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The Directors of the Screen Queensland Board are:
Tess Bishop is Deputy Director – General, Strategy and Engagement, Department of the Premier and Cabinet. In this role Ms Bishop has oversight of Intergovernmental Relations, Strategic Policy, Integrated Communications, Executive Correspondence, Events and Protocol. She brings to the role more than 17 years’ experience in government and industry in Australia and the United Kingdom. Ms Bishop’s government experience is complemented by her private sector roles including the advisory firm KPMG Europe. She has strategic relationships with stakeholders in business, industry and at local, state and federal levels of government and is well known for her collaborative leadership style. Tess’s academic qualifications include a Master of International Relations, Griffith University, Graduate Diploma in Business Management, University of Western Sydney and Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Public Policy), Griffith University. Tess has recently graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
DR CHELSEA BOND
Dr Chelsea Bond is an Aboriginal (Munanjahli) and South Sea Islander Australian and a Senior Lecturer with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit. Dr Bond has worked as an Aboriginal Health Worker and researcher in communities across south-east Queensland and has a strong interest in urban Indigenous health promotion, culture, identity and community development. Dr Bond is an Affiliate member of the UQ Poche Centre for Indigenous Health, a board member of Inala Wangarra (an Indigenous community development association) and regular guest host of 98.9FM’s Let’s Talk program.
MS PATRICIA HEATON
Ms Heaton is an AFTRS graduate, former CEO of Ausfilm, and former Manager of the Production Liaison Unit at the FTO (now Screen NSW). She has worked in the screen sector since 1980 as producer, location manager, senior executive and company director. Ms Heaton served as a Board member at Ausfilm (1999) and served on the Screen NSW Board (2009-2014). Currently Ms Heaton is a co-Director of The Heaton Group with her husband, developing real estate projects in Sydney.
MS CATHERINE O’SULLIVAN – CHAIR
Ms O’Sullivan is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships, Bond University (since 2013), and is a senior executive who has achieved significant contributions to educational, community and employment outcomes, through strong leadership, innovation and partnerships. She is the former State Manager, Queensland State Office, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (2007-2012) and former Assistant Director-General (Regional Delivery) for the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (2005-2007). Ms O’Sullivan was awarded Telstra Business Woman of the Year and is an invited member of the Harvard Women’s Leadership Board (2015). She holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration ANZSOG, Diploma of Education and Bachelor of Arts from the University of New England. Catherine is a Churchill Fellow and a recipient of the Australian Rural Leaders’ Scholarship.
MR MICHAEL SMELLIE
Mr Smellie is Chair, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia, with a music business career of over 25 years. He is the former Global Chief Operating Officer of SonyBMG, Asia Pacific Head of BMG and Managing Director of PolyGram and rooArt in Australia. As Chief Operating Officer of BMG worldwide, he negotiated and implemented the merger with Sony Music. Mr Smellie is the former President of media development for Asia Pacific for the German media company, Bertelsmann (until 2010) and past Chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. He is currently Chair of Music Australia and the Australian Board of The Global Poverty Project, and holds a Bachelor of Business from NSWIT.
MR PAUL SYVRET
Mr Syvret is assistant editor and columnist with The Courier Mail. He is a multi-award winning journalist with 30 years experience in the media who has worked across the platforms of print, television and digital. His specialty is finance and economic reporting and analysis; skills honed over many years working on mastheads including the Australian Financial Review and The Bulletin magazine. Paul also brings with him a life long passion for Australian film, and regularly appears as a guest presenter at genre cinema events.
MR TAKESHI TAKADA
Mr Takada is co-founder and company Director, Alt.vfx, established in 2011 and one of the most respected visual effects studios in the Asia-Pacific region. Alt.vfx is a state-of-the-art post production studio specialising in visual effects and design for film and television and has won international awards from Cannes Lions, Mobius, Clio, New York Festival and London International. Alt.vfx is based in Brisbane with a studio in Sydney and further plans for expansion in various destinations. Mr Takada was named the Business Person of the Year at the Brisbane Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business – 2014 and is currently one of the Board members of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Brisbane Advisory Board.