Board of Directors

Country Arts WA

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors meets quarterly, with the Annual General Meeting normally held in April each year. The Board are responsible for the strategic planning, operations, management and performance of the organisation.

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Shane Colquhoun

Vice Chair | Co-opted Director (Perth)

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Shane Colquhoun

Vice Chair | Co-opted Director (Perth)

Shane Colquhoun

Shane Colquhoun was a professional dancer for 12 years in the UK, Germany and Australia, having completed his training at The Royal Ballet School, London. Following his retirement from full-time dance in 1984, he studied Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Over the last 25 years, his arts management career has included positions within government and in the arts sector. In 2000, Shane joined the Department of Culture and the Arts in a range of senior roles, including Director, Arts Funding and Development. For 16 months in the lead up to the 2005 State General Election, he was seconded to the Minister for Culture and the Arts as Policy Advisor. Shane was previously the National President of the Australian Dance Council – Ausdance, the inaugural Chair of the Australia Council for the Arts’ Dance Board, and has held General Manager positions with Deckchair Theatre, the West Australian Ballet, and Black Swan State Theatre Company.

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Mira Holzmann

Professional Performing Arts Producer (Kimberley)

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Mira Holzmann

Professional Performing Arts Producer (Kimberley)

Mira Holzmann

Mira Holzmann has been the Chairperson of Theatre Kimberley for the past three and half years. Theatre Kimberley is a performing arts organisation and considered a key art body in the Kimberley. Programs and productions include the Sandfly Circus, an outreach program to remote Aboriginal communities in the Kimberley, Worn Art and the Children’s musical Staircase to the Moon. Mira’s role as Chair includes managing board meetings, overseeing budgets and finances as well as approving programs and productions. Mira is currently studying a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a major in Aboriginal Studies at Notre Dame University. Additionally, she is actively involved in the Sandfly Circus as Parent helper and participant. She has been always a keen supporter of the arts and has been involved in Community theatre in her country of origin Germany.

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Tim Neeson

Regional Community Organisation (Goldfields-Esperance)

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Tim Neeson

Regional Community Organisation (Goldfields-Esperance)

Tim Neeson

Tim Neeson has lived throughout the Pacific, and in Kalgoorlie-Boulder since 2004 and has a deep love of the bush and the enormous potential of outback spaces. Coming from an IT background, Tim is excited by the innovative use of technology in arts and is a passionate supporter of the arts and of collaborative community-based arts projects. In addition to running his IT company, Tim also runs digital events in the Goldfields and is currently a committee member of Artgold, the Arts and Culture Goldfields Association; and is a Director of Thrive WA. He is excited about opportunities for the arts in Regional WA and believes that the Arts provides an important catalyst for social and economic resilience in Regional WA.

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Kellee Aberg

Co-opted Director (Peel)

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Kellee Aberg

Co-opted Director (Peel)

Kellee Aberg

After graduating in 2013 from Edith Cowan University with a Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Performance) and a Bachelor of Education, Kellee has worked on a range of projects within the arts and disability sector. Kellee currently works with Poles Apart Theatre Company, creating works with adults with disabilities. After a successful season of The Journey, Kellee is directing two new works with the company. When she is not working with Poles Apart, Kellee works for different festivals and organisations in regional WA, directing, programming and creating shows and artworks.

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Ainsley Foulds

Regional Community Presenter (Goldfields-Esperance)

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Ainsley Foulds

Regional Community Presenter (Goldfields-Esperance)

Ainsley Foulds

A member of the Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council (RRAC) for 17 years and is also the current chair. Ravensthorpe is a remote location in the Goldfields Esperance region. In the last five years RRAC have taken on 11 Shows on the Go touring shows and recognises the positives in hosting a Country Arts WA touring program by bringing high quality performances to our area. Ainsley is also in touch with the small communities hosting touring shows challenges with accessing local venues and bringing community audiences together. Ainlsey endorses the Country Arts WA touring model as excellent and identifies with how it has evolved to a high standard over the years; and is very keen to provide input and work on encouraging more regional communities to have the confidence to take on a touring show.

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Lynette Narkle

Co-opted Director (South West)

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Lynette Narkle

Co-opted Director (South West)

Lynette Narkle

Lynette Narkle is a highly respected performer and director of Indigenous theatre and film. She has been a pivotal force in theatre since the early days of Jack Davis’ plays. She also worked for Screen West to increase the engagement of Indigenous filmmakers with screen culture. Lynette’s involvement in the arts starts from the early 1970’s.

