Meet our Board

Regional Arts WA

Meet our Board

The Board are responsible for the strategic planning, operations, management and performance of the organisation.

Regional Arts WA

Bobbi Lockyer

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Bobbi Lockyer

Bobbi Lockyer

Region: Pilbara

Bobbi Lockyer is a Ngarluma, Karriyarra (from the Pilbara), Yawuru, Nyulnyul (from the Kimberley) woman born and raised in Port Hedland. Bobbi works with a variety of art mediums including traditional painting, digital illustration, graphic design and photography. Bobbi is a mother of four boys and her children are her biggest inspiration and the reason for her strong connection to motherhood. Her strong family connections to land, ocean, people and health are embedded in her work.  

Her connections to culture and family and friends have inspired her to use natural environment to create art in photography and painting.  Her maternal grandmothers personal story of her Stolen Generations experience underlies her love for maternal and country and her great grandfather’s story of social activism and fight for country during WW2 gives her determination and pride. Bobbi is passionate about Birthing on Country and seeks healing of intergenerational trauma as resulted from colonisation. 

Over 13 years of successful business entrepreneurship has seen her photography and art business emerge to become well known, published and reviewed State wide, Nationally and Internationally. Feature articles have described her work as ground breaking, revolutionary and artistic. She draws the natural ability and instincts and strengths from her grassroots Aboriginal community. Bobbi Lockyer is an official creator for Nikon Australia and her work has been published all over the world including in Vogue Magazine and New York Fashion Week.

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Soula Veyradier

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Soula Veyradier

Soula Veyradier

Region: Perth

Soula has worked across the visual arts and museum areas, managing programs and sites, developing exhibitions, collections and special projects for organisations in Australia and overseas.

She has undertaken leadership roles within the cultural sector, is a former president of Museums & Galleries Australia WA and National Councillor, and currently Director of Programs for the International Arts Space (formerly IASKA).

Her work includes managing artist residencies across WA communities and beyond, site interpretation and activation for the National Trust WA, Historic Heart of Perth and Subiaco East Development, managing the Perth site of the Western Australian Museum, City of Melville Arts and Museums portfolio, Pierre Beres rare books and art and Pulsart Artists Cooperative, amongst others.

Industry activity includes consultative and committee involvement on a number of boards, including Community Arts Board (previously CANWA) and Australian Museums and Galleries Association National Council.

Regional Arts WA

Ken Mills

Treasurer

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Ken Mills

Treasurer

Ken Mills

Region: Goldfields-Esperance

Ken Mills is semi-retired following a 36-year career in the management of regional health services. He has worked across the length and breadth of WA including Albany, Bunbury, Narrogin, Kununurra, Broome, Kalgoorlie and Esperance) and spent 7 years managing health services in NSW. Kenneth is currently the Chairperson of Esperance Community Arts (ECA) and has been since formation of the Board 2 years ago.

He is also a Brass and piano musician and played with the Esperance Brass Band for the past 16 years, and been its President for the past four.

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Jacky Cheng

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Jacky Cheng

Jacky Cheng

Region: Kimberley

Jacky Cheng was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and received her Bachelor of Architecture (Honours 1) from University of New South Wales, Sydney. She has since pursued her love for creating and making in smaller scales and working in the education sector.

Jacky’s work is fundamentally about identity and awareness through cultural activities and memories of home; country and relationships. Her significant concern and deep interest are about correlating and weaving narratives from her native experiences whilst mapping the esoteric and social relationships of her origins and her new found home, environment, and social surroundings. Her awareness towards her Chinese heritage continues to question her notion of ‘home’ and ‘belonging’ – ‘here and there’ and the ‘in between’. The desire is to explore ideas and methodology of two extremities of the same continuum and simplicity in complexity that exist in her medium of choice. 

Jacky is an award-winning artist that exhibits regularly nationally and internationally and attended residencies in Finland, Spain, Japan and Australia. She has also collaborated with various grass-roots organisations to champion the health, wealth, and importance of the creative industries in regional areas.

Today, Jacky is an art lecturer at North Regional TAFE based in Broome. Her award-winning teaching accolades was also recognised at the state and national Vocational Education Training (VET) sector bestowed by the Australia Training Awards as well as for the Curtin University Teaching Excellence Award by Awards Australia.

Photo by Brett Canet-Gibson.

