Our Board

Our Current Board, is a mix of continuing, co-opted and elected members following our 2020 Annual General Meeting. Board meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month excluding January. The Annual General Meeting is held in late April.

Penelope McDonald (Chair)

Penelope McDonald is a highly respected and seasoned filmmaker and executive whose roles have covered all aspects of writing, directing, financing, development, production and distribution.

She was the inaugural director of Screen Territory from 2004, the NT’s Government’s agency, and supported the development of a thriving screen industry across the Northern Territory.

Penelope now runs Chili Films and creates screen stories that entertain and inspire.

Chips Mackinolty (Deputy Chair) 

Chips Mackinolty is a Northern Territory-based artist and writer, who has worked for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organisations over 40 years as an advocate, consultant, researcher, journalist, artist and graphic designer. He has been represented in 250 group and one person shows in Australia and overseas since 1977 where his primary work has been as a screenprinter until the mid-1990s on paper and fabric; and thence in digital print making on paper and fabric, including extensive banner work as multiples. His work has covered gallery and street art.

In the 2000’s Chips worked for the NT Government, including as the adviser to the Minister for the Arts, thence for the Aboriginal Medical Services Alliance NT in policy and research as well as a graphic artist (2009-2013). From 2013-2018, Chips spent some time in Sicily and elsewhere in Italy producing gallery exhibitions and street art. He is currently based in Alice Springs heading up a health research partnership.

Barbara Clifford (Secretary)

Barbara Clifford has her own business (The Time Tamer). She is a time management strategist and stress management practitioner. She has a career background in film, theatre, hospitality and marketing with addition experience in event/project management, sales and business administration. Barbara is known for her training, coaching, online programmes, webinars, MC’ing and guest speaking.

Her professional experience has included contracts with small business, Not For Profits, Aboriginal Organisations, Media, Marketing, Aged Care, Universities, Health Services and Cruise Ships.

Jeanette Elliot (Treasurer)

Jeanette Elliot has spent over 10 years working in finance for the not-for-profit industry in Melbourne. Jeanette developed a passion working with at-risk disadvantaged young people to be treated fairly, with dignity and respect providing employment and training. It was during this time through work trips to Central Australia where Jeanette developed a love and fascination of the Northern Territory, causing her to make the move to Alice Springs. She has also been a long-term business owner and has experience across finance to operations.

Leon Tripp (General Member) 

Leon Tripp has a long history of working in local government. As Manager of Community and Cultural Development for 7.5 years with the Alice Springs Town Council he had leadership over Council run community events and was responsible for the development of the Alice Springs Town Council’s Youth Action Group and Youth Services Officer position. He also chaired the Public Art Advisory Committee.

Currently as Regional Youth Programs Coordinator with the Department Chief Minister, he produces a school holiday program which includes the creative industries in activities within the program.

In his personal life, he has been a reasonably successful performance poet and comedian, winning Triple J’s Raw Comedy in Tasmania in 2000, being resident comic poet on a locally produced morning television program on the WIN network, appeared on ABC TV and radio and was MC for the Desert Festival Comedy Club in 2010, 2011 and 2012. He has an Associated Diploma of Fine Arts from the Tasmanian Centre for the Arts where he majored in furniture design. He enjoys performance, film, bush walking, travel and has a broad appreciation of music.

Edward Gould (General Member)

Edward is a musician, composer and educator that has made Alice Springs his home since 2014. Edward graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) where he studied as a saxophonist. Ed was an active member of the Melbourne Arts scene, presenting work at the 2010 Next Wave Festival and Numerous Melbourne Fringe Festivals.

Since relocating to Alice springs, Ed has released music under his own name, co-founded Alice Sings, a local community choir which he continues to lead, and works as a music teacher in primary schools throughout the Northern Territory.

Jennifer Standish-White (Public Officer)

Jen Standish-White has worked over the past 13 years in Alice Springs in management roles in the Arts, Indigenous, Social Service and Tourism sectors. She has been a committee member on a number of voluntary Boards/Committees including Secretary of Tourism Central Australia 2015 – 2017; Committee Member at 8CCC Community Radio 2014; Chairperson at the Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia 2009 – 2011; Treasurer at InCite Youth Arts 2007 – 2008, the Alice Desert Festival 2006 – 2007 and 8CCC Community Radio 2006 – 2007; and was also Secretary for the Alice Desert Festival in 2008. Jen was also a member of the Alice Springs Town Council’s Public Art Advisory Committee 2011 – 2013 and a mentor in the Desert Knowledge Australia Leadership Program 2010 – 2011. Jen’s extensive local and national knowledge across the not-for-profit and government sectors brings a range of managerial skills, particularly in Governance that are of great benefit to the Red Hot Arts Committee.