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James Jarvis

Co-opted Director (Pilbara)

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James Jarvis

Co-opted Director (Pilbara)

James Jarvis

James grew up in regional Western Australia and has since lived and worked in regional locations. For over 20 years, he has worked in a variety of state government agencies in Western Australia including: Child protection, communities, Aboriginal health, regional development and most recently corrective services. Much of this work has taken place in, or focused on, regional and remote Western Australia with over a year in the Northern Territory primarily overseeing child and family service delivery into remote Aboriginal communities. James is a strong advocate for the arts and its role in creating and sustaining strong communities. His knowledge of governance, leadership and the processes and practices of effective engagement will assist Country Arts WA’s focus on creativity, capacity building and connectivity in and between regional communities. Since 2010, James has been serving as a committee member of the Local Government Manager’s Association’s Community Development Network.

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Kim Jameson

Individual (Peel)

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Kim Jameson

Individual (Peel)

Kim Jameson

Kim Jameson is Executive Director for Art on the Move with responsibility for the strategic development and management of the peak touring visual arts body – ART ON THE MOVE. She is passionate about cultivating curiosity, enjoyment and understanding of culture and its connections to life, history and personal experience. Kim holds an intrinsic belief in the transformational role of culture as a vehicle for change, critical discourse, empowerment, giving a voice to the silent and contributing to identity of self, community and place. Kim recognises the value of creating a shared vision rooted in community yet visionary in delivery and approach. Having worked in the cultural industry in UK, USA and Australia her career is characterised in unlocking opportunities for growth and working within strategic partnerships that make a lasting impact.

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Peter Rupp

Treasurer | Co-Opted Director (Perth)

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Peter Rupp

Treasurer | Co-Opted Director (Perth)

Peter Rupp

Peter Rupp (Bsc FCA FLWA) is a Chartered Accountant and currently practices as an Audit Partner with Deloitte in Perth. Peter was educated and commenced his working life at Deloitte in the UK with several periods of travel in Europe and the USA before settling in Perth with his family in 2003. He is a Fellow of the 2010 Leadership WA Program and in 2013 was elected as the WA representative onto the National Council of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand. Peter has a deep appreciation of the opportunities that exist in regional Western Australia and believes that the arts provide a means to enhance the development of community in the state. Peter is a classically trained musician, playing both piano and clarinet, and a passionate supporter of the arts.

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Ross Beckett

Chair | Regional Performing Arts Venue (Wheatbelt)

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Ross Beckett

Chair | Regional Performing Arts Venue (Wheatbelt)

Ross Beckett

Ross Beckett has managed the Esperance Civic Centre for over four years and has been a Country Arts WA Director for the last three years. Ross came to the performing arts sector from a diverse background that includes six years in the Royal Australian Air Force, two years studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and a career in commercial radio working in Northam, Bridgetown, Wollongong (New South Wales), Esperance, Albany and Launceston (Tasmania). Ross is also on the Management Committee for CircuitWest.

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Andrea Gray

Secretary | Regional Community Presenter (Wheatbelt)

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Andrea Gray

Secretary | Regional Community Presenter (Wheatbelt)

Andrea Gray

A long-time advocate for community-based arts and cultural benefits; Andrea Gray has developed and facilitated opportunities throughout her region, as the Arts and Cultural advisor with the Jurien Bay Community Resource Centre and now in a volunteer capacity for various community and regional arts organisations. Country Arts WA Director since 2012, Andrea is passionate about ensuring that the regional communities of WA have access to the arts and arts funding.  Andrea has previously actively engaged local residents in community projects such as the White St Fence at the Jurien Bay Community Resource Centre. Andrea has supported local and regional artists, providing opportunities, promotion, networks and encouraged development. Her achievements are accompanied with enthusiasm and the joy of building the social fabric of our rural and remote communities communicated through the arts. Andrea’s background is in visual arts (Photography & Film). Andrea has a passion for music, sculpture, performance and the smiles of enlightenment that the arts can provide to a participant or an audience.

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Natalie Jenkins

Professional Performing Arts Producer (Perth)

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Natalie Jenkins

Professional Performing Arts Producer (Perth)

Natalie Jenkins

Natalie is the Executive Director at Black Swan State Theatre Company in Perth. Prior to commencing in this role in January 2014, Natalie ran her consultancy business, NJ Management for eight years, offering project management, strategic advice and consulting to the arts, business and community sectors. Natalie has previously held General Manager positions with Thin Ice, Perth Theatre Company and Theatre North (Launceston). She has been a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Playing Australia and Festivals Australia Committees, a member of the Healthway Board, including chair of its Arts Advisory Committee, and sat on the Tasmanian Arts Advisory Board. Natalie has chaired and been a member of a number of industry boards including the Blue Room Theatre in Perth, Australian Performing Arts Centres Association (APACA), Australian Script Centre, Stages – the WA Playwrights Consortium and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAPPA) Industry Advisory Board.

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