The Creative State Advisory Board has been appointed to provide advice on aspects of strategy and implementation in support of Victoria's new Creative Industries Strategy, Creative State.

The board will work across Government, with Creative Victoria and with Victoria's creative industries sector to advise on the development and delivery of new priorities. It will debate, prioritise and take a leadership role in implementing government policy to ensure the success of Creative State.

The Creative State Advisory Board will comprise 12 members appointed for an initial three-year period. The Minister for Creative Industries will chair CSAB. Creative Victoria will provide secretariat support.

Creative State Advisory Board Members

Nicole Beyer (Director, Theatre Network Australia [Victoria])

Nicole is the founding director of Theatre Network Australia (TNA). TNA is an influential national service organisation for small-to-medium and independent performing arts, with a dedicated Victorian program. Nicole is on the Executive of the Arts Industry Council (Vic), and works to attain greater recognition of the contribution that independent artists and small-to-medium organisations make to social, cultural and economic wellbeing. Nicole is a champion for Indigenous artists, artists from diverse backgrounds and those with disabilities, and she advocates for a more inclusive arts sector. Nicole's past positions include CEO roles at Back To Back Theatre and Arts Access Victoria. She works as a facilitator and consultant, has sat on many arts boards, and is the producer of the biennial Australian Theatre Forum. Nicole is currently co-convenor of ArtsPeak and a board member of the Australian Performing Arts Centres Association and Deakin University's Arts and Cultural Management Advisory Board. Nicole has a Masters of Public Policy and Management (MPPM) from Monash University (2013).

Robert Connolly (Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter)

Robert Connolly is a film director, producer and screenwriter based in Melbourne, Australia. He is best known as the director and writer of the feature films Balibo, Three Dollars and The Bank, and the producer of the high-profile Australian films Romulus, My Father and The Boys. The Boys was nominated for 13 AFI Awards including Best Film, and won awards for Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress. In 1998, Connolly was named by Variety as one of the 10 best emerging producers in the world. Connolly is Melbourne-based, having relocated to set up the Arenafilm Melbourne office in late 2006. Connolly is a member of the Screen Australia board.

Richard Frankland (Filmmaker, Artist, Head Of Wilin Centre, VCA)

One of Australia's foremost Indigenous artists, Richard Frankland is Head of Curriculum and Programs at the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development at the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne. Singer song-writer, author and film maker, Richard was born in Melbourne but raised mostly on the coast in south-west Victoria. Richard is a Gunditjmara man. Richard has written, directed and produced over 50 video, documentary and film projects. He is an acclaimed musician whose music features on the soundtracks to many of his films. Richard has also written for and performed on stage.

Ella Hooper (Singer-songwriter, Radio Presenter, TV Personality)

Ella Hooper is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter, radio presenter and TV personality. Ella was the lead singer of 'Killing Heidi'. The band formed in 1996 (when Ella was 13) and also featured her older brother Jesse Hooper. As a member of 'Killing Heidi', Hooper won four ARIA Awards in 2000; with Jesse, Hooper was awarded APRA 2001 Songwriter of the Year. 'Killing Heidi' broke up in 2006. Today, Ella is a successful independent artist. Ella is a regular guest on Australian radio and television programs, including as host and mentor of the 'The Telstra Road to Discovery', a talent development program that scours the country for the next generation of singing and song-writing talent.
In her various roles as host, moderator and mentor, Ella has worked with APRA, the Push, Mushroom Music and various not-for-profit organisations.

Graeme Lewsey (CEO, Melbourne Fashion Festival)

Graeme was appointed CEO of the Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2011. After graduating from his BA Degree at RMIT University, Graeme was awarded 'Australian Young Designer of The Year' by Woolmark, which was followed by over a decade of working with leading fashion brands, retailers and marketing agencies in Europe. Returning to Australia in 1997, Graeme was involved in the development of Australian Fashion Week in Sydney; was Creative Director of Melbourne Spring Fashion Week; and was instrumental in the establishment of Singapore Fashion Festival, Hong Kong Luxury Week and Sydney Fashion Festival. Graeme contributes to a number of initiatives that grow and develop Australia's creative industries.  He is a member of the Industry Advisory Group for RMIT University's School of Fashion; a member of the Australia China Fashion Alliance; and was a presenting panellist at the nation's fifth annual Public Galleries Summit.

