CDN’s Board

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 Executive Director Community and Corporate with Snowy Valleys Council. He was formerly Director Development with East Gippsland Shire Council where his role encompassed 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.
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Dr Nicholas Hill, Deputy Chair (joined December 2007)

Nick Hill graduated from the University of Surrey in Arts/Commerce with Honours and Membership of the Chartered Institute of Marketing working in commercial roles in London, after a graduate rotation in the Royal Navy.

Transitioning into tertiary education to develop foundational arts and cultural management programmes, he became involved with international scholarships through the Erasmus programme in Europe and exchange as Visiting Professor at UCV, Caracas. He undertook a Masters in Arts Policy at City University, followed by a PhD in Cultural Patronage, carrying out fieldwork in India, funded by an ESRC scholarship and the Gresham College.

He came to the University of Melbourne in 2004 as an academic in the School of Creative Arts, involved with the Masters programme in Arts Management. Moving into administrative roles, Nick was central to the establishment of the Australia India Institute and was sponsored through the Harvard Kennedy School International Security programme. He later worked in residential colleges and was instrumental in recalibrating pastoral care and wellbeing, focusing on an intentional academic community.

As well as Deputy Chair of Cultural Development Network and Creating Australia, Nick is chair of the James Morrison Academy and Director of Upbeat Arts, a mental health charity focussing on choirs and creative arts practice to effect transformation.

Nick is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society and Member of the Royal Over-Seas League in London. He is an advocate for the soft power value of international exchange in education and collaborative research.

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Cr Rod Fyffe, Treasurer (joined September 2012)

Rod Fyffe 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 currently Chairs the City of Greater Bendigo Arts and Creative Industry Advisory Committee, the Easter Festival Advisory Committee and Chairs the North Central Library Group, among other committees.

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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 writing policy and strategy for emergency training.
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Greg Box (joined May 2011)

For 25 years Greg Box has provided leadership and cultural expertise to multiple peri-urban and regional Councils.  Greg is currently the General Manager Partnerships, Economy and Culture at Bass Coast Shire Council. For over a decade he developed cultural facilities and programming at Yarra Ranges Council in Melbourne’s east.  He has worked as an arts practitioner and administrator with many different communities from a diverse range of social and cultural backgrounds. In particular he has a strong background in creating public art in local government and the university sector.  Greg has led international award winning engagement programs and has presented extensively both in Australia and overseas. He is passionate about the essential role of Culture in all of our lives.
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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 (Deputy Chair), Winton Wetlands Committee of Management, the Mokoan Foundation (Chair), 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.

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).
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Michelle Zemancheff (joined March 2018)

Michelle Zemancheff is a local government professional, 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 has over ten year’s experience in cultural development in local government, having coordinated Arts and Culture at Nillumbik Shire Council, Michelle is the Arts & Culture Lead at Manningham Councils. More recently, Michelle is the Manager Economic & Community Wellbeing at Manningham Council, with a broad portfolio that includes Arts & Culture, comprising cultural planning, policy development, strategic direction, and a spectrum of cultural development.

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