The organisation charged with promoting Australian film and television creation internationally has appointed a new chairperson.
As part of this week’s Ausfilm Week in London, former Labor minister, Bob McMullan has been appointed to the newly created role of independent chairperson for the Ausfilm board.
While being independent of Ausfilm, McMullan will replace former chairperson Alaric McAusland, who steps down from the role.
McAusland said: “We are pleased and privileged that Bob has agreed to take on this new role and very much looking forward to working with him. Bob brings an excellent understanding of the international community and marketplace and an ongoing passion for the Arts. His depth of experience and knowledge will guide Ausfilm as it continues to engage with the international film and television community to market all that Australia has to offer.”
On his appointment, McMullan said: “I have always valued the combined economic and cultural importance of the film and television industry and am keen to contribute to the work of Ausfilm and the Australian industry. Alaric will be a hard act to follow but I look forward to the challenge.”
Outside of Ausfilm, Australian-born McMullan, who is based in London, is the director of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, representing Australia, Korea, New Zealand and Egypt.
He is also an adjunct professor for the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National university and was minister for the arts and administrative service and minister for trade during the Keating government.
McAusland’s last day in the role is 30 June with McMullan taking over on 1st of July.