Board of Directors
Junction has a skills based board who volunteer their expertise to foster arts and culture in Launceston and the north, which in turn creates a more liveable and dynamic city. In particular Junction would like to acknowledge the support of Rae & Partners.
Liz Frankham President & Chair (Joined 2015)
Liz has a long history of working with events and the creative industries both in Tasmania and in Melbourne, where she worked in communications and marketing for some of Australia's leading not-for-profit organisations. She has extensive experience in project management, tourism, the arts, and governance, and as a consultant has worked with The Glover Prize, The University of Tasmania, Quamby Estate, MONA, Wine Tasmania, TasTAFE Drysdale, and Junctions Arts Festival. Liz is a Director of the Tourism Industry Council of Tasmania. She has a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Business, specialising in regional development and entrepreneurship from the University of Tasmania.
Damon Wise Co-Vice President (Joined 2014)
Damon Wise is the General Manager of News Corp Australia in Hobart. His career in media spans 27 years, having worked in a variety of roles across the state in Production, Sales and Marketing. Damon is a director of the Hobart Chamber of Commerce and Board member of Variety.
Rebecca Crawford Co-Vice President + Secretary (Joined 2018)
Rebecca is an employment and workplace relations lawyer with Simmons Wolfhagen Lawyers in Launceston. She advises and represents employer and employee clients across a wide range of industries on matters including Fair Work Act, Award and enterprise agreement compliance; workplace investigations, disciplinary processes and termination; restructure, redundancy and transfer of business; dismissal disputes including breach of contract, unfair dismissal and general protections claims; anti-bullying and anti-discrimination; executive employment and restraints of trade. Overlapping with her legal practice, Rebecca has a strong interest in governance and best practice organisational approaches. Rebecca has previously been a member of the boards of the Child Health Association of Tasmania, Playgroup Tasmania and Tasdance.
Ed Beswick Treasurer (Joined 2015)
Ed is the director of Business and Financial Services at the Northern Children's Network. Previously he has been the financial accountant at Launceston Airport and an Audit Manager with over 9 years of professional experience in audit and advisory at Deloitte where he managed the delivery of external and internal audit services to clients across a range of industries in Northern Tas. Ed works primarily in Launceston but has been on multiple secondments to Sydney where he has worked on external audit engagements for both large proprietary and ASX listed clients. Ed also has experience working abroad in St John's (Canada) where he assisted with the first time adoption of IFRS for a number of external audit clients.
Ed graduated from the University of Tasmania (Launceston) with a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Information Systems, majoring in Accounting and E-business. He has also been actively involved with the Oxfam on Campus UTAS student group since its inception in 2008. Ed is passionate about Tasmania as a premier tourism destination and believes events like Junction are crucial to our continued success in this area. Ed is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. Ed is also the treasurer of Launceston Film Society.
Liz Bennett Board Member (Joined 2017)
Liz is part of the performing arts team at Launceston College where she is an AST and teaches Drama. Since 2004 she has been part of the team that produces the large scale musicals that the college stages each year at the Princess Theatre including Rock of Ages (2016) and In the Heights (2017). Liz has also directed the college’s production of Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and The Tempest. She produced the student ensemble that was a part of the 2014 Melbourne Theatre Company’s Neon Festival; The Myth Project: Twin by Arthur Theatre Company.
Liz has directed a number of community musicals for Encore Theatre Company including Les Miserable (2010), Jesus Christ Superstar (2012), Evita (2015) and Wicked (2017). She is also a member of Mudlark’s theatre subcommittee and has worked for many years on their One Day projects, which bring short plays to life in 24 hours. Liz has been involved in a number of Arts organisations over the years including Interweave, Centre Stage and Drama Tas.
Liz has been a supporter of Junction since its inception, working on a variety of projects and the technical side of the festival. She is passionate about supporting local arts events and finding the connections between community development, education and the arts. She is currently the Junction representative on the Australian Musical Theatre Festival board.
Adam Thompson Board Member (Joined 2019)
Adam Thompson is an emerging Aboriginal (pakana) writer from Launceston, who mainly writes short-fiction. Adam received writing awards through the Tamar Valley Writers Festival (2016) and the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival (2017). In 2018, Adam was awarded a First Nations Fellowship at Varuna Writers House, and was one of ten recipients of The Next Chapter initiative through the Wheeler Centre. In 2018-19, Adam was a guest writer on the Stompin Youth Dance performance, Nowhere. Adam works full-time at the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre and is passionate about advancing the interests of the Aboriginal community.
Rebecca Birrell Board Member (Joined 2020)
Rebecca is an artist and a principal designer at Birrelli art + design + architecture - a multidisciplinary design practice that offers professional services ranging from fine art, graphic design, branding, visual identity, signage, interior design, museum design, interpretation, visitor experience, product design, and residential and commercial architectural services.
Rebecca also has 10 years experience in the cultural tourism sector where she owned and managed the boutique art and design accommodation experience Hatherley Birrell Collection, a reflection of her skills, her great passion for the arts, and tourism.
Andrew Mitchell Board Member (Joined 2020)
Born and raised in Tasmania, Andrew has a deep love of this island and its culture. Andrew is partnered, and together they have five children, the youngest being 20.
Andrew has a long career in business, and most recently in the community sector, coordinating the Humanitarian Settlement Program for Tasmania. He has worked on several boards over the years, as general member, secretary and treasurer. Having now made the decision to work less and play more, Andrew has more time to undertake volunteer and community roles and to attend as many festivals and like events as he can fit in!
Renee Dudfield Board Member (Joined 2020)
Renée is a Producer and programmer whose work is driven by a passion for contemporary and experimental art forms that are ambitious and provocative. She has extensive experience working across all facets of live and interdisciplinary performance, including theatre, music, live art, sound installation, dance and participatory practise. Renée’s practise focuses on supporting ambitious contemporary artists and companies to create new work; helping drive projects from inception through to production and touring in a resolutely artist led way.
Renée is currently Executive Producer for Stephanie Lake Company and Program Producer for APAM and has previously held key roles as Executive Producer at Insite Arts and Producer at Arts Centre Melbourne and has previously held key roles as Executive Producer at Insite Arts and Producer at Arts Centre Melbourne.