Executive

The Executive Team provides leadership and operational management including strategic and operational planning; as well as reporting to major stakeholders.

Willie Rowe

Chief Executive Officer

Willie Rowe

Chief Executive Officer

Peter “Willie” Rowe is Chief Executive Officer at Screenwest.

Willie has a lifetime’s experience providing corporate affairs and government relations advice and support to governments, industry and community sectors.

As WA Premier Colin Barnett’s Chief of Staff and Richard Court’s Director of Policy, Willie has operated at the highest levels of government. He has direct knowledge of influencing, developing and analysing policy as well as an exemplary network across government, industry and community in Western Australia and Australia.

Now at Screenwest, Willie uses his background of corporate communications, government engagement and issues management to leverage his role as CEO and has a bold vision for his tenure.

Contact Willie

E: willie.rowe@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2101

Matthew Horrocks

Head of Screen Investment and Strategic Projects

Matthew Horrocks

Head of Screen Investment and Strategic Projects

Matthew Horrocks is Head of Screen Investment and Strategic Projects at Screenwest.

Matt has overall responsibility for screen investment, and the WASF fund in particular. His role has a special focus on key strategic initiatives including new funding structures and streams, infrastructure and the interactive pilot fund.

Matt has produced short films, documentaries and feature films in New Zealand, most recently BEYOND THE KNOWN WORLD – a NZ/Indian co-production. In the UK he worked in production roles on 28 DAYS LATER and CALENDAR GIRLS.

Matt was a Development Executive, and Industry Training Executive for the New Zealand Film Commission during a highly successful period for the NZ film industry.  He has guest lectured at the University of Auckland, played a key role in setting up Script-to-Screen, and designed and instigated the “Big Screen Symposium,” New Zealand’s leading annual event for film and TV makers.

Contact Matthew

E: matthew.horrocks@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2118

Wendy Simmons

Head of Operations

Wendy Simmons

Head of Operations

Wendy Simmons is the Head of Operations at Screenwest.

She provides strategic advice and oversight of funding programs and business affairs services, including initiative development and implementation, budgets and organisational planning.

She has expertise in working for government including for Dept Culture and the Arts and Dept of the Attorney General. She has a diverse working background and experience in ESL (English as Second Language) teaching, graphic design and management. She joined Screenwest in 2011 and has worked across the organisation including in strategic projects, development & production, finance and business affairs. Originally from Queensland, Wendy has studied Film & Television, Graphic Design, Arts Management and ESL (English as Second Language).

Contact Wendy

E: wendy.simmons@screenwest.com.au
T: 
+61 8 6169 2113

Alexandra Biddle

Head of Communications

Alexandra Biddle

Head of Communications

Alexandra Biddle is the Head of Communications at Screenwest.

Alex manages the Communications and Partnerships Team and is responsible for the implementation of communications activities, stakeholder and sponsorship relations and brand and profile management for Screenwest.

Alex has previously worked for AWESOME Arts Australia and Hoyts Cinemas and has tertiary qualifications in Public Relations, Education and Drama Studies.

Contact Alex

E: alexandra.biddle@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2106

Kenny Lye

Head of Corporate Services

Kenny Lye

Head of Corporate Services

Kenny Lye is Head of Corporate Services at Screenwest.

Kenny is the Company Secretary for Screenwest and is responsible for the management of Screenwest’s Corporate Services function, overseeing the delivery of finance, human resources, health and safety, records management, information and communication technology services and governance support.

Kenny has over 10 years’ experience in the arts and culture sector in Western Australia and extensive experience in the delivery of corporate services. Prior to joining Screenwest, Kenny was Head of Finance and Operations at Perth Festival and previously held the role of Business Director at Fringe World (Artrage).

As a Chartered Management Accountant, Kenny has broad experience across financial management, risk and legal, ICT, human resources and governance. Kenny is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves on the board of a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Contact Kenny

E: kenny.lye@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2103

Development & Production

The Development & Production Team designs, implements and administers initiatives to support and develop Western Australian screen industry practitioners and productions, and build a sustainable screen industry in Western Australia.

Franziska Wagenfeld

Development & Production Executive

Franziska Wagenfeld

Development & Production Executive

Franziska Wagenfeld is Development & Production Executive at Screenwest.

Franziska oversees all Screenwest development and production funding across documentary and drama across all platforms.

Franziska has been working in the Australian film industry as a producer, screen executive and an educator for over two decades. Franziska was Development and Investment Manager at Film Victoria, managed the Victorian office of AFTRS, and was an Executive Producer at Open Channel Productions.

As an independent film-producer, her credits include feature films, documentaries, short films and one-off television dramas, including the independent feature films Playing For Charlie and the Australian feature film Irresistible.

