Board of Directors

The Board of Directors are responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation and its governance. The Board brings a diverse and extensive set of skills, knowledge and experiences to the organisation and WA screen industry.

Janelle Marr

Chair

Janelle Marr

Chair

Commenced on the Screenwest Inc Board January 2013; Appointed Chair June 2015; Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 31 December 2018

Janelle is an experienced Director and Corporate Advisor. She is Founder and Managing Director of StepBeyond, an award-winning strategy consultancy she established in 2007 to provide corporate and strategic advisory services to private, public and non-profit organisations.

Her career spans over 20 years as a corporate strategist and management consultant; industrial and employee relations advisor; business founder, owner and managing director; and Board member.

She has worked with some of the world’s most recognised and trusted brands including Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs, KPMG and EY in Australia and overseas.

She has extensive boardroom and corporate advisory experience across a range of industries including mining and resources; oil and gas; utilities; health and community services; professional services; transport, ports and
infrastructure; culture and arts; disabilities; aged care; tourism; education; insurance and financial services.

In 2012 Janelle was awarded a coveted 40under40 WA Business News Award for her strategic and entrepreneurial contributions to social and environmental services. In 2013 her consultancy StepBeyond won a WA Telstra Business Award and she was a Finalist in the WA Telstra Business Women’s Awards

 

Christopher Holman

Deputy Chair

Christopher Holman

Deputy Chair

Appointed Screenwest Inc Board January 2016; Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 31 December 2018

Mr Holman is a Director of Azure Capital Limited and brings a wealth of corporate advisory experience including mergers and acquisitions, principal investments and capital markets transactions. He also sits on the boards of companies operating in the maritime and technology sectors and is involved with a number of charity organisations.

Amanda Higgs

Board Director

Amanda Higgs

Board Director

Commenced January 2012; Reappointed January 2015; Term Expires 31 December 2017

Ms Higgs is a Creative Producer at Matchbox Pictures and was previously an independent before joining Matchbox in September last year. As well as two series of The Time of Our Lives for the ABC, Ms Higgs co-created and produced the first three series of the Network Ten television drama The Secret Life of Us. The series won three Logies for Most Outstanding Drama and was nominated for a number of Australian Film Institute (AFI) and AWGIE Awards. It was the most watched program in the 16-39 demographic three years running from 2001. Ms Higgs has worked at ABC TV Drama as an Executive Producer, and Acting Head of Drama in late 2009. She script edited The Slap and was consultant EP on SLiDE for Fox8. Ms Higgs has also been on the board of AACTA and the National Screenwriters Conference. She recently produced the mini-series’ Barracuda and Seven Types of Ambiguity for the ABC.

Bryce Menzies

Board Director

Bryce Menzies

Board Director

Appointed Screenwest Inc Board 23 May 2016; Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 31 December 2018

Mr Menzies is a Melbourne based partner of law firm Marshalls and Dent, and has worked in the film industry for over 30 years, on more than 500 productions. His executive producer credits include Malcolm (1985), Death in Brunswick (1990), Two Hands (1999), The Tracker (2002), Ten Canoes (2006), Mary and Max (2009), Red Dog (2011), 100 Bloody Acres (2012), Son of a Gun (2013), Charlie’s Country (2013) and Red Dog True Blue (2016).

His legal work included Muriel’s Wedding (1994), Ned Kelly (2002), The Proposition (2005), Clubland (2007), Death Defying Acts (2007), Red Dog (2011), The Sapphires (2012) and Lion (2016).

Mr Menzies’ previous board memberships have included Film Victoria, Screen Tasmania, South Australian Film Corporation and Melbourne International Film Festival.

