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:

Ms Gabrielle Trainor (Chair)

Mr Wayne Denning (Deputy Chair)

Ms Toni Cody

Mr Paul Neville

Mr Peter Rose

Ms Fiona Scott

Gabrielle Trainor LLB (Melb.), MA (Cultural and Creative Practice), FAICD

Ms Trainor is a non-executive director and advisor whose experience covers over 20 years on boards in the public and private sectors ranging from infrastructure, urban development, public transport, tourism, hospitality, sports, arts and culture and Indigenous advancement and welfare.

She is Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive and Barnardo's Australia. She co-chaired a Federal Government review of the Australia Council for the Arts and is a former member of the board of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

She is the chair of the Barangaroo Arts and Culture Panel.

Ms Trainor is a member of the board of Infrastructure Australia, a former member of the advisory board of Leighton Contractors and she has been a member of the Barangaroo Delivery Authority since 2009. She is member of the Central Sydney Planning Committee, a member of the board of trustees of the University of Western Sydney, a trustee of the Charlie Perkins Education Trust, a director of the GWS Giants AFL club, Business Events Sydney and agenda-setting Indigenous organisation, Cape York Partnership.

Her background is as a lawyer, newspaper journalist, public sector executive and consultant in issues management, public policy and corporate affairs.

Ms Trainor has more than 20 years’ experience as a director of state and federal government entities, including the NSW State Rail Authority, Rail Access Corporation, State Transit Authority, VicUrban and the Australian Sports Drug Agency and the Melbourne World Swimming Championships; public and private companies including as Chair of Best Western Australia and as a director of infrastructure company, Power Facilities, and of Infrastructure Partners Investment Fund.

She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an Honorary Associate in the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney. She is a pre-qualified independent chair and member of audit committees under the NSW government scheme.

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Mr Wayne Denning

Mr Wayne Denning is the owner and managing director of Carbon Media, based in Brisbane, Australia. Wayne established Carbon Media in 2006 and has overseen the production, as executive producer, of many television programs and series.

Wayne’s recent productions include clips for Seasons 44, 45 and 46 of Sesame Street; Handball Heroes for ABC3; children’s game shows Go Lingo! and Letterbox for NITV and ABC3; documentaries IntuneBlacktracks, From the Ashes and ProppaNOW; and the multi-platform, groundbreaking documentary series First Footprints for the ABC.

Wayne currently sits on the NFSA Board as Deputy Chair, the Brisbane Writers Festival Board and the Aboriginal Centre for Performing Arts Board and is the Chair of the Brisbane Festival Indigenous Advisory Group.

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Ms Toni Cody BEc, MAICD

As a marketing and business consultant with more than 20 years of industry expertise Toni has a respected reputation in the corporate sector for working with some of Australia’s leading brands within the arts, manufacturing, retail and property sectors, helping to guide many businesses through key periods of change and growth.

As a consultant, Toni has advised a range of established and emerging companies as well as not-for-profit organisations, predominantly on strategic business planning, branding, funding initiatives and cultural change.

Having worked closely with Cody Outdoor and Macro Wholefoods she has a strong understanding of the risks attached to start-ups and the significance of developing a profitable and sustainable set of business practices.

During her career, Toni has held several company directorships and has recently completed her tenure as Deputy Chair of Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, Chair of its Marketing Communications Committee and a member of its Nominations and Remuneration Sub-Committee.

In addition she is currently a Director of The Sydney Theatre Company and a member of its Finance Committee. She was a Director of The Australian Ballet from 1999 until 2010 and Chair of The Australian Ballet Audit Committee and Chair of its Future Education Fund Committee. She is a past Director and Vice Chair of the Kambala Girls’ School Foundation and also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Mr Paul Neville

Mr Paul Neville has a keen interest in Australian cinema and experience in the governance of a collecting institution.

Mr Neville was the Federal Member for Hinkler from 1993 to 2013.

He is on the board of Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Centre.

He was a former manager for Birch Carroll and Coyle, a subsidiary of Greater Union Theatres, and a freelance television cameraman.

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Mr Peter Rose

Mr Peter Rose is a senior executive with FOXTEL, and is currently responsible for the FOXTEL Movies, Showcase and SoHo channels.

He initiated the introduction of a number of successful and award-winning Australian television drama series including Love My Way, Tangle, Satisfaction and Cloudstreet.

He has held a number of high-level industry positions including Marketing Director of the South Australian Film Corp.; Head of Marketing and Distribution for Hoyts; Managing Director of Roadshow, Coote and Carroll; and Executive Vice President of International Marketing for United International Pictures.

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Ms Fiona Scott

Ms Fiona Scott grew up visiting Disney and ABC film sets with her grandfather. Film and television was part of their family life, including providing props for films and running Western Sydney’s Dungowan and Avon Cinemas.  

Ms Scott was the Federal Member for Lindsay between 2013 and 2016. She now provides strategic marketing and communications advice to the infrastructure, FMCG and agricultural sectors and is a political commentator on Sky News. She holds several government, private sector and charity board positions.

Prior to politics, Ms Scott 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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