Compton School is a shared vision:
Andrea Buck, Course Convenor
Andrea has worked as a film producer, writer and development executive in Australia, Hollywood and South Africa. Her film The Jammed broke box office records and won a sweep of awards including Best Script, Best Music and Best Film at the 2007 INSIDE FILM Awards, as well as seven AFI Award nominations. Andrea holds a Masters in Screen Art & Business from AFTRS, and is a TEDx Speaker and speaker coach.
Bob Campbell, Chairman
One of Australia’s most highly respected television executives, Bob has held senior management positions with Network TEN and was appointed CEO of the Seven Network in 1987, a position he held until 1995. He then formed Screentime with Des Monaghan. The company is now a member of the Banijay Group with operations in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. Credits include Wolf Creek (the TV series), Underbelly, Outback ER, Janet King and Stop Laughing This Is Serious.
Charles Carnegie, Director
Charles is Founder and Partner of 21networks. He has been an advisor to boards, CEOs and senior executives in the United States and Australia. He was previously an executive with Accenture, Boral, Procter & Gamble and Cincinnati Bell. Charles is author of Network Centred Leadership: how to lead in an increasingly complex and interconnected world. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from Melbourne University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Robert Connolly, Director, Academic Board
One of Australia’s leading filmmakers, Robert’s credits include the hit film Paper Planes with Sam Worthington, the International Emmy-nominated series The Slap, and Balibo starring Oscar Isaac and Anthony Lapaglia. Robert’s production company has produced some of Australia’s most successful feature films including Romulus, My Father with Eric Bana, The Boys with Toni Collette, and most recently The Turning with Cate Blanchett, Mia Wasikowska and Rose Byrne.
Dr David Court, Executive Director
David is Chair of Screen Canberra and a Director of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. He was previously Head of Screen Business at the Australian Film Television & Radio School, where he led the highly regarded Masters of Screen Arts & Business program. He has been involved in the financing of more than a dozen film and television productions including Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom, Dean Cavell’s The Wiggles Movie and Andrew Horne’s The Animated Leunig. As author of Film Assistance: Future Options (Allen & Unwin, 1986), he was policy architect of the Film Finance Corporation established by the Australian Government in 1988. David holds a PhD from the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University.
Michael Fraser AM, Director, Academic Board
Michael is Visiting Professor at University of Technology, Sydney and lead the University’s Communications Law Centre. He was founder and CEO of Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) for 21 years and is Chairman of the Stolen Generations Testimonies Foundation and President of International PEN – Sydney Centre.
Associate Professor Bem Le Hunte, Adviser
Bem is an international author and expert in creative intelligence. She is Director of the highly regarded Creative Intelligence and Innovation program at UTS, a world-first, future-facing transdisciplinary degree. Bem has previously worked in advertising, journalism, publishing and new media. She was Creative Director for the launch of Windows 95 and has worked with more than 500 companies as a creative consultant, brand consultant, creative director and copywriter. Her books The Seduction of Silence and There, Where the Pepper Grows were published to wide critical acclaim.
Sandra Levy AO, Director
Sandra is one of Australia’s most significant contributors in film and television, as former CEO of the Australian Film Television & Radio School (2007-2014), Director of Development at Channel 9 (2006), Director of Television at the ABC (2001-05), Head of Drama at Southern Star (1998-2000) and Head of Drama at the ABC (1986-1989). She has been a board member of the Australian Film Finance Corporation and the St James Ethics Centre and Deputy Chair of the Sydney Theatre Company. In 2014 she was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for ‘distinguished service to the arts… through strategic leadership and educational roles.’
Sue Maslin AO, Course Leader
Sue is one of Australia’s most successful screen producers. Her latest feature, The Dressmaker (2015), grossed more than $20m and became one of Australia’s biggest box office smash hits. Other feature credits include Road to Nhill, Japanese Story, winner of 2003 AFI Award for Best Film, Dominick Dunne: After the Party and Hunt Angels, winner of the 2006 AFI Award for Best Feature Documentary Film. Sue is Adjunct Professor at RMIT’s School of Media & Communication and a recognised industry leader. Sue was the inaugural recipient of the Jill Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry and currently serves as President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship reflecting her ongoing commitment to gender diversity both on and off screen.