 

Carol Innes

Board Director

Carol Innes

Board Director

Commenced Screenwest Inc Board July 2014; Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 30 June 2020

Ms Innes currently holds the position of Manager Aboriginal Cultural Heritage & Arts at the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority (MRA). She was previously employed at the South West Aboriginal Land & Sea Council (SWALC) for nine years where she worked on projects that maintained Noongar involvement in many areas through Native Title. Previous to this, Ms Innes spent 11 years working in the arts sector in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts. She is experienced in Government at both State and Federal levels and in the community arts sector.

Catherine Ferrari

Board Member

Catherine Ferrari

Board Member

Commenced Screenwest Inc Board January 2016; Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 31 December 2018

Ms Ferrari joined Water Corporation in 2004 in the role of General Manager, Communications Group. In 2013 she became General Manager of newly formed Customer and Community Group. She was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra and Western Australian Director of the Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants.

Ms Ferrari is also Deputy Chair of the West Australian Opera; a Board Member of the John Curtin Gallery, Energy and Water Ombudsman; a trustee of the Legal Contribution Trust; and Director of Water Corporation Superannuation Pty Ltd.

 

Sally Carbon

Board Director

Sally Carbon

Board Director

Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 30 June 2020

Ms Carbon is the owner and managing director of her private company Green Eleven which provides strategic business planning and advice for clients including large national and international companies, local governments and not-for-profits.

Green Eleven assists such clients in business growth. Ms Carbon is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and current non-executive director of the Apollo Health, St John Ambulance, Australian Sports Foundation and an advisory board member of UWA Sport.

She also chairs a federal government finance, audit and risk committee. She is an Olympic and World Cup gold medallist, a dual Olympian, represented Australia in sport for 12 years, and has published seven books

Michael Ottaviano

Board Director

Michael Ottaviano

Board Director

Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 30 June 2020

Dr Ottaviano is Managing Director of ASX-listed Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd, a solar, wave and battery renewable energy development company. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Nuheara Ltd, the first ASX-listed wearables technology company. He was previously a director of the Clean Energy Council, Australia’s renewable energy peak industry body and a Senior Manager, Business Performance Services at KPMG.

Dr Ottaviano was named in The West Business’ 100 Most Influential Western Australians (2015); E&Y’s Entrepreneur of the Year, Western Emerging Division (2014); and Carnegie named Business Review Weekly Most Innovative Companies (2015), Clean Energy Council Innovation Award (2014), AIM WestBusiness Pinnacle Award Innovation Excellent (2014), and Australian Water Association Most Innovative Company (2014).

John Gardner

Board Director

John Gardner

Board Director

Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 30 June 2020

Mr Gardner is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Citadel-MAGNUS Corporate and Financial Communication (Perth and Sydney), a strategic communication advisory firm. Citadel-MAGNUS specialises in communication strategy development and implementation for Corporate Finance & Transactions, Investor Relations and Corporate Reputation.

In 2016 Citadel-MAGNUS was announced as a finalist, and the only Australian firm, in the prestigious Holmes Report ‘Asia-Pacific Corporate/Financial PR Consultancy of the Year’. Citadel-MAGNUS’ diverse client work has included ASX-listed companies, multinational corporations and pro bono work for The Black Dog Institute (NSW) and Youth Focus (WA).

Industry Advisory Group

The IAG will play a key role in advising the Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board of Directors on screen industry matters. The group will provide a vital link and flow of information between the Screenwest Board and the WA screen industry.

Sue Taylor

Industry Advisory Group Member

Sue Taylor

Industry Advisory Group Member

Sue Taylor has been a filmmaker for more than 30-years working across all types of productions ranging from documentaries, children’s series, primetime drama and feature films. She established her own production company in 2001 and has been nominated for numerous AFI/AACTA, Logie and Critics Circle Awards for projects, which include the children’s dramas Minty and Time Trackers, the mini-series The Shark Net, the telemovies 3 Acts of Murder and An Accidental Soldier, and the feature films Last Train to Freo, The Tree, and Looking for Grace.

The Tree, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, was selected to close the 2010 Cannes Film Festival and has now screened around the world with sales to 40 countries.  Looking for Grace was selected to screen in competition at the Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Adelaide International Film Festival.

