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

If you are an active industry practitioner and would like to participate on an Industry Advisory Panel please read through the Terms of Reference and then submit an Expression of Interest.

Expressions of Interest should include your name, position, company, which of the following industry panels is the most appropriate and how you would contribute to the Industry Panel. Please email your Expression of Interest to Wendy.Gray@aftrs.edu.au, Head of Industry and attach your CV if available.

Please note that Expressions of Interest will be assessed with reference to a range of factors including skill-set, industry sector representation and optimum panel numbers.



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: Emily Bull – EP, hello Future TV; Julia Gretton-Roberts – Production Supervisor, Nine Entertainment; Catherine Bradbury – Director of Production, Fremantle Media; Suzy Hounslow – Head of Production, Network Seven; Debbie Lee – EP Matchbox Pictures; Jane Macaulay – Director Of Production, Endemol Shine, Jenny O’Shea – Production Executive, Beyond International; Andy Ryan – Co-head Drama, Nine Network; 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; Tara Palmer – Post Production Supervisor, Seven Network; Scott Rowan – Director of Post; Endemol/Shine; Fiona Strain – documentary editor (President of ASE); Frank Wang – reality TV editor


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; Natalie Pozdeev – TAFE NSW and CBAA



Since its inception in 1973 as the national film, television and radio school, AFTRS has been empowering Australian storytelling talent.

We believe Australian storytelling is vital to building our culture and identity and connecting with one another. Australian stories are facing a challenging climate. We see building the next generation of Australian talent and equipping our industry with relevant skills as essential to meeting these challenges and ensure audiences continue to be enriched by Australian stories.

AFTRS is federally funded to support the Australian media industry, and we value our close connection to Industry which ensures we continue to offer courses that are both industry-relevant and forward focussed.