Meet our team
DR MITZI GOLDMAN, Chief Executive Officer
Mitzi is a founder and CEO of Documentary Australia Foundation (DAF), having been instrumental in its realisation since its inception in 2006. With 30 years experience as a documentary director, producer and editor through her production company Looking Glass Pictures, she has created many award-winning international documentaries. Her most recent films include Ka-Ching! Pokie Nation, which was broadcast on the ABC in October 2015 and Night Parrot Stories, which premiered at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival. Previous credits include A Common Purpose, winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2011 Sydney Film Festival and nominated for Best Feature Doc at the 2012 AACTA Awards. End of the Rainbow (SBS, ARTE, ITVS) screened at over 20 international festivals and was the winner of eight awards including the IDFA 2008 award. Mitzi's other credits include Hatred (ABC), Ports of Destiny (SBS), Chinese Take Away (SBS), Bloodlines (ABC), Memoirs of a Plague (NAT GEO) which screened in competition at IDFA 2010, and Love and Sex in an Age of Pornography (SBS 2013). From 2002 to 2008 Mitzi was Co-Head of Documentary at Australian Film Television and Radio School. She has also been Co-Chair of the Australian International Documentary Conference, and co-founded OzDox, a monthly forum on documentary culture. Mitzi holds a BA from the University of Sydney and a PhD in Cultural Studies and Political Philosophy.
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ROBIN FREEDMAN, Finance Manager
Robin has had an extensive career in the hospitality and wholesale distribution industries in an administrative and financial capacity. Before migrating to Australia, Robin owned and operated an award-winning restaurant in Johannesburg, and after residing in Australia for several years, he returned to Botswana to manage Mashatu Game Lodge. In 1997 he bought into Australia on a Plate, a specialist cheese distribution company, and spent 15 years creating one of the premier wholesaling entities in Australia. An entrepreneur with a focus on strategic decision-making and enabling business growth, Robin has a keen interest in team leadership and staff development.
KATIE BARRY, Education and Impact Director
Katie has been working with DAF since 2015 to develop the youth and education program which supports educators with using documentaries and documentary filmmaking in the classroom. Her role has recently expanded to develop impact strategies for DAF’s focus areas: Arts, Environment, Health & Wellbeing, Human Rights & Social Justice, Indigenous Communities and Youth & Education. Katie has been working in the community sector for over 15 years, working with non-profits and social enterprises around fundraising, partnerships, business development, strategy and campaigning. Katie is the Impact Producer for The BULLY Project in Australia - the social action campaign inspired by the award-winning U.S. documentary film BULLY and is founder of Loud Island, a social enterprise working with independent musicians and creators. Katie is on the board of Aid/Watch, Australia’s independent monitor of aid and trade policy.
ANNIE SCOUFIS, Events & Office Manager
Commencing with Documentary Australia Foundation in January 2017, Annie has 15 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector, including providing NSW/ACT Member Services for Philanthropy Australia, the national peak body for trusts and foundations, and as Grants and Office Manager for the Nelson Meers Foundation. Annie’s career has spanned all areas of philanthropy. She has had a continual interface with Australian philanthropists and non-profit members, and coordinated specialised events for Philanthropy Australia whilst also managing an array of databases and applications; supported the implementation of strategic plans; managed national conferences and coordinated the logistics for a philanthropists’ New York Study tour in 2014. Annie has a passionate interest in documentary film and is excited to have joined the Documentary Australia Foundation team.
Meet our Board
SAMANTHA MEERS AO, Chairman
Samantha Meers is Executive Deputy Chairman of property and investment group the Nelson Meers Group, and Co-Founder and Trustee of the Nelson Meers Foundation. Her current board appointments include Chairman of Belvoir St Theatre and the Brett Whiteley Foundation; Deputy Chairman of the Federal Government's Creative Partnerships Australia and a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW. Sam also sits on advisory boards for the University of Sydney and the Centre for Social Impact at the University of NSW. Sam began her career as a commercial lawyer with Mallesons Stephen Jacques (now King and Wood Mallesons), and her executive career included senior management roles in the media sector. Sam is a member of Chief Executive Women and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
KEVIN FARMER, Deputy Chair
Kevin is currently Consultant, Corporate Engagement & Philanthropy. His career has spanned the travel, telecommunications and investment banking industries. During his time as Executive Director of Goldman Sachs Office of Corporate Engagement, Kevin managed a program of community involvement in Australia and NZ, was a member of their Environmental Forum, and sat on the Advisory Committee to their Foundation. A founding member of the Australian Business & Community Network, Kevin also chaired Philanthropy Australia’s NSW Education Affinity Group. Most recently Kevin has consulted for the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, the Centennial Parklands Foundation, The George Institute for Global Health and the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). He is also a Director of Darlinghurst Theatre Company and teaches Ethics as a volunteer teacher with Primary Ethics
JACQUI FEENEY, Director
Jacqui is currently a Director of Zinn & Co Consultancy working for clients such as Optus and McCarthy Mentoring. Most recently Jacqui held the position of ANZ Managing Director of Fox Networks Groups (FNG) and National Geographic Partners where she oversaw all aspects of the company's TV operations including programming, marketing, advertising sales, finance, regulation and affiliate partner relationships. Jacqui is a senior media executive with experience in delivering major strategic projects. She previously worked at Foxtel launching the Presto SVOD service, and leading various third party content partnerships and initiatives. Jacqui has also worked for organisations including PAN TV, the NSW Film & Television Office, ABC TV, ABC Enterprises and the BBC.
