SHANE COLQUHOUN – Chair
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Industry / Arts Management / Government
Board member since 2014
Following a career as a professional dancer overseas and in Australia, Shane’s arts management career has included positions within government and the arts sector including General Manager roles with Deckchair Theatre (1987-89), West Australian Ballet (1992-96) and most recently Black Swan State Theatre Company (2009-14). From 2000-09, he worked at the WA Department of Culture and the Arts in a number of senior executive roles and on secondment as the Minister for Culture and the Arts’ Policy Advisor. In 2014, Shane re-established his arts management consultancy. He is also the Secretary of the WA Chamber of Arts and Culture.
PHILIPPA MAUGHAN – Deputy Chair
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Administration / Regional Touring
Board member since 2012, Deputy Chair since 2013
Philippa is manager of Performing Arts Touring at Country Arts WA having joined the organisation in 2007. She is responsible for national and state touring and tour funding programs, the strategic direction of the touring program, as well as for sourcing funding and reporting to funding bodies. Prior to returning to study and achieving a Bachelor of Arts (Performance Studies) at Curtin University in WA, Philippa worked extensively in corporate administration.
TANYA PAYNE – Treasurer
Key Skills + Experience – Finance / Accounting
Board member + Treasurer since 2010
Tanya has worked in finance at various firms for over 20 years while completing a Bachelor of Business (double major in Accounting and Management) at Edith Cowan University. She has held board positions with various other not-for-profit organizations including the Finance Committee of The Centre for Cerebral Palsy and Duncraig Senior High School, and sat on the Perth Theatre Company board for six years.Tanya’s insight into financial management and dealing with government comes from 12 years with Marketforce, a leading WA advertising agency, and having recently joined Volunteer Task Force, a government funded community organization assisting the frail, aged and disabled.
DR VANESSA RAULAND
Key Skills + Expertise – Sustainability
Co-opted to the Board in 2014
Vanessa Rauland is a lecturer and research coordinator at Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute. She recently completed her PhD, which focused on mainstreaming low carbon urban development. Her areas of research include Decarbonising Cities, Low Carbon & Regenerative Urban Development, Climate Policy, Low Carbon Schools and Green Prisons. Dr Rauland is also the co-founder of SimplyCarbon, which helps organisations to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their operational efficiency, while saving them money. Together with a colleague, Vanessa assisted South Fremantle Senior High School to become the first certified Carbon Neutral school in Australia.
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Industry / Arts Management
Katt is a director, creative producer and theatre maker. She has been a vibrant part of the WA independent arts scene since 2008 and received the 2016 WA Young Achiever of the Year (Arts) in recognition of her contributions. Katt has been associated with The Blue Room Theatre for over ten years as an artist (producer, director, stage manager, lighting designer) and staff member. She worked front of house and behind the bar for three years, and – most proudly – as ‘Friday Sally’. She is proud to be a board member and is passionate about securing a bright future for WA independent artists.
ISABELLE (IZZY) MCDONALD
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Industry / Arts Management
Izzy McDonald is an emerging writer, director, performer, unionist and Co-Artistic Director of the award winning company Rorschach Beast. She wrote and performed in the Martin Sims Award winning Bus Boy (2017), The Black Swan EWG play Dig (2017 and her piece Dive was produced by ATYP and published by Currency Press. Girl in the Wood (2016) was the first show Izzy directed and Rorschach Beast took home Best Emerging Artist and Melbourne Fringe Ready to Tour Award. She has performed in Let me finish (2018) Tamagotchi Reset (2017), TANK (2016), Fish Out Of Water (2014) and Fire (2013). She is excited when she can see the heart of an idea, and creating a show with that beat.
Key Skills + Expertise – Arts Industry / Arts Management / Public Relations
Emma-Jane is a former journalist now media and PR advisor, currently working for Anglicare WA. EJ specialises in working with not-for-profit organisations to help grow their brand. She has previously advised the likes of the Chamber of Arts & Culture WA, RSPCA and St John Ambulance. Emma-Jane started out in radio, including a five year stint at MIX 94.5 and 92.9. During this time EJ also tinkered in PR by doing promotions for friends’ theatre productions both in Perth (including at The Blue Room) and Edinburgh. Since being elected in 2018, Emma-Jane has brought a new perspective to the Board, with her insight and knowledge of communications and marketing.
Key Skills + Expertise – Philanthropy / Arts Management / Marketing
Arts Consultant Liesbeth Goedhart is a senior professional in the area of development, philanthropy and community engagement and a broker of cross-sector partnerships. She has been involved for 18 years in the arts and culture sector in Western Australia, including five years (2000-2005) as Director Marketing and Development with the Perth International Arts Festival and as Manager WA for Artsupport (now Creative Partnerships Australia), a role which she pioneered for the Australia Council for the Arts. Since 2010, through her firm Goedhart Consulting, Liesbeth has been providing advice and mentorship to arts and not-for-profit organisations in the areas of fundraising and strategic planning.