Chris Keely named Create NSW executive director

SBS’ Chris Keely has been appointed executive director of Create NSW, the NSW Government’s arts and cultural driver, which brings together arts, screen and culture functions in an integrated entity, and includes cultural infrastructure.

Keely joins from the broadcaster where he was general manager SBS Food, SBS World Movies and Subscription TV.

Keely [left] will join Create NSW in January

Keely has worked as state ministerial arts advisor and advisor to the federal communications minister, where he led the development of ‘Creative Nation’, Australia’s first cultural policy.

Deputy secretary community engagement Kate Foy said Keely’s employment history made him a natural choice for the role.

“Mr Keely brings a wealth of experience of enormous benefit to Create NSW. He has held senior positions for subscription television channels Viacom (MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and Comedy Central) as well as Optus Vision,” said Foy.

“I am thrilled to have someone of Mr Keely’s calibre and experience joining the community engagement executive team and heading up Create NSW to deliver our vision for bold and exciting arts and culture across the state.”

Keely’s appointment comes as the Morrison government made the decision to abolish the federal Department of Communications and the Arts as part of public service restructure, rolling it into a new super department called the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

Keely will commence the new role on Monday 16 December, 2019.


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