The Board of the Film & Television Institute WA Inc consists the following people:
Lisa Bradock (Chair) was first elected to the Board at the 1999 AGM and was re-elected for a fifth two-year term at the 2007 AGM. She was first elected Chair in October 2000 and has retained that position since then as well as being a member of the Board Executive Committee. Lisa has had several years’ experience of FTI both as an employee and a Board member. She brings to the Board a variety of skills and experiences, particularly relating to business and people management. Lisa has a Batchelor of Commerce Degree from UWA, and has an employment background including not-for-profit associations, corporate and local government. She is currently Chief Executive Officer of Netball WA, a sporting association with similar structures and issues to those of the FTI.
Marjolein Towler (Deputy Chair) was elected to the FTI Board at the AGM in June 2000 and was re-elected for a fourth term at the April 2006 AGM. Marjolein was elected Deputy Chair in October 2000 and has retained that position since then as well as being a member of the Board Executive Committee. She has been an FTI member since 1989 and previously served a two-year term on the FTI Board in the early 1990's. Marjolein has 20 years as Director of her own interactive media production company, Consultas, with a client base from both the Corporate and Public Sectors. In addition, she has extensive experience in teaching and training development and delivery as well as the development of operations management and project management systems. She was the inaugural Co-Chair of the Bachelor of Multimedia undergraduate degree programme at the School of Media, Communication and Culture, Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, from July 1998 until July 2000 where she developed the course from an industry perspective with emphasis on the communication aspects of digital media technologies. She was a Director of Imago Multimedia Centre CMC from 1999 to 2002, including a period as Acting Managing Director. Besides running her own business, she is the Treasurer of Women are I.T. WA (Inc.), a not for profit networking organisation that encourages female participation in Information Communication Technology (ICT) industries. Marjolein brings extensive experience in education and digital production environments as well as business to the Board.
Angel Barrio (Treasurer) was appointed to the Board in August 2000 and has since been re-appointed annually by the Board - the latest being at the April 2007 AGM. He served in the role of Treasurer up until the 2005 AGM when that specific role was abolished as a consequence of a revision to the Constitution, but he continues to perform the function of Finance Director as a member of the FTI Board Executive Committee. Angel is a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers where he heads the Perth Mergers and Acquisitions team that specialise in project managing and providing corporate advice in relation to business acquisitions, divestments, management buy-outs, public floats and corporate restructures. He is also a member of the Finance Committee for the Western Australian Art Gallery and a past lecturer for both the Securities Institute of Australia and the University of Western Australia. Angel is not a member of FTI. His involvement is in a personal capacity, bringing his expertise in financial management coupled with an interest in the film and television industry.
Cassie Rowe (Director) was appointed to the FTI Board in January 2007 and was elected for a one-year term at the 2007 AGM. She is a recent graduate from the FTI’s Screenwriting Diploma in December 2006. Cassie is currently employed by Police & Nurses Financial Planning as a Financial Planner. In this capacity, one of her key responsibilities is the development and provision of specialised, technical advice and strategic financial solutions to assist clients with their financial needs. Her previous employment was with the Bendigo Bank financial planning division, in a highly technical role. In addition, she has worked in Parliament House in Canberra with the then Shadow Minister for Finance. Cassie has a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University, as well as a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) at the Securities Institute of Australia, a Real Estate Agent’s Representative course at RMIT University, and she is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Finance. Cassie is very passionate about the Film and Television industry in Australia, in particular, the preservation and representation of our culture via these mediums going forward. She hopes to make a valuable contribution to the FTI as a Board member and ensure that we continue in our endeavours to promote a local industry.
Graeme Sward (Chief Executive Officer) was appointed as a voting member of the Board when he commenced employment as CEO during September 1999. He is a member of the Board Executive Committee. Graeme has had extensive experience in the broadcasting industry over a 25-year period. Prior to joining FTI he was a contract Executive Producer for the ABC in Perth and he also served for a period on the FTI Board. Graeme is a Director of Excalibur Nominees Pty Ltd. (FTI’s production company) and he served as a Director of ScreenWest for three years from 2001 until 2004. Graeme was also the series Director of the Mary G Show 2, which screened on SBS Television early in 2002 and he had an involvement for a period as a Director of Access 31 Community Television. He is passionate about FTI and what it represents and has seen the organisation grow and expand under his direction.
