New Board Members for ACMI

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Wednesday 30 March 2016.

In further exciting news from an organisation undergoing significant transformation, ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) today announced changes to its Board membership.

By appointment of the Victorian Government, award-winning actor and director, Rachel Griffiths, and business and technology consultant, Karen Corry, join as Board Members in March 2016.

In late 2015 surgeon and philanthropist Dr Terry Wu, arts leader Esther Anatolitis and Linda White, assistant national secretary of the Australian Services Union, were welcomed to the Board, replacing retiring members Ricci Swart, Sebastian Costello and Andrew Ranger.

Minister for Creative Industries, Martin Foley, said the new appointees bring substantial capability, expertise and experience in cultural strategy and governance.

“ACMI is the only place of its kind in Australia and it is leading the way internationally. These latest board appointments bring high-level expertise, invaluable industry insights and a diversity of experience to ACMI’s leadership mix. I look forward to their contribution to ACMI’s future success and to Victoria’s cultural offering,” said Mr Foley.

In welcoming the new appointees, Peter Lewinsky, ACMI Board President, said today that having their expertise at Board level will further consolidate ACMI’s strong leadership and strategic focus.

“I am delighted to welcome our new Board members. Linda, Terry and Esther have already made outstanding contributions bringing their skills to our discussion and decision making, and we look forward to engaging with the unique perspectives of Rachel and Karen. All these new appointments will greatly enhance our Board team helping steer ACMI’s future direction and growth.”

Completing the eleven member team are Annette Allison, Jan Chapman (AO), Des Clark, Joel Pearlman and Michael Wachtel.

ACMI Director and CEO, Katrina Sedgwick, said she is looking forward to working closely with the new team.

“This is an exciting time in the evolution of ACMI and I’m looking forward to steering the ship with the new Board cohort to achieve our vision,” said Ms Sedgwick.

With a refreshed strategy under Sedgwick and 1.4 million visitors in the 2015 calendar year alone, ACMI is an institution that is evolving and innovating at a rapid pace. The recent announcement of ACMI X, a 60 seat co-working space for the creative industries will open in April 2016 in the heart of Melbourne’s Southbank arts precinct, just one of a series of bold strategic moves designed to benefit both audiences and industry.

Mr Lewinsky also acknowledged the effective and generous contribution of retiring members, media developer and film producer Ricci Swart, Channel 9 reporter Sebastian Costello, and entrepreneur Andrew Ranger.

“I would also take this opportunity to acknowledge nine years of exceptional contribution to ACMI by retiring Director Ricci Swart. Ricci’s diverse skills and independence of thinking has been of great value. We are delighted that she has agreed to continue her association with ACMI as Chair of our Marketing and Development Committee,” Lewinsky said.

“Finally, I would also like to acknowledge the two years of service by Seb Costello and Andrew Ranger who have been integral members of the team during a time of renewed focus for ACMI.”