CAN’s office is located in Perth CBD, in the Kings Street Arts Centre.
In a previous life I acquired diverse and extensive experience in management and business operations mainly in the retail sector. I then went on to teach management in a range of sectors from community services, mining, state, local and federal government departments and even the emergency services sector!
During this time I studied human rights and literature – areas that I’m very passionate about. In 2010 I graduated from Curtin University with a Double Degree in Bachelor of Arts – Communication and Cultural Studies, Bachelor of Social Science – Sociology.
As CAN’s General Manager I enjoy working with a fantastic, professional and totally committed team while consolidating my practical skills and experience in management and pursing my passion of social equity.
I have more than 30 years professional experience in the arts, working in senior positions and as a consultant across all artforms.
I graduated as a theatre animateur from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1984 and job-shared the inaugural Executive Officer position at CAN Victoria, then worked on the NSW Bicentennial arts program before returning to my hometown of Fremantle where I ran the Fremantle Arts Centre for six years.
Since then, my consulting practice has seen me work in diverse contexts with organisations, communities and individual artists. I have been a member of both the Community Cultural Development Board and the Community Partnerships Committee of the Australia Council and was recipient of an Australia Council Fellowship in 2002.
I have had a long connection to CAN through my Australia Council involvement and as a consultant. I love it so much I had to come and visit for longer!
Strategic Operations Manager
My role at CAN is to provide high-level support to the Managing Director and General Manager in all operational activities and I am thrilled to be part of the CAN family after such a longstanding connection with the organisation. I have been a CAN Board member, Catalyst grant recipient, Cultural Planning course participant and, in those early days, a constant visitor to CAN for much-needed support and guidance.
I have worked as a Psychologist, Family Support Worker, community arts practitioner, Community Development Coordinator, Festival Director, Grants/Funding Manager and Strategy and Policy Officer in Port Moresby, Perth, Karratha and, most recently, at Regional Arts NSW in Sydney. Wherever I have lived, worked and played, I have been constantly inspired by the power of the arts to break down barriers and transform communities and individuals and its limitless capacity as a vehicle for cultural expression.
Media and Marketing Manager
My role at CAN involves coordinating projects in regional communities that support people to share both personal and collective community stories through visual arts, oral histories and theatre.
I have a background in community cultural development and have worked in a variety of roles across community arts, youth services, women’s wellbeing groups, refugee services, festivals and art galleries. More recently, I have coordinated art enterprises and visual arts development programs in Melbourne and remote Indigenous communities in central Australia.
My role as Funding Manager at CAN involves coordinating specific projects and programs, namely the Catalyst Community Arts Fund. In managing the fund I am privileged to come across a diverse range of community members from across the state. I assist applicants with their applications, helping to hone community arts projects and develop applications that address the selection criteria. Being able to follow the progression of these projects from beginning to end, and witnessing the positive impacts they have in their communities, is the rewarding part of my job.
Arts as a tool for community engagement, empowerment and transformation is what drives my interest in the arts. Working at CAN, I get to play a role in helping to make this happen, while working alongside a great team who are equally as passionate about community arts.
My role at CAN is to manage the accounts and payroll for the organisation. I have been working in the accounts industry for over 20 years, with several arts and community organisations during that time. I enjoy being a part of what we do here and feel privileged to work alongside the passionate crew at CAN.
As the Office Coordinator I assist with the day-to-day operations across all areas within CAN. My role provides a wonderful opportunity to develop an understanding of both the Arts and Community Development.
Currently studying BA in Internet Communications, previously obtaining Advanced Dip in Graphic Design and having completed multiple certificates with The Australian Writers Centre I am delighted to assist with CAN’s Social Media campaigns and e-newsletters.
I am looking forward to being part of the CAN team and contributing to their work across WA.