The Film Act 2001 empowers the Board to promote ACMI as a national centre for the creation and exhibition of the moving image, to develop and make available collections and to conduct research and public education in the moving image.
The members of the ACMI Board are:
Peter Lewinsky (President) has conducted an advisory practice over the last 20 years, providing strategic, financial and governance advice to a wide range of public and private companies and government. He is an experienced government, not-for-profit and private sector company director and has chaired a number of Audit Committees. Prior to commencing his practice, Peter, a qualified Chartered Accountant, worked for investment banks and stockbroking firms in Australia and overseas.
Esther Anatolitis is a writer and curator with an abiding interest in how art creates public space in all its forms. Her practice rigorously integrates professional and artistic modes of working to create collaborations, projects and workplaces that promote a critical reflection on practice. Esther is Director of Regional Arts Victoria, Curatorial Associate of Éditions Vercorin, and Curator of Digital Publics. She has led key arts organisations such as Melbourne Fringe, Craft Victoria and Express Media, and is a former chair of the Arts Industry Council (Victoria). Esther’s work has been published widely in Australia and overseas, and she is a member of the Melbourne Writers Festival programming advisory. Esther serves the boards of Contemporary Arts Precincts, the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation, and Elbow Room Productions as Chair. A passionate advocate for the arts, Esther is a sought-after cultural commentator and a prolific critic across artforms.
Jan Chapman (AO) has produced some of Australia's most critically successful and popular films including Bright Star, Lantana and The Piano and supported and nurtured the careers of some of its most talented filmmakers as executive producer and producer. Her films have won many awards including co-recipient of the Palme d'Or at Cannes, three Academy Awards, Camera d'Or at Cannes and over 35 Australian Film Institute Awards.
Des Clark has extensive experience in policy development, governance and management. Des was Director of the Classification Board from 2000 to 2007. He was Deputy Chairman of the Australian Film Commission and Chairman of the Melbourne International Film Festival. Elected Lord Mayor of the City of Melbourne (1992 - 1993 ) he served three terms as a Councillor, where he was able to focus on cultural development. He worked on the restructure of Local Government in Victoria as Chairman of Commissioners at the City of Port Phillip where his management experience and community based skills were successfully utilised.
Karen Corry’s focus is on the intersection of business and technology. As an experienced consultant running her own practice for ten years, she works with organisations to achieve transformational change through technology. Corry has a depth of experience in leading major change programs, within government, health and in commercial organisations, chairing program steering committees and using her past experience to ensure success through risk management services.
Corry qualified as Chartered Accountant before becoming a partner in consulting working in KPMG offices worldwide including three years at KPMG London. A member of the Department of Premier and Cabinet's Audit and Risk Management Committee for over ten years, Corry was recently appointed the chair of the sub-committee for Service Victoria and holds Board positions with Holmesglen Institute and two not-for-profit organisations
Rachel Griffiths burst onto the international movie scene in 1994 with P.J. Hogan’s much loved feature film Muriel’s Wedding. Subsequent film credits include My Best Friend’s Wedding alongside Julia Roberts, The Rookie, The Hard Word, Ned Kelly, Patrick, Saving Mr Banks, Beautiful Kate and Hilary & Jackie, a performance which earned her an Academy Award® nomination. Her last film, Mammal, premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2016.
In television Rachel earned a Golden Globe for her portrayal of Brenda in the critically acclaimed and long running HBO series Six Feet Under and both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role the US series Brothers & Sisters. Other television credits include the HBO/NBC co-production Camp, Julian Assange biopic Underground, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and 2014’s highly successful series House Husbands. On stage, Rachel received Helpmann and Green Room Awards for her role as Catherine in the of David Auburn’s production of Proof, and she has tread the boards on Broadway in Other Desert Cities.
In 2014, Rachel tried her hand at directing for an episode of Nowhere Boys. She has recently entered pre-production for her first feature film, the story of Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne.
As an ambassador for Hagar, a Cambodia-based organisation, Rachel advocates for the protection, recovery and reintegration of women and children who have suffered severe human rights abuses.
Michael Wachtel was appointed to the Future Fund Board by Federal Treasurer, Scott Morrison and Finance Minister, Mathias Cormann in April 2016.Michael Wachtel was the Chairman (Asia Pacific & Oceania) of Ernst & Young (EY) (2010-2015); a member of the EY Global Governance Council (2007-2015); Global Risk Committee (2013-2016) and Global Leader for Tax Quality & Risk (2013-2016). He joined EY at the time of the EY integration with Andersen in 2002. He has been an adviser to Australia’s leading multinationals and high net worth families for over 30 years; consistently listed over 2 decades as one of Australia’s leading tax advisers in global surveys during his early career. Michael co-authored the BCA White Paper “Removing Tax Barriers to International Growth” (2001); and was the first person to author books on Australia’s new International Tax Regime in the early 90’s. Michael is a Board Member of St Vincent’s Medical Research Institute; a mentor to NFP CEOS through Kilfinan; a Past President of the Australian Chapter of the International Fiscal Association; a past member of the Tax Advisory Board and visiting fellow in the Melbourne University Law Faculty.
Linda White is an Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Services Union (ASU).Linda practised as a solicitor in private practice after gaining degrees in Law and Commerce from Melbourne University and holds a current practising certificate.
Linda’s work at the ASU includes responsibility for the union’s national strategy in the private sector including the airline industry, IT and call centre industries and the non-government social and community services (SACS) sector. Linda coordinated the ASU’s successful campaign for equal pay for SACS workers and has been involved in negotiating many enterprise agreements in the industries she works with.