BEN FERRIS, Director
Ben Ferris is one of Australia’s most respected experts in education for the screen and media sector, and is a passionate champion of the arts. He founded the UBS Film School at the University of Sydney in 2001, and the world-renowned Sydney Film School in 2004, built around the core values of Courage, Curiosity and Compassion. As its Director for fourteen years he has produced 1000+ alumni who work in the film industry in more than 40 countries worldwide, and 1000+ student short films that have been screened in hundreds of film festivals worldwide, including 20 Academy-Accredited festival screenings. He has built study exchange programs into leading film institutes around the world including into Paris, New York, Madrid and Moscow. Mr Ferris is also an internationally critically acclaimed film writer/director in his own right, winning the Akira Kurosawa Grand Prix in Tokyo in 2005, and in 2018 was nominated for the prestigious Eurimages Project Lab Award at the 53rd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
JAMES LOGIE-SMITH, Director
James is an experienced finance professional with significant experience in finance, strategy and corporate development in the consumer products and media industries. Currently with Wesfarmers, James has previously held CFO positions for Sara Lee Corporation's Australia and New Zealand business, Valspar Australia and New Zealand, and Pinnacle Bakeries. James has contributed to several non-profit arts organisations in an advisory capacity in both Sydney and Chicago. James holds an MBA from Kellogg Business School at Northwestern University, has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course and is a member of the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants.
SUE MASLIN AO, Director
Sue Maslin is one of Australia’s most successful film, television and digital content producers with a track record of creating award winning feature and documentary films. Sue established Film Art Media in 2008 which distributes screen content across many platforms. Sue’s outstanding 35-year contribution to the Australian screen industry has been recognised in numerous ways. She was appointed Adjunct Professor of the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University and in 2012 received the inaugural Jill Robb Award for Outstanding Leadership, Achievement and Service to the Victorian Screen Industry. Reflecting her commitment to advocacy for women, Sue is currently a Patron of Women In Film and Television and the President of the Natalie Miller Fellowship, an organisation dedicated to inspiring leadership and increasing the participation of women in the screen industry.
IAN McGILL, Director
Ian is a partner of the law firm Allens and works in the firm's Technology, Media and Telecommunications team. He is a media and telecommunications regulatory law expert, and also advises a range of companies on corporate governance issues - and he presents regular seminars to clients and staff of Allens on the duties of company directors. Ian has been a partner at Allens since 1990 and is a former managing partner of the firm Allen Allen and Hemsley (as Allens was then known). He has a strong interest in Australian television and film content, financing and production and has acted for many content producers and film industry participants over the years.
ANDREW MYER AM, Director
has had a long involvement with investment, property development, film and
is currently a director of Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd has been an investor
since the 1990’s. His major property developments since 2002 include The
Well at Camberwell, a mixed-use shopping center and Roi, a residential complex
of 175 apartments in North Fitzroy. Andrew
has produced and executive produced Australian feature films and television
including Radiance, Three Dollars, Look Both Ways, Romulus My Father, My Year
without Sex, Dangerous Remedy, Balibo, Make Hummus Not War, Monsieur Mayonnaise,
and Paper Planes. Andrew
has been a director and deputy chair of Filmfest Ltd (Melbourne International
Film Festival) since 2005, and was Vice President of Bush Heritage Australia
for seven years until 2016. He is currently a Trustee of The Sidney Myer Fund
and a director of The Andyinc Foundation.
MARK WORRALL, Director
Mark is currently Managing Director, Menza Holdings Pty Limited. He is a specialist adviser and consultant to corporates and government in the complex world of asset finance. Mark has been in the asset and structured finance industry for over 40 years with almost half of that time as a senior executive with Allco Finance Group Ltd. Mark was a founding director of Allco Foundation Limited, and over the three years the Foundation was in place, it raised over $2.5m through staff engagement, fundraising and volunteering. Over the past 20 years, Mark has, and continues to, participate in many community events for the Starlight Children's Foundation, Oxfam and the Clown Doctors.