The Creative State Advisory Board (CSAB) was established in April 2016 to take a leading role in the rollout of Creative State and ensure that the sector has a strong voice in the implementation of the actions.
The 13 member board includes members from across Victoria's creative industries and is chaired by the Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley. Creative Victoria provides secretariat support.
The board meets quarterly and individual members are involved in a range of implementation activities outside the formal meetings.
Creative State Advisory Board Members
Nicole Beyer (Director, Theatre Network Australia [Victoria])
Nicole Beyer 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's past positions include CEO roles at Back to Back Theatre and Arts Access Victoria. She works as a facilitator and consultant and is the producer of the biennial Australian Theatre Forum. Nicole is currently co-convenor of ArtsPeak and serves on a number of arts related boards.
Karla Burt (Head of Unscripted at Princess Pictures)
With over two decades in the entertainment industry, Karla Burt is recognised as a producer who nurtures both creatives and talent to bring new formats and stories to the screen.Karla has a keen interest in comedy and storytelling, as well as user behaviour attached to technology. A digital content pioneer, she co-owned a production company where she helped create award-winning digital entertainment content as an actor and producer. Karla has dedicated her professional life to bringing every day stories and experiences to the screen, allowing audiences to learn more about themselves and the world around them.
Richard Frankland (Filmmaker, Artist, Head of Curriculum and Programs, Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development)
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. A Gunditjmara man, Richard was born in Melbourne but raised mostly on the coast in south-west Victoria. He has written, directed and produced over 50 video, documentary and film projects, and written for and performed on stage. He is also an acclaimed musician whose music features on the soundtracks to many of his films.
Ella Hooper (Singer-Songwriter, Radio Presenter, TV Personality)
Ella Hooper is an Australian rock music singer-songwriter, radio presenter and TV personality. She was the lead singer of Killing Heidi, a band formed in 1996 (when Ella was 13) with her older brother Jesse Hooper. As a member of Killing Heidi, she won four ARIA Awards in 2000 and the following year, with Jesse, she was awarded APRA 2001 Songwriter of the Year. Today, Ella is a successful independent artist and a regular guest on Australian radio and television, 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 songwriting talent. Ella has worked with Australian music organisations including APRA, the Push and Mushroom Music.
Graeme Lewsey (CEO, Melbourne Fashion Festival)
Graeme Lewsey was appointed CEO of the Melbourne Fashion Festival in 2011. After graduating from RMIT University, Graeme was awarded 'Australian Young Designer of The Year' by Woolmark. For more than a decade he worked 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 is a member of the Industry Advisory Group for RMIT's School of Fashion and is a member of the Australia China Fashion Alliance.
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 its work to great acclaim around the globe, including presentations at pre-eminent international contemporary arts festivals and venues, 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. 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, Tony has been the marketing mind behind many of the world's biggest games franchises and has won numerous awards for his campaigns. Today, as head of Australia's peak industry body, Tony advocates the interests of the sector to government, educational, financial and commercial institutions, and works to promotes 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 (ACMI) in Melbourne. Prior to joining ACMI, Katrina was Head of Arts for ABC Television and ABC Arts online, commissioning a range of projects for television and driving a new strategy for arts across the ABC. From 2002 to 2011, 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 held key artistic positions at a number of arts festivals in South Australia and was Chair of the South Australian Youth Arts Board from 2003 to 2008. Katrina is currently on the board of Back to Back Theatre.
Melis Senova (Founder and Managing Director, Huddle Design)
Melis Senova is a pioneer in design thinking, founder of global strategic design consultancy, Huddle, and highly regarded as an enterprising thought leader. Melis is a member of the Victorian Government's Innovation Expert Panel and 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 which encourage innovation and creative problem solving capabilities.
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 (ABC), in charge of more than 1400 staff across eight capital city newsrooms, 11 international bureaus and more than 50 regional and suburban locations. Kate began her 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. She also established the National Reporting Team and launched ABC News 24.
Peter Tullin (Cultural Entrepreneur and Co-Founder, culturelabel.com & REMIX Summits)
Peter Tullin is the co-founder of REMIX Summits, events that explore the intersection of culture, technology and entrepreneurship and are attended each year by creative leaders from around the world. 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.
Marcus Westbury (Broadcaster, Writer, Festival Director, CEO of Collingwood Arts Precinct)
Marcus Westbury is a broadcaster, writer 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, and founded the Freeplay computer game festival and Newcastle's This Is Not Art festival. He has also written and presented three ABC TV arts series. Marcus has been part of numerous cultural and government committees.