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Project Advisory Group Members

07 May 2021

On behalf of the Creative Industries Strategy, we are pleased to announce the first members of the Strategy's Project Advisory Group. With a comprehensive set of skills and experiences the group represents a broad knowledge of the arts and their communities.


The South West Creative Industries Strategy, What it Means, is a regional-level plan for supporting the needs of the local creative sector. With input from the community, government, peak bodies and audiences, What it Means has a goal to support beneficial and sustainable creative industries in South West Victoria.

In order to support the implementation of the Strategy, the Project Advisory Group's role is to provide advice and support for the implementation of the Strategy. The group includes representatives from the local arts, business, and cultural community, ensuring the work remains relevant and impactful over the four year implementation timeline.


Loren Tuck has over 10 years of strategy and project management experience in local government, emergency services and festivals. She has formal qualifications in journalism, education and emergency management and is currently leading delivery of new national hydrogen training programs and other clean energy projects with Deakin University. As a member of Port Fairy Winter Weekends for six years, she loves exploring how creative industries and projects can energise south west Victorian communities to be more connected to place, to each other and to the world at large.

Shane Bell has an established background in Aboriginal community development and governance in both a professional and community level. Shane continues building his capacity being an advocate in the conversations and aspirations the community have towards self-determination. Shane is new to his involvement in the creative arts industries but is committed across sectors to working closely with community and stakeholders on strategic planning to confront critical social issues relating to positive family relationships and improving community access to economic outcomes such as education, employment and training.

Emma Jukic is a business consultant, community development worker and artist. She lives in Warrnambool and travels to Melbourne to study at the Victorian College of the Arts. She previously studied at the National Art School in Sydney. Emma runs her own business, Glass Crate Consulting, providing writing, grant-writing and strategic project support to businesses and community organisations. Emma has also worked as a lawyer and policy advisor for not-for-profits, government and the UN, in investment attraction at NSW Trade & Investment, and in community development roles in Victoria and NSW.

Ross Dean brings a background of experience in the Arts and working with communities as a leader. Forty two years of work have involved teaching Graphic Communication and Visual Art in secondary schools, holding positions of Principal, VCE examiner and the Design and Development at state level in Victoria and Queensland of Leadership Professional Development. Through this work he has developed skills in the areas of: Communication, Networking, Presentation, Project Management, Leadership, Coaching, Problem Solving, Marketing, Risk Management, Innovative Thinking and Management.

David Pope is the Director of Popes Timboon and Deputy Chair of the Great South Coast Regional Partnership, Board member of Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority and Board member of Great South Coast Food & Fibre Council. David is also an active participant with the Port Campbell Streetscape Project Control Group, Twelve Apostles Coast & Hinterland Destination Management Plan Leadership Group, Twelve Apostles Trail Committee, BusVIC Operators Committee & BusVIC Social Strategies Committee. David brings strong governance skills, commercial acumen with knowledge and passion for regional diversification.

Lauren van Katwyk has worked in public galleries in Australia and the UK specializing in audience development, visitor services, marketing and public programming. She is interested in developing young audiences in the arts, as well as supporting emerging and experimental practice. Lauren is currently undertaking a Masters of Business Administration and is Chair of Octapod, a not for profit organisation in Newcastle NSW which presents the nationally recognized This is Not Art Festival (TiNA).

Anthea Rafferty is a passionate visual artist and educator residing in Warrnambool. Her teaching and artistic practice are inspired by her love of learning, experimentation and the connectedness she feels when working with individuals or groups in the community. Anthea continues to build capacity through her advocacy for the arts, underpinned by the belief that visual arts can enrich and change lives. Anthea holds both Bachelor of Arts majoring in Fine Arts Studio and Graphic Design and a Graduate Diploma of Education, Secondary. Anthea is currently working full-time at Warrnambool College teaching Media, Visual Communication & Design, Architecture, Art and Ceramics to students from years 7 to 12.

Annabel Cussen has lived and worked in Warrnambool for most of her life and has a deep passion for community led projects with genuine social impact. A mother of two, (and wife to one) she is the Executive Officer for the Fletcher Jones Family Foundations and the South West Community Foundation, a board member of the Leadership Great South Coast program and also WDEA Works disability employment services. Her professional background covers both government and not-for-profit sectors across the fields of economic development, communications, community engagement, education, grants management and philanthropy.

Jayden Bath is the founder and festival director of Loch Hart Music Festival, and a planning and environment lawyer at MinterEllison. Loch Hart Music Festival is a three-day music and arts festival hosted on the Great Ocean Road in Princetown. Launching in 2018, Loch Hart has hosted over 40 Australian acts, 5 comedians, and grown to almost 1,000 attendees. In 2020, Loch Hart was a long-list finalist for Music Victoria’s Best Festival Award, and Jayden was listed in The Music Network’s 30 Under 30 Awards. As a lawyer, Jayden specialises in obtaining planning and environment approvals for major projects and developments.