NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Liz Hughes

Liz is a highly experienced and innovative senior executive in the creative arts, cultural and education sectors.

As NIDA’s CEO since December 2019, Liz has led NIDA’s operations, strategic positioning and ensured NIDA continues to build on its world-renowned creative education while embracing opportunities of disruption.

Liz is a positive transformational leader and change-maker, specialising in collaboration and partnerships. She is committed to harnessing the unique qualities of NIDA’s education, making it accessible and inclusive for talented individuals, and extending the possibilities of the performing arts in all its guises across stages, screens and beyond.

Previously, Liz held senior executive roles at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS), where she transformed the external engagement and partnerships strategy with industry, government, business and community through industry up-skilling, a large-scale short course program, raising commercial revenue and overseeing diversity initiatives.

As Artistic Director at Experimenta, Liz led media art biennales and created programs that encouraged artists to push the boundaries of emerging technologies to create interactive artwork that surprised, delighted and captured the imaginations of audiences. These wide-ranging successful programs saw record-breaking audience numbers nationally and internationally, and played a pivotal role in the development of some of today’s prominent artists and inspiring organisations.

Liz has held numerous other arts leadership roles including positions in the higher education sector, as part of public programs, in remote Indigenous communities and as a board director. She is also an award-winning filmmaker.

Liz holds an Executive MBA from the University of Technology Sydney, a BA (Film & Television) from Swinburne Film and TV School (now V.C.A Film and TV School), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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