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Michael Ebeid AM

Michael Ebeid AM brings to the role extensive experience from his more than three decade career in the media, technology, and telecommunications sectors. He was previously Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of SBS, Group Executive at Telstra and in 2017 was made a Member of the Order of Australia for significant service to the broadcast media and multicultural affairs. Michael is currently a non-executive director of the Sydney Opera House and BAI Communications.

Michael Ebeid’s second term expires 30 March 2027.

Megan Brownlow (Deputy chair)

Megan Brownlow has over 25 years’ experience in media, marketing and managing digital disruption. Until April 2019 Ms Brownlow was a partner with PwC and the National Leader of the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) Industry Practice where she performed strategy, due diligence, forecasting, and market analysis work for clients. 

As well as being Deputy Chair and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee for Screen Australia, Megan is Deputy Chair of the Media Federation of Australia, Chair of the Industry Advisory Board for the School of Communications, UTS and a non-executive director of video technology company, Atomos (ASX:AMS).  Megan also has a small consulting practice, Housten Consulting, and specialises in designing and facilitating strategy workshops for boards and executive teams.

Megan is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), holds an MBA from The Australian Graduate School of Management, a Bachelor of Arts with Honours from the Australian National University and a Leadership Talent Pool Certificate from INSEAD, Singapore.

Megan Brownlow’s fourth term expires 20 April 2026.

Marta Dusseldorp

Marta Dusseldorp is a respected and award-winning Australian actor who has worked extensively in theatre, film and television. An example of Marta's countless accolades include the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actress in a TV Drama for the ABC’s Janet King in which she featured in the title role and worked as the Associate Producer. In 2020, Marta relocated to Tasmania and opened Archipelago Productions, producing feature films, television and works for stage and festivals. She recently finished filming Bay of Fires – an upcoming ABC drama – on location in Tasmania. Her appointment to the Screen Australia Board is illustrative of the agency’s function to support a highly creative Australian screen industry.

Marta Dusseldorp​’s first term expires 20 November 2025. 

Sacha Horler

Sacha Horler is one of Australia’s most loved and respected actors working in theatre, film and television. She is in the new comedy Colin from Accounts on Binge. She stars in the two-time ACCTA award winning comedy The Letdown, and played opposite Kate Winslet in The Dressmaker. Other credits include the title role in Sando, and roles in Peter Rabbit, The Kettering Incident, Secret CityRake, Grassroots and The Moodys. Sacha had the unprecedented joy of winning two AFI awards on one night for the lead role in Praise and supporting role in Soft Fruit. She won her third AFI for her supporting role in Travelling Light.

Her most recent lead role was in The Wayside Bride at Belvoir St Theatre, an Alana Valentine premiere. She starred in Kodie Bedford's Cursed and Valentine's The Sugar House both at Belvoir St Theatre, and has appeared in other plays at Melbourne Theatre Company, Ensemble Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company.

Sacha is a passionate MEAA member and a campaigner for her industry.

Sacha Horler's first term expires 20 November 2025. 

Helen Leake AM

Helen Leake is one of Australia’s most respected producers. As founder and owner of Dancing Road Productions and Duo Art Productions, her feature credits include Heaven’s Burning, Black and White, Swerve and Wolf Creek 2. Her films have been selected for over 30 international film festivals, including Venice, Toronto, London, Karlovy Vary, Busan and Beijing. Helen was CEO of the South Australian Film Corporation from 2004 to 2007. She also served on the Board of AusFilm and was Chair of the Board of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and Psychology from Flinders University. Before entering the film industry she worked in Australia and the United Kingdom for International Computers Ltd and also ran her own computing consultancy firm. In 2020 Helen was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Australia Day Honours for significant service to film and professional organisations. In 2022 she was appointed to the industry Advisory Board for the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at Flinders University. 

Helen Leake’s first term expires 26 June 2024.


The multi award-winning Deborah Mailman AM is one of Australia’s most highly respected actors on stage and screen. Her feature credits include RadianceRabbit Proof Fence and the internationally acclaimed The Sapphires. On television Deborah has created some of Australia’s most enduring characters including her award winning portrayals in Total Control, Mystery RoadRedfern NowMabo and The Secret Life Of Us as well as voicing Big Cuz in the award winning animation Little J and Big Cuz.  In 2017 Deborah received the Order of Australia Medal for Services to the Arts and as a role model for Indigenous performers. She is currently a Trustee of the Sydney Opera House.

Deborah Mailman’s second term expires 5 April 2025. 

Nicholas Pickard

Nicholas Pickard is one of Australia’s leading creative and cultural industry policy experts and advocates. With experience in the UK, Europe and Asia Pacific he is currently the Executive Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations at APRA AMCOS, Australasia’s music rights organisation representing songwriters, screen composers and publishers. Prior to this he was the Director Corporate Affairs for Copyright Agency which represents the intellectual property rights of authors, journalists, visual artists and publishers.

A former journalist, critic and an arts and screen policy adviser to state and federal governments, Nicholas was central to the team that created, devised and launched Australia’s 2013 national cultural policy – Creative Australia. Nicholas is the outgoing Chair of the Australian Society of Authors and a board member of the NSW Government's multi-artform advisory board and music festivals roundtable. He is also a board member of Regional Arts NSW and a Fellow of The Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. 

Nicholas has Bachelor of Arts in modern history and cultural studies from Macquarie University where he received two international scholarships to study post-war theatre in Manchester and Oxford, UK and theatre directing at the Academy of Theatre, Film, Radio and Television (AGRFT) Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Nicholas Pickard’s first term expires 20 November 2025. 

Pallavi Sharda

Pallavi Sharda is an award-winning Australian actor, producer and speaker with a uniquely global career that has seen her successfully lead projects in India, Australia, the UK and the US.

Her credits across Bollywood, Hollywood, the UK and Australia include: Gurinder Chadha’a Beecham House, Netflix Series The One, Warner Bros film Tom & Jerry, Hindi films Begum Jaan & Hawaizaada, Oscar-nominated drama Lion, ABC shows Retrograde and Les Norton and the Australian award-winning series The Twelve. Most recently Pallavi starred in the US Netflix rom com Wedding Season.

An honours graduate from the University of Melbourne, Pallavi holds an LLB (hons)/BA (Media & Communications) and Diploma in Modern Languages (French). An ardent advocate for intercultural communication and creating cultural links between South Asia and Australia, Pallavi speaks and consults widely on equitable treatment for traditionally marginalised communities and ‘debunking diversity’ across multiple industries and sectors. Pallavi has been recognised as one of the most influential Asian-Australians at the Asian Australian Leadership Summit, and in 2021 received the Advance Global Award for Excellence in the Arts. In 2023 Pallavi launched Bodhini Studios – a story incubator dedicated to unearthing untold stories within traditionally othered narratives.

Pallavi Sharda first term expires 13 July 2026​.


The Screen Australia Audit Committee was established in accordance with Section 45 of the PGPA Act, to assist the Board in the discharge of its responsibilities. Audit Committee members are Megan Brownlow (Chair), Nicholas Pickard, Marta Dusseldorp and Helen Leake AM. The Audit Committee provides a forum for communication between the full Board, senior management and Screen Australia’s internal and external auditors. Pursuant to the Charter of the Audit Committee, the Committee must satisfy itself that the internal management and accounting controls are operating effectively, review the risk management strategy, consider external audit reports, and monitor management’s implementation of recommendations and regulatory compliance. View the Screen Australia Audit Committee Charter.