Board and Staff

The Board The Staff

Board Members

Phil Nizette

Phil Nizette

B Landscape Architecture, Assoc Dip Sculpture (Chair)

Philip Nizette is a Landscape Architect, public artist, public art consultant, community development worker and sculptor with over 28 years’ experience in the field.  He has highly developed skills in landscape architecture, public art, project management and community design/development.

He has lectured and tutored in Landscape Architecture and community design, and is an advocate for public art, community facilities and events, believing that good urban design, and public art, connect people to their environment and create more livable places.

Philip has a long association with arts and cultural development in Belconnen: having been a Community Arts worker for the area in 1992; member of the Belconnen Cultural Planning; helped organise several Belconnen Festivals; was a member and former President of Strathnairn Arts; and several community arts and development projects for Belconnen and the Town Centre.

Govert Mellink

Govert Mellink

MSc Economics, FCPHR (Deputy Chair)

Over the last 20 years Govert has worked with public sector and not for profit institutions on three continents (Australia, Europe and Asia). These include local, federal and state governments, educational institutions and other representative bodies. He is currently the Director, People and Organisation Consulting at PwC.

Mimi Musolino

Mimi Musolino

B Accounting (Treasurer)

Mimi Musolino has 30 years experience in various public service organisations with a broad range of experience in Finance, Human Resources and Public Administration. This has equipped Mimi with the capabilities to focus strategically, to develop `big picture’ goals for workplaces, and to practically implement resolution based plans. Mimi recognises the importance for organisations to establish a culture of responsiveness to attain organisational goals and fulfil stakeholders’ needs.

Along with being numerically inclined and having a strong aptitude for analytical thinking, Mimi also is very personable. Mimi is dedicated to being a strong support to organisational staff and enjoys mentoring others to understand their role in an organisation, set and attain their goals and effectively contribute to organisational achievements. Mimi strongly appreciates that individuals’ professional success directly builds on the viability of an organisation.

Mimi is a member of the Australian Society of CPA and a practitioner in HBDI and Organisational Coaching. She is passionate about giving back to the community and supporting creative activities within the ACT society.

Tracy Ireland

Tracy Ireland

PhD Archaeology (Member Delegate, University of Canberra)

Tracy Ireland is Professor of Cultural Heritage and Director of the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra. Her career has included roles at the Powerhouse Museum, the NSW National Trust, the New South Wales Heritage Council, and heading up the Canberra office of Australia’s largest specialist consulting heritage firm, GML Heritage.

Since 2009 she has led the development of UC’s undergraduate and post graduate programs in heritage, conservation and the creative and cultural industries. Tracy is Editor of Historic Environment, a Board Member of Australia ICOMOS, and was recently elected Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, London. Tracy was awarded a PhD (Archaeology) from the University of Sydney in 2002, and is known internationally for her innovative interdisciplinary research on heritage practice, and the relationships between archaeology, conservation and heritage in the postcolonial world.

Damien Haas

Damien Haas

B International Studies and Public Policy (Member)

Damien is former chair of Belconnen Community Council and former Chair of ACT Light Rail. He brings to the Board significant experience in the development, oversight and management of volunteer and community groups.

His professional background is in defence intelligence and the development and implementation of government policy. He is now an industrial relations mediator and a member of the Australian Institute of Mediators and Arbitrators and the Resolution Institute.

Andrew Simon

Andrew Simon

B Human Resource Development and Communications, M Adult Education (Member)

Andrew is founder and Managing Director of Yellow Edge Pty Ltd. Andrew has an abiding interest and deep expertise in working with leaders across the public, private and not for profit sectors in strengthening their capacity to lead their organisations and people through complex, turbulent and ever-changing operating environments.

Andrew does this creatively, with knowledge and experience gathered from a diverse range of countries, fields and disciplines to provide fresh insight, global perspectives, innovative approaches and new lines of thinking and action to deal with organisational complexities that face leaders of today and tomorrow.

Andrew completed the Leadership Best Practices Program at Harvard Business School in Boston. He has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Development and Communications. Andrew is a recent former board member of the International Leadership Association, headquartered in Washington DC.

