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Deirdre Brennan | Chief Executive Officer

Deirdre Brennan

Deirdre has extensive experience as an executive in the domestic and international screen sector. Prior to joining Screen Australia in 2024, Deirdre was the Chief Operating Officer of WildBrain, a global independent media entertainment company spanning content production, distribution and brands licensing. Previously, Deirdre worked at BBC Worldwide Australia as the Director of Television, General Manager and Director of Content. Her former roles include Head of Children’s Television at the ABC TV and General Manager of Universal Kids at NBC Universal.  

  • Sally Mynett Executive Assistant to the CEO

Grainne Brunsdon | Chief Operating Officer

Grainne Brundson

Grainne is a strategic leader in the creative industries with more than 25 years experience in the not for profit arts sector, tertiary education and the public sector. Prior to joining Screen Australia in 2022, Grainne was the Head of Screen NSW and since 2010 has held several senior roles in Screen NSW, Create NSW and Arts NSW, including Director of Arts Investment, Director Engagement and Development. Prior to this, she held senior leadership roles in international cultural relations with the British Council, roles in design education with TAFE and UNSW, and in management and development with the Australian Design Centre.

Irene McMonnies | Head of Legal Services and Producer Offset and Co-Production

Irene McMonnies

Irene has over 18 years of extensive experience in various senior legal roles across television, radio and digital media. Prior to joining Screen Australia in 2022, she was Director of Legal and Business Affairs at Australian Radio Network (ARN). Before joining ARN, Irene led the legal team as General Counsel at Australian News Channel and Nine Entertainment Co’s jointly-owned TV news channel Your Money, which she joined after three years in-house as Nine’s Corporate Counsel where she focused on regulation and compliance. Irene joined Nine from Prime Media Group where as Legal Counsel she worked across commercial advice, broadcasting services, compliance and regulation. Starting her career at Gilbert + Tobin Lawyers, Irene worked for eight years as a lawyer specialising in Intellectual Property and Litigation.

Angela Bates | Head of First Nations

Angela Bates

Angela is a proud Māori & Malyangapa woman from Far Western NSW. Angela has over 20 years’ experience in the media sector as a TV producer, writer, award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker. She has held roles at Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA radio), Sydney’s Koori Radio, ABC Regional News, SBS TV’s Living Black program and National Indigenous Television. While at NITV she was the inaugural executive producer for NITV National News, where she set up the first ever nightly Indigenous news service on national television. She also set up Awaken, a half hour weekly panel program hosted by Stan Grant, as well as wrote, directed and presented the documentary Homelands. In 2015, she became the general manager for the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network in Winnepeg, Canada. Angela holds a Master of Arts: Screen Business and Leadership from Australian Film Television Radio School (AFTRS).

Richard Nankivell | Chief Financial Officer

Richard Nankivell

Richard joined Screen Australia in October 2010 from City of Ryde where he was Chief Financial Officer. He has an extensive background in finance and administration from his time in local government having held senior management positions in a number of NSW metropolitan and rural councils including City of Ryde, Parramatta City Council, Willoughby City Council, Corowa Council and Boorowa Council. Richard holds an Associate in Local Government Administration and was awarded the Albert Mainard Local Government Scholarship sponsored by the then Town Clerks Society of NSW in 1982.

Norma Aguilar | HR Manager

Norma Aguilar

Norma is a seasoned HR professional bringing 15 years of diverse HR experience that spans across a variety of industries such as Clinical Research, Professional Services and Financial Services locally and abroad. Norma’s areas of specialty include the development and implementation of HR initiatives, talent acquisition and workforce planning. Prior to joining Screen Australia, Norma was with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research.