BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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 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.
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.
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.
Noel Frankham was Deputy Dean with the Faculty of Arts, University of Tasmania. Now retired, Noel has been a Professor of Art with the University of Tasmania since 2002, and was Head of School, Tasmanian School of Art, University of Tasmania until 2012. His research focused on curatorial practice, especially site-specific art projects within cultural heritage sites. He has curated several exhibition projects in heritage-listed sites in partnership with historians, social scientists, artists and curators for major arts festivals including Ten Days on the Island. Noel has worked with research partners on studio practice as pedagogy with project funding from the Office of Learning and Teaching and its predecessors. He has extensive experience in arts policy and funding. Noel was Professor of Contemporary Art and Head of School, South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia; Director of Object: Australian Centre for Craft and Design; Director, Visual Arts/Craft Board, Australia Council for the Arts; and Extension Services Officer, Queensland Arts Gallery. He has served terms as Chair, Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools, Asialink’s Visual Arts Committee and Adelaide’s Jam Factory.
Roz MacAllan’s professional background began in Darwin’s Community Arts Project in the 70s, and for 30 years she was a leading figure in the visual arts in Queensland. In 2014 she opted for a lifestyle change, moving to regional Tasmania. Since relocating to Tasmania she has been an advocate for local tourism and events. Roz continues her lifelong passion for travel but now likes to focus on destinations in the world where the arts has significantly altered the quality of life for its inhabitants.
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 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.