Creative Industry Forum 

Speaker Bios

Russell Way Helene Rosanove Art Tank

ART TANK
Russell Way & Helene Rosanove

Russell and Helene are both accomplished artists in their own right, as well as life partners, who together have created Art Tank – a platform to bring communities together through the experience of ART.

MY BEARDED PIGEON
Cath Young

Cath Young is the founder of homewares business My Bearded Pigeon. She designs and prints fabric, sews it into cushions and wall hangings and then sells them from home in Bellingen to people across the world via online market place Etsy.

Monica Davidson

CREATIVE PLUS
Monica Davidson

Monica Davidson is a writer, filmmaker and business consultant for people working in the arts. She consults to larger arts organisations about entrepreneurship and profitability, and guest lectures at NIDA, AFTRS, NAVA, and Ausdance.

ARTS MNC
Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams is the Regional Arts Development Manager with Arts Mid North Coast, one of the 14 Regional Arts Boards that promote and service the arts and cultural sector of New South Wales.

SAVE SAWTELL CINEMA
Stephanie Ney

Stephanie Ney is an experienced fundraiser and project manager with over twenty years’ experience in the Arts and not for profit sectors. Hear her amazing story about how, together with her community and innovative fundraising, she saved a local icon.

Fiona Barden

COFFS HARBOUR CITY COUNCIL
Fiona Barden

After moving to Coffs and running a tourism business with her family, Fiona has spent a number of years delivering business advisory programs with ETC and has worked with a number of creative businesses through startup and expansion.

Lorrae O'Brien

NORTH COAST TAFE
Lorrae O’Brien

Lorrae O’Brien has been involved in the Creative Industries since the early 1980s and is currently the Head Teacher of Creative Industries at Kempsey, Port Macquarie and Wauchope TAFE Campuses.

DXN SOLUTIONS
Lee & Anya Dixon

After years in Corporate World in the UK both Anya and I decided it was time to make a change and we moved to Port Macquarie with no house, no jobs, just a bag each for our 3 girls to carry.

Liz Campbell

KEMPSEY SHIRE COUNCIL
Cr Liz Campbell

Kempsey Mayor Liz Campbell has over 30 years owning and managing her own business.  She has been involved in joint private/public partnership with National Parks and Wildlife Service developing Smoky Cape Lighthouse Tourist Precinct and also as a TAFE Travel and Tourism lecturer.

FORUM MC
Annabel Lines

Annabel’s work ranges across theatrical genres, with a particular bent for crafting out-of-the-box characters and events. She has collaborated with a medley of artists and specialists to produce works big and small—from festivals for tens of thousands to performances in tiny street spaces, bedsides and phone boxes.

Donna Ballard

WINGHAM AKOOSTIK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Donna Ballard

The Wingham Akoostik Festival presents local and touring artists playing diverse musical styles. A mix of well-known Australian icons have performed on the Akoostik stages.

Lorraine Penn

COFFS HARBOUR WRITERS GROUP
Lorraine Penn

The Coffs Harbour Writers’ Group was established in 1986 for the purpose of creating an environment of support for aspiring writers.

Francessca O'Donnell

OUT THERE DESIGN AND MOSAIC
Francessca O’Donnell

From small detailed glass mosaics to large commercial installations, we were delighted to receive constant opportunities to design and create.

Alison Williams

INDIGENOUS  INTERIORS
Alison Williams

Alison has taught for many years in the Clarence & Coffs regions and has won several art awards including the NSW Indigenous Art Fellowship from the Ministry for the Arts and Sydney City Council which supported her to exhibit throughout Canada.

Michael Grieve

BELLINGEN SHIRE COUNCIL
Michael Grieve

Before moving to the Bellingen Shire, Michael worked as Deputy Director with the Creative Industries Innovation Centre – based at the University of Technology Sydney. This role involved research, funding and delivering business services to SMEs across all the creative sectors.

Wayne Lowe

NAMBUCCA VALLEY SHIRE COUNCIL
Wayne Lowe

Wayne has been working in Economic Development for the past 18 years. In this time the Nambucca Shire Council has worked on Business and industry development across all sectors of the community.

Oliver-Parker

KEMPSEY SHIRE COUNCIL
Olivia Parker

Olivia Parker is currently the Community Projects Officer at Kempsey Shire Council and is responsible for delivering arts and cultural projects for the Macleay.

skye-frost

PORT MACQUAIRE HASTINGS COUNCIL
Skye Frost

Skye Frost is a creature of arts, culture and all things fun. Skye has and has worked in the arts and creative industries for over 15 years in both the private and public sector in Australia and Internationally.

GREATER TAREE CITY COUNCIL
Jeremy Miller

Jeremy has 25 years’ experience in the performing arts, public and corporate event management and commercial radio. He has written, directed and performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, was a member of the Australia Council Peer Assessment Panel and a Board Member of Arts Mid North Coast.

Aunty Esther Quinlin

WELCOME TO COUNTRY
Aunty Esther Quinlin

Esther does a variety of Aboriginal Art work, mainly working with acrylics on canvas and board.   She has won a number of major art awards and her works are held in public and private collections throughout the world.

melinda-pavey

MEMBER FOR OXLEY
Hon Melinda Pavey, MP

After more than a decade working for the people of regional NSW in the Legislative Council, and four very successful years as a Parliamentary Secretary, Melinda Pavey is taking up the fight on behalf of the Oxley electorate on the NSW Mid-North Coast.

marilyn-breen

ETC – Enterprise and Training Company
Marilyn Breen

Marilyn has been working with Enterprise & Training Company for over 3 years providing business advice and mentoring to small business owners across the region.

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