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

Paul Holton, Chair, (joined 2003, appointed Chair May 2015)

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 Bailey, Deputy Chair, (joined 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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Councillor Rod Fyffe, Treasurer (Representative of the Board of the Municipal Association of Victoria. Joined September, 2012)

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.
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Dr Nicholas Hill, Secretary (joined 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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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 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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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.
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Nalika Peiris, (joined 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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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 roles include immediate past Chief Executive Officer of Regional Arts Australia (2012-2013) and former 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 Board, national body Creating Australia, the Cultural Development Network and Lakes Entrance based Wurrinbeena. She is also Deputy Chair of the Narrandera-based arts organisation, the CAD Factory. She is a former Board member of Regional Arts Australia and the Australian Children’s Theatre Foundation. Panel roles have included Judge: Victorian Tourism Awards (2015), RAA’s RAD Fellowships (2015), Arts Victoria’s Vic Arts Grants Program (2014), Judge: Council for Humanities Arts and Social Sciences (CHASS) Awards (2014), Judge: Australian Business Arts Foundation (AbaF) Awards (2009). Lindy has been an Australia Day Ambassador since 2010.

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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