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 and Launceston Airports Corporation.
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, and the arts, and governance. Liz is a
Director of Tourism Northern Tasmania, the Chair of the Finders Island Food and
Crayfish Festival, and 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 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.
Ed Beswick Treasurer & Secretary (Joined 2015)
Ed has been the financial accountant at Launceston Airport since 2016. Previously Ed was an Audit Manager with over 9 years of professional experience in audit and advisory at Deloitte wehre 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.
Mary Machen Member (Joined 2016)
Mary brings to the board of Junction Arts Festival a vast knowledge and understanding of the cultural landscape of Tasmania, its strengths as well as where the arts and events can make an invaluable difference to invigorating the city of Launceston. Mary is also the president of the biennial Tamar Valley Writers Festival, another premier event on Tasmania’s cultural calendar, and for the past four years has been n enthusiastic ‘touring' theatre-goer through her role as a judge of community theatre for the Theatre Council of Tasmania. Mary is Launceston born-and-bred and returned to settle in Launceston in 2002 after almost 20 years working in media in Sydney. Soon after her return to Tasmania, Mary was invited to join the organising committee of Launceston's premier food and wine event Festivale, staying involved for seven years and being part of its historic 21st anniversary. Mary is committed to supporting and strengthening connections within the arts community around the State. She is a former co-convenor of the Theatre North Friends of the Princess and a former Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Friends committee member.
Liz Bennett 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.
Rebecca Crawford Member (Joined 2018)
Rebecca is a Principal at Launceston firm Rae & Partners Lawyers, where she heads the employment and workplace relations team and acts for both employers and employees across a variety of industries. She has a strong interest in not-for-profit governance and best practice. Rebecca graduated from the University of Tasmania with a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws in 2006 and practised in Sydney before returning to Tasmania to raise a family. She is inspired by Junction's celebration of place and community in Launceston.
Jane Woollard Member (Joined 2018)
Jane Woollard is a director, playwright, dramaturg and teacher, and a graduate ofthe University of Melbourne, Victorian College of the Arts School of Drama, RMIT and La Trobe University. Jane has directed many productions and mentored many emerging writers, performers and directors, especially while in the role of Artistic Director at Union House Theatre at the University of Melbourne, 1999-2002; as guest director at the VCA, and as director and tutor in La Trobe University’s Theatre and Drama program. Her long collaboration with playwright Kit Lazaroo has resulted in acclaimed productions including: True Adventures of a Soul Lost at Sea(RE Ross Award, nominated for several GRA Awards, 2004 Trades Hall); Asylum, (Wal Cherry Play of the Year, VPL Shortlist, 2007 & 2008 La Mama); Letters from Animals, (Storeroom Theatre Workshop, Nominated for several GRA Awards);Topsy, (RE Ross Award, 2010 fortyfive downstairs); and Bright Shiny & Green Night, (2015 La Mama Courthouse). Jane’s production of Louis Esson’s The Time is not yet Ripe won a 2006 Green Room Award for Best Ensemble. Her doctorate research investigated Eliza Winstanley and other leading actresses of Australia’s early theatre. Jane’s play about Eliza Winstanley, Miss W Treads, was produced at La Mama in September 2017. Jane is Head of Theatre in the School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania, and is now based in Launceston.
Adam Thompson 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