Desert Pea Media Board 2017-2018

Desert Pea Media is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who share the organisation’s vision.  

The 2017-2018 Board was elected at Desert Pea Media’s Annual General Meeting, held in October.

Our DPM Board consists of highly skilled and passionate people, who generously give their time and expertise to the organisation.
Shelly Rowell

A woman of Gamilaroi descent, Shelly is also Director of Adaptive Creativity providing professional services the arts, tourism, urban planning and social enterprise sectors. Shelly has a Masters Degree in Sustainable Tourism, a Grad Cert in Sustainable Development and and Diploma in Digital Media.

Shelly is an active and passionate board member who supports the creative team, helping steer Desert Pea Media towards organisational sustainability.

Matthew Priestly
Co-Founder/Committee Member

Co-founder of Desert Pea Media. Has a long history of working with both contemporary and traditional indigenous media. Matt was principal artist of CCD organisation ‘BigHart’ (1989-99) and AFI laureat for his short film ‘Hurt’ in 1991. Acclaimed in both the indigenous and non-indigenous arts industry as a traditional and visual artist, he works across media platforms to communicate a powerful message of indigenous cultural sustainability and development. Matthew is a visual artist, film maker, traditional dancer, song writer, theatre.

Chris Andrews
Vice Chairperson

Chris currently works with a Sydney based social enterprise supporting the most marginalised members of our community with access to essential health, welfare, social and recreational services. Previous engagements have involved projects accelerating Millennium Development Goals in the Pacific and working with rural and remote Indigenous communities to leverage Federal and State Government funding to develop “On Country” enterprises.

Chris holds degrees in Chemical Engineering and Teaching. He is strongly committed to knowledge sharing and supporting our First Nations people express their unique stories for all Australians to hear and understand.

Peter Maclean

Peter is a Partner and Director of Walker Wayland NSW chartered accountants and business advisors. He heads up the firm’s direct and indirect tax division where he and his team provide specialist tax and financial advice to a wide-ranging client base in the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. Having qualified as a chartered accountant in his native Scotland in 1990, Peter spent a further seven years working in London before relocating tor Sydney Australia where he has made his home since 1999. Walker Wayland NSW is keenly aware of the importance and benefits of corporate social responsibility both to business as well as to the wider community.

Peter was involved in the Walker Wayland becoming the first chartered accounting firm in Australia to pilot the Everybody Counts Program, a community-based initiative of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand. The initiative aims to encourage team members to get involved in the local community by supporting charities through volunteering, workplace giving and offering skills pro bono at a national and local level to a number of charity partners.

Fred Leone
Committee Member

Fred Leone the former Guest Artistic Director of Black Arm Band’s world renowned show ‘dirtsong’ 2015 – 2017 before the company closed its doors late last year. Fred is currently the Manager of Indigenous Arts Development at Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) and is on the National Indigenous Music Awards Indigenous Advisory Group.  

Fred is also a board member of Desert Pea Media Inc an organization whose objectives include; Creating high end media outcomes to educate audiences, to advocate awareness of social and cultural issues and to celebrate community and culture on a local, national and international level.

Jane Bennett

Jane is a freelance strategic consultant with over twenty-five years experience most recently in Aboriginal health, Indigenous land management and governance (cultural and corporate). Her previous roles span Commonwealth and state government as well as NGO experience across Australia and in east Malaysia (Sarawak).

Jane's efforts secured permanent roles for Indigenous Land Management Facilitators and she values the principle of Healthy Country, Healthy Peoples. She has lived in Tasmania and Christmas Island, and appreciates the perspective of remote island life. Her interests are collaboration, collective impact, co-design and program logic, to enable positive change and healing, especially where it demonstrates social impact and nourishes First Peoples culture and livelihoods. Jane is an ecologist and veterinarian, a graduate fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (Course 13) as well as alumnus of the Jawun program (EK23).

Jane is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has links with the Galiwin’ku community through her father’s war service. Jane has two adult daughters and lives with her husband in Collaroy.

Ben Bardon
Committee Member

Ben Bardon has had a 25-year career in the not-for-profit employment and training sector. Ben has 10 years experience as CEO of one of Australia’s largest Group Training Organisations, and 3 years as a CEO of a large regional Employment and Training organisation. He also co-founded the London Apprenticeship Company as the UK’s first Australian style Group Training Organisation.

Ben has been a Board member of Group Training Australia, The National Employment Services Association, The NSW Board of Vocational Education and Training, and the Vocational Education and Training Accreditation Board. Despite this he has retained his sense of humour and his commitment to growing the capability and responsiveness of the education and training sectors. Ben is The Managing Director of Strategy3 and its principal consultant.

Sue Pamment
Board Appointed Specialist

Sue’s professional life was in the education sector. Her tertiary education began at UNSW with a BA DipEd leading to secondary school teaching qualifications. She subsequently trained as a school counsellor and was a registered psychologist.

Sue worked in a number of rural and metropolitan schools as a school counsellor and in various senior management positions within the NSW Department of Education. She retired as the regional manager of the school counselling service, based in Bathurst. Sue’s membership of the Board has spanned a decade.

Sue is a seasoned supporter of Desert Pea Media’s work and has proudly watched its evolution. Sue is also the mother of the founding member/creative director and grandmother to a bevy of redheaded children (not his).