AFTRS appoints new CEO Dr Nell Greenwood

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Dr Nell Greenwood has been appointed the new CEO of the Australian Film, Television & Radio School.

The news was announced by AFTRS chair Russell Howcrowft, with Dr Greenwood bringing 25 years of experience in the industry.

An academic leader, screenwriter and creativity advocate, Dr Greenwood has extensive experience in screen education and international film and television production.

She has held numerous senior roles at AFTRS since 2013, including head of screenwriting, course leader masters, head of programs, and director of curriculum & student registrar.

“Dr Greenwood’s leadership will ensure the School is at the forefront of international screen education practice, producing graduates who are agile across multiple platforms, entrepreneurial in the global marketplace and creatively bold,” said Howcroft.

“She brings a rare and valuable skill set to the role. She has significant experience in film and television production, having worked at the highest levels in Australian and international production companies, and is passionate about screen education, with a decade in teaching and course development.

“Nell’s intellectual rigour, creative instincts and meticulous pursuit of educational excellence will enhance AFTRS’ reputation as one of the world’s best film schools.”

After starting a career in content development, Dr Greenwood has held such positions as head of development at the Irish Film Board, head of development at Natural Nylon entertainment and the same title at Element Films.

She has writing credits for UKTV’s False Witness and Pride and Joy.

Dr Greenwood has a passion for creativity, and about increasing diversity within the screen and broadcast industries.

“I am delighted and honoured to be taking on this role,” she said.

“Having worked at the school for the last 12 years, I am very proud of the extraordinary talent we have here – our staff and students – and how much potential the school has to flourish during a time of change and opportunity.

“Under the previous CEO, Neil Peplow, the school embarked upon a forward-looking commitment to excellence in creative education and I can’t wait to expand and progress the great work he began.”

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