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

James Jarvis

Vice Chair

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James Jarvis

Vice Chair

James Jarvis

Region: Pilbara

James Jarvis grew up in regional Western Australia. After completing a Bachelor of Arts (Hons in Psychology) he regularly returned to the regions and has worked in the Kimberley, Pilbara, Murchison and Wheatbelt.

He currently resides in Tom Price employed as the CEO of The Nintirri Centre Inc which is a shift to the not-for-profit sector after 21 years working for a variety of state government agencies in WA and the NT. James is currently Chair the Pilbara for Purpose Board, which is an association of Pilbara-based NGO’s, he is Secretary of the Tom Price Men’s Shed committee and the Pilbara Inland Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Board Member at Linkwest.

James is excited about the organising role The Nintirri Centre holds in delivering the annual Karijini Experience in Karijini National Park.

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Oliver Bazzani

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Oliver Bazzani

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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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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David Martin

Treasurer

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David Martin

Treasurer

David Martin

Region: Perth

David Martin was born in Moora and raised in the Wheatbelt town of Kalannie. He has travelled extensively in the south and north of WA and has been active in the community of Gracetown, near Margaret River, serving for 7 years as President of Gracetown Progress Association.

David is a co-founder and director of the Alex Hotel in Perth, and owns Stormflower Vineyard in Margaret River. He was previously a co-founder and director of Little Creatures Brewery in Fremantle, and also held senior executive positions at international law firm Baker & McKenzie (Partner, Hong Kong and Singapore, and Head of Asian Aviation Practice) and Woodside Petroleum Ltd (General Counsel). David holds law degrees from the University of Western Australia, and a Diploma from the AICD’s Company Director’s Course.

David has a keen interest in contemporary art, including indigenous art.

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Fiona Sinclair

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Fiona Sinclair

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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Sue Middleton

Chair

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Sue Middleton

Chair

Sue Middleton

Region: Wheatbelt

Sue Middleton has been actively involved in many leadership roles across industry, leadership, agriculture and rural community development.

Past roles include National Chair of the Landcare Advisory Committee, Board Member of Landcorp, Chair of the WA Regional Development Trust which has oversight of the Royalties for Regions program, Chair of the West Midlands Group (Grower Group), National Rural Advisory Council, COAG Reform Council, WA Agricultural Produce Commissioner, National Regional Womens Advisory Council, Farmbis State Planning Group, Australian Research Council, and Regional Solutions Board. Sue is passionate about the future of regional and rural Western Australia.

For her work, Sue has been awarded the Centenary Medal for Service to Regional Australia in 2002, and was awarded the 2010 RIRDC Rural Woman of the Year for Australia and Western Australia. Sue is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a professional and skilled Director.

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Kellee Aberg

Secretary

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Kellee Aberg

Secretary

Kellee Aberg

Region: Peel

As a young regional person, who has been on the current Regional Arts WA’s board for 2 years, Kellee Aberg brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding in both regional, metro and national arts industries. 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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Patrick Churnside

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Patrick Churnside

Patrick Churnside

Region: Pilbara

Patrick is the Director of Mayaga Made Arts & Consultation, board member of the State Government Aboriginal Cultural Materials Committee, board member Big hART, board member Ngarluma Aboriginal Corporation and City of Karratha Arts & Cultural Advisory Group.

He is a Traditional Owner from the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi Language Groups His natural ability and gift to translate stories through performance lead him to acting, working on stage productions with Australia’s leading campaigning arts organisation Big hART, most recently as lead performer and collaborater in Big hART’s new work in development Tjaabi-Flood Country.

To Patrick arts and culture is about connection and community. It’s a way of life and a sense of identity he also wishes to be a positive role model and mentor to family members and his community. He has a strong interest in finding solutions to the issues facing young people who may be considered “at risk”. In particular he hopes to influence government and local council policies and programs in this area and works to present and preserve his culture through the arts.

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