Ruth Harley has been a leader and change agent across 30 years in the screen industry. She was commissioning editor at TVNZ, then the first Executive Director of NZ On Air. From 1997 she spent a decade as CEO of the NZ Film Commission, then crossed the Tasman to head the newly created Screen Australia for five years. In 1997 Harley was awarded an OBE, and in 2006 was named a CNZM.

...actually the most successful films usually have a strong cultural voice, and because they’re unique in the marketplace and they’re really well executed, they produce the best returns. Usually… Ruth Harley in an interview with Onfilm magazine, November 1998