Originally from West Berlin, Franziska studied Documentary Filmmaking in San Francisco and Sociology & Politics in Berlin.

Contact Franziska

E: franziska.wagenfeld@screenwest.com.au
T: + 61 8 6169 2110

Paul Williams

Documentary Manager

Paul Williams

Documentary Manager

Paul Williams is Documentary Manager at Screenwest.

As Screenwest’s Documentary Manager, Paul oversees the delivery and assessment of all documentary production and development initiatives and programs offered.

Paul is a multi-award-winning writer/director whose latest work is the critically acclaimed feature documentary Gurrumul about Indigenous singer Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Gurrumul has won many awards, and its Australian Box Office is in excess of $1 million.

Paul completed a Graduate Diploma in Documentary Filmmaking at the Victorian College of Arts and prior to this completed a Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Letters at Melbourne University.

After ten years working as a film editor, Paul focused exclusively on directing and writing. He has over 15 years’ experience producing and directing documentaries, and has extensive experience filming in the third world and developing nations and remote Australia.

Contact Paul

E: paul.williams@screenwest.com.au
T: + 61 8 6169 2116

Barbara Connell

Drama Development Manager

Barbara Connell

Drama Development Manager

Barbara Connell is Drama Development Manager at Screenwest.

As Drama Development Manager, Barbara focuses on the delivery and management of all of Screenwest’s drama development programs including managing the assessment and selection processes of these funding initiatives, for all platforms.

Barbara has over 25 years’ experience with local, national and international production entities as a freelance screenwriter, development consultant and script editor. She held a board position with the Australian Writer’s Guild National Executive Committee and was a founding member of ScreenWriters WA and the Pinnacles Screen Collective.

Barbara has previously held positions as Chief Operating Officer and Director, Development for Demand Film, Development Manager with Taylor Media, Acting Development Manager with Screenwest, Acting Director at WA Screen Academy, and Senior Project Officer with the WA State Government Department of Culture and the Arts.

Contact Barbara

E: barbara.connell@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2127

Devina McPherson

Indigenous Manager

Devina McPherson

Indigenous Manager

Devina McPherson is Indigenous Manager at Screenwest.

Devina is a descendant of Yamatji and Noongar, from the Murchison, Gascoyne and the southwest Boojarah and Gnaala Karla Booja country of Western Australia.

Devina is responsible for Screenwest development and production programs involving Indigenous practitioners and content.

Her previous experience includes seven years at the Film and Television Institute as a Producer and Production Manager, where Devina brought Indigenous Western Australian stories to the screen through the archival and factual program Indigenous Community Stories. Devina has also previously worked on the Deadly Yarns series for the ABC, and on Bran Nue DaeStraight Shootin and various other short films. Prior to that Devina worked freelance as an editor, photographer, event manager and camera operator.

Contact Devina

E: devina.mcpherson@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2112

Simone Flavelle

Diversity Manager

Simone Flavelle

Diversity Manager

Simone Flavelle is the Diversity Manager at Screenwest.

Contact Simone

E: diversity@screenwest.com.au

Gabrielle Cole

Production Attraction & Services Manager

Gabrielle Cole

Production Attraction & Services Manager

Gabrielle Cole is the Production Attraction & Services Manager at Screenwest.

Gabrielle provides professional support and advice to industry practitioners and production companies regarding filming in Western Australia. She can advise you on the incentives for filming in WA, assist in facilitating location recces for incoming productions and provide connections to the WA Screen Industry and facilities. Gabrielle also manages the Crew Attachment Program.

Gabrielle has been an active member of the Western Australian Screen Industry in both the Locations and Production Departments. Her impressive list of Production Coordinator credits include Breath, Hounds of Love, Three Summers and 1%.

Gabrielle has a Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television from Curtin University, as well as Masters in Professional Communications, Screen Studies from Edith Cowan University.

Contact Gabrielle

E: gabrielle.cole@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2117

Eva Di Blasio

Talent Development Manager

Eva Di Blasio

Talent Development Manager

Eva Di Blasio is the Talent Development Manager at Screenwest.

Eva develops, delivers and manages Screenwest’s suite of capability building programs and production initiatives, supporting the skills development and career progression of WA screen practitioners.

Eva has been an active member of the WA screen industry, working as Company Co-Director and Producer at RKPix before founding Wild Child Productions. Throughout her filmmaking career, Eva has produced short films including Sleepwalking and  Let’s See How Fast This Baby Will Go, ABC Comedy series The Chinaboy Show and feature film Sucker.

In 2010, Eva produced her debut feature film Little Sparrows, which received rave reviews and went on to win a number of awards including the WA Screen Award for Outstanding Drama. Eva also worked on the feature films 1%, OtherLife and Paper Planes.

