Meet our Board

Regional Arts WA

Meet our Board

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

Regional Arts WA

Oliver Bazzani

Chair

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Oliver Bazzani

Chair

Oliver Bazzani

Region: Peel

Oliver is a founder, director, and consultant, with almost a decade’s experience working across innovation, strategy, and investment. On this journey, he’s worn multiple hats spanning the Non-for-Profit, Government, and Corporate sectors.

Driven by his passion for the Arts, Oliver has had the privilege of learning from and collaborating with hundreds of Creatives from across Regional Australia. Previous projects include creating a Creative Arts Hub in the Peel Region, managing one of Australia’s leading youth arts festivals, and building a program that provided a platform for Regional musicians to perform with a National Music Festival.

Currently, Oliver is a Director of Perth Biodesign and Biodesign Australia, an advisor and mentor for Australian startups, and the Chairperson of Regional Arts WA.

Previously, Oliver has built businesses in the Digital Health and Creative Industries space, grew Perth Children’s Hospital’s first innovation function, and co-initiated Australia’s first First Nations Angel investor community.

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Josephine Johnson

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Josephine Johnson

Josephine Johnson

Josephine Johnson was raised on a dairy farm in Harvey, Western Australia. After completing a Commerce degree at the University of Western Australia, she enjoyed a varied corporate career spanning three decades, holding senior roles both in Australia and overseas. Her most recent position was as the Director of Global Marketing for Rio Tinto’s Diamonds division, where she managed the Argyle Pink Diamonds business in Perth and oversaw marketing operations in Singapore, Mumbai, New York, and Hong Kong.

Early in her career, Josephine served on the Board of the Community Arts Network and worked as a marketing consultant for various arts organizations and local government entities prior to her tenure at Rio Tinto. Following the closure of the Argyle mine, she seized the opportunity to return to the arts and is currently in her final year of studying for a Bachelor of Creative Arts at Curtin University. The arts have always been an integral part of her life, influencing her creative approach to business challenges, her work as a painter, and her advocacy efforts. She believes that with proper support, resourcing, and advocacy, the arts can lead to transformative benefits for both individuals and communities.

Josephine hopes to leverage her understanding of the challenges facing artists and regional communities, alongside her knowledge of the economics, systems, and structures that must be navigated to build sustainable futures, in a role on the Board of Regional Arts WA. She recently achieved certification from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has no conflicts of interest to declare.

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Ana Doria Buchan

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Ana Doria Buchan

Ana Doria Buchan

Ana Doria Buchan’s insights into regional arts and culture stem from her roles at the WA Museum, where she served as a Creative Producer and Learning & Creativity Acting Manager, and at the City of Mandurah, overseeing the First Nations and Multicultural Portfolios.

Her main responsibility at the WA Museum was to enhance its profile through the creation of inclusive arts and culture-focused programs and exhibitions. She also managed the team responsible for the conception and execution of high-quality experiences and interpretation of the Museum’s displays and collections for diverse audiences.

As a Program and Exhibitions Manager at the Benjamin Franklin Museum (London), she forged strategic partnerships with arts and culture organizations and orchestrated high-quality cultural heritage-focused programs and art exhibitions.

With over 25 years in cultural leadership, Ana now works as a Cultural Enrichment Senior Officer, fostering diversity and inclusion in multicultural and indigenous communities.

She holds a BA in Archaeology, a Post-Grad in Human Evolution, another Post-Grad in Arts Management, and an MSc in Forensic Medicine. She has been on the board of the Australian Museum & Galleries Association.

Ana’s proactive community engagement has led to positive changes and enriched community life in Mandurah.

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Clancy McDowell

Secretary

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Clancy McDowell

Secretary

Clancy McDowell

Region: Kimberley

Having lived in Broome for 22 years, Clancy has deeply engaged with the culture, heritage and communities of the Kimberley.  She has worked with Indigenous media and traditional owner organisations, the ABC, and as a communications and media consultant. The diversity in her career has readied Clancy for her current role as the Executive Officer of the Kimberley Arts Network (KAN).   

After studying fine arts and film at the University of Sydney, Clancy worked in the film industry, and when she arrived in Broome as the television producer with Goolarri Media Enterprises, she adapted to a new cultural environment. She was with Goolarri Media Enterprise for 6 years, nurturing its small production unit and trainee camera crew. 

Then, as the ABC State Editor Multimedia WA, Clancy managed a regional team of 13 online journalists and Open Producers. Over 7 years, this role broadened her managerial and strategic skills and her understanding of digital communications.  Later, as Communications Officer at Nyamba Buru Yawuru, Clancy re-engaged with her local community and relished the creative projects there. All of these roles combined prepared Clancy for work in arts project management and community engagement; consulting for the Shire of Broome, Derby District High School and driving projects such as the Broome Fringe Festival for KAN.  

KAN is small but mighty young multi-arts organisation drawing together the threads of their creative communities to build a vibrant network which supports people to be more creative, and arts practitioners to raise their profile and increase their professional capacity.        