Her most recent film, Three Summers, directed by Ben Elton, will be released in November 2017.

Sue is a former vice president of the Screen Producers Association and a former Director of Screenrights.

Tania Chambers

Industry Advisory Group Member

Tania Chambers

Industry Advisory Group Member

Tania Chambers produced the comedy feature A Few Less Men directed by Mark Lamprell, released in cinemas around the world in 2017 and the comedic thriller Kill Me Three Times directed by Kriv Stenders, (selected in 2014 for the Toronto International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival and BFI London International Film Festival). Tania produced the short films Tango Underpants and executive produced One Fine Day directed by Kelli Cross, High Tide directed by Kimberley West, Dark Whispers directed by Ngaire Pigram and A Shared Affair directed by Cameron Hay.

Formerly Chief Executive of funding agencies Screen NSW and ScreenWest, Tania is Vice President of Screen Producers Australia, a Member of the Screenwest  Industry Advisory Group and Screen Industry Diversity Leadership Group and a Board Member of Perth International Arts Festival. Tania was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the arts and to film and television in 2016.

Dot West

Industry Advisory Group Member

Dot West

Industry Advisory Group Member

Dot West is a Noongar woman from the south west of Western Australia, but has been living and working in the Kimberley region since 1977. Dot has worked in the media industry for the last 30 years in various capacities.

Dot has served on numerous boards including the Inaugural Vice Chairperson of NITV, Screenwest, Australian International Documentary Conference, the National Indigenous Radio Service along with her current tenure as a non-Executive Director of SBS, Director of Goolarri Media Enterprises and Ramu Productions in Broome and the Chairperson of the Indigenous Remote Communications Association which is transitioning to the peak national body for Indigenous Media.

Dot works freelance as a scriptwriter, accredited trainer and consultant and also serves on WA’s Screen Industry Diversity and Inclusion leadership group. Over the years, Dot has been recognized by the industry and her peers for her work as a writer and her role in the Indigenous media sector, and more broadly, the Australian screen industry such as the 2005 Tudawali Award, 2008 WASA for Outstanding Contribution to the WA Screen Industry and in 2014 an Honorary Doctorate with Swinburne University along with an AWGIE in 2009 for her work in The Circuit.

John Fairhead

Industry Advisory Group Member

John Fairhead

Industry Advisory Group Member

John Fairhead has over 30-years involvement with the screen industry performing many roles both in front of and behind camera throughout Australia and overseas. This broad experience has allowed him to gain an in-depth understanding of the issues and challenges faced by various departments and personnel involved across the whole production process.

As President of the Professional Film Crew Association of WA (PFCWA), John has been actively engaged with Screenwest and the Chamber of Arts on various industry issues such as infrastructure, “Filming on WA Roads Stakeholders” group and in seeking ways to grow the local screen industry towards a sustainable level of production that benefits all active and emerging screen practitioners.

On several local productions, John has mentored Screenwest arranged crew attachments and has delivered screen industry training on Safety, Assistant Directing and Stunt Action to numerous tertiary institutions in Western Australia and Victoria.

In 2008 John was the screen safety project participant for the new CUF07 Screen & Media Training Package for the vocational training Focus Group supported by Reframing the Future and OPEN CHANNEL, and has served several terms on the Media and Arts Entertainment Alliance (MEAA) WA and National Stunt Grading committees.

As a Margaret River resident, John has become a member of the Creative Corner and is working with that group looking into ways to stimulate screen industry participation in the region.

Joshua Gilbert

Industry Advisory Group Member

Joshua Gilbert

Industry Advisory Group Member

Joshua Gilbert is a West Australian producer whose current project is the NITV and AFL Media funded multi-platform documentary series A Team of Champions. He and is a 2017 Screen Producers Australia One to Watch.

