Staff & Volunteers


Castlemaine State Festival is managed by a highly qualified and experienced Board of Directors.

Chair: Gary McClure
Deputy Chair: Julie Millowick
Treasurer: Lucy Roffey
Secretary: Michelle Coillet

Louise Bottomley
Mark Anstey
Anthony Bateman
Colin Cornish
Mandy Grinblat
Oliver Halliwell
Lyndal McClure
Mez Woodward

Festival Director – Martin Paten

The 2013 Castlemaine State Festival will be Martin Paten’s third as Director. In this role, in which he is effectively both Artistic Director and General Manager, Martin has taken the 2009 and 2011 Festivals to unprecedented levels of creative and financial success achieving widespread acclaim.

Martin’s vision for the Festival as both a showcase opportunity for the enormous wealth of local artistic endeavor, and as a platform for the presentation of entirely new works in a regional based – yet international festival – is further enabled through the expertise of an exemplary Festival team. An extensive network of dedicated volunteers together with the financial commitment of government and NGO bodies, philanthropic individuals and organisations ensure the Castlemaine State Festival’s continued success.

Martin came to the Castlemaine State Festival with 13 years’ experience directing and managing public festivals in central and suburban Melbourne. He has directed the Moonee Valley Festival, overseen the strategic direction of Melbourne Moomba Festival and managed funding relationships with many of Melbourne’s major international festivals including Melbourne’s Arts, Fringe, Comedy, Film, Jazz, Midsumma and Next Wave Festivals.

Martin left the City of Melbourne in December 2007 after a 10 year career managing a team delivering Melbourne’s Public Art and Laneway Commissions, Melbourne Conversations, City Music and Art and Heritage Collection.

Martin lives locally in the beautiful town of Vaughan, 10 minutes from Castlemaine. He is married with two children.

Staff and Office Volunteers

Festival Director: Martin Paten
Business, Operations & Marketing Manager: Angelica Clunes
Patrons Manager: Val Victor-Gordon
Hospitality Coordinator: Lindy Ralph
Box Office Coordinator: Gayle Dennison
Administration Support: Lorrainne Callister, Mary Harris, Maxine Tester, Lil Balmer & Denise Button
Finance: Kerry Bourke

Production Manager: Calum McClure

Music and Community Engagement Coordinator: Krista Horbatiuk
Visual Arts Program Coordinator & Curator: Deborah Ratliff
Literature Coordinator: Terence Jaensch
Creative Producer – Cornucopia & Clubrooms: Jude Anderson

Volunteer Coordinator: Lyndal McClure
Visual Art Support: Steve Hope
Social Media Support: Ellie Barkla
Artist Liaison: Tiffany Rae

Print Design & Management: Meg Norris
Publicity: Pia Johnson
Website Design: Green Graphics

Publications: Eve Merton
Festival Identity: Jilli Rose
Photography: Julie Millowick, Christine Sayer & La Trobe University Online Photojournalism Students

Risk Management: Bill Coleby
Production Assist: Outlook Communications, The Staging Company, Morwina Schenk, Matt Saunders, Blake Stikland

Our Thanks

The Board and staff of the Castlemaine State Festival wish to thank all of our sponsors, donors & supporters, and the many volunteers who are integral to the success of the Festival.