With a long history in film exhibition – from programming screenings at Sydney University in the early 1970s, to working for the National Film Theatre of Australia, followed by seven years as Co-Proprietor of the Walker St Cinema in North Sydney, and most recently Administrator of the Sydney Film Festival from 1985 to 1999 Ross Barnard was appointed as National Secretary/Treasurer in July 2021.

Committed to establishing film societies wherever he lives, including Springwood in the Blue Mountains and Gunnedah in northern NSW, Ross says: “After moving to a country town for 10 years and losing contact with many industry colleagues and friends, I was pleased to reconnect with many former acquaintances through the Society of Australian Cinema Pioneers, and have come to realise what an important organisation it is for many people, for many varied reasons. Eighty-eight years of history is no small achievement! I hope to be able to contribute in a practical way, supporting the National Executive Committee in my capacity as the new National Secretary/Treasurer.”