Board of Directors

Dr Ember Parkin - Chair

Dr Ember Parkin has a doctorate sociology and is an experienced consultant with a great depth of knowledge about place, rural & regional issues, young people, and history & heritage. Currently working as Placemaking Facilitator for Pyrenees Shire Council and heading up her own consultancy, Ember is focused on empowering communities to actively contribute to activating places and telling stories. Ember lives in Clunes with her 2 children and partner and became Chair of Creative Clunes in November 2020 after serving on the Board since 2016.

Andrew Reid - Treasurer

Andy Reid has a Master’s in Business Administration majoring in Entrepreneurial Management and is an experienced finance expert gaining over twenty years’ experience within the Banking and Finance industries. A passionate contributor to the arts and culture scene both as a performer and advocator, Andy also has expertise in stakeholder engagement, corporate governance, strategic development, and community leadership. Andy joined the Board in September 2021

Kadir Hussein - Secretary

Kadir Hussein’s career has focused on the delivery of retail-based technology, most recently coordinating procurement of IT equipment for major retail businesses. Kadir has skills in project management, stakeholder liaison and compliance. Kadir has a special interest Architecture and Design, including built heritage. Kadir has been Secretary of Creative Clunes since April 2021.

Richard Gilbert

Richard has been involved in volunteer organisations since 1965, particularly in tourist railways and tramways. Richard has published three books and currently edits and produces a periodical magazine. He joined CCI in 2008 and has been on the Board since then. Richard held the Presidency for one term.

Leslie Falkiner-Rose

Leslie is an experienced print, radio and television journalist who now focuses on strategic communications and collaborative educational, social, and cultural change initiatives. Leslie, who holds a Masters in Philanthropy & Social Investment, is on the Advisory Board of the Master of Social Impact at Swinburne University and on the board of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative.

John Griffin

At the age of 16 John joined VicPol cadets and served for 20 years. From there he went into real estate and direct marketing business. Currently he works as a property developer and builder in Melbourne. John is now based in Clunes full time, and he is very interested in sport and community activity. John joined the CCI Board in 2020.

Jeremy Harper

Jeremy has lived locally in Kingston since coming to the area in 1975 as a young lawyer. He has worked in aboriginal legal aid in Queensland & Victoria from 1977 before starting his own law firm in 1983, practising mainly in family and criminal law. He has been active in various disability, tennis, legal aid, and other community organisations over the years. He is married and enjoys the company of his children and grandchildren. Jeremy joined the Board of Creative Clunes in 2020.

Kate Gerritsen

Kate has 20 years’ experience working in cultural development roles in both the private and public sectors. Kate has a strong interest in understanding the cultural values of communities and a passion for leading programs that ensure these values are expressed through the arts. Kate’s work in facilitating public art commissioning takes a ‘people first’ approach, where community, creativity and critical practice are central project principles. Kate holds a Master of Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies and Bachelor of Arts degrees and is a certified community engagement practitioner with the International Association of Public Participation.

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