Eva graduated from the Australian Film and Television Radio School with a postgraduate diploma in Producing and Screen Business. On graduation Eva received the Screen Australia Talent Escalator Program Grant to work in Los Angeles where she worked with Village Roadshow Pictures and The Gotham Group.

Contact Eva

E: eva.diblasio@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2107

Please note: Eva is currently on leave. For information regarding Screenwest’s support for the emerging sector, please contact Interim Talent Development Manager Chantal Chateuneuf.

Chantal Chateauneuf

Interim Talent Development Manager

Chantal Chateauneuf

Interim Talent Development Manager

Chantal Chateauneuf is Interim Talent Development Manager at Screenwest. 

Chantal is responsible for the design, delivery, and day to day management of Screenwest’s filmmaker capability development programs. 

Chantal Chateauneuf has worked in the film industry since 2013 to bring compelling stories to audiences. 

Her experience ranges from international sales and domestic distribution to industry events and filmmaker skills development. She has held positions with Mongrel Media, Celluloid Dreams, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, MIFF Industry and AIDC. 

In 2017 Chantal was named a Future Leader: Sales and Acquisitions by Screen International. She holds a B.A. in Art History from McGill University. 

Contact Chantal

E: chantal.chateauneuf@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2107 

Monique Hammond

Development & Production Coordinator

Monique Hammond

Development & Production Coordinator

Monique Hammond is Development & Production Coordinator at Screenwest.

Monique assists the Development & Production team with the management of scripted, factual and Western Australian Regional Film Fund projects and provides administrative support to the Development & Production Executive. Monique helps with research, reports, correspondence and other tasks related to the development and production funding programs.

Monique has worked on both factual and scripted short films, as well as working as a producer on series 8 of NITV’s Noongar Dandjoo. Monique continued to share a love of film and support the WA screen industry by volunteering at film festivals around WA.

Monique has a Bachelor of Arts in Screen Production from Curtin University.

Contact Monique

E: monique.hammond@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2121

Stephanie Cole

Development & Production Assistant

Stephanie Cole

Development & Production Assistant

Stephanie Cole is a Development & Production Assistant at Screenwest.

Steph assists the Development & Production team with the management of strategic projects including Western Australian Regional Film Fund, Indigenous, Diversity, Talent Development, Practitioner Support and Production Attraction, and provides administrative support to the Head of Screen Investment and Strategic Projects.

Stephanie is an emerging producer who has worked on scripted and factual projects, including short film Moose and Series 8 of NITV’s Noongar Dandjoo. She has a keen interest in alternative media platforms and has worked as a producer and writer on multiple podcasts.

Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in Screen Production from Curtin University.

Contact Stephanie

E: stephanie.cole@screenwest.com.au

Business & Legal Affairs

The Business & Legal Affairs team provides business, legal and contracting services for Screenwest's funding programs and initiatives across the Development & Production and Marketing, Communications & Partnerships teams.

Hannah Outtrim

Business & Legal Affairs Manager

Hannah Outtrim

Business & Legal Affairs Manager

Hannah Outtrim is Business & Legal Affairs Manager at Screenwest.

Hannah provides Screenwest with business, legal and contracting services across the Development & Production Funding, and Communications, Marketing & Partnerships teams.

Hannah is a practising lawyer with experience in commercial and contracts law and has qualifications in Performing Arts and Media Communications.

Contact Hannah

E: hannah.outtrim@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2119

Caroline Middleton

Business & Legal Affairs Officer

Caroline Middleton

Business & Legal Affairs Officer

Caroline Middleton is Business & Legal Affairs Officer at Screenwest.

Caroline supports the Business & Legal Affairs Manager to contribute to an efficient delivery of legal services. She is responsible for all administrative tasks, reviewing legal documents and drafting correspondence and non complex legal documents.

You can find Caroline drafting development investment agreement’s, attachment and professional development contracts, working with indigenous production and diversity programmes along with ad hoc creative industry agreements.

Caroline joined the Screenwest family in 2010 and has amassed agency experience whilst supporting the production team, working in the locations and film friendly initiatives and as Funding Team Leader.

Caroline moved to Perth from the UK and prior to joining Screenwest worked as a Production Manager and Location Coordinator in the heart of London.  She has managed projects across five continents and worked in a location agency bridging the gap between UK property owners and creative industries.  She also spent several years in the HR space training and assessing staff.

Contact Caroline

E: caroline.middleton@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2120

Marketing, Communications & Partnerships

The Marketing, Communications & Partnerships Team promotes Screenwest and the Western Australian screen industry to increase its profile; fosters the WA community’s engagement with local content, the local screen industry and the Screenwest brand; liaises with and keeps key stakeholders informed; and manages partnerships, including the Yagan Square Digital Tower.

