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    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ros Bates

    New Screen Queensland Board announced

    Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts
    The Honourable Ros Bates

    Wednesday, July 04, 2012

    New Screen Queensland Board announced

    Arts Minister Ros Bates today announced new appointments to the Board of Screen Queensland.

    Ms Bates said the new look team will bring much needed industry management skills to the enterprise.

    “The new team will be headed by television producer and media consultant Geoffrey Cooper,” Ms Bates said.

    “He has more than 20 years’ experience in staff and change management and I am pleased to welcome him to the role of Chair.”

    Mr Cooper is joined by new appointees Michael Hawkins, Gold Coast Councillor Jan Grew, Professor Stuart Cunningham, Peter Baston, Kaye Martin, Kathy MacDermott, John Miller and Des Power.

    “Together, these new members have invaluable experience across a broad range of industries and will bring a wide range of expertise to the table,” she said.

    “The new Board will focus firmly on our film and TV industry, aiming to extend the reach of film festivals to the regions and to create a vibrant screen culture around the state.

    “The Board will also set a new standard in terms of transparency, corporate governance and making sure taxpayers get value for money.”

    Summary of Screen Queensland Board members:

    Geoffrey Cooper (Chair) is a Television Producer and Media Consultant who has built his 20 year career in Queensland. He has worked for several free-to-air networks producing thousands of hours of award-winning television.

    Mr Michael Hawkins is a company director and Executive Director, of the National Association of Cinema Operators Australasia.

    Gold Coast Councillor Jan Grew is Chair of the GCCC Economic Development and Tourism Committee. She also holds a Masters of Film and TV Degree and has served on many Boards including Gold Coast Film Fantastic.

    Professor Stuart Cunningham is a Distinguished Professor, QUT, and Director of the Australian Council Centre of Excellence for Creative Industries and Innovation. He has served as a Commissioner of the Australian Film Commission.

    Peter Baston is a barrister and consultant with decades of legal experience in the fields of sports and entertainment.

    Kathy McDermott is Executive Director of the Queensland Division of the Property Council of Australia and has a 27-year career in property and media, including 11 years as bureau chief for the Australian Financial Review.

    John Miller has extensive experience as an executive producer of current affairs for the Seven Network, and as writer, producer and presenter of documentaries.

    Des Power AM is an award-winning filmmaker, former journalist and foreign correspondent, and chair of a number of prominent boards in the film and events industries in Australia.

    Kaye Martin is a respected member of the financial community with many years’ experience in asset management.

    [ENDS] 2 July, 2012

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