Ken Crouch – Chief Executive Officer
Ken is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organisation, including personnel, programs and services, funding and financial management, and implementing the Triennial Business Plan to support screen industry development in the region.
Under Ken’s leadership, Screenworks has strategically repositioned itself from being a Northern Rivers focused screen organisation in 2014 to become a borderless screen industry service provider today delivering a greater diversity of programs, events and services that meet the changing needs of regional screen practitioners nationally. By implementing innovative and forward-thinking business models, Screenworks has increased its revenue and its membership base by 200% and is now supporting practitioners in every state and territory.
Before moving to regional NSW, Ken was Business Operations Manager at Sydney New Year’s Eve (City of Sydney Council) for 7 years, where he managed the administration, programming and finances of the annual large-scale celebrations. This role incorporated managing the national television broadcast of multiple simultaneous events, in addition to edited highlight packages for national and international news agencies.
With a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts – Production from NIDA, Ken has extensive experience in strategic business & events planning, preparing funding applications and governance of arts organisations and government. Ken is currently a member of the NSW Government’s Arts & Cultural Advisory Committee.
Lisa O’Meara – Programs & Operations Manager
Lisa is responsible for planning, organising and running all professional development and screen culture events and for driving and maintaining the membership, ensuring that the organisation contributes positively to its members, screen industry practitioners, stakeholders, partners and the NSW and national screen industry. Lisa is also responsible for communications with media, social media platforms and with members.
Lisa O’Meara is Marketing and Communications professional with extensive experience in event management, retail management, product management and arts administration. She has worked internationally across a range of industries including screen, publishing, software and entertainment distribution and Arts Festival management. Lisa is passionate about the creative industries and inspired by the talents and resourcefulness of the creative people she has worked with.
Lisa has worked for a broad range of government, private and not for profit organisations including Film Australia, the ABC, Media Monitors, Tech Pacific, Horwitz Publishers and HBJ Publishers. Her clients have included Disney, Adobe, Broderbund, The Learning Company and Blizzard.
Lisa also successfully ran her own marketing consulting business and co-owned and managed a small production company and a retail business. Lisa has tertiary qualifications in both Marketing and Education.
Helping screen content creators bring their stories to life is her current passion.
Louise Hodgson – Createability & Events Coordinator
Louise is one of Screenworks’ project and event coordinators. She manages specific projects and provides administration support to both Lisa and Ken.
After completing a BA Hons in English Literature, Louise started her professional production career in London’s Adland by learning the TV Production ropes through making television and radio commercials for some of Britain’s best loved brands.
That was over 15 years ago, since then she has moved ‘across the pond’ to work as an advertising TV producer in Sydney, most recently at popular production company, Jungle.
She moved her young family to the Northern Rivers region in 2013 and is delighted to be working on the Screenworks team where she has been able to simultaneously keep her foot in the industry and further her knowledge of it.
Lewis Templar – Intern
Lewis is one of Screenworks’ interns. He assists in project and events management and provides administration support to both Lisa and Ken.
After three deployments as a Rifleman and Interpreter with the Australian Army Reserve, Lewis started his filmmaking journey with a feature length rock climbing documentary, which helped raise awareness for the sport and funds for not-for-profits to lobby for climbing access. Since then he has worked with a number of businesses to help refine production practices and to produce commercial and creative products.
In 2016 Lewis moved to the Northern Rivers with a passion for supporting a creative community. Between working as a freelance digital content creator and producing on creative projects, Lewis is dedicated to expanding his knowledge of the industry in the hopes of growing an economic production platform.