 

 

 

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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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Jennifer Halton

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Jennifer Halton

Jennifer Halton

Jennifer Halton is the Director International (Associate Dean) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has a diverse background in research and business strategy, bridging the worlds of academia and industry for over 15 years. With expertise in governance, Jennifer completed the AICD Company Directors Course in 2022 and holds appointments as a Non-Executive Director at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Research and Innovation (CERI) in Perth. She also serves as an advisor and mentor for creative startups in Western Australia.

Before joining WAAPA, Jennifer held leadership roles in both Perth and London, including Chief Impact Officer at CERI and Head of Growth and Partnerships at Scale Space, an Imperial College London joint venture.

Jennifer has travelled extensively throughout Western Australia, witnessing firsthand the positive impact of the arts on regional communities. Since 2022, she has volunteered pro-bono communications coaching to Arts Impact WA and continues to support regional artists in securing much-needed funding.

She holds a PhD in Cultural Musicology, specialising in cultural politics and artistic innovation in Renaissance Italy. In 2015-2016, Jennifer led a team of researchers and artists in practice-led research as the Founder of The Metamorphosis Project, which won the Irish Research Council New Foundations Award. This year, she relaunched Metamorphosis in Perth as an online platform and community. Her current research explores the economic impact of the creative and cultural sectors in Australia, aiming to build a framework for measuring productivity and innovation within and between Australia’s network of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs).

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Rosie Sitorus

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Rosie Sitorus

Rosie Sitorus

Rosie Sitorus has lived regionally since moving to Geraldton in 2013, where she worked primarily with Aboriginal people in the Midwest-Gascoyne region to record and share languages for ten years. Now based in Karratha and working with the PKKP peoples to establish their languages program, she has made her life in regional Western Australia.

Rosie is also an artist who has been developing her regional practice and networks since attending the Regional Arts Australia summit in 2014. That summit introduced her to many of her present-day collaborators, leading to the development of the theatre-cabaret show ‘Fat Girls in Bike Shorts,’ a regionally developed (and mostly regionally performed) show. Today, she is a singer-songwriter and storyteller in collaboration with Thiinma Elder Peter Salmon. Since 2017, they have been recording his languages, writing and performing songs in their band ‘Warralgurniya,’ and documenting and sharing his life story.

Rosie is passionate about consistently showing up for the communities she serves, and is looking forward to deepening her ties to her new community in the Pilbara while staying connected to her adopted home in the Midwest, She has developed a strong knowledge of communications strategy and implementation through her work, particularly in engaging a diverse range of stakeholders in ways that are meaningful to them.

With her varied experience, diverse connections, and strategic mind, Rosie will make a strong contribution to Regional Arts WA.

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Mohammed ‘Ayo Busari’

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Mohammed ‘Ayo Busari’

Mohammed ‘Ayo Busari’

Mohammed ‘Ayo Busari’ has been an artist since he joined the art’s club in primary school. He is an award-winning Visual Artist, Community Arts Producer, Writer, Performer, Youth Arts Curator & Disability Support Worker. Ayo is a graduate of Journalism & Media (BA Hons) from the University of Hertfordshire (England) and Screen Arts (MArts) from Curtin University.

He currently works at The Blue Room Theatre as the Communications Coordinator. Before coming to WA, he worked for various art industries as a freelance visual artist, event producer and media manager in the United Kingdom and Nigeria. He also runs his media & creative businesses – The TOOL Event & Mobus Entertainment. He uses both businesses to promote, program and platform local artists and arts in WA.

Ayo has curated, produced, and marketed multiple projects, from festivals to theatre shows, from exhibitions to live music gigs, community events to workshops, with the aim of celebrating and embracing various artists from different walks of life.

He has done freelance work, offered his skills and consultancy services to organisations like Propel Youth Arts, Perth Festival, Centre for Stories, AWESOME Arts and more. He has also been a part of The Blue Room Theatre – Artist Advisory Committee, Propel Youth Arts – KickstART Festival Committee and Perth Festival – Young Voices, all of which he did for two years consecutively. He currently sits on the board for Western Australian Youth Theatre Company (WAYTCo).

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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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David Wall

Treasurer

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David Wall

Treasurer

David Wall

David Wall is a trusted Director and Corporate Advisor with 40 years of experience in the taxation, financial audit, and risk advisory services. He has worked in a number of regional communities in Western Australia as well as across Australia and International settings. He is skilled at formulating and implementing strategic decisions; evaluating corporate performance and improvement; and leading teams to conduct due diligence, quality assurance, risk management and auditing across a diverse range of industries.

As a Partner and Director at RSM Australia, David has successfully contributed to the firm’s strategic planning and implementation across the firm’s Assurance and Advisory Services. In addition, he has led the RSM External Audit Services team to deliver on financial statement audits of large enterprises such as Synergy and Western Power on behalf of the WA Auditor General; worked with the RSM Corporate Finance team in conducting due diligence services that helped Kalium Lakes Limited (ASX: KLL) to raise $61 million in capital; and led the RSM Risk Advisory Services team in providing ATCO Australia with carbon emissions services. As Global Chair of the RSM Transnational Assurance Services Executive Committee, David has also led in the design of policies that enhanced the quality-of-service delivery across the globe.

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