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
Co-CEO / Executive Director
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
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