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Ken Crouch Manager

Ken Crouch is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation, including personnel, programs and services, funding and financial management, and implementing the Triennial Business Plan to support screen industry development in the region. Prior to this appointment Ken was Team Leader/Acting Manager of Community and Cultural Services at Clarence Valley Council, where he developed, authored and was implementing a Cultural Plan focusing on creative industries professional development. Before moving to the Northern Rivers, Ken worked as Business Operations Manager at the Council of the City of Sydney for seven years, where he managed the administration, programming, and finances of events produced by the Council, including its Sydney New Year’s Eve celebrations. This role incorporated managing the national television broadcast of multiple simultaneous events, in addition to edited highlight packages for national and international news agencies. With a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts (Technical Production) from NIDA, Ken also has experience in writing successful funding applications and in governance, being a previous board member of Arts Northern Rivers and former company secretary of Queer Screen.

Lisa O’Meara Manager

Lisa O’Meara is responsible for planning, organising and running all professional development and screen culture events and for driving and maintaining the membership, ensuring that the organisation contributes positively to its members, screen industry practitioners, stakeholders, partners and the NSW and national screen industry. Lisa is also responsible for communications with media, social media platforms and with members. She is a marketing and communications professional with extensive experience in event management, retail management, product management and arts administration. She has worked internationally across a range of industries including screen, publishing, software and entertainment distribution and Arts Festival management. Lisa is passionate about the creative industries and inspired by the talents and resourcefulness of the creative people she has worked with. Lisa has worked for a broad range of government, private and not-for-profit organisations including Film Australia, ABC, Media Monitors, Tech Pacific, Horwitz Publishers and HBJ Publishers. Her clients have included Disney, Adobe, Broderbund, The Learning Company and Blizzard. Lisa also successfully ran her own marketing consulting business and co-owned and managed a small production company and a retail business. Lisa has tertiary qualifications in both marketing and education.

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