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Renew Australia is a national social enterprise designed to catalyse community renewal, economic development, the arts and creative industries across Australia.

We work with communities and property owners to take otherwise empty shops, offices, commercial and public buildings and make them available to incubate short term use by artists, creative projects and community initiatives.

Board Members

Peter LamellBoard Chair

Peter has served on over 25 boards across the not-for-profit, energy, power, services, technology, and telecommunications sectors. He has broad global senior executive experience having worked in the UK, US, Europe, Asia/Pacific, Canada and Australia with a prime focus on successfully building and turning around a number of complex businesses.

He spent over 25 years working with Shell and was a member of the Board of Shell Australia. He is a Director of Citywide Service Solutions, a member of the Australasian Advisory Board of Aveva Ltd, Director of National Trust (Victoria), Chairman of Renew Australia and is a fellow of the AICD. He was formerly President of Lorne Sculpture Biennale and a Director of the Melbourne Forum. He has a Senior Executive MBA from Melbourne Business School.

Craig AllchinBoard Member

Craig Allchin is an architect and urban designer, a director of the consultancy Six Degrees Urban, and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).  Craig works on projects across a range of scales, from plans and strategies for metropolitan areas to fine grain ground plan activation of specific places.

Craig has spent many years in urban design and city planning ranging from recycling and renewal projects around the revitalisation of the Melbourne City Centre, to completing over 40 district and city masterplans. Craig was Director of Urban Design for the Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney, the NSW Government’s 25-year masterplan for Sydney, then spent three years living Brooklyn, New York, teaching at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design. Craig now lectures at UTS and consults on a range of public and private sector projects.

Craig is a strong advocate for understanding cities as complex ecosystems, and a believer that creating diverse, vibrant, locally-driven and active ground planes is a fundamental principle of good places.

Anita Struck, Consultant

Anita StruckBoard Member

Anita is an experienced marketing and business operations professional. She has more than 20 years experience across a diverse range of businesses ranging from printing and media to the commercial property sector.

Anita is excellent with managing internal and external communication strategies, brand management, relationship and sales management. Positive interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with people at all levels combines with an inherent focus and commitment to client service and tangible standards for quality results.

Rod ColemanBoard Member

Rod has over 20 years experience in global strategy and general management roles based in Australia and Europe.  He has led growth, commercialisation, turnarounds and investment exits across a range of industries and currently leading transformation project for an M.H. Carnegie & Co. owned professional services business.

Rod brings to Renew Australia significant operating experience combined with corporate finance, IT and marketing skills. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce, a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance & Investment, and an MBA from IMD in Switzerland.

 

Helene GeorgeBoard Member

Helene George is Founder and Managing Director of Creative Economy, a company at the forefront of economic development based on culture. Helene is sought after as an adviser and development consultant by both governments and the private sector. Her many appointments include being a UNESCO Expert for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity and appointment to the Prime Minister’s Working Party for Creativity in the Innovation Economy.

Helene has over 30 years’ experience in management and consulting throughout the Asia Pacific. She has worked as an executive in local government and as a manager of creative companies and facilities and export trade representative.  While successfully managing her own business, she has been engaged as a strategic development consultant and policy adviser for a diverse range of enterprises, governments and industry sectors.

 

Justin O’ConnorBoard Member

Justin O’Connor is Professor of Communications and Cultural Economy at Monash University. He is also visiting Professor in the School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiaotong University, where he jointly runs a Global Cultural Economy research hub. He heads the new MFJ research unit Culture Media Economy and is program leader for the Master of Cultural Economy. He is part of the UNESCO ‘Expert Facility’, supporting the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of Cultural Diversity, a board member of Renew Australia and convenes the Global Cultural Economy Network.

Justin has three ARC Discovery projects with the Australian Research Council focusing on the cultural impact on the economy, industry, and development, both locally and internationally. He has worked with various cities in Australia and overseas to foster the creative industries.

 

Staff Members

Angela SimonsManager

Angela joined the Renew Australia team in 2015 bringing with her an extensive knowledge of tourism, business operations, people and property management.

Angela has worked across Australia and internationally to develop tourism accommodations, destinations and experiences that reflect the local offering and community.

Angela is passionate about creating communities and connecting people. She uses her communication, people, project and property management skills as the Manager for Renew Australia to work with funding partners, property owners and participants to incubate and evolve the Renew initiative. Angela is dedicated to investigating and developing new opportunities and partnerships for property owners, creative enterprises and communities to utilise what would be otherwise vacant space.

Andrea BruceProject Manager

Andrea was introduced to the world of Art early in her career, and got a position working for the Director of International Art at the National Gallery of Australia and has held a passions for visual art ever since.

Andrea enjoys working on community-focused projects with multi-layered and often unexpected outcomes. She is at her best when with people, collaborating on creative projects and learning from those around her. She has a range of skills stemming from her business and marketing qualification, with a proven arts administration history, complimented by extensive marketing and communication experience. Andrea holds a teaching degree with four-years of practice. Since leaving the classroom she has co-ordinated a number of education projects within the Arts – something she plans to continually do throughout her career. Moving between the Arts and Education across two decades, Andrea has worked for the National Gallery of Australia, Mildura Wentworth Arts Festival, Victoria and Deakin Universities, the City of Greater Geelong and a number of Victorian schools.

Andrea is extremely positive about working with Renew Geelong and knows the project will deliver life-changing outcomes for many of the creatives involved. It will compliment local business and bring renewed interest to heart of this amazing city. She feel very blessed to be able to work with so many amazing creatives.

Alice HenchionProject Manager

Alice Henchion is the Project Manager for Renew Wollongong. She has lived and worked in the area for almost 15 years and loves the laid-back beach lifestyle and excellent people in The Gong.

Alice is also an artist and small business owner and has a foot in both the creative and entrepreneurial business community in the Illawarra. She is pretty darn thrilled to be part of the Renew family and is excited to see Renew Wollongong evolve and work some creative magic back into the CBD.

Susannah FarforBusiness Services Manager

Susannah is adept at working with interdisciplinary teams to get the best result for multiple stakeholders, along with positive gains for the community and environment. She draws upon project management skills developed across diverse industries and extensive experience as an editor, researcher and writer for publications including Lonely Planet and Good Food guides.

She has recently completed a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, with a major in human-centred design, and applies her creative vision to developing new business models and projects.

Theresa MischkulnigAdministration

Theresa has helped to grow and develop several small businesses. From starting a new franchise concept, to running the sales, marketing and business administration for an electric bike manufacturer.

Working for small business has taught her many hands on skills that she now brings to the team at Renew Australia where she is focusing on the ongoing website management. She is passionate about social enterprise and supporting the community and loves what Renew is doing for the local creatives and industry.

Renew Australia Supporters

Marcus WestburyFounder

In 2008 Marcus started Renew Newcastle and is the founder of Renew Australia. His work in Newcastle led to work with cities around the world on innovative, low cost creative led urban revitalisation strategies through Renew Australia and as an independent consultant.

Marcus’ background is an urbanist, broadcaster, writer, media maker and festival director. He has worked across a range of media as a writer, producer, director and presenter, covering fields as diverse as culture, art, urban planning, media, sport and politics. He is the author of Creating Cities and the writer and presenter of ABC Australia TV series including Bespoke and Not Quite Art.