Arts Management

Heather Croall

CEO & Director: Adelaide Fringe

Areas of specialisation:

  • Setting strategy
  • Captial acquisition
  • Festival programming
  • Pitching
  • Assessing creative projects for investment
  • Matchmaking creatives on new projects
  • Mentoring

Heather Croall is an experienced CEO & Director known as a visionary in the creative sector who delivers innovative festival programs, new audiences and organisational growth. 

She has specific expertise in partner engagement, capital acquisition and digital transformation. With an international career in Film, TV and the Arts, Heather has a strong track record in implementing organisational change and capacity building. She has grown audience bases in all festivals she has led and has transitioned a number of festivals and creative sector organisations into the digital age. 

Under her leadership, every festival Heather has run has seen an increase in turn over, been met with high critical acclaim, delivered growth in ticket sales and expanded audience demographic. Heather has a reputation for generating new income streams and delivering excellent management of stakeholder relations. 

Heather has produced documentaries for SBS, ABC, BBC and Channel 4 and more. She has been the Director & CEO at the Adelaide Fringe since 2015. Heather graduated from the Governor's Leadership Foundation (GLF) in 2017. She sits on the Inspiring SA steering committee and is the Chair of the Governor's Aboriginal Employment Arts and Cluster Industry Cluster.. In 2014, Heather was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University in the UK. In 2013, The Alliance of Women Film Journalists named Heather Ambassador of Women’s Film for her work in creating opportunities for women documentary makers. In 2005, Heather was awarded a Fellowship in Interactive Media by Screen Australia. Heather graduated with a BA at Uni SA in 1991.

Heather has experience as a: 
CEO/Festival & Conference Director/Marketplace Designer
Interactive Arts Curator & Producer
Documentary Producer & Director
Arts Investment Fund Assessor 

Chair for Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts: Adelaide Festival Theatre

Areas of Specialisation:

  • Tourism & Hospitality
  • International Arts Management

Douglas Gautier has served on a number of arts, media and tourism boards in Hong Kong and the Asian region.

Since arriving at the Adelaide Festival Centre he has initiated a major ‘program-led’ approach to double audiences over seven years. This has included two new annual events – The Adelaide International Guitar Festival and OzAsia Festival– a showcasing of cultural links between Australia and the Asian region.

He currently serves as Chair for the Association of Asia Pacific Performing Arts Centres, and is Executive Council Member for Live Performance Australia and Flinders University, Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Arts and Cultural Leadership and Adviser to the Hong Kong Arts Festival.