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New Board for South East Arts

The recent Annual General Meeting of South East Arts held at the Bega Valley Commemorative Civic Centre, welcomed new board members and farewelled outgoing members.
Ian Campbell has stepped down as Chair, but remains on the Marketing and Fundraising sub-committee and Silas Dunstan stepped down as Treasurer after five years of service. Other departing members were Trisha Dixon and Steve Ross.
New members are Helen O’Neil, Shane O’Leary, Elizabeth McGrath and Shanna Provost. Helen steps in to the role of Vice Chair, Shane to Treasurer and Rose Lyons is the new Chair.
The new members join the existing Board including Bruce Carmichael and the council representatives of Lindsay Brown (Eurobodalla Shire Council), Sue Haslingden (Snowy Monaro Regional Council) and Cathy Griff (Bega Valley Shire Council).
South East Arts is the regional development board in Eurobodalla, Snowy Monaro and Bega Valley, particularly assisting in the ongoing development of, and participation in, arts and culture throughout the South East. It forms part of a state-wide network.
“South East Arts has benefitted from a skilled and active Board for many years now” explained General Manager Andrew Gray. “The recent additions bring a diverse range of skills and backgrounds that will help guide the strategic direction of the organisation, particularly developing our next three year plan”.
Helen O’Neil was most recently Director of the British Council Australia and has worked as a manager and director across the creative sector, with a strong focus on building relationships and networks. Shane O’Leary heads up Destination Southern NSW and has over 20 years in the tourism and event industries in various parts of Australia.
Liz McGrath worked for the ABC for 36 years, presenting radio, TV and news programs in Adelaide and Darwin before becoming Director of ABC Canberra. Shanna Provost is well known to many in the Eurobodalla and in the past 30 years has worked as an education specialist in communities of all shapes, sizes and cultures around Australia.
More information on all South East Arts Board members and the organisation can be found on the website at