BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CRAIG PERKINS

Chair

Craig has worked in local government (6 years) and regional development (15 years), including the last 13 years as CEO and Director of Regional Development for the Regional Development Australia Tasmania Committee. Over this 21 year period, Craig has worked with communities to support their strategic development, economic growth and improving social capacity.

Craig has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and International Business), Master of Business Management, is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program, and has also been awarded a Diploma for successfully completing the AICD Company Directors course.

Craig was an elected member with the Meander Valley Council for 9 years, including the last 7 as mayor, having stepped down in October 2018.

Craig has strong networks across Tasmania and a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges that community’s face. He is Chair of Ten Days on the Island, a board member of the Crimestoppers Tasmania and the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, is a member of the Rotary Club of Central Launceston and is an active Hockey player.

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ALEX MCKENZIE

Deputy Chair

Alex McKenzie grew up on the North West Coast, before departing the bucolic setting of his childhood for university in Hobart. After completing his Arts Law degrees, and working in the southern capital for a year, Alex returned home in 2015. Despite his professional experience as a political adviser, researcher, lawyer, and not-for-profit board member, Alex says that the most useful experience for his directorship is his life as someone who has grown up in, and now returned to, the new of home Ten Days in Burnie.

JACQUI ALLEN

Jacqui Allen is an alumni of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s Executive Masters of Public Administration, Jacqui also has qualifications in marketing and arts management. Jacqui began her career as Touring Manager for Country Arts (WA), a role that involved touring performing arts productions both nationally and throughout regional Western Australia A former Ministerial Adviser for the West Australian Government, Jacqui has also undertaken roles in arts funding, policy and managed a number of government capital works programs at the WA Department of Culture and the Arts. She was the Deputy Director General of the Department from 2009 until December 2012, when she joined the Tasmanian Government in the position of Deputy Secretary, Culture, Recreation and Sport. In her current role as Deputy Secretary, Cultural and Tourism Development with the Department for State Growth, Jacqui works across the two sectors to enhance Tasmania’s reputation as a wonderful place to live, visit and invest. Jacqui’s past board positions have included Western Homebuyer’s Social Housing Fund, Perth Theatre Trust and the Meela Childcare Centre (Chair). She is currently also a board member of Community Based Support.

ELVIO BRIANESE

Elvio is driven by the belief that culture is shaped by communities. For more than 30 years, he has led international, national and local teams on small to large and complex projects for the public and private sector.

Elvio is a founding Director of Liminal Studio, a globally connected, interdisciplinary architecture and design practice based in Hobart. The multi-awarded Studio is known for new thinking and pushing boundaries and design frontiers.

Liminal’s approach is achieved by collaborating with artists, makers and contemporary performance, dance and opera companies and crosses object design, arts curation, performance design and in shaping the cultural landscape of Tasmania through policy development.

Elvio’s  project credits span architecture and object design and most recently include Project Director for The Hedberg, a $110 million development set to ignite Tasmania’s creative and performing arts future (Liminal Architecture with WOHA), the multi-award-winning Freycinet Coastal Pavilions and international awards for Liminal Objects’ including muylatina (European Product Design Awards – Bronze) and The Magic Box (Eat Drink Design Awards – Winner)

Recent performance design collaborations include Dancenorth’s Dust (featured in Ten Days on the Island Festival 2019), which completed its Australian tour in 2019, won Best Event Design at the Australian IDEA awards in 2019 and tours internationally in 2020.

DEVON CRUICKSHANK

In 2019 Devon Cruickshank and her husband, Alistair, hosted a Ten Days on the Island event on their cattle property on the NW Coast of Tasmania.  The rich and engaging experience of hosting the Acoustic Life of Sheds performances followed decades of interest in music, dance, and theatrical performances, as well as support for the visual arts.

After a 35-year career in Financial Planning and Investment, Devon now has time to devote to these interests. Having honed the multi-disciplined skills to successfully manage and promote a small business providing advice to businesses and individuals, Devon is applying those skills to the NFP sector in Tasmania.  Drawing on valuable experience gained while living and working in the State of Washington’s public policy offices, predated by an earlier role in marketing with a leading engineering company in Seattle, she has a rounded basis for contributing to the arts in Tasmania.

Angela Driver

ANGELA DRIVER

Prior to working in leadership with Tasmanian Leaders, Angela Driver forged a successful career in arts as an administrator, event manager, theatre director and community cultural developer. Her career highlight was establishing the Junction Arts Festival after completing a Churchill Fellowship researching performance event for social change. More recently she undertook the role of Chair with Mudlark Theatre and continues to direct occasionally for the company. In 2011 she was awarded the Northern Young Professional of the Year, through the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

gillian miles

GILLIAN MILES

Gillian Miles has extensive experience in tourism, marketing, and festival and event development, currently working with Tourism Northern Tasmania as the Festival and Event Specialist. As a co-founder of Festival of Voices Tasmania and the Australian Musical Theatre Festival, she has fulfilled an ambition to bring community, tourism and the arts together in celebration and national recognition of the island’s extraordinary people and their culture. As a returnee to the north of the state where she spent her childhood, she now enjoys life in the rich agricultural landscape of the Tamar Valley amongst the vineyards which produce some of the world’s finest sparkling wines.

DAVID PALMER

David Palmer is the Audit Partner at BDO in Tasmania with experience across a diverse range of clients.  David is a passionate Tasmanian and is currently serving on several other NFP Boards around the State.  He has a love for the arts and for numbers, which is a great combination.