AOW BOARD BIOS

FRAN CHARGE  Chair

Fran is a committed, enthusiastic and ethical professional with over 30+ years of experience in roles across the Education, Arts, Health and Tourism Sectors. With strong team leadership, communication and negotiation skills, Fran has the ability to demonstrate empathy and resilience. Her many skills include the developing and implementing new initiatives within community groups and work places, while successfully delivering numerous arts projects.

An appointed member of the Board of Arts OutWest and current Chair, Fran is also a member of the AOW Advisory Council as a representative of Oberon Council. Achievements include planning and developing the process of moving the Board structure to the newly formed skills-based Board of Governance.

Fran has been involved with Oberon Arts Council over the past 30 years, overseeing the completion of seven large Public Art Projects in the town of Oberon, involving the whole community. These projects helped to break down isolation, gave young people a purpose and an ongoing ownership of projects.

Fran is currently working with Arts OutWests’ Arts and Health Coordinator on a very successful Arts and Health Program with the Oberon MPS. Her ability to think laterally and creatively is a great asset to Arts OutWest.

DEBORAH BARDON  Vice Chair

Passionate about sustainability, social change and the important role not-for-profit ,community based organisations play in regional communities, Deb is pleased to be able contribute through her experience of working with funding bodies, submission writing, governance, human resources and project management.

Deb has over 18 years management experience across a variety of roles in the Education, Health and Employment sectors. Deb is currently employed as an Executive Officer at Charles Sturt University, a role that requires high level communication and negotiation skills and a strategic and creative approach to problem solving.

While not an arts practitioner, Deb appreciates art and culture in its’ many forms and is awe of the talent that exists in the Central West. Deb holds a Bachelor of Business (General Management) from Charles Sturt University, lives in a small village community in the Tarana valley and loves spending time in the outdoors.

AMANDA SPALDING  Treasurer

Amanda has been a senior manager in the public sector in England and NSW for over 30 years. Amanda was the General Manager of Hay Shire Council in the Riverina and has been the Deputy General Manager or a Director of Sydney Councils Parramatta, Manly, Rockdale and Fairfield and of North Lincolnshire Council in the UK. Amanda has also been an Executive Director and Chief Information Officer in the NSW Government, and a Director of TAFE NSW.

Amanda is involved in many community groups in Orange and the Central West including being Treasurer of the local community radio station – Orange Community Broadcasters – where she is also a volunteer presenter. She writes a weekly column on How To Get the Best Out Of Our Councils for Orange City Life – NewsWatch. Amanda is also principal of a management consultancy business.

When she isn’t working, you’ll find Amanda reading, trying to improve her art skills, and walking her two Border Collies. Amanda holds a BA in Economics and Economic and Social History from the University of Sheffield and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

MARGOT JOLLY  Secretary

Margot is a country woman who loves working to improve her community, even a little bit. Involved in Landcare and local festivals, Margot brings over 20 years of experience working in the museum industry to her role as a board member.

Margot has worked with the Sydney Living Museums, the Museum of Australian Democracy and a lot of volunteer managed museum throughout NSW. Primarily working with issues of collection management, Margot has worked as a curator and researcher. Margot’s experience of festivals comes from involvement with the Kalari-Lachlan River Arts Festival in Forbes, from its first event in 2011 until the present.

Since returning to the country after living in Sydney Margot has completed a Conservation and Land Management Certificate III and become involved with her local Landcare group, Central West Lachlan Landcare, holding the position of Chair for 5 years.

Margot is excited to be involved in arts and culture in Parkes with the newly formed Parkes shire Arts Advisory Council helping the cultural community to work with local government to achieved better outcomes for creativity and learning in the region.

ZEKE SHAW

Zeke is an original custodian of the Wiradjuri Tribal Nation of Wellington NSW, and comes from a Rugby League family. His passions lie within many sectors that make up communities, which has seen Zeke’s involvement throughout many communities throughout NSW in roles as a Teacher, a Rugby League Referee and experiences in the legal sector in all, NSW Courts, NSW Police Force and Corrections NSW.

Zeke presented at the National Eradicate Ice Epidemic Forum in Brisbane as a result of his work with the NSW Police Force at that time, which resulted in Zeke being nominated NSW Police Officer of The Year Award, two years running.

Zeke now works for the NSW Child, Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation – AbSec as the Project Manager – Cultural Connections, where he delivers and facilitates Aboriginal cultural training and cultural strategies, to a variety of people and service providers, both government and non-government, that purely focus on Aboriginal Foster children, families and communities in the Out of Home Care sector, throughout NSW.

On his down time you’ll find Zeke cruising the highway or the back country roads on his motorbike looking for the best coffee he can find generally accompanied with a hamburger with the lot, and of course with a side of hot chips with chicken salt to boot. Zeke holds a BA in Teaching alongside Diplomas in Business and sporting credentials associated with his love of Rugby League and staying fit and healthy.

