The MAV Board is delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Miller and Zii Nzira as Co-CEOs until the end of 2022. Andy has been acting in the role since the departure of our former CEO Veronica Pardo. Andy has a proven track record of arts management and has been a steady hand over the past months in guiding the organisation while we looked for a new CEO.
Zii has been a board member for the past year and comes to us from a background in project management in government and private sector. He also runs his own music business and has been a founder of the Black Music Alliance Australia. He has a proven track record in leading and engaging with anti-racism, racial justice and cultural equity frameworks, reflecting both professional and lived experience. The appointment of Zii acts on the Board’s commitment to be a leader in the arts and multicultural sector.
The CO-CEO appointments will be until the end of the year, while the Board undertakes an assessment of the recruitment process to appoint a long-term CEO from 2023 onwards. The Board thanks Andy and Zii for their enthusiasm to share the CEO role.
Zii will officially take up the Co-CEO role on Monday 30 May 2022.
Michael van Vliet
Having migrated to Australia from Zimbabwe in pursuit of an education in I.T, Zii has been able to evolve and establish a creative practice, under the name ZIIMUSIC. Through this he has not only managed to launch a multidisciplinary practice, but has also been able to create platforms and opportunities for individuals within his community. Zii’s expertise as an I.T. Consultant coupled with his creative ambitions has allowed him to become a strategic thinker and future thought leader with a wide range of skills and experience. Zii’s recent accomplishments include: Consulting on APRA AMCOS and MAV’s Neoteric Program who’s aim was to address disparities between Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) creatives and mainstream creatives; Designing and Facilitation of 6 day workshops that brought together 3 CALD Co-Designers with the aim of developing a program that would form pathways for groundswell songwriters and musicians within the CALD communities; Partnering with Footscray Community Arts Centre and MPAVILION as a curator for Afrocentric Reflections. This concert’s aim was to bring members of his community together and celebrate having made it through 2020’s year of the pandemic, only to list a few. he/him
Co-CEO + General Manager
Initially trained as a painter at the Canberra School of Art, Andy Miller worked in theatre for a number of years before working to establish arts programs in the community sector. Following a few years as an arts and cultural officer at two local governments, Andy began a career in the state public service in various senior roles at Arts Victoria and Creative Victoria and was seconded for a period with Creative Partnerships Australia, as Senior Programs Manager. As well as a Bachelor in Fine Arts, he has a Masters in Public Policy and a Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from the University of Melbourne. he/him