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Louise Herron became CEO of the Sydney Opera House in 2012, the first woman appointed to the role, after 10 years working in investment banking and serving as chair of Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre.
Since 2013, Louise has led development of the Opera House’s Renewal program to ensure this World Heritage-listed icon and one of the world’s busiest performing arts centres meets the needs and expectations of 21st-century artists, audiences and visitors.
Renewal includes more than $270 million in capital works to upgrade performance halls and open new spaces to the public, as well as improving the artistic and visitor experiences for the Opera House’s 8.2 million annual visitors and the 1.5 million people who attend a performance each year.
Jess was the founding director of Vivid Ideas, Australia's largest creative industries event, and has curated creative sector events including Junket, TEDxSydney and Curating Participation. As a knowledge exchange strategist, Jess is a founding contributor to the Sydney Culture Network, launching in late 2017. She is an advocate for the knowledge economy, creative and cultural sector, and encouraging participation in politics, creativity and enlivening our public realm. As a public art curator, her projects included Green Square Library and Plaza. She has served as an arts policy advisor and strategist, directed the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards and the Creative Cities East Asia project, and began her career as editor of a number of creative industries publications including Yen, Empty and Hotpress. Jess is passionate about cities and city-making, and in 2016 was elected as a Councillor for the City of Sydney.
Alison Page - Entrepreneur, artist, author and film & television producer, Member, Creative Economy Taskforce, Director, National Australia Day Council, Author, 'Design, Building on Country'
Alison Page is a Walbanga and Wadi Wadi woman and is an award-winning designer and film producer whose career, which began at the NSW Government Architects Office in late nineties links indigenous stories and traditional knowledge with contemporary design. She appeared for eight years as a regular panelist on the ABC TV show, The New Inventors and in 2015, was inducted into the Design Institute of Australia's Hall of Fame. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Technology's Design School and the founder of the National Aboriginal Design Agency.
Member, Creative Economy Taskforce, Director of the National Australia Day Council (NADC).
Marc Fennell is an Australian radio and tv presenter, film critic, award-winning technology journalist, author and the host of SBS's live nightly news show The Feed.
Over the years Marc has presented on The BBC, Foxtel, Network Ten, The ABC andShowtime. He is best known to triple j listeners as That Movie Guy. Each week Marc's reviews reach over 1.9 million people making him the most listened to film critic in Australia. He is also the face of cult cinema on SBS TV hosting film slots: Movie Mayhem, Kung Fu Season and Tropfest 2013 (in front of a live crowd of 90 thousand people.)
Marc created and presents ABC Radio National's award-winning weekly technology radio programme Download This Show. It was voted Best New Podcast of 2012 by iTunes Australia and Best Audio programme in the 2013 Microsoft I.T Journalist Awards.
Neil Peplow joined the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) as CEO in 2015. Neil has been involved in the production of 17 feature films and a Showtime TV series. In 2007, he set up a boutique consultancy company and worked for clients that include: BBC Worldwide, Vue Cinemas, Intandem Films and Fallon Advertising. Whilst Director of Film at Skillset (2009-2011), Neil was responsible for the UK’s film skills strategy which focused on new technologies including 3D and new digital business models. Most recently, as COO for Met Film Group, Neil worked with YouTube on the establishment of a creator-space in Berlin.