Meet our Team

Country Arts WA

Meet our Team

Country Arts WA has a dedicated team of staff who are passionate about the arts, regional communities, and the services that we provide and promote. The majority of the staff have close links with regional Western Australia, and all bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to the organisation.

 

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Barb Howard

Network Director

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Barb Howard

Network Director

Barb Howard

Barb joined the Country Arts WA team in April 2015 to work with the communities in the Goldfields-Esperance region to develop an arts and culture strategic framework.  Prior to this she spent four years at Murdoch University studying Politics & Public Policy and Sustainable Development & Community Development. Loving an adventure, Barb travelled by bus across western Europe and lived in Hong Kong and Jakarta for months at a time in high rise student accommodation during her studies. Barb co-created the Rhythms in the Outback Music Festival first held in Kalgoorlie-Boulder in 2002 and Rock Hole Long Pipe held in Coolgardie the same decade. She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre and on the Board of Museums Australia WA. Barb loves cooking and reading and she has also established the Homes First Project to end homelessness in Perth.

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Paul Mac Phail

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Paul Mac Phail

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Paul Mac Phail

Paul has worked in the arts in Western Australia for nearly 30 years, starting out as an actor, then a writer and director of theatre for young people. When no one else was watching he began managing projects and companies big and small in regional and metropolitan centres, including the Regional Arts Australia Summit: Arts & Edges, Southern Edge Arts and Yirra Yaakin. He was on the Board of Country Arts WA for six years before jumping the fence and becoming General Manager in 2009, then CEO in 2016. Everything Paul knows he learnt from Looney Tunes cartoons.

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Jon Solmundson

Marketing Assistant

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Jon Solmundson

Marketing Assistant

Jon Solmundson

Phone: 9200 5865

Jon was born in Canada, but when the family fled to warmer climes and took root in Perth, they wasted no time getting acquainted with WA’s beautiful regions, spending every break from school and work camping around the South West and Gascoyne, with a brief stint living in Albany to round it all out. After his first gig working as a journalist in the Mid West, Jon came back to Perth in 2017 to take up the role of Marketing Assistant at Country Arts – charged with a passion to help build the culture of communities he had spent so much time reporting on.

Jon is adept at communication and message crafting – stemming from a fascination with human networks and the way people share stories, through languages visual, spoken and written. In his spare time he enjoys playing games with friends, cooking with the radio loud enough to drown out his singing, and helping out the local youth group.

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Nerida Glanfield

2017 WA Regional Arts Summit Co-ordinator

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Nerida Glanfield

2017 WA Regional Arts Summit Co-ordinator

Nerida Glanfield

Phone: 6243 0445

Co-ordinating the 2017 WA Regional Arts Summit is the third role Nerida has had at Country Arts WA, previously she has been Operations Manager and General Manager. That’s if you don’t include 3 terms as a Board Member. Hailing from Kalgoorlie-Boulder, although now living in Perth, Nerida still considers herself a country girl.

Nerida’s career has mainly been in venue management, however in 2009 she changed pace and opened a dance and yoga studio in Kardinya while working part time for Country Arts WA.

After a few years full time in the studio, Nerida is excited to return to the office 2 days a week to organise the Summit – so when she’s not at her desk, she will most likely be doing Baby Ballet, or encouraging some yogis to “inhale, exhale”.

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Tegan Morey

Regional Arts Development Officer

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Tegan Morey

Regional Arts Development Officer

Tegan Morey

Tegan grew up in the Great Southern’s Albany and has been involved in the arts for as long as she can remember.  Since completing a degree in Literary and Cultural Studies/Sociology, she has worked at Country Arts WA since 2013 in three different roles and is currently the Regional Arts Development Officer. Tegan is a panellist for the Propel Youth Arts WA’s Metro YCulture grant and a role model in the Books in Homes program. Tegan is an avid reader and enthusiast of dogs, dumplings and winter.

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Matthew Tomich

Marketing Communications Officer

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Matthew Tomich

Marketing Communications Officer

Matthew Tomich

Phone: 08 9200 5862

Matthew spent the better part of the last five years bouncing around Perth’s artistic and music communities, working as a freelance writer, marketer and publicist. He was the editor of local music publications Space Ship News and Life is Noise, and joins Country Arts WA after a stint as the Marketing Coordinator at community radio station RTRFM.

