About SQ

Our Board

The Screen Queensland board ensures that the agency acts in accordance with its Corporate Plan while functioning and achieving results effectively and efficiently through providing expert governance and guidance for the team at Screen Queensland.

Our board is responsible for managing and approving significant Screen Queensland investments.

Applications to the Screen Finance Program, RFFF and any other programs, where stipulated, should be submitted in line with the below dates:


Board MeetingScreen Finance and RFFF Applications ClosePAS and PDV Applications Close
Thursday, 24 February 2022Friday, 10 December 2021Wednesday, 5 January 2022
Wednesday, 20 April 2022Friday, 11 February 2022Wednesday, 9 March 2022
Wednesday, 22 June 2022Friday, 8 April 2022Wednesday, 11 May 2022
Wednesday, 10 August  2022Friday, 3 June 2022Wednesday, 29 June 2022
Wednesday, 5 October 2022Friday, 29 July 2022Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Wednesday, 7 December 2022Friday, 30 September 2022Wednesday, 26 October 2022

OUR BOARD

Linda Lavarch

Chair of the Board

Linda is a lawyer by profession and has broad experience in developing and advising on public policy in Australia. Linda served in the Queensland Parliament from 1997 to 2009 and was appointed the State Attorney-General in 2005.  

After retiring from the Queensland Parliament Linda joined the team at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at QUT co-ordinating a Nonprofit Law project aimed at streamlining the laws that regulate charities and not for profits in Australia.  She was appointed by the then Federal Government as Chairperson of the National Not-for-profit Sector Reform Council (2011-2013) and Chairperson of the Not for Profit Sector Tax Concession Working Group (2013). From 2015 to 2020 held the position of Director of Member and Specialist Services with the Queensland Nurses and Midwives’ Union (QNMU)and from January 2021 to May 2021 remained with the QNMU working on special projects.   

Linda has had extensive experience serving on Boards and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Screen Queensland, a Director of Volunteering Queensland, a non-executive Director of QNMU Law. Linda also sits on a number of Advisory bodies including, Advisory Board member of Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (QUT) and Advisory committee member of the QUT Pathway to Politics Program. 

Aaron Fa’Aoso

Board Member

Aaron Fa’Aoso is a Torres Strait Islander, actor, screenwriter, director and producer. Since 2013 he has been the Managing Director of his own production company, Lone Star. Aaron is the producer and presenter of Strait to the Plate, an NITV SBS Food series featuring the culture and culinary traditions of the Torres Strait. Aaron has also starred in films and TV series including RAN: Remote Area Nurse, East West 101, The Straits, Bikie Wars: Brothers in Arms, and Goldwater. Aaron actively supports and mentors other film practitioners and was previous a board member of Media RING—an industry group that developed and enhanced career opportunities for First Nations Australians in the media. 

Cathy Hunt

Board Member

Cathy is successful cultural sector consultant and business woman with thirty years experience providing research and advice to governments, architects, planners, arts and cultural organisations in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong and is the co-founding director of Brisbane-based Positive Solutions. She is the founder and investor in QuickstART, an interest free loan program for artists and creative practitioners and was an advisor to the $1 million Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF), a partnership between the Queensland state government and Tim Fairfax Family Foundations. Formerly a festival producer in the UK, Cathy recently returned to that role, bringing the WOW (Women of the World) Festival movement to Australia. As Executive Director of non-profit company Of One Mind, Cathy was the Executive Producer of Wow Festival 2018, celebrating the women of the commonwealth, and now a three-year program of festivals and activities, WOW Australia 2020-22 in Queensland. She is a global Ambassador for the WOW Foundation in London. 

Dean Gibson

Board Member

Dean Gibson is an Aboriginal filmmaker with over 15 years’ experience in creating, writing, directing, editing and producing content.  His work has screened on ABC3, ABC1, SBS and NITV and includes children’s television, documentary and drama.   

Dean’s onscreen highlights in the children’s television space include directing a Sesame Street film Five Kangaroos, featuring Jessica Mauboy, which has screened to audiences all over the world. His most recent work Tjitji Lullaby for ABC Kids features nightly putting all Australian toddlers to bed. Dean also created and co-directed the childrens’ TV series Handball Heroes, which screened on ABC3. In the documentary space, Dean recently delivered Incarceration Nation to NITV/SBS in which he is the Writer and Director. Incarceration Nation is a Feature Documentary focusing on the systemic racism of the justice system within Australia. The documentary has been shortlisted as a finalist for 2022 Walkley Awards. 

Aboriginal filmmaker, Dean Gibson has over a decade of experience in multiple facets of the screen industry. He currently sits on the Board of Screen Queensland, the Board of Queensland Theatre the Griffith University Film School Advisory Board and the Essential Screen Skills Industry Advisory Board. 

