/Media Releases 06.04.23


Ausfilm, Australia’s industry association for screen service businesses responsible for attracting international film and television productions to Australia, has appointed Patrick May to the role of Director of Policy & Research, based in Ausfilm’s Sydney office. 

In this role, Patrick will work with industry and government stakeholders, lead policy development and provide high level strategic advice on policy issues impacting Australia’s standing as a world-class production destination for international filmmakers. Patrick’s role will also manage Ausfilm’s governance and reporting requirements and help determine and execute Ausfilm’s annual advocacy and research priorities.

Patrick has deep experience in Australian screen industry policy and research. He joins Ausfilm after several years as Manager of Strategic Policy and Insights at Screen Australia, where he was responsible for developing and delivering key policy and strategic initiatives and managing major research projects. Patrick managed several editions of Screen Australia’s Drama Report and contributed to important industry projects such as the 2020 Supporting Australian Stories on our Screens—Options Paper, co-authored by Screen Australia and the Australian Communications and Media Authority. Patrick has worked with government and industry stakeholders on key issues including the impact of evolving technologies, the COVID-19 pandemic, and equity and inclusion. 

Ausfilm CEO, Kate Marks said, “We are thrilled to have secured Patrick for this important role. His experience and knowledge of Australian screen industry policy makes him a terrific fit to lead our policy, advocacy, and research initiatives to ensure Australia remains globally competitive for international film and TV makers.

“I would also like to acknowledge the incredible contribution of outgoing Head of Policy & Research Nick Herd, who for the last 10 years at Ausfilm has delivered huge policy wins for our members and the industry at large. We wish him a fabulous retirement.” 

Patrick said of his appointment, “I’m delighted to join the Ausfilm team to help connect our world-class screen sector to global opportunities. This is an exciting and dynamic time for the industry, and I’m looking forward to supporting the sector’s success with a strong policy and research foundation. I’d also like to celebrate Nick Herd and his work; he leaves an incredible legacy to build on.”

Patrick will commence in the role on May 1, 2023.