The Executive Team

Alex O’Mara
Deputy Secretary Arts, Screen & Culture

Contact Alex:
Alex O’Mara
Deputy Secretary Arts, Screen & Culture
+61 2 8289 6551
alex.omara@create.nsw.gov.au 

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Elizabeth W. Scott
Executive Director Create Investment & Engagement

Elizabeth is a global arts and culture policy specialist with over 25 years’ experience advising cultural organisations across the USA, UK and Australia. Elizabeth currently serves as Board Treasurer of the U.S. artists’ peak body, Fractured Atlas, and as an International Councillor for the UK peak body, Creative Industries Federation.

Contact Elizabeth:
Elizabeth W. Scott
Executive Director Investment & Engagement
+61 2 8289 6495
elizabeth.scott@create.nsw.gov.au

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Grainne Brunsdon
Director Arts Investment, Engagement & Development

Grainne has more than 20 years’ experience working in the creative industries; in addition to previous roles at Screen NSW and Arts NSW, she worked in leadership positions in international cultural relations with the British Council, with arts organisations in Sydney and teaching design studies at tertiary level.

Contact Grainne:
Grainne Brunsdon
Director Arts Investment, Engagement & Development
+61 2 8289 6471
grainne.brunsdon@create.nsw.gov.au

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Sophia Zachariou
Director Screen Investment, Engagement & Attraction

Sophia has commissioned and executive-produced hundreds of hours of television across all genres and was previously Deputy Head of Entertainment at ABC TV. Sophia was the network Executive Producer on all the Gruen series, Kitchen Cabinet with Annabel Crabb, Judith Lucy’s Spiritual Journey, The Chaser’s Media Circus, The Chaser’s War on Everything, Saturday Night Crack Up, Agony, The Checkout and At the Movies.

Sophia also developed digital formats for iView such as comedy series Fresh Blood, and Canberra Al Desko with Annabel Crabb.

Prior to her time at the ABC Sophia was the producer of the legendary short film series Eat Carpet for SBS, and as an independent she produced Australia’s first short film initiative for smartphones, Micromovies, in 2004.

Contact Sophia:
Sophia Zachariou
Director Screen Investment, Engagement & Attraction
+61 2 8289 6470
sophia.zachariou@create.nsw.gov.au

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Alex Bowen
Director Create Strategy & Advocacy

Alex’s experience in the arts and cultural sector as a senior executive, spans the three tiers of Government, including State and Federal funding bodies, regional galleries, contemporary art spaces, festivals, as an educator and practitioner. Alex’s specialises in executive management, cultural infrastructure development, business modelling and creative problem solving.  Most recently Alex headed up the Creative City department at the City of Sydney which included the City’s major events, Sydney New Year’s Eve through to a network of nine libraries, cultural funding and advice, creative placemaking, business development and cultural infrastructure.

Contact Alex:
Alex Bowen
Director Create Strategy & Advocacy
+61 2 8289 6422
alex.bowen@create.nsw.gov.au

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Craig Limkin
Executive Director Create Infrastructure

Craig is an influential leader and people developer with over 15 years of experience in large scale and complex organisations. Craig’s experience includes both public and private sector experience. With a demonstrated track record of leading fiscal and capital complex transactions and major project delivery. Craig’s success is built through focusing on customer service, relationship management and staff development. Craig has overseen the development, implementation and continual review policies, procedures and practices that drive a customer-focused approach in major organisations.

Contact Craig:
Craig Limkin
Executive Director Create Infrastructure
+61 2 8275 1276
craig.limkin@create.nsw.gov.au

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Julia Pucci
Director Cultural Infrastructure – Priority Projects & Regions

Julia has over 25 years’ experience in complex transactions and project management.  Julia has worked in the cultural infrastructure space for the past 15 years, most recently as Project Director for the Sydney Theatre Company’s Wharf Renewal Project (now part of the Walsh Bay Arts & Cultural Precinct) and prior to that at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in Hong Kong and Sydney Opera House, where she was Director, Venue Partners & Safety. Mid way through her career Julia completed a Masters of Arts Administration at the College of Fine Arts (UNSW) as a transition from a former life as a banking and finance lawyer, working in the private sector in Sydney, New York and London and as corporate counsel for a publicly listed Company.

Contact Julia:
Julia Pucci
Director Cultural Infrastructure – Priority Projects & Regions
+61 2 8289 6565
julia.pucci@create.nsw.gov.au

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Kate Murray
Director Special Projects

Kate has worked across the cultural and economic sectors for more than two decades. Her experience spans festivals and events, funding, government and the private sector. Her most recent positions at the City of Sydney included implementing the City’s Economic Development Strategy, international engagement and coordinating the development and implementation of the Creative City Cultural Strategy. Kate is a creative problem solver with extensive experience in delivering major infrastructure, cultural and economic initiatives, and change management.

Contact Kate:
Kate Murray
Director Special Projects
+61 2 8289 6742
kate.murray@create.nsw.gov.au

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Tarek Barakat
Director Cultural Infrastructure – Greater Sydney

Tarek has over 10 years’ experience working across the public sector in both Local and State Government with extensive policy and project management experience focussing on place management, economic development and regulatory policy and strategy.

Tarek has worked extensively with a broad range of stakeholders, from grass roots community organisations and small businesses, to high profile international companies. Most recently, Tarek has held senior policy roles at the Department of Justice and comes to Create NSW from his role as Manager – Policy & Legislation at Liquor & Gaming NSW. Prior to this, Tarek managed the Community Places and Economic Development Units at Sutherland Shire Council and brings skills in stakeholder engagement, project delivery and policy development to Create NSW.

Contact Tarek:
Tarek Barakat
Director Cultural Infrastructure – Greater Sydney
+61 2 8289 6469
tarek.barakat@create.nsw.gov.au

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