Ron Miller, Director of Teaching & Learning
Ron has a broad palette of analytical and practical skills in media and in higher education. In media he has experience ranging from country newspapers to ABC radio and television to marketing, PR and media management in government and semi-government organisations. In higher education, his experience includes teaching, curriculum design, quality assurance, and management at head of school and pro-vice chancellor levels at the University of Canberra.
Ian Murray, Course Leader
Ian is the founder of 113 Partners, Australia’s premier creative industries advisory firm. An experienced, hands-on media expert, he has held senior executive roles in both public and private businesses including COO of Brand New Media and Freehand Productions. Ian advises many of Australia’s top television production, broadcast, music, design, advertising, media and entertainment companies, as well as working directly with several government agencies. His focus is helping clients achieve domestic and international growth, financial stability, sustainable resourcing, and streamlined operations. Ian has a passion for all things digital.
Professor Jason Potts, Co-author
Jason is Professor of Economics and Director of the Blockchain Innovation Hub at Melbourne’s RMIT. He was formerly lead economist with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Creative Industries & Innovation. Jason has written three books on creative industries including Cultural science: a natural history of stories, demes, knowledge and innovation (with John Hartley, 2014) and Creative industries and economic evolution (2011), and also edited the two-volume Economics of creative industries (2015). He writes a regular column for The Conversation.
Mark Rudder, Director
As Founding Partner of GRACosway, Mark offers more than 30 years’ experience in media, corporate and financial communications, media presentation and crisis management for both local and offshore clients. Mark advises on senior management team restructures as well as reputation and issues management for clients including Virgin Australia, Santos, Suncorp and DP World. Mark previously spent eight years in commercial radio and television, as well as three years with the ABC.
Abigail Tabone, School Manager
Abi is a producer at Midwinter Films, where she co-produced The Butterfly Tree, which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2017. She produced Over and Out which won Best Short Form at Canneseries 2019. She was Associate Producer on H is for Happiness, which won Best Film at Cinefest Oz in 2019 and screened at Berlin International Film Festival. She previously worked as a producer at The Project Factory for clients including Channel 7, Sherlock: The Network, Home and Away and NITV. Abi’s career has spanned theatre and events as well as film and TV for clients including The Wolverine, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Outta Here, Handa Opera’s Carmen on Sydney Harbour, Where the Wild Things Are and Gods of Egypt. Abi holds a Masters in Screen Arts & Business from the Australian Film Television & Radio School.
Professor Deb Verhoeven, Chair, Academic Board
Deb is the Canada 150 Research Chair in Gender and Cultural Informatics at the University of Alberta. She was previously Associate Dean of Engagement and Innovation at UTS. Deb served as Deputy Chair of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (2008-2011) and CEO of the Australian Film Institute (2000-2002). She is Director of the Kinomatics Project, an interdisciplinary study that collects, explores, analyses and represents data about the creative industries. Deb was recognised by Campus Review as Australia’s most innovative academic.
Jennifer Wilson, Director
As Founder and Creative Technologist at The Project Factory, Jennifer worked on creative multiplatform projects as diverse as Sherlock: The Network, the official app for the hit BBC series, and How We Get To Next, a website funded by the Knight and Gates Foundations to foster innovation. She is a panel member of the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council and has presented a TEDx talk on curiosity.
Andy Pontin, Executive Director
Andy has been at the forefront of commercial creativity with a 30-year track record in blue-chip advertising agencies from London to Melbourne and Sydney. After stints as Managing Director of Rapp and M&C Saatchi, Andy joined the Clemenger Group in 2006. In 2018 he stepped down as CEO of Clemenger BBDO and Director of Clemenger Group Limited (Australasia’s largest communications group employing over 1,700 staff trans-Tasman) to join the Compton School. In over two decades as an Agency leader, he has pitched and won clients including Optus, Vodafone, Qantas, Virgin Australia, Tourism Australia, Hungry Jack’s, Foxtel, NAB, Campbell-Arnott’s and Audi. As both Board Director and Chairman, he has been a driving force in Australia’s most effective advertising industry body ADMA (the Association of Data-Driven Marketing and Advertising), leading the industry response to pivotal issues such as data privacy regulation and consumer protection. In 2003 he won the coveted Marketer of the Year Award and was recently inducted into the ADMA Hall of Fame.