Every part of Australia is,
always was and always will be,
Aboriginal land.

As a community gathering-place, a festival of arts, cultural exchange and celebration and as a site for the sharing of ideas and stories, Ten Days on the Island pays respect to the Palawa/Tasmanian Aborigines – The original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across Lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.

With thanks to the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre for place names and other words in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines.


Craig Perkins, Chair of Ten Days on the Island

Craig Perkins


Craig has worked in local government (6 years) and regional development (18 years), including 15 years as CEO and Director of Regional Development for the Regional Development Australia Tasmania Committee. Over this period, Craig worked with communities to support their strategic development, economic growth and improving social capacity.

Craig has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing and International Business), Master of Business Management, is a graduate of the Tasmanian Leaders Program, and has also been awarded a Diploma for successfully completing the AICD Company Directors course.

Craig was an elected member with the Meander Valley Council for 9 years, including the last 7 as mayor, having stepped down in October 2018.

Craig has strong networks across Tasmania and a good understanding of the opportunities and challenges that community’s face. He is the immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Central Launceston and a board member of Crimestoppers Tasmania, the Launceston Chamber of Commerce and the Launceston City Football Club. He is also an active hockey player.

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Angela Driver

Prior to working in leadership with Tasmanian Leaders, Angela Driver forged a successful career in arts as an administrator, event manager, theatre director and community cultural developer. Her career highlight was establishing the Junction Arts Festival after completing a Churchill Fellowship researching performance events for social change. More recently she undertook the role of Chair with Mudlark Theatre. In 2011 she was awarded the Northern Young Professional of the Year, through the Launceston Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards.

Bella Kateros

Bella completed a Bachelor of Business at the University of Tasmania, is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is the Audit Manager at BDO Tasmania. In this role, she works with an array of clients around the state and on the mainland across a multitude of sectors including NFPs and the Arts.

Bella has spent 12 years on the Board of Diving Tasmania, more recently her focus here has been the reintroduction and restructuring of the diving program in Hobart.

Maria Lurighi, Ten Days on the Island Board

Maria Lurighi

Maria’s passion for the arts and festivals was ignited when she was Business Development Manager for Ten Days on the Island from 2004 to 2008. Her international arts festival experience was developed further when she oversaw hospitality operations for MOFO from 2012-2018 and Dark MOFO from 2014-2016.

Maria’s significant career in the arts and business includes roles as Director of Luxury Events and Partnerships and VIP experiences and Director of Hospitality Operations for Mona, the Manager of Domaine A/Stoney Vineyard and General Manager of Hill Street Grocer West Hobart where she returned in 2020.

Maria has a career spanning more than 40 years as a singer, choir leader, conductor and teacher of Contemporary Voice at the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music since 1999.

Maria was chair of the Individual Artists Grants Panel for Arts Tasmania and sits on the Arts Advisory Board for the Tasmanian Government. She is a member of the Boards of the Tasmanian Youth Orchestra and Festival of Voices and has served as a Director for Business Events Tasmania.

Vanessa Pigrum - Ten Days on the Island Board

Vanessa Pigrum

Deputy Chair

Throughout her career, Vanessa has been compelled to work with organisations that strive to implement bold ideas and create positive impacts for society.

Vanessa is currently the Director – Culture and Engagement at MRB House. Prior to this Vanessa was CEO of Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership. She has over 25 years’ experience in the arts and culture sector, and in leadership development, where her focus and passion has long been in driving strategic transformation within organisations and teams. 

Vanessa’s leadership roles with organisations such as the Arts Centre Melbourne, the City of Darebin Creative Culture, the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and CHUNKY MOVE have seen her develop innovative programs and drive international commercial activity. Prior to Vanessa’s transition into organisational management roles, she studied (and dropped out of) Law and then trained as a performer and theatre-maker at the Victorian College of the Arts before forging a successful career as a freelance creative producer in the festivals sector. In 2018 Vanessa gained credentials as a mediator and executive coach.

Isaac Poole

Isaac is the Chief Investment Officer for Oreana Financial Services, a diversified financial services firm operating across Australia and Asia. Isaac is one of the leading voices on global capital market and investing strategy in Australia and Asia, regularly appearing on international news platforms including Bloomberg, CNBC, BBC World News, ausbiz TV and Asia Times Financial.

Isaac’s career spans central banking, risk management, asset allocation and investment consulting in major firms in Australia, the UK and Hong Kong, including Willis Towers Watson, NSW Treasury Corporation, Lloyds Banking Group and the Reserve Bank of Australia. Isaac holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sydney and is a Certified Investment Management Analyst certificant, and is a Senior Industry Fellow with the University of Tasmania.

Guy Taylor, Ten Days on the Island Board

Guy Taylor

Guy is a storyteller masquerading as a brand marketer.

He is one of CMO magazine’s inaugural ’50 Most Innovative Marketers’, the recipient of the AMI (Australian Marketing Institute) award for Cultural-Marketing effectiveness, and a former University Associate at the Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC) at the University of Tasmania. He’s been a writer in residence at Yaddo colony in New York and the Cité des Arts in Paris and is very fond of the quote: ‘Be yourself, ‘cause everyone else is taken.’

Guy has contributed to the success of a number of Tasmania’s most admired brands including James Boags Premium, Tourism Tasmania, Blundstone and Wine Tasmania.