Linda joined the Chifley Research Centre Board in 2013 and was appointed Chair in June 2015. Linda is director of industry superannuation fund, legalsuper, and is currently Deputy Chair. Linda has previously been a director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and a member of the Australian Social Inclusion Board and was a Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2006 -2015 and has served on a range of other not for profit boards including the board of 200 Gertrude Street Gallery (now known as Gertrude Contemporary).
Dr Terry Wu is a specialist plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon. He is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Terry is a consultant specialist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Box Hill hospital and the Monash Health hospitals. Terry is the Supervisor of Training for plastic surgery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and specializes in microsurgery and major head and neck cancer reconstructions.
Terry is a keen supporter of contemporary Australian art. By collecting and being an active advocate, Terry endeavours to materially contribute to the wellbeing of artists and visual art in Australia. In addition, Terry serves as a Board Member at Heide Museum of Modern Art and at National Association of Visual Arts and supports institutions and events including Sydney Biennale, Melbourne Festival and the new Australian Pavilion for Venice Biennale. In 2014, Terry established John Street Studios to provide quality affordable studio spaces for artists in inner city Melbourne
KATRINA SEDGWICKDIRECTOR CEO
Katrina Sedgwick has been the Director and CEO of ACMI since early 2015. Previously, she was the Head of Arts for ABC TV and ABC Arts online from 2012 – 14 and from 2002 to 2011, as founding Director/CEO of the biennial Adelaide Film Festival, Katrina directed the AFF Investment Fund – which supported 47 Australian productions encompassing a multi-award-winning slate of features, documentaries, short films, cross-platform and installation works.
She has an extensive background as a performer, creative producer and festival director. She was a producer for the Adelaide Festival of Arts (1996, 1998 and 2000) and the artistic director of Come Out ‘99 and Adelaide Fringe 2002. She is currently on the Board of Back to Back Theatre, was a member of the Creative Industries Taskforce and a board member of Chunky Move, the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Art Gallery of SA, and Chair of the South Australian Youth Arts Board.
GRAHAM JEPHCOTTDEPUTY DIRECTOR / COMMERCIAL & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Graham Jephcott joined ACMI in April 2014 in the role of Deputy Director and Commercial & Operations Director. Prior to his time at ACMI, Graham spent 13 years in executive roles at IMAX Corporation headquarters in Toronto. He has extensive international experience in senior-level strategic planning, project management, commercial, operational and marketing roles within the cinema, cultural and public sectors. Before moving to Canada, Graham was heavily involved in major arts projects for the Victorian Government during the late 1990s, including leadership roles in the planning for the Melbourne Museum project, and the redevelopment of the State Library. He also spent time in senior management at Art Exhibitions Australia, where he led the marketing, commercial, financial planning, human resource and legal activities.
RUSSELL BRIGGSHEAD OF EXHIBITIONS & COLLECTIONS
As Head of Exhibitions & Collections, Russell Briggs leads the team responsible for development of the permanent galleries, the temporary exhibition programme, touring exhibitions, and the ACMI Collection.
A native of California, Russell moved to New Zealand in 2002 and joined the team at Auckland Museum from 2007-2012 where he held the position of Director of Exhibitions and Programmes. He was Director of the War Memorial during planning for the WWI Centenary, and was co-chair and board member of the New Zealand National Digital Forum in 2012. Prior to this Russell worked for a decade as Creative Director of a multimedia company in California that specialised in rich-media and interactive technology, user engagement strategy, and audio/video production. His breadth of knowledge and passion has found him working for a diverse range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to NGOs. His early career included positions such as an apprentice editor at MGM Studios, a screenwriter and ghost-writer for a number of feature films and a music video director. He has also been a journalist and television correspondent covering popular culture, music, and film.
SEB CHANCHIEF EXPERIENCE OFFICER
Seb Chan is ACMI’s Chief Experience Officer. Prior to this he led the digital renewal and transformation of the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York (2011-2015) and drove the Powerhouse Museum's pioneering work in open access, mass collaboration and digital experience during the 2000s. He has also worked as a museum consultant with institutions across North America, Europe and Asia; and was a member of the Australian Government's Gov2.0 taskforce. His work has won awards from American Alliance of Museums, One Club, D&AD, Fast Company, Core77. He also leads a parallel life in digital art and electronic music.
GAEL MCINDOEHEAD OF PUBLIC AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS
As Head of Public and Education Programs Gael drives the strategy and oversees the vision for education, programming and interpretation throughout ACMI. She leads a multi-disciplinary team across the areas of education, public programs and media production to meet the needs of our diverse audiences including school and university students and teachers, families and young creatives, lifelong learners and the creative industries.
Gael has led the development and delivery of a broad range of innovative programs that provide experiences for all age ranges, encouraging people to engage imaginatively and confidently with moving image culture, including the development of our award winning digital education programs and participation in ground-breaking research projects. Her extensive experience, leadership and commitment to curriculum development, screen education and screen culture over the past 25 years has ensured that our work has been at the forefront of key cultural, museological and technological trends and changes, including a very early commitment to engage our audiences in production and creative practice through co-creation and collaborative content production, digital program delivery, innovation in learning and cross artform practice.
EMMA LEVYHEAD OF MARKETING
Emma joined ACMI in August 2015. She has held senior marketing roles across various arts and cultural organisations both locally and in the UK, most recently as head of Marketing at leading independent film and content distributor, Madman, where her campaign work won multiple industry awards. Emma is passionate about empowering female participation in film and is an active advocate for addressing gender imbalance within the Australian screen industry.