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Council

Behind the scenes of 'The Greenhouse' | Directed by Thomas Wilson-White | Photo: Jack Baxter

Under the Australian Film, Television and Radio School Act 1973 (the Act), the School is governed by a Council responsible to the Federal Parliament through the Minister for the Arts.

The Council is responsible for strategic direction, organisational development, succession planning and resource allocation, including budget control and risk.

The Council ensures that:

  • policies on key issues are in place and are appropriate
  • risks facing AFTRS are identified, assessed and properly managed
  • AFTRS complies with applicable laws.

There are nine members of the Council, specified under the Act:

  • three members appointed by the Governor-General
  • three members appointed from convocation by the Council
  • the Chief Executive Officer, ex officio
  • one staff member elected by staff each year
  • one student member elected by students each year.

Members represent the interests of the School and the entertainment industry, contributing expertise in a range of areas, including education, law, film and television production, commercial activities and management.

The Governor-General appoints the Chair. The Council elects the Deputy Chair. These positions may not be held by ex officio, staff or student members.

Members appointed by the Governor-General, and those appointed by convocation, hold office for a term of up to three years, with a maximum of two successive terms. Staff and student members hold office for one year, with a maximum of two successive terms and cease to be members if they leave AFTRS.

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    Russel Howcroft

    Mr Howcroft has extensive experience in the screen industry. He was the Ex...

    Russel Howcroft

    Mr Howcroft has extensive experience in the screen industry. He was the Executive General Manager of Network Ten and has served on a number of boards and foundations which focus…

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    Chair (Governor-General appointment)

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    Council

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    Katrina Sedgwick

    Katrina Sedgwick is the Director and CEO of the Australian Centre for the ...

    Katrina Sedgwick

    Katrina Sedgwick is the Director and CEO of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), the national museum for film, TV, games, digital culture and art. She has a…

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    Council Member (convocation appointment)

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    Council

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    Annabelle Herd

    Annabelle Herd brings valuable experience in broadcast television to the r...

    Annabelle Herd

    Annabelle Herd brings valuable experience in broadcast television to the role and a wealth of expertise in policy development and implementation, regulatory affairs and government relations across the commercial and…

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    Council Member (Governor-General appointment)

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    Council

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    Carole Campbell

    Carole Campbell is a professional company director with more than 30 years...

    Carole Campbell

    Carole Campbell is a professional company director with more than 30 years’ experience in a diverse range of industries including professional services, financial services, media, mining and industrial services. Carole…

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    Council Member (convocation appointment)

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    Council

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    Peter Tonagh

    Peter Tonagh is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Vi...

    Peter Tonagh

    Peter Tonagh is the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Visa Processing Pty Limited (AVP). Peter is also the Non-Executive Chairman of Bus Stop Films, a charitable organization supporting inclusion in…

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    Council Member (Governor-General appointment)

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    Council

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    Tanya Hosch

    Tanya Hosch, General Manager of Inclusion and Social policy at the Austral...

    Tanya Hosch

    Tanya Hosch, General Manager of Inclusion and Social policy at the Australian Football League (AFL) is joining the Council. Ms Hosch has a long and distinguished history in Aboriginal and…

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    Council Member (convocation appointment)

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    Council

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    Neil Peplow

    Neil Peplow was most recently the Chief Operating Officer at the Met Film ...

    Neil Peplow

    Neil Peplow was most recently the Chief Operating Officer at the Met Film School, (since June 2014) in London at Ealing studios, a role that saw him overseeing the organisation's…

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    CEO

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    CEO Office, Council

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    Pearl Tan

    Pearl Tan was born in Perth, Western Australia. She is the founder and dir...

    Pearl Tan

    Pearl Tan was born in Perth, Western Australia. She is the founder and director of Pearly Productions, creating independent films with a focus on diversity. She was named one of…

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    Senior Lecturer – Directing and Staff Member on Council (appointment by election)

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    Award Courses, Council