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 – original owners and cultural custodians - of all the lands and waters across lutruwita/Tasmania upon which our Festival takes place.


Craig Perkins, Chair of Ten Days on the Island

Craig Perkins


Craig has worked in local government (6 years) and regional development (16 years), including the last 13 years as CEO and Director of Regional Development for the Regional Development Australia Tasmania Committee. Over this period, Craig has 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 Chair of Ten Days on the Island, a board member of the Crimestoppers Tasmania, the Launceston Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club of Central Launcestonthe Launceston City Football Club and is an active Hockey player. 

Alex McKenzie, Board Member of Ten Days on the Island

Alex McKenzie

Deputy Chair

Alex McKenzie grew up on the North West Coast, before departing the bucolic setting of his childhood for university in Hobart. After completing his Arts Law degrees, and working in the southern capital for a year, Alex returned home in 2015. Despite his professional experience as a political adviser, researcher, lawyer, and not-for-profit board member, Alex says that the most useful experience for his directorship is his life as someone who has grown up in, and now returned to, the new of home Ten Days in Burnie.

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Jacqui Allen

Jacqui Allen is an alumni of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government’s Executive Masters of Public Administration, Jacqui also has qualifications in marketing and arts management. Jacqui began her career as Touring Manager for Country Arts (WA), a role that involved touring performing arts productions both nationally and throughout regional Western Australia A former Ministerial Adviser for the West Australian Government, Jacqui has also undertaken roles in arts funding, policy and managed a number of government capital works programs at the WA Department of Culture and the Arts. She was the Deputy Director General of the Department from 2009 until December 2012, when she joined the Tasmanian Government in the position of Deputy Secretary, Culture, Recreation and Sport. In her current role as Deputy Secretary, Cultural and Tourism Development with the Department for State Growth, Jacqui works across the two sectors to enhance Tasmania’s reputation as a place to live, visit and invest. Jacqui’s past board positions have included Western Homebuyer’s Social Housing Fund, Perth Theatre Trust and the Meela Childcare Centre (Chair). She is currently also a board member of Community Based Support.

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Elvio Brianese

Elvio is driven by the belief that culture is shaped by communities. For more than 30 years, he has led international, national and local teams on small to large and complex projects for the public and private sector. Elvio is a founding Director of the multi-awarded Liminal Studio, a globally connected, interdisciplinary architecture and design practice based in Hobart. 

Elvio’s project credits span architecture and object design and most recently include Project Director for The Hedberg, a development set to ignite Tasmania’s creative and performing arts future (Liminal Architecture with WOHA), the multi-award-winning Freycinet Coastal Pavilions and international awards for Liminal Objects’ including muylatina (European Product Design Awards – Bronze) and The Magic Box (Eat Drink Design Awards – Winner) 

Recent performance design collaborations include Dancenorth’s Dust (featured in Ten Days on the Island Festival 2019), which completed its Australian tour in 2019, won Best Event Design at the Australian IDEA awards in 2019 and tours internationally in 2020.

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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.

David Palmer, Board Member of Ten days on the Island

David Palmer

David Palmer is the Managing Partner at BDO in Tasmania with experience across a range of clients.  David is a passionate Tasmanian and serves on several NFP Boards around the State. He has a love for the arts and for numbers, which is a great combination. Working in the arts has been a lifelong ambition for David who spent many of his formative years singing in the Australian Rosny Children’s Choir. Although it was a baptism of fire initially, he has learned how arts organisations work and is looking forward to what the future holds for Ten Days on the Island.