Joshua’s latest short film We Were Here won four WA Screen Awards in 2016 including Best Short Drama and Best Direction. In 2015, after a brief stint in the remote town of Karratha to work on Red Dog: True Blue, he travelled to Los Angeles to intern with Arclight Films at the American Film Market. In 2014 Joshua worked at Screenwest providing support to and administering the Drama and Documentary Production Investment Funds. Joshua has contributed to the production of documentaries for SBS, Nine Network, National Geographic, Channel 7, NITV and PBS.

Joshua graduated with a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Professional Communications from the WA Screen Academy in 2012 and was the recipient of the schools Outstanding Achievement in Producing Award.

He is a founding member of Gamechangers Collective, a group of passionate individuals who have formed to represent and celebrate the vibrant culture of developing and mid-career filmmakers in WA.

You will always find Joshua wearing a suit, a three piece during the week and a wetsuit on the weekends.

Julia Redwood

Industry Advisory Group Member

Julia Redwood

Industry Advisory Group Member

Julia Redwood established Prospero Productions with Ed Punchard in Perth in 1991. Prospero has now become one of the leading independent documentary production companies in Australia. In addition to being joint managing director, Julia is a multi-award winning producer, director and writer.

In 1998 her directorial debut Paying for the Piper was nominated for two AFI awards and won the Golden Spire Award at the 2000 San Francisco Film Festival.

Her role within Prospero spans a broad spectrum; not only is she joint Managing Director, she is Executive Producer on all productions, overseeing the editorial as well as the marketing of new projects.  She is also at the centre of the development of new ideas, creating them and ensuring they are developed to suit an ever-changing market. She is well connected in the industry and a familiar face at the all the leading markets and conferences.

Julia is currently a member the Screen Producers Association of Australia (SPA), is a regular judge of the International Emmys, a member of Screenwest’s Industry Advisory Group and a mentor of SPA’s One’s to Watch. Coupled with her extensive creative talents and many years of experience in the marketplace makes Julia one of the leading figures in Australian factual screen industry.

Justin McArdle

Industry Advisory Group Member

Justin McArdle

Industry Advisory Group Member

Justin McArdle is a digital media producer with over 20 years of expertise in transmedia production. After training in Interactive and Broadcast Media at Manchester Metropolitan University, he originated Red Vision Media’s New Media division in 2003, winning awards for innovation for developing early Adobe Flash web sites.

In 2011, Justin moved to Australia and established Frame, an award-winning emergent media production company. Justin has built a solid track record in delivering technically difficult productions on tight budgets, and is passionate about creating unique audience experiences by intersecting technology with storytelling. His productions have been screened, broadcast and distributed internationally, selling in multiple territories and winning awards in the UK, Australia, and France.

Ray Pedretti

Industry Advisory Group Member

Ray Pedretti

Industry Advisory Group Member

Ray Pedretti is a member of the Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Industry Advisory Group.

Renee Webster

Industry Advisory Group Member

Renee Webster

Industry Advisory Group Member

Renee Webster is a member of the Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Industry Advisory Group.

Ric Curtin

Industry Advisory Group Member

Ric Curtin

Industry Advisory Group Member

Ric Curtin is a sound designer and post-production sound mixer for film and documentary productions. His 40-plus year career in audio has encompassed music production and television sound, as well as post-production, and he constructed and ran several studios (Singapore and Perth) before setting up his own independent facility, Curtin Productions.

Ric continues to work with television, documentary and film clients, and acts as a product specialist (Swiss-trained) for Pyramix digital audio workstations. He is a member of the national committee of the Australian Screen Sound Guild.

Christopher Holman

Board Representative

Christopher Holman

Board Representative

Appointed Screenwest Inc Board January 2016; Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 31 December 2018

Mr Holman is a Director of Azure Capital Limited and brings a wealth of corporate advisory experience including mergers and acquisitions, principal investments and capital markets transactions. He also sits on the boards of companies operating in the maritime and technology sectors and is involved with a number of charity organisations.