The DAF Team
DR MITZI GOLDMAN, Chief Executive Officer
Mitzi has thirty years experience as documentary director, writer, editor and producer. Her award winning films have been screened around the world. She produced End of the Rainbow which premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, and Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography, and directed A Common Purpose, which won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival. Mitzi was formerly Co-Head of Documentary at Australian Film Television & Radio School and Chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference. She holds a PhD in Cultural Studies.
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
Lianne Collister Black - Head of Fundraising
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.
LISA HANCOCK, Office Manager
A new member of the DAF team, Lisa has 20 years experience in marketing communications in London and Sydney. Her career has spanned all areas of PR, Sponsorship, Events and Design Management for major brands and companies. Most recently, she had been working as a Projects Director overseeing brand strategy, design and production for many high profile clients including for the new Barangaroo precinct in Sydney. Lisa has also managed and executed creative experiential projects including Tourism Victoria’s PLAY Melbourne campaign, Optus’s sponsorship of Cirque du Soleil Saltimbanco and Sony's World Photography Awards. She has enjoyed being involved in cinema, working on sponsorship campaigns for Moonlight Cinema and a viral campaign for Hoyts. Lisa has a passionate interest in documentary film and is excited to join the Documentary Australia Foundation team. Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations.
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
Keith Drewery – (Company Secretary) Director, Drewery Consulting Pty Ltd
Keith has worked for more than 30 years with wealth owners in professional services practices to help those families achieve financial goals and preserve wealth. His career included working in London and Sydney. He consults to wealthy families on issues of succession, legacy and philanthropy and for the last three years has worked as a director with KPMG’s private enterprise division in Sydney. Originally working inside accounting firms as a tax specialist, Mr Drewery left the profession to work within funds management and between 2006 and 2011 he established and ran the Myer Family Company's Sydney office, Australia's largest independent multi-family office. Through the last 15 years Mr Drewery has worked closely with founders and trustees of some of Australia’s most significant foundations and private ancillary funds. He consults widely to the not-for-profit sector.
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.