Vivia Hickman

Announcing our new leadership team

We are excited to announce our new leadership team, led by incoming Chair of the Board, Vivia Hickman and Director/CEO Georgie Meagher. Vivia takes the reins from outgoing Chair Janenne Willis, who contributed an extraordinary amount to the organisation over her nine years on the board, including six as Chair.

Vivia joins Next Wave with more than 23 years of leadership experience in the not for profit sector primarily in the arts and cultural industry. She is the CEO of the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre and from 2006-2010 was the CEO of the Melbourne International Arts Festival. She has worked with several of Melbourne’s most prominent arts organisations and institutions, including three years as General Manager of Melbourne International Film Festival, Development Manager of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and Executive Producer of Chunky Move, Victoria’s leading contemporary dance company.

“It is a real privilege to be invited to Chair an organisation as vital and varied as Next Wave. I am really looking forward to working alongside Georgie and the team as well as the Board and all of the artists associated with Next Wave as we move into the next phase of its ever increasing success,” said Vivia.

“Profound thanks of course must go to Janenne for her dedicated work across so many years ­– she is leaving in her wake a robust and exciting organisation driven by artists and the incredible work they create.”

Vivia and Georgie will be joined by Deputy Director Lucy McNamara, formerly Next Wave’s Business Manager. McNamara has extensive experience in arts administration and finance from the retail, corporate and not-for-profit sectors and has previously held roles at The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, on the Board of SEVENTH artist-run space and at The University of Melbourne.

We also welcome arts executive Stephen Armstrong (Arts Centre Melbourne) to the board, and are currently recruiting for a Creative Producer who will envision the 2018 Festival alongside Georgie. We recently received confirmation of four year organisational funding from major partner Creative Victoria, ensuring a stable future for Next Wave.

Outgoing Chair Janenne wished Vivia and Georgie the best for the future.

“It has been my absolute privilege to work with and enable the next generation of artists and arts workers in our country. I am thrilled that Next Wave has such a bright sparkly future with this new leadership team stepping in. Congratulations to everyone,” said Willis.

“Janenne has brought boundless energy and commitment to Next Wave over the past nine years, and I wish her all the best for the future. As we begin planning for the next Festival, I’m look forward to learning from Vivia, who has a wealth of knowledge and expertise to bring to Next Wave,” said Georgie.

Learn more about Next Wave’s staff and board here