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Board

The Regional Arts NSW Board of Directors meets in March, April, July, September and November.

For more information about the Regional Arts Boards (RABs) and Regional Arts Development Officers (RADOs), see the Regional Arts NSW Network page.

CHAIR
Peter White

Peter White is a proud Gamilaroi Murri from north-west NSW, who has forged a successful career within the creative and cultural heritage sector over the past twenty-six years.

Peter has held a number of positions in a range of major cultural institutions and Government arts agencies such as the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, National Gallery of Australia, Australian Museum and Arts NSW. In these roles Peter has employed an extensive knowledge and skill base on the strategic development, management and evaluation of complex First People community engagement and development programs.

Peter’s  passion is to assist and champion the inherent cultural rights of Australia’s First People communities in both managing and practising their own culture and to assist and guide the mainstream cultural and creative sector in effectively engaging with these communities for mutually respected benefits based on the principles of cultural authority.

Peter was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 9 September 2010.

DEPUTY CHAIR
Stephen Champion

Stephen Champion has been the Manager of the Bathurst Memorial  Entertainment Centre since 2003 and has worked professionally in the performing  arts for thirty four years.  As a  performer he was a core member of Circus Oz in its first six years, devised his  own works and performed with many groups including the Meryl Tankard Dance  Theatre, the Nimrod Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company.  Stephen was an Associate Director with the  Second Studio of Wroclaw, Poland (1986) and Associate Director and then Artistic  Director of Jigsaw Theatre Company in Canberra  (1988 – 1994).  He has been a trainer for  many companies including The Flying Fruit Fly Circus, La Boite Youth Theatre  and NIDA.  Prior to moving to Bathurst, Stephen  was Domain Manager for the Sydney Festival for seven years, a Production  Manager for the Sydney Olympic Arts Festival and Venue Manager of the Domain  Live Site for the Olympic Coordination Authority.

Stephen was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 6 September 2012.

TREASURER
David Dwyer

David Dwyer is the Director Community Services at Dubbo City Council.  In this role he manages an extensive portfolio including Cultural Services, the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre, The Old Dubbo Gaol Museum, Social Services, Recreation Services, Health Services, Library Services, Child Care, Sister City Relationships and Cemeteries. With over 39 years experience in local government at Newcastle City, Singleton Shire, Deniliquin Municipal and Dubbo City Councils he has a wealth of knowledge on government / community relationships. David has graduate and post graduate qualifications in local government from Charles Sturt University.  David has overseen the cultural development of Dubbo since the early 1990s and has been involved in significant projects such as the construction and initial staffing and management of the Western Plains Cultural Centre and Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre; the development of Dubbo Cultural Plans; the establishment of a Dubbo Cultural Forum; the commencement of a Multi Cultural Festival; close involvement in the initial establishment of Orana Arts; and providing advice and guidance to numerous local cultural organisations.  David has a passion for grass roots cultural development and providing support and assistance to community groups to achieve their aspirations.

David was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 15 April 2015.

DIRECTOR
Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley moved to Sydney from New Zealand in 1983 and studied film at the School of Visual Arts. In 1988 he travelled to London where he worked as an artist, photographer, performer and director. He attained a City and Guilds qualification in photography and was a trustee of two arts charities: The Art House (1990-1994) and Cor Blimey Arts (1994-1999), which led to his curatorial work, including group exhibitions at both European parliaments. During the 90s he staged four solo exhibitions and was involved in over twenty group shows. Relocating to Sydney in 2000 he joined Transfield Holdings in 2003 as the company’s art collection manager, a role he continues. From 2005 to 2010 he was also Transfield Holdings’ Communications Manager. In 2006, at the Sofitel Hotel, he curated Transfield and the Biennale. In 2008, Transfield launched its Walsh Bay Sculpture Walk, which he manages. He has been a judge of Salon de Refusés (2007) and Sydney Fringe Festival’s fine art competition (2011). In November 2011, to celebrate 50 years since the launch of the Transfield Art Prize, he curated a retrospective of works from the Transfield Art Collection. Also at that time he staged his first exhibition in Australia at Hardware Gallery. Stephen also sits on the Transfield Foundation’s Advisory Committee and Chairs the Walsh Bay Arts Alliance.

Stephen was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 12 April 2012.

