick began her career as a nine-year-old performer in the Australian film classic The Last Wave, directed by Peter Weir.

Katrina co-founded the Sydney Fringe Festival in 1995 and, from 2002-12 was (founding) Director and CEO of the Adelaide Film Festival and the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund. Karen was a delegate to the Prime Minister’s Australia 2020 Summit, and Chair of the South Australian Youth Arts Board from 2003 to 2008.

In 2012, Katrina joined the ABC as a commissioning editor. In 2015, she was appointed Director/CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne.


Expert Reference Group

Louise Adler AM: Chief Executive Officer, Melbourne University Press (Chair)

Esther Anatolitis: Director, Regional Arts Victoria

Writer and arts advocate Esther Anatolitis is Director of Regional Arts Victoria. Esther’s career through the arts, media and design has spanned strategy and program, old and new media, urban and regional arts. In her current independent practice, she is Curatorial Associate for the 2016 R et Art Édition Vercorin whole-of-town artwork in Switzerland, and Co-Curator of Architecture+Philosophy.

Esther serves the Melbourne Writers Festival Programing Advisory Committee; the Musica Viva Artistic Review Panel; and the boards of Regional Arts Australia and the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation. Esther writes regularly for mainstream media and blogs at estheranatolitis.net.

Kay Campbell: Executive Director, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art

Kay Campbell was been Executive Director of ACCA since 2002, following a career working in both senior management and curatorial roles in galleries and museums in Australia and abroad. She was previously Director of Spike Island Artspace in Bristol, UK, and exhibitions director at the Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.

Kay has a particular experience and interest in cultural policy and the strategic development of new and evolving arts organisations. She has served on a number of committees and is currently a member of the Advisory Board of Arts and Cultural Management, Deakin University.

Ken Cato AO: Chairman, Cato Brand Partners

Ken Cato is Chairman of Cato Brand Partners, established in Melbourne in 1970 and with partner offices in other Australian states, New Zealand, South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Ken has won international and Australian design awards, and his work is represented in museums and galleries internationally. In 1995, Ken was awarded the first Australian Honorary Doctorate of Design from Swinburne University and was inducted into the ‘Hall of Fame’ of the inaugural Victorian Design Awards. Ken is a member of innumerable, high-profile professional bodies and, in 2013, received an Officer of the Order of Australia award.

Deborah Cheetham AO: soprano and artistic director, Short Black Opera Company

Deborah Cheetham, soprano, composer and educator, created Australia’s first Indigenous opera, Pecan Summer. The opera enjoyed its world premiere in 2010 and, in the wake of its success, Deborah founded the Short Black Opera Company, a national not-for-profit company devoted to the development of Indigenous opera singers.

Deborah is Associate Dean (Indigenous) at the Faculty of the VCA & MCM, University of Melbourne, having served as the Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development from 2011-2014. Under Deborah’s leadership, The Wilin Centre advanced its reputation for providing Indigenous artists with pathways to a future in the visual and performing arts.

Deborah currently serves on the Board of Parks Victoria and the Kaiela Institute.

Andrea Denholm: creative and executive television producer

Andrea is an experienced creative producer and executive producer of original screen content. A principal in leading film and television production company, Princess Pictures, Andrea develops and produces a range of film, television and digital projects for local and international markets. She has producing and writing credits on drama, comedy and documentary television series including It’s A Date, Sporting Nation, Tripping Over and SeaChange.

A media lawyer before becoming a producer, Andrea has held senior executive roles in major international and Australian production companies. Andrea has been actively involved with Film Victoria in various advisory roles and is currently a director of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.

John Denton AO: Partner and CEO, Corrs Westgarth Chambers

John W.H. Denton is a Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia’s oldest independent law firm. He is Chair of the Business Council of Australia’s Global Engagement Taskforce; board member of Asialink and Asia Society; Chairman (emeritus) of the Experts Group on Trade and Investment in Indonesia; and a founding member of the Australia China CEO Roundtable meetings.

John was a member of the Australian Government advisory panel overseeing the development of the 2012 ‘Australia in the Asian Century’ White Paper and is Founding Chairman of Australia for UNHCR. John was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.

Nicholas Gruen: economics adviser and writer

Nicholas Gruen is a policy economist, entrepreneur and commentator on our economy, society and innovation. He directed the New Directions project at the Business Council from 1997 to 2000.

Dr Gruen is CEO of Lateral Economics and Chair of:

  • The Australian Centre for Social Innovation
  • Deakin University’s Arts Participation Incubator, and
  • The Open Knowledge Foundation (Australia)

He is on the Council of the National Library of Australia and is Patron of the Australian Digital Alliance. He chaired the Federal Government’s Innovation Australia until 2014 and, in 2009, chaired the Government 2.0 Taskforce. He advised two cabinet ministers in the 1980s and 90s, taught at ANU and sat on the Productivity Commission from 1993 to 1997.