Though born and raised in Perth, Matthew spent a stint in a small town in Upstate New York and saw the capacity of a supportive arts culture to buoy and invigorate a local community, and is keen to help regional towns throughout WA flourish in the same way.

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Philippa Maughan

Investment Director

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Philippa Maughan

Investment Director

Philippa Maughan

Philippa grew up on a farm in Nukarni, north of Merredin, and performed in her grade seven end-of-year concert on the Cummins Theatre stage. Joining Country Arts WA in October 2007 Philippa arrived at her first day at work, suitcase in tow, to embark on a five hour road trip to Denmark with her new boss to attend Country Arts WA’s Pulse State Regional Arts Conference.  Philippa is passionate about assisting regional communities have the best arts experience possible. Philippa is also the Deputy Chair of The Blue Room Theatre.

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Hannah Chambers

Projects Officer

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Hannah Chambers

Projects Officer

Hannah Chambers

Hannah has studied business management and worked for Country Music Club of Boyup Brook for five years in administration prior to joining the team at Country Arts WA in July 2015.  Hannah has also completed an internship at West Australia Music (WAM) during 2015 and is a peer assessor for the Department of Culture and the Arts and Country Arts WA’s Drug Aware YCulture Regional program.  Hannah is inspired by regional art organisations delivering events and seeing projects come alive in regional Western Australia that create positive impact in regional communities.

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Ricky Arnold

Regional Arts Partnership Program Coordinator

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Ricky Arnold

Regional Arts Partnership Program Coordinator

Ricky Arnold

Phone: 9200 6208

Ricky is celebrating his 25th anniversary of becoming a West Australian, and wouldn’t live anywhere else. He trained as an animator and film-maker, working in London before emigrating and taking up roles as visual arts teacher and artist. He completed major public and community art projects with children, including Dinosaur Park in Palmyra and the water playground mosaics in Hyde Park before moving into Education roles at the Art Gallery of WA, and Arts Officer roles at the City of Perth. He spent twelve years in a variety of positions at the Department of Culture and the Arts, working across strategic projects in Aboriginal Arts, Young People’s projects, Contemporary Music and Fashion, and regional arts development. Now splitting his time across disability arts development and strategic projects, he is excited to be joining Country Arts WA to take on the role of RAPP Coordinator. Ricky has contributed to volunteer roles in the arts over many years including running the Pride Festival and currently on the Board of Sensorium Theatre. Ricky has also been a serial house renovator, regularly boring his friends with FB updates on the twelve year refurbishment of his 1911 weatherboard workers cottage!

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Monique Boucher

Performing Arts Touring Officer

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Monique Boucher

Performing Arts Touring Officer

Monique Boucher

After many years working various contracting roles in performing arts in Australia and overseas, Monique thought it was time to get a grown up ‘full time’ job in Perth. In 2011, the Performing Arts Touring Officer role appealed as she saw an avenue to help regional people have access to arts and culture, like city folk. Having lived her schooling years in Narrogin, Monique understood how isolated one can feel living in a small country town. Her passions lie in researching ‘nerdy’ local history, listening to vinyls, travelling, writing, and Monique’s true love is her tour business, Hidden deTours.

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Carla Steele

Performing Arts Touring Officer

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Carla Steele

Performing Arts Touring Officer

Carla Steele

Carla has worked with Country Arts WA in two different positions since October 2012. She has studied Photography and Community Development/Sociology and has spent a few years working in various industries in the UK and Canada. Carla loves travel and has held exhibitions of her travel photography from her European and African trips. Carla loves the fact that her position gives her the opportunity to explore this vast home state on a deeper level.  She is also a music enthusiast and moonlights as a DJ around Perth, and one day hopes to have a goat farm in Africa.

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Suzanne Fielding

Finance Officer

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Suzanne Fielding

Finance Officer

Suzanne Fielding

Suzanne is the longest standing Country Arts WA staff member, commencing in 1996 in her part time finance role. She enjoys travelling with an edge, mastering treks in various locations around the world including the Camino de Santiago walk in Spain, to the Bibbulmun track in Western Australia. Suzanne has a strong interest in Indigenous art and is known to purchase artworks on her journeys.

