Screenwest has announced the appointment of Rikki Lea Bestall as its new CEO, commencing in May.
Ms Bestall’s appointment coincides with the completion of a three-year contract by current CEO, Willie Rowe.
Screenwest Chair, John Driscoll, pointed to Ms Bestall’s outstanding success and industry experience across local, national and international spheres as a key driver for this significant appointment.
“The WA screen industry is poised for a period of unprecedented growth and in Rikki we have a CEO who can lead the organisation drawing on her success and well-deserved respect across the WA screen industry” said Mr Driscoll.
A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), Rikki’s career has seen her previously work at Screenwest across various roles including Head of Development and Production and Director of Development. Returning to Screenwest, Rikki brings with her additional experience gained from Kransnoff/Foster Entertainment, Los Angeles and multiple production roles across WA, NSW, Victoria and Queensland.
“Joining Screenwest at this time presents an opportunity to work with the industry and key stakeholders to develop new areas of growth fuelled by the Government’s unprecedented commitment to the industry,” said Ms Bestall. “I am looking forward to meeting the challenge set out in the recently released, Screenwest Strategic Plan which outlines ambitious growth targets over the next 5 years,” she said.
John Driscoll also thanked outgoing CEO Willie Rowe. “Willie has provided Screenwest with a much-needed stabilising influence during a period of unprecedented change for the organisation” he said. “We have been fortunate to have someone of Willie’s calibre leading the organisation over the past three years.”
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