Michael Brealey leads Arts NSW in its activities to invest in and shape the future of arts and culture in NSW.
Michael is responsible for strategic leadership across the arts and cultural cluster including collaboration with NSW Cultural Institutions: Sydney Opera House; Art Gallery of NSW; State Library of NSW; Australian Museum; Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences; and oversight of Screen NSW.
Michael brings 20 years’ experience leading public policy across the private and public sectors. Michael has a diverse background in arts development and support, media, communications and information technology sectors.
Michael previously held roles as an independent consultant with clients across the media and IT sectors; Head of Policy, Strategy and Governance for ABC TV; and Manager, Public Policy and Content Standards for Vodafone Australia. Michael has also held several positions in the federal Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts.
A/Director, Policy and Strategy
Susan Carroll is responsible for policy development and co-ordination, stakeholder engagement, whole of Government co-ordination, strategic initiative development, overall program evaluation and implementing the Arts and Cultural Policy.
Susan has a professional background across Government, Law and the Arts with experience across the public, private and community sectors. With central and line agency roles across the NSW and Commonwealth Governments, Susan has expertise in strategy, policy, and inter-governmental engagement at the state, national and international levels.
Susan has a Masters degree in international studies together with Bachelor degrees in Law and the Arts with a focus on cultural study. Susan has served on the Board of an arts organisation and led Protocol for a key festival.
Director, Arts Development and Investment
Robert Ridley is Director of Arts Development and Investment (ADI). Robert’s areas of responsibility include the management of the Arts NSW major grants program, the Arts & Cultural Development Program, and the provision of support and advisory services to the arts and cultural sector.
ADI maintains relationships with arts and cultural organisations, including the major performing arts companies, key festivals and state significant organisations, and other funding bodies including the Australia Council and City of Sydney.
Robert is an experienced senior manager with extensive government and industry experience and a professional background in education, grant management and business and industry development.
Mark Grisedale, Business Manager
Mark Grisedale commenced work with Arts NSW early 2015 as Business Manager leading a team to support the delivery of governance, communications, corporate support, and compliance of financial obligations, along with business planning and strategic initiatives.
Mark comes to Arts NSW from the ABC with over 20 years’ experience in Broadcast and Media production – 14 years of which were spent in various Business and Operational management roles.
Chief Executive Officer, Screen NSW
Courtney is a senior executive with a background in TV commissioning and production. Over the past 20 years she has served in roles including Executive Head of Content Creation at ABC TV, Head of Arts, Entertainment and Comedy at ABC TV, Programming Production Executive at the Nine Network, Director of Programmes at Southern Star (now Endemol Shine Australia) and was a Commissioning Editor in Documentary at SBS.
Her producer credits in the 1990s include The Big Breakfast and The Girlie Show (Channel Four, UK) and Tonight Live (Seven Network, Australia). She has a track record in identifying and supporting new creative talent, and bringing ideas from the margin to the mainstream.