Our Board 2017-08-15T00:16:33+00:00

Creative Island Board

Over the past 4 years TCI has been developed and nurtured by a diverse group of individuals who all believe in the importance of creating connections and networks between their own practices, organisations and the greater industry sector. These people have steered the fledgling organization through the often long-winded process of finding the raison d’etre, suitable structure and eventually incorporation – seeking not to become a peak body of peak bodies, but a group that seeks to connect the sector with itself, other sectors and all levels of Government. At the same time that this has been happening we have been able to participate and contribute to the development of the State’s Creative Industry policies, support programs and events for sector advocacy and facilitated or supported greater debate about the role of the creative and cultural sector within Tasmania.

As TCI Ltd heads into 2017 and becomes Creative Island we seek to extend our board membership to reflect the broad geographical, sector and practice differences that Tasmania exhibits – recognising that it is this difference that distinguishes this Creative Island. At the same time we recognise and give thanks to the significant number of people who have supported through their time and contributed to the development of the Tasmanian Creative Industries; Andrew Dickinson (former chair), Rye Dunsmuir, Leigh Carmichael, Rosemary Miller, Owen Tilbury, David Gurney, Marcus Barker and Jess Tyler.

Until April 2017 the organisation was steered by Peter Choraziak and Jane Longhurst as Co-chairs (since 2014) and supported by Peta Heffernan, Michael Edwards, Sarah Caddick, Joe Budgen, Nicholas Heyward, Laura Harper and Tony Bonney.

Kristy de Salas
Kristy de SalasTCIC Chair
Dr Kristy de Salas is Producer for the local Tasmanian Games Development company – Giant Margarita, that has released entertainment games with Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. Kristy also runs the Games Research Group at the University of Tasmania, and helps local business create games and apps to support and bring about behavioural change. Kristy has helped bring change to over 200 organisations, in diverse fields such as early childhood learning, stroke rehabilitation, energy conservation, and industry development.

Kristy believes strongly in social entrepreneurship, and is excited to bring together ICT, creative industries, business, and sciences to solve some of the Tasmania’s most pressing problems.

Cam Crawford
Cam CrawfordTCIC Deputy Chair
Cam is an experienced senior executive with experience in a range of roles in public and private sectors. Cam has recently held roles such as General Manager of Strategy and Stakeholders for TasWater, Senior Advisor to the past Premier of Tasmania (Hon Lara Giddings MHA) and is currently consulting to a wide range of businesses and not for profit organisations. Cam is currently Director of the Hush Music Foundation, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has degrees in Law and Science.
Joe Bugden
Joe BugdenTCIC Treasurer
Joe Bugden moved to Hobart in 1999 to take up the position of Executive Director of the Tasmanian Writers’ Centre, where he worked for nine years. Joe has been the general manager and artistic director of the Tasmanian Readers’ & Writers’ Festival and served on several Boards including; Island Magazine, Ten Days on the Island and Hobart Fringe Festival.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney, (with a double major in Literature and Music), a Master of Letters degree, from the University of New England, a Post-graduate Diploma in Arts Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, and an Advanced Diploma in Accounting, from the Tasmanian Polytechnic.

Andrew Wilson
Andrew WilsonTCIC Secretary
Andrew has been working as a Screen Producer since 1995, producing Broadcast Documentaries and Television Commercials for both local, interstate and international production companies. In 2008 Andrew decided to pursue his lifelong passion for Photography, setting up the creative studio Everything Everything through which he has worked for a large variety of local clients and published the best selling Old Sea Dogs of Tasmania series and the follow on Coast – Tasmania. In 2012 Andrew co-founded Parliament Co-working in the Gibson City Flour Mill Building, which provides flexible and cost effective office space for small business, start-ups and entrepreneurs.

Andrew has a strong passion for creating career opportunities for local creative talent, and fostering collaboration over competition.

Rachel Edwards
Rachel EdwardsBoard Member
Rachel Edwards is the editor in chief of Transportation Press. She is the Non-fiction editor of Open Road Review, South Asia’s leading magazine of literature and culture, a regular guest on ABC radio discussing books and publishing and was host of the long running Book Show on Edge Radio, in the guise of Paige Turner. She is a freelance writer and reviewer and her work has appeared in The Australian, on Radio National and in The Mercury. She is a former editor of Island magazine and guest-edited a volume of the Review of Australian Fiction which featured Tasmanian authors exclusively. She runs a consultancy on the writing, editing and publishing processes; Page Turner.
Michael Travalia
Michael TravaliaBoard Member
Michael has extensive international experience in branding & design of retail, service centric and hospitality environments, from luxury fashion, beauty, cosmetics, jewellery, pharmacy and liquor to workplace, government, telecoms, tourism and banking.
Michael specialises in branded, experiential environments and has been responsible for global design and brand strategy roll outs for Swarovski, Pandora, Motorola, Vodafone, TIGO, 3, Megafon, Audi, Nokia, KIT Finance, helloworld & many others.

Outside of commercial enterprise, Michael has a deep knowledge and understanding of furniture and product design. He has designed, made and exhibited works in London, Berlin, Bergen, New York, Melbourne and Tasmania. His work has been widely published both nationally and internationally.