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Oliver Bazzani

Chair

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Oliver Bazzani

Chair

Oliver Bazzani

Region: Peel

Oliver is a young leader who brings to the board a diverse skill-set, built from experience across the Not-For-Profit (NFP), start-up and arts sectors. He is a Director and co-founder of a successful creative agency, and Head of Partnerships & Development at The Makers, a NFP focused on driving social innovation and impact in the arts, youth and entrepreneurship space.

Previously, Oliver managed YOH Fest, one of Australia’s leading youth arts festivals, where he gained insight into the arts in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Mid-West, Goldfields, South-West, Peel and Great-Southern regions.

Oliver currently holds positions as Community Board Member with Communities That Care and Committee Member with UWA’s Young Alumni Network and GovHack WA. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Business Law) from the University of Western Australia, where he now hosts their Innovation podcast.

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Barbara Bynder

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Barbara Bynder

Barbara Bynder

Region: Wheatbelt

Barbara Bynder is Ballardong, Whadjuk Nyoongar with connections to Yued and Wagyl Kaip people. She is based in York and is an active member of the Nyoongar community in the regions as well as the City of Perth. Barbara is currently the Co-Chair for the Cultural Advisory Committee for the City of Perth, a member of the Ballardong Elders and has facilitated the Whadjuk Elders Female cultural authority group for the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Barbara is also a practicing artist, a panel member for the Australia Council for the Arts, and an alumni of the British Council Indigenous Creative Leadership Program. She currently works as an Indigenous consultant with Development WA and teach Culture to Culture and Aboriginal Australian Art for Curtin University, OUA Program. She also worked at Berndt Museum, Yarliyil Aboriginal Art centre at Hall’s Creek, and Nagula Jarndu Aboriginal Women’s art centre in Broome.

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Jim Morrison

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Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison

Region: Perth

Jim Morrison is a Goreng Noongar Elder, a Traditional Custodian of WA’s southern coast who has proudly passed his strong Aboriginal values to following generations of his extended family.

He has been a prominent activist, advocate and leader in pivotal Aboriginal advancement roles for over four decades, working passionately to address the rights of the Stolen Generations and their families; Aboriginal child protection; the tragic mental health and suicide issues in his community; equity in access to culturally safe services in State and Commonwealth Governments; overdue prison reforms; Aboriginal employment, education and training; Aboriginal equity in universities; the protection of young street people and the formation and management of non-government agencies providing services to Aboriginal families and their broader communities.

For the past three years he has recently taken up leadership of YOKAI! Healing our Spirit, the operational umbrella of the WA Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation and Bringing Them Home (WA).

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Lesley Wilkinson

Deputy Chair

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Lesley Wilkinson

Deputy Chair

Lesley Wilkinson

Region: Peel

Lesley has lived in Mandurah since 2006 and worked within the City for over 7 years as the Director for People and Communities at the City of Mandurah, giving her extensive experience of the issues impacting the regions. Now working with the the City of Wanneroo as Manager for Cultural Development Lesley has developed extensive knowledge of arts and culture and the impact the sector has on communities and individuals in developing cohesiveness, creativity, economic development and building community, especially in the regions.

Lesley was the Chair of John Tonkin College and Deputy Chair of Mandurah Performing Arts Centre as well as participating as a member on a number of other boards. She holds a Masters of Leadership and Management, is a Member of the Australian Institute of Management and continues to attend training to increase her skills and knowledge particularly in the arts and culture area.

Lesley’s wide range of skills include finance, marketing, management, leadership and strategic planning.

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Grace Crogan

Secretary

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Grace Crogan

Secretary

Grace Crogan

Region: Mid West

Grace Crogan is a young creative and arts worker from Kalbarri, WA.

Grace is part of the Arts & Culture team at element, an urban consulting and project management agency. The team focus on public art projects, cultural consulting and strategy. Grace is passionate about contributing to WA’s arts and cultural sector, with a particular focus on ensuring the arts are made accessible and available to the wider community of people in regional Western Australia. Grace brings diverse skills and experience relating to visual arts, performing arts and film making.

Grace is set to complete her Bachelor of Arts (Arts Management) from WAAPA/ECU at the end of 2022. Grace joins the RAWA board with 7 years working and volunteering in the arts sector. In previous years, she has lent her skills to The Kalbarri Rebuild Fund, John Curtin College of the Arts, Perth Festival, Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, Foundation for the WA Museum, the Art Gallery of WA, Propel Youth Arts WA and the Kalbarri Zest Festival.

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