Mark Scott – Chair
Mark Scott is Secretary of the NSW Department of Education, responsible for running the NSW Education system.
For 10 years between 2006-16, he was Managing Director of the ABC, overseeing the creation of new services like iview, News 24, ABC3 and digital radio and the expansion of online and mobile services, such as the ABC News site and podcasting. In this period, there was also a significant increase in the production of Australian drama series and mini-series and the development of curated content across all platforms around important community issues like mental health and domestic violence.
He is an Officer of the Order of Australia and has graduate degrees from Sydney and Harvard Universities.
Kathy Shand – Deputy Chair
Kathy Shand has a Bachelor of Arts and Laws from the University of Sydney. In 1986 she worked for Curtis Brown literary agents in New York before returning to Sydney to work for Studio Collections magazine. She moved into book editing for Bay Books and then became the founding Editor of Nine To Five magazine.
In 1991 Kathy became the publisher of a national community newspaper, Australian Jewish News, a position she held for 15 years. Since then Kathy has gone on to complete her Masters of International Relations at the University of Sydney and to work at The United States Studies Centre and the School of Business. Kathy has extensive community involvement, including being on the Board of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation from 2000-2006 and more recently the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation from 2006-2010.
Nikki Christer has had a varied publishing career including 13 years as Publishing Director of Picador Australia where she published writers such as Tim Winton, Helen Garner and Kate Grenville. In 2015 she became Group Publishing Director of Penguin Random House Australia. Her present authors include Richard Flanagan, Joan London and Evie Wyld. Her books have won many major literary awards including several Miles Franklin awards, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, and the Man Booker Prize.
Annabel Crabb is an author, and an ABC writer and broadcaster. She presented The House, with Annabel Crabb and is the creator and presenter of the long-running popular political series Kitchen Cabinet. Annabel won a Walkley Award for her profile of Malcolm Turnbull, entitled Stop At Nothing, and in 2014 published the non-fiction bestseller The Wife Drought, about gender and work in Australia. Along with her friend and colleague Leigh Sales, Annabel presents the cult podcast Chat 10, Looks 3, in which the pair discusses books, film, cooking and television. She is a longstanding political reporter and columnist who has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Canberra Times and The Advertiser.
Annabel was Australia's 2011 Eisenhower Fellow and is a regular presenter and interviewer at the Sydney Writers Festival.
Michael Dagostino is the Director of Campbelltown Arts Centre, a flagship contemporary art institution in Western Sydney. His passion and dedication is focussed on collaborating with contemporary artists and curators to challenge historical, political and social frameworks. Previously Michael was the inaugural director of the Parramatta Artists Studios, where he developed an innovative hub for emerging artists. Michael has commissioned and or curated a number award-winning exhibitions including Towards the Morning Sun (2013); The List (2014); TV Moore’s Rum Jungle (2014); Cosmic Love Wonder Lust (2014); On Manus Island (2016), with Mike Parr; With Secrecy and Despatch (2016); Another Day in Paradise (2017); and Lisa Reihana|Cinemania (2018).
Michael’s career includes being the chair of Artspace, on the boards of Accessible Arts, FBi Radio and has had leadership positions on the NSW State Government Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee, Western Sydney Arts and Cultural Lobby and Sydney Cultural Network.
Amelia Lester is a freelance writer and editor. She was formerly the editor of Good Weekend magazine, which appears in the Saturday editions of the Sydney Morning Herald and Age newspapers, and spent nine years at The New Yorker magazine, including as managing editor and executive online editor. Amelia is a graduate of Harvard University.
Sheila McGregor is a company director and commercial lawyer with extensive experience in media, telecommunications , technology, digital and financial services.
After graduating from the University of Sydney, Sheila practiced law at Freehills, and then later at Gilbert+Tobin where she now sits on the board, heads the firm’s national technology and digital practice, and chairs the art committee that is responsible for the firm’s notable Indigenous art collection.
Sheila currently is a director of Crestone Wealth Management Limited and IAG Limited, and chairs the board of a Sydney Girls High School. She previously was a director of Seven West Media and the chair of the Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation. She holds a BA (Hons), LLB from the University of Sydney and is a member of CEW.
Chrissy Sharp was appointed inaugural Director of the Wheeler Centre for Books, Writing and Ideas in Melbourne in 2009. Prior to establishing the Wheeler Centre she was General Manager of Sadler’s Wells in London and a Board Director of Cheek by Jowl Theatre Company.
Chrissy was previously General Manager of the Sydney Festival, Head of Policy at national broadcaster SBS, and Executive Director of the Australian Writers’ Guild.
She was Chair of the Dance Board of the Australia Council (2009-2012), and Acting Executive Director of the Sydney Dance Company (2016). Chrissy was also a Board Director of Para Site, Hong Kong’s only independent contemporary art organisation.
Chrissy is currently a Board Director of Sydney Dance Company.
Emile Sherman co-founded See-Saw Films in 2008 as an Australian and UK based film and television production company. See-Saw has produced multiple award-winning film and television productions including Lion, The King's Speech, Top Of The Lake, Tracks, Shame, and Oranges and Sunshine. Earlier productions include Disgrace, Candy, and Rabbit-Proof Fence. Emile’s productions have won multiple Academy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Emmy Awards, AACTA and LOGIEs.
See-Saw Films' subsidiary, Fulcrum Media Finance, is a major film and television financier, having financed tax credits and provided other forms of debt finance to over 60 productions to date.
Emile won the Producer Guild of America Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures Award in 2011 and the FIAPF Award for Outstanding Achievement in Film in the Asia Pacific Region in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Law and Master of Arts degree from the University of New South Wales. Emile is also a director of Voiceless, the animal protection institute.
Su-Ming Wong is an investment professional with over 33 years’ of direct investment, international corporate advisory and merchant banking experience. He co-founded CHAMP Ventures in 2001, an Australian mid-market private equity funds manager with over $750 million funds under management.
Mr Wong was a member of the Council of University of Technology, Sydney (2010-2014). He was a founding director of National ICT Australia, a centre of excellence in ICT research, a member of the Industry Research and Development Board and a director of Unisearch. He was also a council member of the Australian Venture Capital Association and a member of the South Australian Government’s Venture Capital Board.
He holds a Master of Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand and a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management.