Cassandra Jordan

Events, Partnerships & Sponsorships Specialist

Cassandra Jordan

Events, Partnerships & Sponsorships Specialist

Cassandra Jordan is the Events, Partnerships and Sponsorships Specialist at Screenwest.

Cassandra’s role at Screenwest is to foster productive relationships with the WA screen sector, government, arts, corporate and partners as well as run Screenwest’s medium to large events. She also manages the Audience Community Engagement Fund and oversees Industry Event Sponsorships.

Cassandra has vast amounts of experience within Art and Cultural Events sector in WA, she has great understanding of event dynamics, industry development programs, risk management and stakeholder engagement.  She has worked managing and coordinating festivals at the 15- 20,000 attendee mark to smaller boutique events and industry conferences across the state.

She holds a bachelor of Arts in Screen Arts and a Bachelor of Commerce in Public Relations.

Contact Cassandra

E: cassandra.jordan@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2108

Gillian Stephenson

Digital Content Producer

Gillian Stephenson

Digital Content Producer

Gillian Stephenson is Digital Content Producer at Screenwest.

Gillian is responsible for implementing and coordinating Screenwest’s digital marketing and communication framework and strategies.

She maintains Screenwest’s online presence and produces multimedia content for Screenwest’s social media, website, newsletter and podcast.

Gillian is particularly passionate about digital accessibility and using web content to engage and develop real-world communities.

Contact Gillian

E: gillian.stephenson@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2125

Damien Blythe

Interim Content Programmer/Producer

Damien Blythe

Interim Content Programmer/Producer

Damien Blythe is Interim Content Programmer/Producer at Screenwest.

Damien is responsible for curating, scheduling and commissioning content for Yagan Square’s 360-degree Digital Tower in collaboration with local artists, filmmakers and creatives.

Contact Damien

E: damien.blythe@screenwest.com.au

Zeppo Ngwenya

Content Coordinator

Zeppo Ngwenya

Content Coordinator

Tshepo “Zeppo” Ngwenya is Content Coordinator at Screenwest.

Zeppo works with the Content Programmer/Producer coordinating and creating artistic content projects with WA artists and organisations on Yagan Square’s 360-degree Digital Tower. He also oversees the production of student work coordinates the programming of the Digital Tower across the artistic, events and advertising programs.

Zeppo has previously worked as a Publications Officer, Digital Designer and as a Motivational Speaker; and has a keen interest in the non-profit arts sector.

Contact Zeppo

E: tshepo.ngwenya@screenwest.com.au

Finance & Corporate Services

The Finance & Corporate Services Team provides finance/budget planning, and corporate governance, including compliance. Information and technologies services are provided, as well as human resource management.

Lin Edwards

Finance Executive

Lin Edwards

Finance Executive

Lin Edwards is Finance Executive at Screenwest.

Lin is responsible for Screenwest’s general financial reporting functions, quality control of financial data as well as the supervision of accounts payable, receivable and payroll functions.

Lin has extensive knowledge in financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting. In her 10+ year career she has held senior accounting roles across various industries.

Contact Lin

E: lin.edwards@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2104

Yogesh Jhala

Finance & Corporate Services Officer

Yogesh Jhala

Finance & Corporate Services Officer

Yogesh Jhala is the Finance & Corporate Services Officer at Screenwest.

Yogesh is responsible for financial functions including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Payroll and added finance duties. He also provides support to HR and Corporate Services functions and activities.

Yogesh completed his Accounting degree from Victoria, and worked as Finance Officer in Melbourne before moving to Perth. Yogesh has been working in not for profit sector for the past 12 years.

Contact Yogesh

E: yogesh.jhala@screenwest.com.au
T: + 61 8 6169 2105

Nina Gee

Administration Assistant

Nina Gee

Administration Assistant

Nina Gee is Administration Assistant at Screenwest.

Nina provides administrative support across Screenwest and contributes to the daily office operations. She has a deep love for paperwork and enjoys optimising processes to help the Screenwest engine run smoothly.

Before joining the Screenwest team, Nina worked on several Western Australian s productions in the art department including feature film I Met A Girl and Elevate-supported shorts Hold Up,  Antecedents, The White Dress and Moose. She has also worked as a Freelance Production Assistant for MediaCorp and is passionate about championing diverse media representation, particularly LGBTQIA+ representation.

Nina has a BA in Screen Production with Honours in Communication and Media Studies from Murdoch University.

Contact Nina

E: nina.gee@screenwest.com.au
T: +61 8 6169 2124