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)

    Prior to joining the Junction Board in 2015, Liz worked on securing new partners for Junction. She 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 has worked with The Glover Prize, The University of Tasmania, The Quamby Estate, MONA, Wine Tasmania, TasTAFE Drysdale, and Junctions Arts Festival. Through her association with Andrew Pirie and his sparkling vineyard Apogee, Liz has developed an interest in the Tasmanian sparkling wine industry, she continues this interest with her involvement with the annual sparkling festival Effervescence Tasmania. Liz knows the value of working collaboratively and believes Tasmania has an enormous capacity to develop and innovate. Liz is on the board of Tourism Northern Tasmania, the Executive of Finders Island Tourism and Business Association, and Effervescence Tasmania. Liz has a Bachelor of Education from Utas and has recently completed her Masters of Business, specialising in regional development, and entrepreneurship. Liz also is a Board Membership to the TICT, Tourism Industry Council 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.

  • Ruth Forrest Member (Joined 2014)

    Ruth was first elected to the Legislative Council of Tasmania as the Independent Member for Murchison in May 2005 and was re-elected unopposed in May 2011and re-elected in 2017. Ruth represents a rural and remote electorate covering North West and Western Tasmania.  Ruth is currently a member of a number of Parliamentary standing and sessional committees and established two Government Administration Scrutiny Committee’s in the Legislative Council in 2010. She has served on a number of Select Committees. Ruth regularly writes opinion pieces that are published in the local print media. Ruth participated in the State Government Tax Review Panel during 2010/11.

    Ruth has a background in health working as a nurse and midwife since 1982, primarily as a midwife. She has a Master of Midwifery degree. Ruth has been a member of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) holding a number of executive positions including Tasmanian Branch President and National Delegate.  Ruth was awarded Fellowship of the ACM in 2001. Ruth is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and 2011 Tasmanian Leaders Program. She also completed a Graduate Certificate of Business at UTAS in 2013. Ruth is a Member of Board of Junction Arts Festival and The Unconformity.

  • Mary Machen Member (Joined 2016)

    Mary joined the board of Junction Arts Festival after six years' as arts and feature writer for The Examiner. Through her role as arts writer she brings with her a vast knowledge and understanding of the cultural landscape of Tasmania, its strengths as well as where the arts can make an invaluable difference to enlivening and invigorating the city of Launceston. She is Launceston born-and-bred and returned to settle in Launceston in 2002 after almost 20 years working 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 within not only Northern Tasmania but across the state. Mary also volunteers time as a judge for the annual Errol Awards organised by the Theatre Council of Tasmania as well as being co-convenor of the Theatre North Friends of the Princess committee and treasurer for the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery Friends committee.

  • 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, Centr 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.

  • Rebecca Crawford Member (Joined 2018)

    Rebecca is a Senior Associate at Rae & Partners Lawyers, with particular expertise in workplace law and a strong interest in governance. She has loved attending Junction Arts Festival each year, and is very excited to have joined the Board

  • 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.