New Board members welcomed
At the Arts OutWest AGM and regional gathering in Bathurst on June 2 we welcomed the appointment of new Board members and fare-welled and thanked those departing.
Our AGM always involves a full day of activities in our host location, this year that was Bathurst. The day took us from coffee next to Tremains Mills to Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, the artist ran T.Arts Gallery, Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre and finally the Australian Fossil and Mineral Museum. Bathurst Regional Council were our host and provided lunch.
More than 40 people joined us for the day from across the region – allowing some great new connections and networking. A big thank you to all who travelled and to all the venues who opened their doors and gave us special tours.
Our AGM and regional event is hosted by a different local government area each year – in alphabetical order – watch this space for the 2020 event in Blayney Shire.
Welcoming new Board members
Arts OutWest has two levels of governance: the Committee of Management (to be known as The Board) and the Advisory Council.
The Advisory Council’s job is to help set strategic policy and to advise about the priorities which the organisation should be pursuing. They also monitor the progress of Arts OutWest in delivering this policy.
The Board’s job is to manage the organisation including financial management and to ensure that the organisation is compliant and functioning well. The Board appoints and manages the Executive Director who is in turn responsible for managing the staff.
The move to a skills-based board of people who apply for their positions began in 2018. 2019 sees the second round of appointments and finalization of that process.
A public call out for new Board member applications was made with applicants selected on their range of skills and on a need to have diversity on the Board. A really strong field of applications were received with the three vacant positions filled and two additional Board members co-opted.
Continuing board members
- Chair – Fran Charge, President Oberon Arts Council (Oberon)
- Vice-Chair – Sharon Wilcox (Cabonne)
- Secretary – Margot Jolly, heritage consultant (Parkes)
- Deb Bardon, Human resources specialist, Charles Sturt University
- Chair Advisory Council – Cr Carly Brown, Weddin Shire Council (Weddin)
- Madi Holborrow, artist and director of The Corner Store Gallery Orange (Orange)
New board members
- Treasurer – Amanda Spalding, chartered accountant, Principal Amanda Spalding Consulting (Orange)
- Adam Deusien, independent theatre maker/ founder Lingua Franca (Bathurst)
- Maz Rees, HR and legal specialist, North Parkes Mine (Parkes)
- Zeke Shaw, NSW Child, Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation (Orange)
We owe a huge thank you to these Board members, some of whom have been with us for a number of years. They have been steadying hands for our organisation and their support and expertise has been highly valued. They’ll continue to be valuable supporters of Arts OutWest in the community.
- Bronwyn Giovenco, accountant (was Treasurer)
- Brian Langer, Director Cowra Regional Art Gallery (Cowra)
- Scott Maunder, Director Community, Recreation & Cultural Services, Orange City Council (Orange)
- Cr Monica Morse, Bathurst Regional Council Councillor
- Nyree Reynolds, visual artist (Blayney)
- Kylie Shead, Creative producer Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre
Our advisory council continues to be:
- Chair – Cr Carly Brown Weddin Shire Councillor
- Heather Blackley President Lachlan Arts Council
- Brian Langer Director Cowra Regional Art Gallery
- Scott Maunder Director Community, Recreation & Cultural Services, Orange City Council (Orange)
- Penny May visual artist (Blayney)
- Cr Monica Morse Bathurst Regional Council Councillor
- Kay Nankervis theatre / media lecturer Charles Sturt Univerisy
- Cr Libby Oldham Cabonne Councillor
- Warwick Tom Community theatre (Parkes)