CAN is governed by a Board of Directors who are leaders in their industries and have diverse academic, social and career backgrounds and experiences.
Our Directors are responsible for the strategic leadership and governance of CAN and are charged with policy development, compliance and overall accountability. Board members are elected following nomination and the board is comprised of a maximum of 12 individuals.
Pearl Proud was born in Durban, South Africa and migrated to Australia in 1987. Pearl has a background in Psychology and has held clinical and policy roles in government, not-for-profit and private practice settings.
Pearl is a Member of the Institute of Company Directors, an alumna of the Cranlana Leadership Colloquium, Executive Coach, Board Chair, non-Executive Director and endorsed Mentor in a governance career spanning 15 years. Pearl has a commitment to contributing to the civic, social, cultural and artistic life in Western Australia, was Patron for the Perth Arts Festival, the Founding Patron for the Perth Writers Festival and a Medici Donor. Her civic and philanthropic contribution acknowledgements include the national Living Legend Award 2012. Pearl has a deep respect for Noongar land and culture and acknowledges its elders, past, present and emerging and its cultural safekeepers.
CAN is an esteemed and treasured arts hub with a long history of enabling artists to create and thrive. CAN facilitates empowering art projects in our State. It is my honour to contribute to the stewardship of its governance.
Sally is a nationally recognised director, writer, dramaturg, producer, advocate & consultant working in the performing arts in Australia.
As Artistic Director of Steamworks Arts (since 2001) she has created numerous works for contemporary dance, theatre, puppetry & circus. A past board member of the Australia Council Theatre Board & alumni of the Australia Council Arts Leaders program, she is also a member of the Helpmann Awards Theatre panel since 2011. A past Director of Playworks & Stages WA, she has collaborated with Performing Lines WA regularly since 2008. She is Director of circus theatre company MAXIMA & a current PHD candidate at WAAPA ECU.
It has never been more important to bring together the diverse voices that make up our community. Culture is an expression of identity, of what we value and believe. It is the lens thought which we experience the world and is also an expression of how we want to see the world. I hope to contribute to CAN by assisting the organisation and team to continue the great work they are doing in supporting and growing the creativity and artistry of our communities, and our connection with each other.
Lorraine has been practicing as an accountant for over 15 years. Passionate about community, people, and culture she has spent most of her career working for Not for Profits.
Some of the sectors worked into date are aged care, disabilities, alcohol and drug, arts, and culture. Having worked in areas of corporate governance, strategy, and financial management in her various roles throughout the last 20 years. Lorraine is currently employed as the Corporate Services Manager for Holyoake.
Bringing communities together is a passion of Lorraine’s and always keeps that in mind in all the work that she does.
Antonella Segre was born in Milan Italy and migrated to Perth in 2001 after having resided overseas for 30 years.
Her background is in Leadership,Business Development, Marketing and Event Management. She is an alumni of the Cranlana Leadership Community, received a special commendation in 2011 by the WA Women’s Hall of Fame committee and is the recipient of the Rosemary Caithness award. She is the CEO of ConnectGroups Peak Body for Support Groups in WA since 2008. She has a strong interest in social anthropology and the arts and a drive for social justice and inclusion and social return.
Johnny is a migrant settler with Chinese, Vietnamese and French heritage, whose family came to Australia as refugees post-Vietnam War.
Guided by the collective knowledge and wisdom of the communities he is surrounded by, his work lies at the intersection of arts, technology and built form. He is a Co-Director at Paper Mountain, Chair of Northbridge Common, sits on the Amnesty WA Activism Leadership Committee and is the Incubator Manager for ProFound Incubator.
Derreck is an experienced commercial disputes lawyer with Herbert Smith Freehills.
Derreck maintains a broad practice, with a focus on corporate insolvency, government issues and administrative law, and media and defamation.
Derreck’s experience includes conducting and resolving disputes in the state supreme courts and the Federal court, including reaching resolutions by negotiation and mediation. These have ranged from large scale trials involving voluminous evidence, to smaller disputes.
He joined the Board in 2020 and is an enthusiast of diverse workplaces:
For me, the best reason to value diversity is because it makes the day in the office a lot more fun. Who wants to work with a bunch of clones? I enjoy working with people who have different outlooks, backgrounds and ideas. It keeps things lively and interesting.