“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

Maya Angelou



Diemen Board

Adam Glover - Co Chairman


Adam began his career as a pre-press apprentice with a small printer in regional Victoria then moved to Melbourne working in advertising agencies, large print shops, universities and photographic bureaus before running his own print business in South Melbourne.

A sea change 12 years ago saw Adam move from Melbourne to Hobart to implement the digital pre-press department of the Printing Authority of Tasmania.

Currently managing the digital print and pre-media departments at Mercury Walch, Adam appreciates great design and loves the tactile nature of print. It is this appreciation and his years of industry experience that sees him become a committee member for the DIEMEN Awards.

Amr Elsayed

Amr Elsayed - Co Chairman


Originally from Egypt, Amr has lived in 4 different continents. He started his professional journey close to a decade ago as a PR and Events Coordinator in Malaysia working in the fashion industry. He then moved to Australia to squeeze in a Masters of Communications from Bond University in Queensland and moved to Melbourne to become an Account Executive in one of Australia’s leading creative agencies. He then made the shift media side to take up a brand new Social Media Manager role with a global agency.

Looking for a major change in lifestyle, Amr moved to Tasmania to find his forever home, and managed to get a position as an Account Manager with The20. Amr brings his passion for the creative industry and multi-functional skills and experience to the DIEMEN Awards team.

Gary Nilsson - Treasurer


Gary’s career includes being a General Manager with GEON, Operations Manager with Penfold Buscombe and Print Manager and PrePress Manager with PMP Print. His 40 year career in the print industry now sees him in the role of GM of Mercury Walch, Tasmania’s largest print site with over 50 full time employees.

Gary has been involved in many local and national award committees including as Chairman of the PICA Awards for 3 years and the DIEMEN Awards in 2014, his current role is Treasurer.

Jay Perrett - Committee

Art Director - The20

Jay cut his teeth in the printing industry as an apprentice in Graphic Pre-Press with Mercury Walch. Made the leap to agency life in 2007, and since has worked on local, national and international clients across a wide range of industries and channels.

Jay has been involved with the AGDA Tasmania committee including Vice President in 2013, and also a student and tutor of the national AWARD school.

He is excited to see the very best in what Tasmania has to offer in the industry and its emerging young talent.

Ronan MacEwan - Committee


Ronan has worked in the arts and gallery sector for around a decade, most recently at Mona, focussing on digital and social projects. Prior to this, he has worked as a governance advisor, copyright officer, visitor services supervisor and box office and ticketing manager. He holds a bachelor of Media and Communications and a Bachelor of Laws. Don’t ask him about his HECs debt.

As a freelance writer, he has contributed to a range of Australian publications and newspapers and assisted businesses produce web and social content. He is the director of Giphageddon.com.au which connects companies and events with gif artists to produce animated illustrations for internal and external use.

Natalie Veryard - Committee


A well-known identity in the Tasmanian creative and print industries, Natalie brings her extensive knowledge of the ever changing print, label and packaging markets to the Diemen Awards.

Natalie started working in sales for Advertising Agency – Banks Paton when just nineteen years of age. After a brief adventure working for a Western Australian mining company in the outback Pilbara region – Natalie returned to her Tasmanian lifestyle landing a job at Mercury Walch Printing. Having worked in many roles within Mercury Walch, Natalie has gained extensive experience in the craft and production of print from the ground up. This knowledge and commitment to her industry has seen Natalie develop large industry networks making her the perfect fit for her role as New Business Development Manager at Mercury Walch.

Natalie’s love of the creative industries and the people that work within it makes her a natural Diemen Awards Committee placement.