Dialog Box

DR MITZI GOLDMAN, Chief Executive Officer

Mitzi is a founder and CEO of the Documentary Australia Foundation, having been instrumental in its realisation since its inception in 2006. With 30 years experience as a documentary director, producer and editor, through her production company, Looking Glass Pictures, she has created many award winning international documentaries. Her most recent films include Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation, which was broadcast on the ABC in October 2015 and Night Parrot Stories, which premiered at 2016 Sydney Film Festival. Previous credits include A Common Purpose, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Film Festival in 2011 and nominated for Best Feature Doc at 2012 AACTA Awards. End of the Rainbow, (SBD, ARTE,ITVS) screened in over 20 international festivals and was the winner of 8 awards including IDFA 2008. Her previous credits include Hatred (ABC), Ports of Destiny (SBS), Chinese Take Away (SBS), Bloodlines (ABC), Memoirs of a Plague (NAT GEO), which screened in competition at IDFA 2010, and Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography (SBS 2013).  

From 2002-2008 Mitzi was Co-Head of Documentary at AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School). She has been Co-Chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference and co-founded OzDox, a monthly forum on documentary culture. Mitzi holds a BA from University of Sydney and a PhD in Cultural Stuides and Political Philosophy.

ROBIN FREEDMAN, Finance Manager

Robin has had an extensive career in the hospitality and wholesale distribution industries in an administrative and financial capacity.  Before migrating to Australia, Robin owned and operated an award winning restaurant in Johannesburg, and having been in Australia for several years returned to Botswana to manage Mashatu Game Lodge. In 1997 he bought into Australia on a Plate, a specialist cheese distribution company, and spent 15 years creating one of the premier wholesaling entities in Australia. An entrepreneur with a focus on strategic decision-making and enabling business growth, Robin has a keen interest in team leadership and staff development.<</p>




Lianne joined DAF in March 2016 with over 16 years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector in both Canada and Australia in a variety of organisations, including Australian Red Cross, Youth off the Streets, OXFAM and World Animal Protection.  Lianne has been in Australia for 12 years and is excited to join DAF which combines her interest in social justice issues, film and philanthropy. Lianne has a Bachelors from McGill University and UTS as well as a diploma in Assaulted Women and Children’s Advocate Counsellor program. 



SARAH WORRALL, Director of Communications

Sarah joined the DAF family in 2016 and has worked in the arts and not-for-profit sector for the past 10 years in a variety of capacities. Sarah has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from University of Technology, Sydney and a Master of Arts Administration from University of New South Wales. Sarah's wide ranging experience encompasses curating and art directing in both gallery and festival contexts, arts publicity and marketing, editing and publishing for both printed publications and online, web development, social media management and graphic design. She's worked with a variety of not-for-profit organisations including Chippendale Creative Precinct, BEAMS Arts Festival, NG Art Gallery, Gold Coast City Gallery, Australian Youth Orchestra and Variety - the Children's Charity. Sarah's also freelanced with Sydney Film Festival, Cockatoo Island Film Festival, Sydney Fringe Comedy Festival, Underbelly Arts Festival and Sydney Festival. 


The DAF Board

Samantha Meers – (Chairman) Executive Deputy Chair, Nelson Meers Group; Co-Founder & Trustee Nelson Meers Foundation

Sam Meers is executive deputy chairman of property and investment group the Nelson Meers Group, and co-founder and trustee of the Nelson Meers Foundation. Over the past fifteen years, Sam has held a diverse portfolio of board appointments, particularly across the not-for-profit sector. Sam’s current directorships include: deputy chair of Creative Partnerships Australia; a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW; a director of the State Library of NSW Foundation, the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, the Vice Chancellor’s Inspire Board at the University of Sydney; and a member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales. Sam holds degrees in arts, law and a master of letters degree, all from the University of Sydney. Previously, Sam practised as a corporate lawyer, subsequently holding senior management positions in the media sector. In 2013, Ms Meers was named as one of the Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review & Westpac, and won in the Philanthropy category. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Chief Executive Women.

Kevin Farmer – Consultant, Corporate Engagement & Philanthropy

Kevin’s career has spanned the travel, telecommunications and investment banking industries. During his time at Goldman Sachs Kevin managed a program of community involvement in Australia and NZ, was a member of their Environmental Forum, and sat on the Advisory Committee to their Foundation. A founding member of the Australian Business & Community Network, Kevin also chaired Philanthropy Australia’s NSW Education Affinity Group. Most recently Kevin consulted to the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust and the Centennial Parklands Foundation.

Jacqui Feeney – MD, Fox International Channels ANZ

Jacqui is a senior media executive with experience in delivering major projects across strategy, commercial, programming, creative, marketing, operational, technical, community and social media management functions. She recently launched Presto, Foxtel’s new entertainment service for non-subscribers, and led the integration of all movie services across the FOXTEL business. Prior to joining Foxtel in 2007, Jacqui worked for organisations including PAN TV –the NSW Film & Television Office, ABC TV, ABC Enterprises and the BBC. 

Joanna Ferris – Director, Ferris Family Foundation

Joanna advises non-profit and sporting bodies on how sport can be used as a tool for social development. She was the Founding Manager of the joint UNAIDS and Oceania National Olympic Committees STOP HIV Pacific program, the Oceania Manager for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and has a variety of experience in the Arts.  Joanna holds a Masters in International Health and Bachelor degree in Spanish and Latin American studies and Art Theory. She recently studied documentary making at the Sydney Film School.  

Narelle Hooper – Co-chair AFR Westpac Women of Influence Awards

Narelle is a corporate adviser and facilitator working with Australia's leading companies and business groups. As well as Co-chairing the Women of Influence Awards, Narelle is on the advisory board for the Walkley Foundation. She has interviewed Australia's top CEOs as well as business leaders from around the world. A former editor of BOSS Magazine, Narelle has worked as finance correspondent for AM and PM on ABC Radio, presented Radio National’s Business Report and co-anchored The Business Show on SBS TV.  Narelle studied journalism at Canberra Uni and has a Masters of Management from Macquarie Graduate School of Management. 

Ian McGill - Partner Allens 

Ian's strong interpersonal skills and accessibility attract high-profile media and telecommunications clients. Ian's legal skills and expertise in pay TV, telecommunications, television, radio, newsprint and interactive media are such that his clients regard him as a 'one-stop shop' for corporate, commercial, regulatory and strategic advice. He advises on joint ventures, alliances, acquisitions and divestments, access regimes and regulation of most sectors of the information and communication economy. His particular expertise is ownership and control and structural regulation of the converged media and telecommunications industries.

Mark Worrall - Managing Director, FleetCo Holdings Pty Limited

Mark is a senior executive with Leighton Holdings Limited. Prior to joining Leighton in 2013, Mark was MD of Keybridge Capital Limited, and before that he was a senior Executive with Allco Finance Group Ltd for 20 years. In 2004 Mark was a founding director of Allco Foundation Limited. Over three years the Foundation raised over $2.5m through staff engagement, fundraising and volunteering. Mark has participated in many community events for the Starlight Children’s Foundation and the Clown Doctors.


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