CDN is managed by a Board of volunteers whose expertise includes arts practice, academia, local and state government, the non-profit sector and arts organisations.
Paul Holton, Chair, (joined 2003)
Paul is Director Development with East Gippsland Shire Council. His role encompasses strategic management of Statutory Land Use Planning, Economic Development, Capital Projects and Council Enterprises across the East Gippsland Shire. He has worked in Local Government for over 20 years in areas such as arts facilities administration, cultural development, leisure facilities and events management. Paul was part of the team that initiated the highly successful Wangaratta Festival of Jazz. He is a former member of the Australia Council’s Community Cultural Development Board.
Sarah Catherine Firth, Deputy Chair (joined 2018)
Sarah is an award-winning comic artist, writer, and animator based in Melbourne. She also runs a small business, offering live illustration, graphic recording and strategic visualisation services for multiple clients across industries.
Some of her notable creative achievements have been, in 2006 Sarah was named one of Australia’s top 25 artists aged under 25 and under in the 25/25 show by Art & Australia Magazine. In 2007 she received a commission and residency with Carriageworks, followed by a commission from Experimenta Media Art in 2010.
In 2012 she was awarded the Talking Difference Fellowship at the Immigration Museum, and her animated documentary Face to Face won The People’s Choice Award in the Australian Shorts section of the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival. This led to a two-month long collaboration with the Arquetopia Foundation and the Imagina Museum in Mexico.
In 2017 she performed and had comic work in the Yogyakarta Biennale in Indonesia, the Lake International Comic Festival in the UK and the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival. In 2018 her comic collection Short Shorts was nominated for a Ledger Award, she received a Frankie Magazine Good Stuff Award, was a finalist in the Incinerator Social Change Art Award, and her graphic essay on complexity was listed in The Conversation’s ten best literary comics in Australia.
She has a stack of self-published comics, a new illustrated book “Badass Mums” with Affirm Press, and comics in upcoming anthologies with Abrams Books, Picador and Allen & Unwin. She is currently working on her debut graphic novel thanks to the Creators Fund program.
Deputy Mayor Rod Fyffe, Treasurer (Representative of the Board of the Municipal Association of Victoria. Joined September, 2012)
Rod Fyffe is the Deputy Mayor for Greater Bendigo City Council (2016-2017) and has served as a Councillor for Greater Bendigo since 1996. In this time he has served four terms as Mayor (2003/2004, 2004/2005, 2010/2011 and 2015/2016) and is the first person to serve as Deputy Mayor. In 2013 Cr Fyffe was awarded an Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to Local Government. He is a member of the Board of the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) representing Rural North Central Victoria. He is also a member of the Insurance Committee, Chair of the Arts and Culture Committee and a member of the Professional Development Reference Group at MAV. Cr. Fyffe is a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Libraries, a Member of the State Library Public Libraries Advisory Committee and a member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Council.
Dr Nicholas Hill, (joined December 2007)
Nick Hill is a lecturer and arts manager. His qualifications include BA (Hons); PG DipM and MA. He completed his PhD at South Bank University, England, on – “The Folk and the People: Patronage and Promotion in the Tamasha of Maharashtra”. Previously he worked at South Bank University as Senior Lecturer in Arts Marketing and Course Director (Services Management program). His research interests include Arts & Patronage, South Asian Performing Arts (Folk – Popular – Traditional), Performing Arts Hybrids, Arts Marketing and Communications, Instrumental and Intrinsic Arts Benefits, Arts Ethnography, The lived experience and prism methodology. Nick currently works at International House, a residential college owned by the University of Melbourne.
Hanut Singh Dodd, (joined May 2006)
Hanut is a highly experienced cultural, heritage and tourism manager with skills in specialised areas such as museum management, cultural and environmental tourism, event management, exhibition development, public program management, architectural conservation, moveable cultural heritage and collection management. Hanut has more than ten years of experience working as a freelance curator and architectural conservator and has also worked for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service as Area Manager at the Hill End Historic Site, as Director of the National Wool Museum, for councils in Victoria including Cities of Melbourne, Port Phillip and Hume and as a Project Manager with the Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council. Hanut currently works for the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria as a Manager of 4×4 Fire Fleet Reform, Policy and Integration.
Greg Box (joined May 2011)
Greg is currently the Manager of Arts Culture & Heritage at Yarra Ranges Council developing a number of cultural facilities. He has worked as an arts practitioner and administrator with many different communities from a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds. Much of Greg’s work has focussed on building community partnerships and cultural development projects at Greater Dandenong and Yarra Ranges. In particular he has a strong background in creating public art in local government and helped establish SITE: RMIT Public Art within the school of art at RMIT.
Lindy Allen (joined March 2016)
Lindy is a highly-experienced senior executive, currently operating Living-Proof Media, an independent consultancy to the arts offering services including documentation, evaluation, writing and editing for publication. Recent professional roles include Chief Executive Officer of Regional Arts Australia (2012-2014) and Chief Executive Officer of Regional Arts Victoria (2004-2012). During 2012-2013, Lindy was Executive Producer for the Centenary of Canberra’s largest national community engagement program, One River, spanning four states and a territory.
Current board roles include Falls Creek Resort Management, Winton Wetlands Committee of Management, Creating Australia and the Cultural Development Network. Former board roles include Lakes Entrance-based Aboriginal cultural organisation Wurrinbeena, the Narrandera-based arts organisation CAD FActory, Regional Arts Australia and Trustee of the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation. Other roles include judge and mentor for the Victorian Tourism Industry Commission Awards and Australia Day Ambassador.
Professional qualifications include Bachelor of Arts (University of Melbourne), Graduate Diploma Arts Management (University of South Australia), Photojournalism major, Bachelor of Creative Arts, Latrobe Uni Bendigo and Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Michelle Zemancheff (joined March 2018)
Michelle Zemancheff is a cultural industry and local government professional with almost a decade’s experience, building on a former career in law. Michelle’s formal qualifications include a Master of Arts (Arts Management) with Distinction (RMIT), with her dissertation having researched the nuances of measuring cultural value and social impact; subsequent to a Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) with Distinction (RMIT), and an Advanced Diploma of Photography (PSC). Michelle is currently the Coordinator of Arts and Cultural Development at Nillumbik Shire Council. Her portfolio encompasses cultural planning, policy development and strategic direction. She is also responsible for a spectrum of cultural development that ranges from creative industries, public art and community arts.