The NFSA Board is responsible for the overall performance of the organisation, including setting the strategic direction and establishing goals for management.
Members of the NFSA Board are:
Pictured above (left to right): Mr Kim Ledger; Mr Wayne Denning; Ms Fiona Scott; Ms Gabrielle Trainor; Ms Jude Donnelly; Mr Peter Rose (Board member from 2014 to 2020); Ms Toni Cody; and Ms Caroline Elliott. Absent: Mr Ewen Jones.
LLB (University of Melbourne), MA Cultural & Creative Practice (Western Sydney University), Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Ms Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor with more than 25 years’ experience on boards ranging from infrastructure, transport and urban renewal to sports, arts and culture and empowerment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Among her current appointments, Ms Trainor is a director of Infrastructure Australia, the Western City and Aerotropolis Authority, the ACT City Renewal Authority and the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (Vic.). She is a commissioner of the Australian Football League and of the Australian Sports Commission. She is a member of the boards of Zurich Australia Ltd and WAM Global Ltd, a listed investment company. Ms Trainor is a trustee of the Charlie Perkins Trust and a member of the board of trustees of Western Sydney University.
She is a former Churchill Fellow and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2017, Ms Trainor was named an Officer of the Order of Australia.
BA (Central Queensland University), MBA (Queensland University of Technology), Outstanding Alumni Award – Special Excellence Winner for Achievements and Contributions to Indigenous Communities
(Queensland University of Technology)
Mr Denning is a proud Birri and Guugu Yimidhirr man from North Queensland and the Managing Director of Carbon Creative, an advertising agency in Brisbane. Mr Denning is determined to generate positive social change through creating innovative and engaging design, content and strategy.
Beyond the NFSA and Carbon Creative, Mr Denning embraces his role as a board member of both the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience and the Queensland South Native Title Services.
BEc (Monash University), Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Ms Cody has over 15 years of experience as a non-executive director and an executive background in the arts and cultural sector as well as in communications, retail, small-to-medium sized start-up businesses and fast-moving consumer goods. Ms Cody assists in generating, innovating, scaling and creating sustainable business practices across many sectors of industry, particularly the subscription entertainment market and public-private partnership health solutions.
Ms Cody is also currently a director of the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, and a past director of the Sydney Theatre Company, Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and the Australian Ballet.
BBus (Western Sydney University), Master of Administration and Management (Australian Graduate School of Management – University of NSW)
Ms Scott provides strategic marketing and communications advice to the infrastructure, fast-moving consumer goods and agricultural sectors and is a political commentator on Sky News. She holds several government, private sector and charity board positions.
Ms Scott was the Federal Member for Lindsay between 2013 and 2016. Prior to politics, she was a strategic marketing and communications specialist working with ASX-listed companies, including Westfield, GPT, Auto One and Wattyl Paints. She was also the NSW representative on Auto One’s National Members Advisory Council.
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Mr Ledger is a Western Australian entrepreneur who has founded and successfully operated several businesses in Perth, Adelaide and New York. He has revisited his long-term passion for driver training and education with partner Alister McCrae to establish Driver Risk Management in Perth, WA. Mr Ledger has an enduring relationship with the film industry through his work as Patron of Australians in Film (Heath Ledger Scholarship)
in Los Angeles.
Mr Ledger co-founded Scriptwise in Melbourne, a non-profit foundation set up to educate people about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. He is also a member of the Management and Finance Committee of Cyrenian House (WA Council on Addictions).
BEc (University of Monash)
Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Ms Elliott is a Chartered Accountant and has extensive experience in corporate consultancy, including strategic, governance and financial advisory roles. She is currently the CEO of apparel company Propel Group Pty Ltd.
Ms Elliott is currently also a non-executive director of St John’s Ambulance (Victoria), DorsaVi Limited and Wiltrust Nominees Pty Ltd as Trustee for the Edward Wilson Estate. She held previous non-executive director roles at Cell Therapies, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and the Public Transport Ombudsman Limited.
Ms Elliott was a finalist in the 2000 Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards.
Ms Donnelly is a senior public affairs and communications specialist with over 15 years’ experience in the public and private sectors.
Ms Donnelly is a former policy and media advisor to the Australian Government and was the General Manager, Media and Communications for the Richmond Football Club from 2007–2010. In 2013, she took up her current position as the Head of Government and Stakeholder Relations for the AFL. Ms Donnelly also serves on the board of the Melbourne Press Club.
Mr Ewen Jones has extensive business and government relations experience. He has a background in finance and real estate sales and is an auctioneer by trade.
He is a keen supporter of regional communities and has a strong interest in the arts, fostered by an appreciation of the difficulties that regional areas face in interacting with arts communities across the country.
Mr Jones was the Member for Herbert from 2010 to 2016 and served on several House of Representatives Standing Committees and the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.
Since Parliament, he has started his own consultancy firm.