Holly Johnson

Holly Johnson

B Laws (Honours)/B Art History & Curatorship (Member)

Holly Johnson is a lawyer, a budding director and an actor. She believes her combination of B Laws (Honours) and Art History & Curatorship from the Australian National University provides her with a rounded education to be both pragmatic and astutely creative in approaching problems and opportunities. Holly was recently admitted to practice in the Supreme Court of the ACT and works for national law firm Mills Oakley in their Canberra office.

Holly has been involved in many ACT theatre and arts initiatives such as being a resident artist with Canberra Youth Theatre, directing for the National University Theatre Society and as a performer with The Street Theatre. Holly is excited to be the youngest member on the Board as a passionate advocate for community arts facilities and events.

Jane Fearn

Jane Fearn

B Political Science (Member)

Jane is a Director within the Consulting practice at PwC with 20 years of experience supporting public and private sector organisations undergoing major transformation. An organisational change specialist, she has worked in both the UK and Australia supporting central/federal government as well as large global corporates with their change challenges.

Jane has consulted on board effectiveness to the public sector in the UK and Australia and is passionate about supporting people to reach their full potential in the workplace through embedding diversity and inclusion best practice. She was a key contributor to a recent research publication by PwC and the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) ‘Are We There Yet? Progress of the Gender Equality Strategy in the Australian Public Service.’

Jane grew up in Launceston, Tasmania and after graduating from the University of Hobart in 1992 with an honours degree in political science, she joined the Department of Defence, moving through various positions in the Australian Defence Headquarters before migrating to the UK in 2001 where she worked for the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit of the UK Cabinet Office, before joining PwC in London. She returned to Canberra in 2011 and has been a resident of Belconnen for the past seven years. Prior to joining the Board, she was a keen customer of the Arts Centre.

Staff Members

Monika McInerney

Monika McInerney Artistic Director & Co-CEO

moni@belcoarts.com.au

Artistic Director Monika McInerney’s extensive experience has involved participation in the community arts and cultural development, creative industry and local government sectors across SA, NT, NSW and in the UK. Monika enjoys collaborating with the BAC team in partnership with the community, creatives and the arts sector to generate new work and experiences for creative engagement to tell the stories found in the rich tapestry of community life.

“I feel very honoured to be taking the helm with Jack and to be working with such a dedicated Board and team of staff as we progress towards the completion of the Centre. We are looking forward to working with the region’s creatives and community in the generation and presentation of new work here in the centre and broader region. The full realisation and completion of BAC will become an extraordinary tool kit for the region’s cultural ecology and I look forward to fueling a love of and engagement in the arts.”

Jack Lloyd

Jack Lloyd Executive Director & Co-CEO

jack@belcoarts.com.au

Jack has worked at Belconnen Arts Centre since its opening in 2009, managing a fantastic team of operational, financial and marketing staff to help grow a vital and inclusive range of visual and performing arts activities for the Canberra community

Jack is deputy Chair of the ACT Minister’s Creative Council and a former member of the Childers Group arts advocacy body. In 2014, Jack completed his Master of Management (Arts & Cultural Management) from UniSA, and also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Digital Arts) from the ANU. Jack is a member of Boho Interactive, an experimental theatre company based in Canberra using interactive narratives to explore ideas from Complex Systems Science. For more than a decade, Boho has used a research-based arts practice to challenge audiences with some of the world’s most demanding problems: climate change, antibiotic resistance, social unrest and building sustainable communities. He is passionate about the arts and its extraordinary ability to bring together, give voice and make change.

“Our new Theatre has emerged from the ground and has taken shape as a beautiful and distinctive landmark for Belconnen. After ten years of advocacy, engagement, planning and building, it’s happening. It’s here. We have a great team of people and a strong community – I’m really looking forward to where we go from here.”

Ann McMahon

Ann McMahon Public Programs Officer

ann@belcoarts.com.au

Ann assists the community to engage in arts activities. Her colleagues provide her with constant inspiration as do the programs and staff at Belconnen Arts Centre. Art is her passion and it has been the focus of her working life for the past 20 years.

Heidi Lefebvre

Heidi Lefebvre IGNITE Programs Officer

heidi@belcoarts.com.au

Heidi is an artist living on Ngunnawal country, Canberra, Australia. She completed a Visual Arts degree (Honours) in Print Media and Drawing at the Australian National University School of Art and Design. She is currently studying a Master of Education at the University of Canberra.