Adam Jankie: Co-founder and COO, Illusive Entertainment Group

Adam Jankie is the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of the Illusive Entertainment Group. Established in 2002 and incorporating a record label, management company, booking agency and touring business, Illusive represents some of Australia’s biggest artists and has brought to Australia world-renown performers. Adam also works across various areas of Australia’s largest independent music group, The Mushroom Group.

Adam has served as a director on the founding board of Music Victoria, the state’s peak body for contemporary music. He has featured in music publications, including Billboard Magazine and The Music Network, and contributes to music panels, conferences and events.

Laura Miles: Executive Director, Museums Australia (Victoria)

Laura Miles is Executive Director of the peak body for 1,000 museums and galleries, and Co-Convenor of the Arts Industry Council Victoria, the ’peak of peaks’ which advocates for 6,000-plus creative organisations, artists and arts workers from all artforms.

Laura is an Australian Council for the Arts peer assessor and has been a board member of the Victorian Tourism Industry Council, History Council of Victoria and Deakin University’s Cultural Heritage & Museum Studies department. Laura co-founded www.alphagalileo.org, the accessible, multilingual European arts and science service dubbed “one of the 100 most useful websites” (The Guardian, UK).

Laura qualified as a Chartered Director (C Dir) in 2008, and became part of the alumni of the Cranlana network of ethical business leaders in 2010, the Museum Leadership Program in 2012 and the Williamson Community Leadership Program in 2013.

Tom Mosby: CEO, Koorie Heritage Trust

Tom Mosby (Torres Strait Islander) is Chief Executive Officer of the Koorie Heritage Trust, Melbourne. Beginning his career as an art conservator, in 1998 he curated the highly-acclaimed Ilan Pasin (‘this is our way’), Australia’s first major survey of Torres Strait Islander art. 

Practising as a lawyer for 10 years, Tom returned to the cultural sector in 2009 as Executive Manager, Indigenous Research and Projects, State Library of Queensland. There, Tom was instrumental in developing The Torres Strait Project, a collaboration between Queensland’s key cultural agencies. Tom is currently a director of the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair.

Jo Porter: freelance executive/creative producer

Jo Porter is an executive/creative producer in the performing arts who has worked for not-for-profit and commercial theatre in Australia, UK and USA. Roles have included: Executive Producer, Malthouse Theatre (Jan 2011-Dec 2013); General Manager of a range of commercial theatre productions; head of creative development at Richard Frankel Productions in New York (Oct 1997-Apr 2007); and Head of Business Development at Really Useful Group in London (Apr 2007-Dec 2009).

Prior to 1997, roles included: Associate Producer of the 1997 David Helfgott world tour (with Andrew Kay Productions); and management positions with Circus Oz, Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Festival. Jo is currently Chair of Back to Back Theatre board.

Tony Reed: CEO, Game Developers Association Australia

Antony Reed is a 23-year veteran of the interactive entertainment industry. With global experience in game development and publishing, Antony has been a marketing brain behind some of the world’s biggest games franchises, including Command & Conquer, Baldur’s Gate, Fallout and various Star Trek titles. He has won numerous awards for his campaigns.

Today, Antony is CEO of the Game Developers’ Association of Australia and is tasked with advocating the interests of the sector to government, educational, financial and commercial institutions. He also promotes Australian game development creativity and talent internationally.

Peter Tullin: cultural entrepreneur and co-founder of CultureLabel.com

Peter Tullin is the co-Founder of REMIX Summits, exploring the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship. Attended each year by creative leaders from around the world, REMIX features innovators including NASA, MoMA, YouTube, Cirque du Soleil, Buzzfeed, Spotify and, among others, Sydney Opera House.

Peter co-founded CultureLabel.com, an e-commerce site retailing art and design products from leading culture brands, and is the co-author of Intelligent Naivety and REMIX books on creative entrepreneurship. A former sponsorship agency director, Peter also spent time at Google helping create a new Cultural Institute in Paris.

Leonard Vary: CEO, Sidney Myer Foundation

Leonard Vary was appointed Chief Executive Officer of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund in October 2011. Leonard serves on the board of the Malthouse Theatre; is the immediate past Chair of the Centre for Contemporary Photography; and has previously served as Vice President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival.

Prior to his appointment to The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, Leonard was an Executive Director of the Fox Private Group and the General Counsel and a Director of the Linfox Group.

Marcus Westbury: broadcaster, writer, media-maker and festival director

Marcus Westbury is a broadcaster, writer, media-maker and festival director. He is the founder of Renew Newcastle and Renew Australia – not-for-profit, DIY urban renewal schemes that broker access to empty buildings for creative enterprises, artists and cultural projects.

Marcus has been the Artistic Director of Melbourne’s Next Wave Festival, a founder of the Freeplay computer game festival and Newcastle’s This Is Not Art, and has written and presented three ABC TV arts series.  

He was a director of the Cultural Program of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games; a member of the former Federal Governments’ Creative Australia Advisory Panel; and numerous cultural and government committees.

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