icon icon

Industry Advisory Panels


Industry Advisory Panels help inform AFTRS skills training for media industry practitioners ensuring alignment with employment and entrepreneurial opportunities in the media industry. AFTRS industry skills training program offers experiential learning that is future-focused, globally relevant and informed by media industry both locally and globally.

The Industry Advisory Panels will provide advice, global insights and inform our programs to ensure relevance in the workforce. Industry Advisory Panels will validate the curriculum of the Industry Skills program. The quality of the skills training program will align with the quality and excellence of education offered through AFTRS undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

The four panels cover:


Representatives from a range of businesses, including new/start-up media businesses: Nathan Anderson – COO, Start VR; Stephen Digby – DVM Law; Peter Drinkwater – CEO, Screen Audience Research Australia (SARA); Claire Evans – MD, Grumpy Sailor; Matthew Hancock – Manager Strategy and Business Intelligence, SBS; Kylee Ingram – producer; Sharon Ramsay-Luck – former Head ABC Sales and Business Development; Kirsty Stark – Producer, Epic Films; Deanne Weir – Chairperson, AI Media and Hoodlum


Content-makers across a range of platforms: Grant Anderson – Head of Content, Hogarth; Emily Bull – EP, hello Future TV; Julia Gretton-Roberts – Production Supervisor, Nine Entertainment; Will Hamilton – Director of Production, Fremantle Media; Suzy Hounslow – Head of Production, Network Seven; Debbie Lee – EP Matchbox Pictures; Jane Macaulay – Director Of Production, Endemol Shine, Kelrick Martin – Head, Indigenous Dept, ABC TV; Jenny O’Shea – Production Executive, Beyond International; Andy Ryan – Co-head Drama, Nine Network; Chris Smyth – Lead Senior Digital Producer, Host/Havas; Ben Ulm – Head of Content, ITV Studios


Specialists in camera, sound and post-production: Alexis Castagna – feature, webisode and TVC DP; Fiona Donovan – production designer; Melinda Doring – production design; Jimmy Foggo – HD Development, Eureka productions (and shooter/producer); Tim Hawkins – doco and reality freelance DP, Nicholas Holmes – TV Drama Editor; Krista Jordan – Learning and Business Development, Animal Logic; Chris McCallum – Location Sound Recordist; Tara Palmer – Senior Post Production Manager, Fremantle; Scott Rowan – Director of Post; Endemol/Shine; Fiona Strain – documentary editor (President of ASE); Frank Wang – reality TV editor; Meg White – DP


Representatives from commercial, community and public broadcasting: Jaime Chaux – Head of Digital, Commercial Radio Australia; David Fuller – CRA Human Resources; Andrea Ho – Head of Planning, Regional and Local ABC; Mickey Maher – Head of Content, Regional, Austereo; Alex Mitchell – Southern Cross Stereo; Kate Montague – Audiocraft; Melanie Withnall – CEO, 2 SER