New Screen Queensland board

22 September, 2015 by Staff Writer

Screen Queensland has a new board led by Linda Apelt, a former senior officer in the public service.

Apelt, who was Director -General of Queensland’s Housing and Community Service for 14 years, succeeds Professor Peter Little. Each director will serve a 3-year term.


The previous board comprised Peter Little, Professor Stuart Cunningham, Geoff Cooper,  Kathy MacDermott, Jan Grew, Peter Baston and Michael Hawkins.

The new board of seven comprises:

Linda Apelt, who has more than 35 years’ of government service. She has served as a non-Executive Director on a range of boards including QSuper Board of Trustees; Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute and the Crèche and Kindergarten Association .

Patricia Heaton, co-director of real estate developer the Heaton Group and a former CEO  of Ausfilm and  Production Liaison Unit Manager of the NSW Film and Television Office. She has worked in the screen sector for more than 25 years as a producer, senior executive and company director, and she was a board member of Screen NSW in 2009-2014.

William McInnes, an accomplished actor and writer.

Catherine O’Sullivan,  Pro Vice Chancellor, Pathways and Partnerships, Bond University since 2013. She is the former State Manager, Queensland State Office, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations  and former Assistant Director-General (Regional Delivery) for the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries.

Michael Smellie,  Chairman, QUT Creative Enterprise Australia with a music business career of over 25 years. He is the former Global Chief Operating Officer of SonyBMG, Asia Pacific Head of BMG and Managing Director of PolyGram and rooArt in Australia. As Chief Operating Officer of BMG worldwide, he negotiated and implemented the merger with Sony Music.

Smellie is the former President of media development for Asia Pacific for the German media company Bertelsmann (until 2010) and a former Chair of the Australian Film Television and Radio School. He is now Chair of Music Australia and the Australian Board of The Global Poverty Project.

Paul Syvret, assistant news editor at The Courier-Mail.

Takeshi Takada, co-founder and director of visual effects studio Alt.vfx, which is based in Brisbane with a studio in Sydney and a Melbourne studio about to open. Established in 2011, Alt.vfx specialises in visual effects and design for film and television and has won international awards from Cannes Lions, Mobius, Clio, New York Festival and London International.