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Our Board

Brad Sadler – Chair

Brad has an extensive history of senior executive management in community services including disability services. He is currently CEO of Windana, a statewide Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service. He has worked extensively with the Deaf community in the past and has been active in the arts as a singer/chorister, performer and director in community-based theatre.

Sharon Flanagan – Deputy Chair

Sharon is a visual artist working with mixed media on canvas, sculpture and multi-media. She also writes short stories and poetry and has recently started to combine poetry with her visual art. She has a strong interest in all art forms as well as a passion for nature and the environment and human rights issues. She has had a broad range of professional roles including general and psychiatric nursing, executive recruitment, policy development, training, equal opportunity and affirmative action. She has also undertaken considerable pro-bono work for the non-profit sector, developing work experience programs for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities and providing training for women returning to work.

Roger Chao – Treasurer

Roger is an experienced Director having been a member of and Chair of numerous Boards and Committees in the NFP sector. He has a strong background in social research, consulting, health and education policy and strategic planning. Roger brings to the Board strong governance experience, commercial acumen and research skills combined with a passion for social capital and capacity building as a means of bringing about social change, justice and welfare.

Peter Crowle

Peter is a Chartered Accountant and has financial experience across many industries as well as international experience, working in the UK. Peter started his career in the Risk and Advisory Service Division at KPMG Melbourne and Perth offices and then worked for RGL Forensics based in London as an Independent Expert for business interruption matters. Peter also worked at Barclays Bank (Group Centre) in a challenging reporting environment in London. Currently, Peter is working with Cricket Australia in the implementation of a new funding distribution model for State Cricket Associations. Although far from an artist himself, Peter has a keen interest in the visual arts. Peter was appointed to the AAV board in 2014.

Emma Dawson

Emma Dawson is a Senior Advisor for Accessibility and Inclusion at Telstra. From 2013 to 2015, she was Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne, following five years as an advisor to Federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy. Previously, she worked as a Research Fellow at Monash University and a Project Manager for SBS. Emma is a board member of the Prader-Willi Research Foundation Australia, and sits on the advisory boards of the National Relay Service and Remarkable, a tech accelerator within the Cerebral Palsy Alliance that develops technologies to benefit people living with disability.

James Dipnall

James is Manager of Visitor Services at the Arts Centre Melbourne. He has extensive networks in the arts and a proven commitment to improving access for people with a disability. James brings significant expertise in arts and disability from an audience perspective and has been a terrific champion of our organisation and its work. James has also undertaken training in governance.

Kate Hood

Kate Hood worked as an able-bodied actor and writer for over 20 years, performing in everything from classics to musicals. Kate became a wheelchair user a decade ago and has not been asked to audition for stage, TV or film since. As a disabled performer she works commercially as a voice-over artist, and has won awards for her audio books for Bolinda Publications. She now writes and performs monologue (The Girl with the Blue Hair), short story (Unbearable Care) and spoken word (Growl). She collaborates with other artists with disability, and was awarded a mentorship with Writers Victoria to work on her play Ruthie. Kate's disability-led production company Raspberry Ripple will produce Enunciations, its first piece of theatre, in 2016. She is Deputy Chair of Actors Equity’s Diversity Committee and believes passionately that the best way to advocate for disabled performers is to create work which depends on them for its impact.

Luke King

Luke Duncan King is a visual artist working predominantly in printmaking, also including drawings and watercolor works on paper. Luke completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honors – Visual Art) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2015. Luke participated in numerous group exhibitions at the Margaret Lawrence Gallery, City of Melbourne Library and internationally at 3331 Arts Chiyoda as a part of the International Printmaking Conference 2014 in Japan. Luke has a strong interest in all artforms as well as a passion for improving accessibility for Deaf and hard of hearing people at museums, art galleries, both public and private/independent art spaces. Luke is currently working at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) as a museum educator leading public and school tours.

Rod Macneil

Rod Macneil is a communications professional with more than 18 years’ experience building audiences and brands in cultural institutions in Australia and the United States. As Head of Communications and Partnerships for Museum Victoria, he leads communications, brand development and stakeholder engagement for Australia’s largest museums organisation. Rod has a PhD in art history from the University of Melbourne and a life-long passion for the visual arts. Born and raised in Melbourne, he is an occasional photographer, a regular swimmer and a reluctant gardener.

Kristy Spillman

Kristy is a public policy expert, predominantly in health and education.  She is passionate about community participation and empowerment as drivers of health and well-being. As Assistant Director, Governance at Department of Health and Human Services, Kristy’s focus is on building the capability and diversity of Victoria’s public health service boards to enable delivery of safe, high quality services. She has a Master of Law and degrees in Biomedical Science and Education. Kristy believes in supporting local artists and can often be found at Melbourne’s artists markets.  She is a passionate musician and enjoys dabbling with a charcoal and acrylics.