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.

Board Members

Nalika PeirisNalika Peiris, Chair (appointed May 2010)
Nalika is currently the Unit Manager Community Development and Social Policy at Moreland City Council. She has held a number of roles in inner city local government areas over the last 18 years.  Her current professional and volunteer work has had a strong focus on issues of diversity, participation, community and cultural development and corporate planning.  Nalika has a Bachelor of Education (Primary – Visual Arts Major), Master of Education (Arts Administration) and Advanced Diploma of Business Management and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
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Paul HoltonPaul Holton, Treasurer, (appointed May 2000)
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.
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Angela BaileyAngela Bailey, Deputy Chair, (appointed May 2006)
Angela is a photographic artist with diverse experience in community-based practice. Angela has lectured and tutored in Photography at Monash University, Gippsland and University of Melbourne, and has work in collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Queensland Art Gallery and State Library of Victoria. Her qualifications include Post-Graduate Diploma in Fine Art-Photography VCA, Bachelor in Communication, QUT and Masters of Art Curatorship, University of Melbourne. In 2005, Angela received an Australia Council CCD Skills and Professional Development award for to travel to the United Kingdom. In addition to her role on the CDN Board, Angela is also a Life Member of Midsumma Festival and Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival
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Hanut Singh DoddHanut Singh Dodd, (appointed 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 and for councils in Victoria including Cities of Melbourne, Port Phillip and Hume. Hanut is currently working as a Project Manager with the Alpine Resorts Coordinating Council.
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Nick HillDr Nicholas Hill (appointed December 2007)
Nick Hill is a lecturer and arts manager. His qualifications include BA (Hons); PG DipM and MA. He has recently 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.
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Greg BoxGreg Box (appointed 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.
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Rod FyffeCouncillor Rod Fyffe (Representative of the Board of the Municipal Association of Victoria. Appointed Sep. 2012)
Representative of the Board of the Municipal Association of Victoria) Rod Fyffe has been a Councillor for the Greater Bendigo City Council since 1996 and Mayor in 2004, 2005 and 2011. He 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.  He has been awarded the Victorian Councillor Service Award – 20 Years.