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

Oliver Bazzani

Treasurer

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Oliver Bazzani

Treasurer

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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Ted Snell

Chair

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Ted Snell

Chair

Ted Snell

Region: Perth

Professor Ted Snell, AM CitWA, is Director of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at the University of Western Australia. He was born in Geraldton, Western Australia, and has a deep and abiding interest in the support and promotion of the visual arts throughout the State. He has written extensively on visual artists responding to the particular character of this place, including a monograph on Howard Taylor, who spent four decades of his life living and working in Northcliffe.

Over the past two decades he has contributed to the national arts agenda through his role as Chair of the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, Chair of Artbank, Chair of the Asialink Visual Arts Advisory Committee, Board member of the National Association for the Visual Arts, Chair of the Australian Experimental Art Foundation and Chair of University Art Museums Australia. He is currently Chair of the Fremantle Biennale Advisory Committee and on the board of the UQ Art Museum, ANAT (Australian Network for Art & Technology) and Balcatta Independent Public School. He is also Patron of the Balcatta Gifted and Talented Program.

He has published several books and has curated numerous exhibitions, many of which document the visual culture of Western Australia. Ted Snell is a regular commentator on the arts for ABC radio and television and writes regularly for The Conversation.

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James Jarvis

Secretary

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James Jarvis

Secretary

James Jarvis

Region: Pilbara

James Jarvis grew up in regional Western Australia. After completing university studies he regularly returned to the regions and has lived and worked in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Murchison, Wheatbelt and South West regions.

He has a varied career including 21 years working for different government agencies in WA and the NT and three years as the CEO of a Pilbara-based, not-for-profit organisation. James is currently working as a Manager, Community Development in Local Government and remains on the Board of Linkwest, the peak organisation for Community Resource Centres, Neighbourhood Centres and those individuals and organisations interested in place-based development.

James is passionate about the central role the arts, artists and arts organisation can play in creating change and belonging in regional communities.

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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.

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Lesley Wilkinson

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Lesley Wilkinson

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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Fiona Sinclair

Vice Chair

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Fiona Sinclair

Vice Chair

Fiona Sinclair

Region: South West

Fiona is a practicing professional artist, with a 20 year career specialising in public art and community engagement.

Fiona has served as Secretary to arts organisations in her home-town of Northcliffe since 2000. With the support of a great team, Fiona coordinated the establishment of the Understory Art & Nature Trail in Northcliffe 11 years ago – a mighty vision that is still unfolding. She manages (volunteers) this nationally unique cultural tourism attraction and the adjacent Painted Tree Gallery. She is currently coordinating Connect to the Creative Grid, derived from the Regional Arts Partnership Program which is state-wide capacity-building project for the regional arts sector that puts her into direct connection with over 50 arts organisations across the state.

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Kellee Aberg

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Kellee Aberg

Kellee Aberg

Region: Peel

Kellee Aberg brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding in both regional, metro and national arts industries as a teacher, director and performer. Kellee has studied a Bachelor of Arts (Contemporary Performance) and Bachelor of Education, whilst running a successful theatre company in the Peel Region.

She also has directorial experience with Regional Development Australia Peel, looking at strategic planning in both industry, agriculture and arts, and is an active and well respected community member within her hometown of Mandurah and second hometown of Geraldton within both the arts, youth and education scenes.

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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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Ken Mills

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Ken Mills

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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