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Doone McAlary

Regional Arts Development Coordinator

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Doone McAlary

Regional Arts Development Coordinator

Doone McAlary

Doone has lived in regional Victoria and Western Australia, and both regional and remote New South Wales. Her love affair with Country Arts WA was ignited whilst managing Arts Margaret River; bloomed during her term on the Board; and deepened when becoming part of the team in September 2015. Doone has an immense appreciation of and admiration for the incredible achievements of regional arts organisations. She loves literature, theatre, art, and language, and laments she’s a master of none; and is partial to a cup of tea and a crossword, though not those cryptic ones!

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Fleur Hardy

Operations Assistant

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Fleur Hardy

Operations Assistant

Fleur Hardy

Phone: 9200 6200

Fleur has worked and volunteered with arts organisations in Western Australia and Sweden for over six years. Growing up across four regions in Western Australia she felt the positive impact the Arts has on communities in regional and remote areas first hand. Her ultimate goal is to use her operational skills to contribute to the ongoing success and development of Arts projects in Regional WA.

Being on the move since early childhood also bred a love for travel that saw her travel solo through Europe, exploring different cultures and allowing her to see how other countries are working to preserve their cultural heritage through arts projects.

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Jessica Anderson

Development Director

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Jessica Anderson

Development Director

Jessica Anderson

Jessica has worked at Country Arts WA since March 2010, with the first six years spent honing her skills in Regional Arts Development before taking on the reigns as interim General Manager in August 2016. She is passionate about regional arts organisations and ensuring their ongoing viability and sustainability in WA. She has sat in over 20 assessment meetings, spent time in all nine regions, countless hours working with regional people to achieve their goals and loves her job! She completed a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at University of Western Australia in 2015 while maintaining full time work and holds a secret aspiration to return to study again. Jess Aye, as she is affectionately known, can be found with her nose in a book on the weekends, preferably on the beach at Gracetown.

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Susie Blatchford

Marketing Officer

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Susie Blatchford

Marketing Officer

Susie Blatchford

Phone: 08 9200 5862

Susie joined the Country Arts team in August 2016 after a year’s hiatus from work, which she spent, camera in hand, exploring the streets of Perth and Shanghai. Through her photography, Susie investigates the power of story telling and the ability of these stories to connect people.

Susie brings over 10 year’s experience working within creative industries and from her background in urban development, she has developed a passion for projects that engage the community and inspire social change.

Susie is involved in many community projects including Home Is Where My Heart Is, a peer mentorship project working with homeless youth, and her platform, Blank Canvas, which connects the creative community of Fremantle with landowners, was chosen as the winning design for the 2016 Happiness Project.

Susie is most happy with a cup of tea and cat on lap, or frolicking through fields on photography adventures with friends.

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Lorraine Sanders

Operations Officer

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Lorraine Sanders

Operations Officer

Lorraine Sanders

Lorraine started her career as a freelancer working her way around the Western Australian performing arts sector. Wanting to further her skills she embraced an opportunity to work in television becoming the Senior Production Manager for ABC TV Perth.  Performing Lines WA drew her back into the arts as Associate Producer and realising this is her passion she jumped at the opportunity to join the Country Arts WA team in May 2016.

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Weng-Si Cheang

Communications Director

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Weng-Si Cheang

Communications Director

Weng-Si Cheang

Phone: 9200 6202

Weng-Si is an enthusiastic and creative marketing professional who has worked across both the commercial and not-for-profit sectors. She has strong skills in developing and implementing strategic campaigns with experience in digital and print media, community engagement, and brand management. She enjoys ‘punny’ jokes, painting and seeing unique Western Australian shows with family and friends.

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Hayley Dart

Project Officer

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Hayley Dart

Project Officer

Hayley Dart

Hayley grew up in country Western Australia in the Wheatbelt and Peel regions. After spending a couple of years travelling the world Hayley returned to study Community Development and Sociology at Murdoch University. Her passion for arts and culture, and love of the country saw her pursue a university placement with Country Arts WA in 2011 and she has since held numerous positions in the organisation working with Operations, Regional Arts Development and Marketing programs.  Hayley enjoys working for an organisation that shares her belief that life feels better when you are with others and have the opportunity to be creative or pursue your passions. Hayley has a keen interest in different art forms particularly music and can be found chasing a toddler in her spare time.

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