MADELEINE YOUNG

Madeline is a practising artist living and working in Orange, NSW. Madeline completed a degree in Fine Arts at the University of Newcastle in 2009. She has since worked as the artist in residence at an educational institution from 2010 – 2014.

Madeline is the owner and Director of The Corner Store Gallery in East Orange which opened in 2014. Through the gallery she hopes to share her love of all types of art and design. Madeline also teaches regular workshops covering a range of materials and mediums ranging from watercolour techniques, crochet and weaving through to jewellery-making.

Madeline spends most of her spare time with her son, family and friends in the beautiful regional city of Orange NSW. She is a huge advocate for regional talent and creativity. Madeline is the founder of The Journey Person, a collective of local artisans and designers based in Central West NSW. Her hands are always busy creating, whether it be art, crochet beanies, brass jewellery or fresh floral wreaths.

ADAM DEUSIEN

Adam is a director and physical theatre maker with over 15 years’ experience in creating contemporary performance in Bathurst, regional NSW. He is a graduate of Charles Sturt University BA – Communication: Theatre/Media and MA – Directing for the Stage, and in 2018 graduate as part of NIDA’s inaugural cohort of the MFA – Cultural Leadership.

Adam is Artistic Director of Lingua Franca, working extensively with Local Stages, Bathurst’s Performing Arts Development Program, as a director, producer and dramaturg, presenting work in regional Australia, nationally and internationally. He has directed numerous works with the company including Right Behind You, Unsustainable Behaviour and Mighty. As a freelance artist, Adam has adapted and directed Lysistrata, The Bacchae, The Trojan Women and The Fox (CYCLE Productions) as well as working as assistant/rehearsal director for companies Ensemble Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Stalker Theatre and Siren Theatre Co.

In 2016 Adam was awarded the CreateNSW Regional Arts Fellowship, and in 2017 continued this work as Artistic Associate with the Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre. In 2018 he was appointed Artistic Director/Director of the Arts Program for Artstate, New South Wales regional arts festival and conference.

In 2019 he was the recipient of a Sandra Bates Director’s Award with Ensemble Theatre, and has undertaken a Regional Research Residency supported by the Australia Council for the Arts with Sydney Festival, examining how city-based festivals can engage with regional artists, audiences and communities.

MAZ REES

Maz is the Lachlan representative of the Arts OutWest Board. Maz is a ridgy-didge Forbes born and bred local living back in Forbes after moving away to study at Wollongong University and graduating in 2008 with a Creative Arts and Law double degree. Maz has gone on to obtain post-graduate degrees in Legal Practice and Mining Engineering. Maz also studied AMEB Electronic Organ and Music Theory growing up, allowing her to pump out many tunes of all genres on several instruments, even on a pipe organ.

Maz’s working life journey has included practicing in law, working in human resources/recruitment, executive assistance, health safety and environmental compliance, and major project planning.  Maz’s current day job involves applying her creatively geared brain to bring an out of the box element in planning major capital project works schedules, while wearing hi-vis and hanging out with engineers.

At heart Maz and is an avid enthusiast or all things arts, culture, science and the earth. Maz is passionate about education and development of arts and culture within her community, assisting arts and culture organisations with governance, compliance, business strategy and funding by volunteering in a number of local Forbes and regional not-for-profit groups.

When Maz isn’t behind her laptop she will be rummaging around her various veggie patch gardens with her husband, 2 young children and 2 labradors or on family adventures exploring the central west bushwalking scene and anything cool out in nature.

OSLA THOMASON

Osla is an artist who is passionate about building community with art as an important tool in well-being. She has been in arts management and teaching in Costa Rica, USA and Australia in both non-profit art groups, school and college level.

Osla is currently Chair of the Canowindra Art Gallery, a community based group that supports and encourages rural artists. Although bringing her big, city arts administration and teaching experience to rural NSW has been a learning curve she is thriving on the challenge.

Osla holds a BVA in printmaking from Edith Cowan but when no press is available will paint in a printerly way. Learning to garden with tough water restrictions and involvement in the community garden keeps her grounded.

CARLY BROWN  Chair Advisory Council

Carly has been the Chair of the Arts OutWest Advisory Council since 2018 (extended through to 2021) and on the Board since 2012. Carly is a Weddin Shire Councillor who is passionate about the arts and about delivering strategic objectives for both Arts OutWest, Weddin Shire and NSW. On the Board and now Advisory Council, Carly has successfully assisted Arts OutWest in a smooth transition to a skills-based board.

In Carly’s role at Weddin Shire Council she on the following committees: Grenfell Art Gallery committee, tourism committee, heritage committee, floodplain committee and she has a strong involvement with the Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival of Arts and the Grenfell Community Arts Centre.

Assisted by Arts OutWest, Carly has run poetry slams as part of the Henry Lawson Festival and has conducted school holiday circus arts workshops. Carly was also involved in the CORRIDOR Project’s Shearers Ballet collation of oral histories.

In Carly’s spare time she enjoys taking photographs, being generally creative and immersing herself in the arts. Carly brings a whole-of-region approach to the table as part of the Arts OutWest team.