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.

John Driscoll

Chair

John Driscoll

Chair

Commenced on the Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board February 2019; Appointed Chair February 2019

John Driscoll is a marketing and advertising industry veteran described by Campaign Brief as “arguably the most dominant figure in the local industry within the last twenty years“.

In his nearly 30 years growing Marketforce into Western Australia’s leading communication agency he was privileged to have worked with many iconic WA brands including:

  • Challenge Bank
  • HBF
  • SGIO/SGIC
  • Lotterywest
  • iiNet
  • Curtin University
  • Office of Road Safety
  • The West Australian
  • Brownes Dairy
  • Mirvac
  • Chicken Treat
  • City of Perth
  • Tourism WA

In addition to his work within the marketing, communications and advertising industry, John has established himself as a confident and successful business leader, holding many business advisory, board member & leadership positions over the past 20 years.

A full profile can be viewed online at: https://au.linkedin.com/in/john-driscoll-baa20318

Christopher Holman

Deputy Chair

Christopher Holman

Deputy Chair

Appointed Screenwest Inc Board January 2016; Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 30 June 2022

Mr Holman is a Partner 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.

Bryce Menzies

Board Director

Bryce Menzies

Board Director

Appointed Screenwest Inc Board 23 May 2016; Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 30 June 2022

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.

Michael Ottaviano

Board Director

Michael Ottaviano

Board Director

Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board July 2017; Term expires 30 June 2023

Dr Ottaviano is a former Non-Executive Director of Nuheara Ltd, the first ASX-listed wearables technology company. He was previously a director of Carnegie Clean Energy Ltd, 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).

Kylie du Fresne

Board Director

Kylie du Fresne

Board Director

Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board 1 December 2018

Kylie du Fresne is a Partner at Goalpost Pictures where she produces both television and feature films.

Ms du Fresne is the Executive Producer of the critically acclaimed ABC TV/Sundance Channel television series Cleverman and Producer/Executive Producer of Fighting Season, a six-part drama series for Foxtel Australia and Sky Vision. Her film credits include hit The Sapphires, Holding the Man and this year’s Upgrade, produced with Blumhouse.

Ms du Fresne has received many awards over the years including LOGIE Awards, ACCTA (AFI) and a Crystal Bear at the Berlin Film Festival. She is currently a producer on the film Top End Wedding.

Michael Scott

Board Director

Michael Scott

Board Director

Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board 1 December 2018

Michael Scott leads the Deloitte Digital practice in Western Australia and is a senior leader in the state’s technology industry, with 20 years’ consulting experience serving large enterprises, public sector agencies and not for profit organisations.

Mr Scott’s previous board and management committee roles have included Befriend Inc – an organisation committed to building inclusive communities and addressing social isolation – and the Australian Information Industry Association WA Council.

Colleen Hayward

Board Director

Colleen Hayward

Board Director

Commenced Screenwest (Australia) Ltd Board 1 January 2019

Colleen Hayward is a senior Noongar woman with extensive family links throughout the south-west of WA and is also the Head of Kurongkurl Katitjin, Edith Cowan University’s Centre for Indigenous and the Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Equity and Indigenous.

Ms Hayward has an extensive background in a range of areas including health, education, training, employment, housing, child protection and law and justice as well as considerable experience in policy and management.

Ms Hayward is well-known for her work for, and on behalf of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and won the 2008 National NAIDOC Aboriginal Person of the Year Award.

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.

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.

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.

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.

David Vincent Smith

Industry Advisory Group Member

David Vincent Smith

Industry Advisory Group Member

For over a decade, award-winning writer/director, David Vincent Smith has been building his strong visual style.

He currently tutors and mentors at the WA Screen Academy, North Metropolitan Tafe and Curtin University. Selected for the Screenwest Feature Navigator program and with shorts screening at many festivals including Sydney he is looking forward to directing his first feature.

Chris Veerhuis

Industry Advisory Group Member

Chris Veerhuis

Industry Advisory Group Member

Chris is known for his exceptional standards of work across his broad spectrum of experience from producing, creative development, project funding, location management, on set logistics, local community relations and more.

He continues to be a vocal advocate for creating opportunities for home-grown talent and is dedicated to bringing exciting, fresh content into global distribution.

Kate Separovich

Industry Advisory Group Member

Kate Separovich

Industry Advisory Group Member

Kate’s career in film started with her work in exhibition working in the head office of Hoyts WA.

Since then Kate has worked the last 15 years in various roles in production on Live Broadcast, Documentary, and Drama in the UK and Australia and has most recently made the move into producing.  Through her previous role as chair of the WA Film and Television Institute and continuing now as a founding member of Raising Films Australia Kate is a dedicated advocate for the sustainability of the screen industry, especially in WA.

Taryne Laffar

Industry Advisory Group Member

Taryne Laffar

Industry Advisory Group Member

Taryne has worked in Indigenous Arts realms for over twenty years.

Starting in the film and television industry in 2006, Taryne has worked across a wide range of disciplines including  as a Casting Director, Producer, Director and Writer, working on projects from feature documentaries to short films. In 2016, Taryne Co- Wrote and Co-Produced ON COUNTRY KITCHEN, a 6-part TV series with Director Karla Hart and Mago Films and in 2018, she Series Produced ABC iview series KGB with Mad Kids. Recently Taryne was announced as one of Screen Producers Australia’s 2019 Ones to Watch.

Grady Habib

Industry Advisory Group Member

Grady Habib

Industry Advisory Group Member

Grady Habib is Managing Director at Sandbox and a member of the WAnimate Committee.

He bides his time coordinating playtime in a Sandbox where his background in psychology helps keep the kids and himself sane, well…as sane as one can be in the advertising and TV game. He has a passion for storytelling and loves seeing work that pushes the boundaries. With personal values of honesty, collaboration, fun and a drive to succeed, he is keen to see WA take its place on the international stage for the capabilities of its talented artists.

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.