Board of Directors

  • 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.

  • Damon Wise Vice President (Joined 2014)

    Damon Wise is the General Manager of Southern Cross Austereo 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 is a Client Manager with over 7 years of professional experience in audit Ed Ed is a Client Manager with over 7 years of professional experience in audit and advisory at Deloitte. Ed manages the delivery of external and internal audit services to clients across a diverse number of industries in Northern Tasmania. 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 Arts Festival are crucial to its continued success in this area. Ed is a Chartered Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor.

  • Lauren Bartlett Member (Joined 2012)

    Lauren Bartlett has been a lawyer at Launceston law firm, Rae & Partners Lawyers, since 2006. She is a Senior Associate, specialising in litigation and family law. Having a keen interest in the local arts, Lauren joined the Junction board in July 2012. She is actively involved in various organisations and committees in the Launceston community including sitting on the board of Mudlark Theatre Inc. Company.

  • Ruth Forrest Member (Joined 2014)

    Ruth was first elected to the Parliament of Tasmania in May 2005 when she was elected to the Legislative Council as the Independent Member for Murchison. She was re-elected unopposed in May 2011. 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 including - Subordinate Legislation, Public Accounts, Government Administration Committee A, Estimates and Government Business Scrutiny Committees and has served on a number of Select Committees. Prior to 2005 Ruth worked as a nurse and midwife in Burnie, NW Tasmania. She has a Master of Midwifery degree and has been a member of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) since 1989 holding a number of executive positions including Tasmanian Branch President and National Delegate. Ruth was awarded Fellowship of the ACM in 2001.

    Ruth has an interest in the Arts, predominantly through her four children who have been actively engaged in performing arts since primary school. Ruth is a 2011 Graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program and continues to contribute to Tasmanian Leaders Inc. as a member of the Tasmanian Leaders Alumni Sub-Committee. Ruth graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course in 2012. Ruth completed a Graduate Certificate in Business at UTAS (University of Tasmania) in 2013.

  • Stephen Loo Member (Joined 2014)

    Stephen Loo is Professor of Architecture and Director of CxI (Creative Exchange Institute) and ACIPA (Academy of Creative Industries and Performing Arts) at the University of Tasmania. He has published widely on language, affect and the biophilosophy of the contemporary subject, posthumanist ethics and experimental digital thinking. His recent publications include Deleuze and Architecture with Hélène Frichot; essays on the relationship between insects, instincts and ethics in Angelaki and Parallax and a forthcoming monograph with Undine Sellbach; and an edited volume on Poetic Biopolitics with Peg Rawes and Tim Matthews is under publication. Stephen is Founding Partner of award winning architecture and interpretation practice Mulloway Studio, who is currently exhibiting at the 2014 Venice International Architecture Biennale. His artworks include A Whirlwind of Insects in the Body of a Girl, a performance with Undine Sellbach, University College London (2010) and Sydney Biennale (2012), and K2-02 with Michael Yuen, SASA Gallery, Adelaide (2009).

  • Mary Machen Member (Joined 2016)

    Mary joins 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.

  • Kit Wise Member (Joined 2016)

    Kit Wise is Professor of Fine Art and Head of the Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania; and Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Monash University. He has engaged with art schools nationally and internationally in an advisory capacity on course design and interdisciplinarity, including LaSalle, Singapore and Massey, New Zealand.

    He is represented by Sarah Scout Presents, Melbourne and practices as an artist, art writer and curator. He has held 15 solo exhibitions in Australia, America and Italy, exhibited in group exhibitions in Australia, Taiwan, Korea, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Holland, and has published numerous articles,reviews, book chapters and catalogue essays including texts for Australian and international art journals such as Frieze, unMagazine and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies.

  • Liz Bennett Member (Joined 2017)

    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. 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 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.