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Our Board

Brad Sadler – Chair

Brad has an extensive history of senior executive management in Local Government, Community, Aged and Disability services. He is the founding Director of Dana Consulting and Director of Illuminate Yoga Studio where he currently teaches Yoga and Meditation. Brad has been active in the arts as a musician, singer/chorister, performer and director in community-based theatre. Brad was appointed to the Arts Access Victoria board in 2012.

Sharon Flanagan – Deputy Chair

Sharon is a visual artist working with mixed media on canvas, digital imagery and multi- media installation. She also writes short stories and poetry and often incorporates text in her visual artworks. She has a strong interest in all art forms as well as a passion for nature and the environment and human rights issues. Sharon's professional background includes extensive experience in Human Resources and consultancy in the Corporate and Non-Profit sectors. Sharon was appointed to the Arts Access Victoria board in 2012.

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 in a challenging reporting environment in London.

Since returning from the UK, Peter worked at Cricket Australia to Implement a new funding distribution model and moved to Origin Energy as a Finance Manager.

Currently, Peter is Finance Manager at City Facilities Management.

Peter was appointed to the Arts Access Victoria board as Treasurer in 2014.

Emma Dawson

Emma Dawson is the Executive Director of Per Capita, a public policy think tank. Formerly, she was a senior advisor on Digital Inclusion at Telstra, Executive Director of the Institute for a Broadband Enabled Society at the University of Melbourne, and a senior policy advisor to the Communications Minister, Senator Stephen Conroy in the Rudd and Gillard governments. Emma has published over 50 articles and opinion pieces on a wide range of public policy issues, which have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the Guardian, The Australian, and a number of online publications. She is a regular guest on ABC TV’s The Drum and The Perrett Report on Sky News.

Kate Hood

Kate Hood worked as an able-bodied actor and writer for over twenty years, performing in everything from classics to musicals.
Credits: Prisoner (Grundy’s), Big River (Gordon Frost Productions), Diving for Pearls (Melbourne Theatre Company) and Marat Sade (State Theatre Company, Adelaide).

She became a wheelchair user a decade ago and reinvented herself as a disabled actor and theatre maker.

As a disabled performer she works commercially as a voice-over artist, and has won awards for her audio books for Bolinda Publications.

She has recently formed the disability led theatre company Raspberry Ripple Productions, as a response to the invisibility of disabled actors, writers and theatre makers across our stages and screens.

Raspberry Ripple’s remit is to make theatre from the point of view of disability, to tell stories of disabled and non-disabled people living in the world together.

She collaborates with other disabled artists, and was awarded a mentorship with Writers Victoria to work on her play ‘Ruthie’.
Recent credits: Malthouse Theatre – Besen Directing Placement on The Real and Imagined History of the Elephant Man, Wing Attack Apocalypse (development), Neighbours, Jenny Sealey Residency, Sync Disability Arts Leadership Intensive, SNAP Disability Arts Festival.
She has directed for Melbourne Fringe, Brisbane Festival, Jane O’Toole Productions and Opera Plus and is working on her show That's Why the Lady Needs a Ramp.
Her disability-led theatre company Raspberry Ripple produced Enunciations, its first piece of theatre, at Footscray Community Arts Centre in 2016. Raspberry Ripple is a Company-in-Residence at FCAC.

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 strategic communications leader with more than 20 years experience building audiences and brands in cultural organizations in Australia and the United States. In his current role as Head of Communication and Partnerships he leads brand communications, audience development and fundraising and partnerships for Museums Victoria, Australia’s largest museums organisation.

Rod is passionate about creating audience-led experiences. He is skilled at turning strategic insights into outcomes and has led transitions in the way organizations use data and insights to build brands and engagement.

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.