Alice Nash (Executive Producer and Co-CEO, Back To Back Theatre)

Alice has been the Executive Producer and Co-CEO of Geelong's Back to Back Theatre since 2003. During the last decade, the company has presented 44 national and 68 international seasons of its work: this includes presentations at pre-eminent contemporary arts festivals and venues throughout the world, and in a wide range of community contexts. The company's focus is on the role of artists with disabilities and difference in forging new forms of aesthetics. Alice is a founding member and Deputy Chair of Theatre Network Australia, the peak body for the small-to-medium theatre sector and independent performance artists. Alice also serves on the Trust of the Geelong Performing Arts Centre.

Tony Reed (CEO, Game Developers Association Australia)

Antony (Tony) Reed is the CEO of the Game Developers' Association of Australia and a 20-year veteran of the interactive entertainment industry. With global experience in game development and publishing, Antony has been the marketing mind behind many of the world's biggest games franchises and has won numerous awards for his campaigns. Today, as the leader of Australia's peak industry body, Antony advocates the interests of the sector to government, educational, financial and commercial institutions, as well as promoting the industry internationally.

Katrina Sedgwick (Director/CEO, Australian Centre For The Moving Image)

Katrina Sedgwick is the Director CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image. From 2012-14, Katrina was Head of Arts for ABC Television and ABC Arts online, commissioning a range of projects for prime time television and driving a new strategy for Arts across the ABC. From 2002-11, Katrina was the founding Director/CEO of the biennial Adelaide Film Festival and its Investment Fund, supporting Australian features, documentaries, shorts, cross-platform and installation works. She was Special Events Producer for the 1998 and 2000 Adelaide Festival of Arts; Artistic Director, Adelaide Fringe 2002; and Come Out '99, the Australian Festival for Young People.

Katrina is on the board of Back to Back Theatre. She was formerly Chair of the South Australian Youth Arts Board (2003-08) and a Board member of Chunky Move, the Australian Children's Television Foundation and the Art Gallery of SA.

Melis Senova (Founder and Managing Director, Huddle Design)

Melis is a pioneer in design thinking, a founder of her own global strategic design consultancy, Huddle, and highly regarded as an enterprising thought leader. Melis is a member of the Victorian State Government's Innovation Expert Panel, a member of the advisory board for the National Economic Review Growth Summit by Global Access Partners and a Senior Research Fellow at the School of Medicine at Monash University Melis' business experience, underpinned by a PhD in Human Factors (user-centred design), sees her focused on human-centred design for the transformation of service, culture, communities and business. ​Melis is the founder of Huddle Labs and Huddle Academy: these encourage innovation and building creative problem solving capabilities for individuals and organisations. She also founded The Huddle Foundation to strengthen the connection between designers, philanthropists and social enterprises.

Kate Torney (Chief Executive, State Library Victoria)

Kate Torney was appointed Chief Executive of the State Library of Victoria in 2015. Previously, Kate was Director of News at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, in charge of more than 1400 staff across eight capital city newsrooms, 11 international bureaus and more than 50 regional and suburban locations throughout Australia. Kate began her journalism career in the field as a radio and TV reporter, producer, bureau chief, executive producer and editor. As Director of News she led a period of transformational change, reshaping the ABC's news  gathering operations to meet rapidly changing technology and audience needs. Key to this was the expansion of the ABC's online and mobile news services. Other initiatives include establishing the National Reporting Team and launching ABC News 24.

Peter Tullin (Cultural entrepreneur and co-founder, culturelabel.com & REMIX Summits)

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. Peter was a member of the Victorian Government's Creative Industries Expert Reference Group. 

Marcus Westbury (Broadcaster, Writer, Media-Maker, Festival Director, CEO)

Marcus Westbury is a broadcaster, writer, media-maker and festival director. In December 2015, he was appointed inaugural chief executive of the Collingwood Arts Precinct. Marcus 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. Marcus was a member of the Victorian Government's Creative Industries Expert Reference Group.