Director
Julie Briggs

Julie has worked closely with business and government for fifteen years, initially as Manager of the Wagga Wagga Chamber of Commerce, then as Executive Officer of the Wagga Wagga Business Enterprise Centre. In the latter role Julie assisted thousands of business and prospective business people to explore their business ideas, develop business plans and establish businesses throughout the Riverina region.

Julie has a strong background in strategic planning and business planning. Recently completing corporate plans for Bland Shire Council and Goldenfields Water County Council as well as completing an audit of facilities and services across the Albury-Wodonga ACC region which the led to the preparation of an action plan for the 10 councils involved. As Executive Officer of the Wagga Wagga BEC Julie prepared business studies for the business incubators that were established by that Organisation as well as working on the feasibility studies for a Heavy Vehicle Driver Training Facility and a Technology Park.

Julie was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 14 April 2016.

Director
Sandra McMahon

Sandra McMahon grew up in Sydney but has lived and worked in regional NSW for the past 33 years.  She is currently the Co-Director and owner of Weswal Gallery, a commercial gallery in Tamworth.  Prior to this she was the Director of Tamworth Regional Gallery and Manager of the Tamworth Powerstation Museum, the Curator at the Western Plains Cultural Centre, Dubbo, and Gallery Assistant at Helen Maxwell Gallery in Canberra and at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery as the Education / Public Programs Officer.  Sandra originally trained as a painter, and was a part-time visual arts teacher at TAFE NSW at Moree, Quirindi and Tamworth Campuses.

Sandra has a Diploma in Visual Arts and a Graduate Diploma in Art History and Curatorship from ANU; Cert IV in Business; Cert IV in Training Assessment and Education; and a Diploma of Management. Recently she has become a registered Art Valuer under the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program.

Sandra was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 14 April 2016.

DIRECTOR
Naomi Messenger

Naomi Messenger is Senior Commercial lawyer, BT Global Services, Sydney, where she works on a variety of areas. These include intellectual property, commercialisation, business structures, trusts, defamation, moral rights and DGR status, establishing charitable and DGR foundations and advising on operational issues. She also advises on and structuring business ventures, both for profit and non-profit, corporate structuring, shareholder agreements, joint ventures, technology assignments and licensing and investment strategies and advises on corporate governance and board compliance with the Corporations Act and associated regulatory regime.

She was admitted as a legal practitioner in the Supreme Court of NSW in 2002, graduated as a Bachelor of Laws from Murdoch University, WA in 2001 and obtained a BA, Arts Management, Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 1996. She has been actively involved with the Arts Law Centre of Australia for many years and has received a number of awards for contribution to legal services including as a finalist of the Law and Justice Pro-bono awards. Naomi is the author of Business Structures and Governance: A Practical Guide for the Arts (Arts Law Centre of Australia, Sydney, 2008).

Naomi was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 14 April 2011.

Director
Ben Roche

Ben Roche is the Head of Sustainability, Partnerships and Community Engagement at Southern Cross University. In this position he has responsibility for a suite of portfolios that focus on connecting SCU’s research and teaching strengths with the sustainable development needs of its regions. Ben is passionate about participatory approaches to sustainable development and the role that education and engagement can play in creating resilience, capacity and well-being in communities. He has taught, researched and practised in the areas of community-based learning, participatory planning, sustainable development and community engagement for over 15 years. Ben continues to provide advice to a range of organisations and governments on strategic approaches to education, engagement and development. In 2012, he was appointed to the Board of Regional Development Australia – Northern Rivers.

Ben was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 18 April 2013.

Director
Paul Scott-Williams

Paul Scott-Williams is the current Director of the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium. He has an extensive background as a performer, arts educator and arts advocate. He studied at the NSW State Conservatorium in the 1980’s and went on to achieve a Masters Degree in performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (London) and most recently completed a Masters in Counselling at Monash University, Melbourne.

Paul was a founding member of Aitken College in Melbourne, which now offers a broad education to approximately 1400 students in Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs. Paul has taught music, drama, dance and circus skills to students from early childhood to adults and served on the Victorian State Subject Association Boards for Music and Drama for a number of years. He took a leading advocacy role in the development and implementation of Music Technology in Education as a member of Soundhouse Australia, winning the national Alfred Brasch Award in 2004.

Paul was appointed to the Regional Arts NSW Board on 14 April 2016.