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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Jon Solmundson

Communications Assistant

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Jon Solmundson

Communications 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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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

Network Officer

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Hayley Dart

Network 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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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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Doone McAlary

Network Coordinator

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Doone McAlary

Network 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

Investment Officer

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Fleur Hardy

Investment Officer

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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Paul MacPhail

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Paul MacPhail

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Paul MacPhail

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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Matthew Tomich

Communications Officer

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Matthew Tomich

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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Isaak Karagoglou

Development Assistant

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Isaak Karagoglou

Development Assistant

Isaak Karagoglou

Since graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (English and Cultural Studies) from the University of Western Australia in 2016 Isaak has tried to completely immerse himself in the arts sector. He has seen and felt firsthand the ability it has to build meaningful connections between people, places and times. Isaak has interned with Communication, Marketing, and Development teams at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) and the Perth International Arts Festival.  Before taking up the role of Development Assistant at Country Arts WA Isaak was working on the Growth Team at the State Community and Public Sector Union and at PICA as a Gallery Attendant/Usher/Junior Install Technician.

Growing up spending most school holidays in the South West and more recently adventuring through the Gascoyne region Isaak loves hearing (seeing when he’s lucky) and facilitating all the great arts happenings around the State. Most commonly sighted at the beach, in art galleries or local museums, admiring heritage buildings, at the theatre or on the dancefloor.

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Hannah Chambers

Investment Officer

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Hannah Chambers

Investment 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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Carla Steele

Investment Officer

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Carla Steele

Investment 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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Monique Boucher

Investment Officer

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Monique Boucher

Investment 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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James Winwood

Investment Officer

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James Winwood

Investment Officer

James Winwood

Phone: 9200 6257

James comes to Country Arts WA having spent the better part of a decade working in remote music programs throughout the NT and remote Central Australia. After graduating in Music and Education degrees on the Gold Coast James has taken on various music management, coordination and education roles within organisations such as Barkly Regional Arts and the Winanjjikari Music Centre in Tennant Creek, Ngaanyatjarra Media in the Western Desert of WA, Bush Bands Bash and Music NT in Alice Springs as well as roles in music education with The Song Room and Abmusic.

Also a keen music producer and performing drummer James has brought his remote music touring experience to assist with the planning and coordinating of the Sand Tracks Tour.

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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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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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Lorraine Sanders

Development Officer

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Lorraine Sanders

Development 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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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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