With a background in education and ethical engagement, she aims to create inclusive spaces, facilitate workshops, curate exhibitions and public programs that acknowledge and celebrate community arts and cultural development.

Michele Grimston

Michele Grimston Gungahlin Programs Officer

michele@belcoarts.com.au

Michele has a Masters in Community Cultural Development and a Bachelor of Visual Arts. She is passionate about supporting community initiated projects, and has worked in cultural and community development roles for not-for-profit organisations, galleries and local government for over 10 years.

Michele loves working with local artists and the community of Gungahlin to help shape and tell a story of place through the arts. She also appreciates the opportunities to connect with artists and community in the deep and ongoing way that Belco Arts offers, and the capacity it gives her to work with artists at all stages of their careers to bring their ideas into being.

Chenoeh Miller

Chenoeh Miller Live Programs Officer

chenoeh@belcoarts.com.au

Chenoeh is an advocate for the arts in Canberra. As the director of Little Dove Theatre Art, she believes in creating shows and events that truly connect with audiences. Her works have played to sold-out audiences at home and abroad and have received multiple 5-star reviews, awards and grants. Chenoeh has lovingly curated performance for the Art, Not Apart festival since 2015 and passionately directed the performance art party Sound and Fury since 2013.

In 2018, she travelled with 17 Canberra artists to present a season of Sound and Fury at the New Zealand Fringe Festival, and she has directed a number of local festivals including Canberra Fringe and Hurly Burley Winter Fair. Chenoeh is thrilled to be working alongside Sammy Moynihan in programming the new Belco Arts theatre, studio and artist residencies.

Sammy Moynihan

Sammy Moynihan Live Programs Officer

sammy@belcoarts.com.au

Sammy holds a Master of Fine Arts (Cultural Leadership) from the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) and trained as a director at The Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed in Brazil. He has over 15 years experience as both a theatre maker and arts worker. He has also facilitated applied theatre experiences in schools, detention centres, refugee camps in Palestine and other contexts.

Sammy loves embracing the buzz of energy, excellence and creativity that defines this remarkable organisation. Each day, he gets to meet great artists, work on cool projects, and help strengthen the extraordinary performance landscape of Canberra and beyond.

Linda Buck

Linda Buck Technical Manager

linda@belcoarts.com.au

Linda grew up in Canberra and graduated from The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. She has toured shows and worked in venues all around the country on various types of theatre, music, dance, circus and comedy as a lighting designer, production manager and technical manager.

Linda’s first love is lighting design, having designed for organisations such as Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theatre, Black Swan Theatre Company, Adelaide Festival Centre, Canberra Youth Theatre, Jigsaw Theatre Company, the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre, The Street Theatre, Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and now Belco Arts.

Skye Rutherford

Skye Rutherford Marketing Manager

skye@belcoarts.com.au

Skye has returned to Canberra after several years working in the commercial sector in Melbourne. Having grown up around Belconnen, she is excited to see the continued transformation of Canberra into an arts and cultural hub. With a background in events, marketing and design, and a keen interest in human behaviour and anthropology, Skye is looking forward to forging new connections between BAC and the community as the centre undergoes an exciting realisation of its expansion plans.

Shan Crosbie

Shan Crosbie Marketing Coordinator

shan@belcoarts.com.au

Shan is an artist and passionate animal advocate and is excited to be working at the intersection of arts and community at Belco Arts. She has worked for the past five years in arts administration and marketing at council art centres, galleries and publications and holds a Master of Fine Art from RMIT and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Art History from the Australian National University.

Pat Miller

Pat Miller Finance Officer

pat@belcoarts.com.au

Pat was born in Sydney and moved to Canberra in 1965. She grew up and was educated in Canberra. She has always worked in finance in various industries including automotive and construction and has resided in Yass, NSW, since 2001. Pat studied art for six years at high school, and enjoys the atmosphere & diversity the Arts Centre offers, and very much enjoys working with the other staff members at BAC.

Skye Rose Front of House Coordinator

skyerose@belcoarts.com.au

Stephen Rose Technical & Operations Assistant

stephen@belcoarts.com.au