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Announcement of Appointment of New Board Members

Brisbane, 22 September, 2015: Screen Queensland, the Queensland State Government’s screen agency, welcomes the newly appointed members of its Board effective 1 September 2015. The new members will serve a three-year term.


The new Screen Queensland Board of Directors bring to the table an impressive and diverse range of background disciplines and a wealth of experiences and knowledge to help guide funding recommendations. The new Board of seven members is:


MS LINDA APELT will serve as Chair of the Board. Ms Apelt has over 35 years’ of progressive experience in government and non-government environments, including fourteen years as a Director-General of Housing and Community Services portfolios, spanning disability, Indigenous policy, families, youth justice, child protection, non-clinical mental health and disaster recovery. Linda is currently CEO of Montrose, Therapy and Respite Services and Adjunct Professor, Institute of Social Science Research, The University of Queensland. She has served as a non-Executive Director on a range of boards including QSuper Board of Trustees; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Crèche and Kindergarten Association Limited. She has also chaired a range of national and State based Ministerial Advisory Committees and public sector Boards of Management as an Executive Director.


MRS PATRICIA HEATON is currently a co-Director of The Heaton Group which develops real estate projects in Sydney and is the former Chief Executive Officer of AusFilm, and former Production Liaison Unit Manager of the New South Wales Film and Television Office. She has worked in the screen sector for more than 25 years as a producer, senior executive and company Director. Ms Heaton was a Board member of Screen NSW in 2009-2014 and divides her time between Sydney and the Gold Coast.


MR WILLIAM MCINNES is an acclaimed and accomplished actor and writer. He has received multiple Logie Awards for his television work and multiple AFI nominations for his work in film. Mr McInnes is the author of nine novels and brings a unique perspective on talent attraction and career insights in an industry context. Mr McInnes writes a weekly column for The Courier Mail and has been the Chair of the Advisory Council to Museum of Australian Democracy and is a present member of the Advertising Standards Board.


MS CATHERINE O’SULLIVAN is currently Pro Vice-Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships, Bond University (since 2013), 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 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 is Assistant Editor, Columnist, The Courier-Mail.


MR TAKESHI 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.


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About Screen Queensland:

Screen Queensland supports a creative, innovative and successful screen industry through development and investment; secures production to Queensland; and delivers an active screen culture across the state.