Edwin Lynch (Director) was first elected to the FTI Board at the June 2005 AGM and was re-elected for a further one-year term at the 2007 AGM. He previously served on the Board from 1995-97. Edwin has written and directed short films which have screened and sold around the world – recently winning best short at the Chennai (Theosophical) Film Festival in India. In the ‘80s, he was awarded WA Filmmaker of the Year twice running and in 1998, he wrote the low-budget sci-fi mini-feature 100th Monkey for Channel 7 and Ron Elliott. Since then he has directed kids’ TV, written and co-produced animation for ABC TV and is currently directing a bunch of documentaries about mentally challenged people for DADAA (Disabled in the Arts, Disadvantaged in the Arts). Edwin runs a self-promotional website where you can read about all this (www.geoffrey.com.au). He and writing partner Phil Jeng Kane recently interviewed Philip Seymour Hoffman’s brother Gordy (also a struggling filmmaker) for a podcast with the aim of getting an American to read their screenplay. For extra cash, Edwin teaches screenwriting, filmmaking and website usability at Curtin University and develops corporate websites. He, co-writer Phil Jeng Kane and producer Carmelo Musca are currently seeking finance for their feature film Beware the Stingray. Edwin is biased in that he wants to see more dramatic features made in WA and will lobby strongly towards this end.
Mark Hudson (Director) was first elected to the FTI Board at the June 2005 AGM and was re-elected for a second two-year term at the 2007 AGM. He completed FTI’s Diploma in Screen Writing course during 2004, became (and still is) an active member of the Members Production Group (MPG) and picked up a Screen Writing award at the 20th WASA ceremony held recently for writing the script of the MPG film Brood.
As an emerging filmmaker he is expanding into writing and producing short films as well as working on a pilot TV series. Mark’s background is in marketing and business, having held a number of senior marketing roles both in WA and overseas. He currently runs his own business writing proposals, tenders, presentations and bids for the business community of WA. Mark brings to the FTI Board his marketing and business skills and is looking forward to continuing his close involvement with FTI Marketing Manager, Jonathan Cope and CEO, Graeme Sward to develop marketing and sponsorship partnership packages targeted to attract potential sponsors and in so doing, help the Institute to progress into the future.
Jeanmarie Collens (Director) was elected to the Board for the first time at the 2007 AGM. She is a former employee of FTI who worked for nearly 10 years in the Equipment and Facilities department where she gained an extensive knowledge of the department’s operations and developed her skills in service marketing. For the past three and a half years Jeanmarie was the Short Course Coordinator for the Department of Arts at Swinburne University in Melbourne. This involved creating professional development courses for adult learners and also provided her with a good understanding of the issues surrounding accredited training and compliance. Jeanmarie has a Bachelors Degree in Communication Arts with a concentration on Film Production and a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. Having recently returned to Perth Jeanmarie is looking forward to becoming involved in FTI again and making a contribution towards its future.
David Smith (Director) was appointed to the FTI Board in January 2007 and was elected for a two-year term at the 2007 AGM. In February 2006 he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Western Australia. David holds degrees in Law and Commerce (with a double major in Accounting and Finance) from the University of Western Australia and in November 2006 he completed a Graduate Diploma in Film and Television at Curtin University. He is presently employed as an Academic at Curtin University’s Business Law School and will commence working as a Corporate Solicitor in June 2007. David is currently co-producing a short dramatic film entitled Legacy, which received production finance in December 2006 through FTI’s LINK Production Initiative. He is also developing several animated short films and web comics for the interactive website www.d-gradeboys.com, which is owned by his production company. David’s other interests include serving as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the WA Youth Theatre Company. David brings to the Board a broad range of legal, accounting, financial, educational, film production, entrepreneurial and management experience and is looking forward to applying these skills to help the Institute further develop and prosper in the future.
Jeremy Emms (Director) was appointed to the Board in January 2007 and was reappointed for a further year following the April 2007 AGM. Jeremy was born in Scarborough, England, obtained a degree in Geography at Leicester University, worked for twelve years mainly in sales and marketing roles in Europe, USA Australasia and Asia, migrated in 1999 and became an Australian citizen in 2002. Since moving to WA he has worked in print and direct mail at Zipform, advertising with Marketforce and as an Account Director for a number of major clients. Three years ago he decided to go it alone and consult and he now spends most of his time networking, identifying opportunities and bringing people together. This activity spans WA, the Eastern Seaboard and internationally and is mainly focused on emerging media, print and advertising. Jeremy’s other interests involve participation in a number of voluntary educational and sporting support organisations. He became acquainted with FTI through friends’ participation and personal observation and is looking forward to helping FTI grow through using his networking, marketing and sales skills.