Jill Smith AM
BEc, MBA, Hon Doc (Deakin)
Jill has been a leading arts strategist and advocate over many years as CEO at Playbox Theatre (now Malthouse Theatre) and the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, a State Government Agency. In these roles her focus has been on the development of new work by First Nations artists, women, people with diverse abilities, and those of different cultural backgrounds. She has also been involved in the planning and delivery of major cultural infrastructure including and The Malthouse, ACCA, the Geelong Cultural Precinct Masterplan and Geelong Arts Centre redevelopment. Jill is currently Chair of Theatre Network Australia and Deakin University’s Arts and Cultural Management Advisory Board and, a member of the Geelong Authority, an advisory board to the Minister for Planning in relation to the revitalisation of Central Geelong and Moolap.
Jill is a covenantor of a property adjacent to the Great Otway National Park and a volunteer with Birdlife Australia protecting the endangered hooded plovers. Jill is a member of Trust for Nature’s Finance and Investment and, Marketing and Fundraising Committees.