Felicity Bott
Felicity BottBoard Member
Appointed Artistic Director of Tasdance in October 2015, Felicity Bott has worked in professional contemporary dance since 1989 as company dancer, independent artist, commissioned choreographer, Artistic Director and CEO. She has nearly 25 years in interdisciplinary practice with particular focus on performance architecture and installation, her practice consistently exploring new performance forms and settings and informed by a passionate commitment to the commissioning of original music and sound for all major works and projects.
Michael Edwards
Michael EdwardsBoard Member
Michael Edwards has maintained active involvement with contemporary art in Tasmania for over three decades. He is currently the Director of Contemporary Art Tasmania and Chair of NETS Australia (National Exhibition Touring Support). He also currently sits on: Contemporary Art Organisations of Australia; the University of Tasmania’s Plimsoll Gallery and Cité International des Arts Committees; Hobart City Council’s Public Art Special Committee and is an Australia Council peer.
Laura Harper
Laura HarperBoard Member
Laura is the Chief Executive Officer of Music Tasmania, the peak industry body representing Tasmania’s contemporary music community. She is a Director of the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) and on the Board of the National Live Music Awards. In 2015, Laura was the Community Marketing Manager for Ten Days on the Island and prior to this she worked for Arts Tasmania, the government agency responsible for policy and planning for arts and culture in Tasmania. Laura holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) and is completing a Bachelor of Business (Marketing).
Peta Heffernan
Peta HeffernanBoard Member
Peta Heffernan is co-founding director of the cross-disciplinary practice, Liminal Studio launched in 2011. Liminal Studio is a Tasmanian owned, interdisciplinary ‘think-tank’ comprising Liminal Architecture, Liminal Graphics and Liminal Spaces. Their approach integrates design and architecture with the parallel disciplines graphic design, art, media, events, industrial design and performance. Underpinning the Studio’s philosophy is the belief that collaborative design across disciplines drives innovative thinking.

Peta’s recognition in the architecture and cultural scene has led to being Vice President of the AIA Tasmanian Chapter in 2016, invited as a jury member for the National Architecture Awards in 2015, awarded the AIA (Tas) Emerging Architect Prize in 2013, contributions to festivals such as Ten Days on the Island and MONA FOMA, as well as invitations for guest speaker roles for various events including the international agIdeas Design Forum in Melbourne 2013, the Tasmanian Leaders’ Congress in 2014 and expert panel member for Dark MOFO’s Future Hobart 2014 event.

Elaine Stratford
Elaine StratfordBoard Member
Elaine Stratford (Professor) – My work is motivated by trying to understand the conditions in which people flourish in place, in their movements, in daily life, and over the life-course. I specialise in studies of the mobile and place-based geographies of children and young people, particularly in island places. I do that work as a member of the University of Tasmania’s College of Arts and Law’s Institute for the Study of Social Change. Between 2015 and 2017, I started this line of inquiry as the inaugural Director of the Peter Underwood Centre for Educational Attainment, and before that was a member of the then School of Geography and Environmental Studies, including as Head of School from 2005 to 2013. Over the whole of my career, I have also delighted in engaging in enriching collaborations with geographers, ecologists, public health professionals, policy experts, historians, sociologists, planners, literary scholars, anthropologists, lawyers, linguists, philosophers, and artists.
Margaret Woodward
Margaret WoodwardBoard Member
Margaret’s creative practice as an artist, designer and academic spans the fields of publishing, writing, communication design, tourism and creative industries research. Based in Tasmania with her collaborative art practice A Published Event Margaret is also Associate Professor of Design at Charles Sturt University where she co-founded the Creative Regions Lab, a research hub specialising in regional creative activity.

Margaret was educated at the University of Tasmania where she studied Fine Art and Design and has a PhD in Design from Curtin University. Her PhD research investigated interpretation design in sites of significant natural and cultural heritage, with a focus on Tasmanian nature based tourism. Having undertaken creative practice research in Iceland and the creative cities of Montreal and Barcelona, she is an advocate for Tasmania as a uniquely positioned creative island in which a vibrant creative sector can flourish.

Tony Bonney

Executive Officer

Tony has had over 30 years’ experience in the management and curation of the performing arts, events and cultural facilities. Tony has worked in leadership roles with the Perth International Arts Festival, WA Museum, Perth Theatre Company, Fremantle Arts Centre, Steps Youth Dance Company and most recently as Director of Festival of Voices in Hobart.

As a facility, planning and management consultant Tony has undertaken work for Edith Cowen University Student Guild, the Cities of Gosnells, Bunbury, Joondalup and Hobart , the Perth Theatre Trust, MONA events and Events Tasmania.

Outside of this activity Tony has had a recognised career as a sound designer and composer for stage and screen, was a finalist in the WA Film Awards and a recipient of a SPAA award for screen composition.

“Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.”

Victor Pinchuk


Creative Island is a community that strives to increase the capacity of people and businesses to create, innovate and succeed.
We are committed to advancing the value and impact of creativity, and strive to be a collective voice for the diverse Tasmanian cultural and creative sector. Join us as we work together to help creative people and businesses connect and develop at every stage of their careers.

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