Dylan Miklashek

Board Member

Mr Dylan Miklashek is Studio Manager and Managing Director of Gameloft Australia – a global leading video game developer and publisher.

Mr Miklashek has over 25 years’ experience in the video game industry and has lead teams on major franchises including FIFA, WWE, Batman and The Oregon Trail. Mr Miklashek is also a board member of the Interactive Games and Entertainment Association (IGEA). 

Professor Herman van Eyken

Board Member

Professor Herman van Eyken is currently a Director at the Griffith Film School and is appointed as a member of the Creative Arts Research Institute, Griffith University. Professor van Eyken has a background in script writing, producing and directing.

He has directed more than 190 films – shortlisted within international competition of leading film festivals such as Cannes, New York, Montreal and Vienna. Many of his films have received top awards in their respective category. His feature film has been released in more than 10 countries, including Australia, Canada, France, Italy and Taiwan. Professor van Eyken’s research interests lay in film policies, cross cultural collaboration and film training needs for professionals. 

Kylee Ratz

Board Member

Kylee is a highly experienced leader in the film and television industry, with over 28 years experience in the field. The last 14 years have seen her take up the position of Group General Manager at Cutting Edge in which she leads a team of over 100 creatives. Kylee is recognised for her focus on building trusted relationships with clients and colleagues and delivering quality productions through a high performing workforce. She has a proven track record for being agile, dedicated and passionate about the industry through her diverse catalogue of work.

As Group General Manager, Kylee seeks out and provides the context for organizational

Information. She helps her colleagues and industry associates make sense of what they read and hear, while ensuring information is relevant so every employee knows how they belong in the bigger picture. Kylee started the Cutting Edge Film and TV Mentoring and Internship Program in 2006. Her ability to transform the landscape of a business and mentoring fellow colleagues is a rewarding part of her career.

Lynne Benzie

Board Member

Lynne Benzie has over 34 years in the film, television and entertainment industry.

Her career started in the United Kingdom in Engineering, she then migrated to Australia in 1979 where she developed a very diverse background in the Insurance, Finance, Legal, building and Information Technology industries, which led her to a position with EMI Records in promotion and marketing.

Lynne joined Village Roadshow Studios in 1990 as PA to the General Manager of the Studios, after 5 years of being involved in the operations of the Studio Complex she was promoted to Studio Manager, then to Vice President Studios Operations and in January 2008 was promoted to President of the Studios.

In her capacity as President of Studios she is responsible for the day to day running and operations of the Studio Complex including, financial planning and marketing the studio facility, travels to U.S.A. twice a year and works closely with Screen Queensland and City of Gold Coast to attract productions in Queensland and lobby governments to increase incentives.

Lynne was on the Board of the PFTC for 7 years and was Chair on Film Gold Coast and a committee member for REDAB (Regional Economic & Advisory Board for the film industry) and is currently on the Board of Ausfilm Australia. Bond University – Film and TV advisory board, QUT – CI Faculty Advisory Committee Meeting, Jobs Queensland Advisory Committee and in 2018 on the board for Gold Coast Film Festival and Screen Queensland.

  

Patricia Alner

Board Member

Patricia has over 25 years’ experience in strategy and finance, asset planning and management, performance management systems, data analytics and digital solutions, change management and business process improvement.

Patricia has a Bachelor of Informatics from Griffith University, a Graduate Diploma in Communication, and a Master of Business (Communication studies) from QUT. She has also completed a Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting from QUT and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and Certified Practising Accountant (CPA).

Patricia is Chair of Screen Queensland’s Audit and Accounts Committee. She is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Queensland Catholic Education Commission and a former Non-Executive Director of the Asset Institute Australia.

The Honourable Roslyn Atkinson AO

Board Member

The Honourable Roslyn Atkinson AO is a lawyer, former actor and arts administrator with extensive experience chairing boards, a lifetime commitment to human rights and diversity whose main interest outside work is in film. Ms Atkinson was a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland from 1998 to 2018.  During that time, she was responsible for many high-profile criminal and civil trials.  She was also the Chair of the Queensland Indigenous Justice committee, lead author of the Equal Treatment Bench book and Chair for 12 years of the Queensland Law Reform Commission.  She was also a member of the Board of Expressions Dance Company. In 2015, Ms Atkinson was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the judiciary and to law reform in Queensland, through contributions to the legal profession and to promoting awareness of issues of injustice and inequality in Australia and internationally. She has a life-long commitment to the arts, and to encouraging diversity and genuine equality particularly for First Nations people and people from diverse cultural backgrounds, women and people with disability.