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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bachelor of Environmental Design, Masters of Architecture, Masters of Law (Juris Doctor)
A lifetime painter, former designer, and daytime lawyer, Jess has a strong passion for the arts and community engagement. Living by the personal motto ‘everyone can draw’, Jess brings a wealth of artistic and commercial experience to the Board.
Before making a the career pivot into law, Jess was an architectural designer working on hospitality and residential projects across Perth, Melbourne and London. In between the 9-5, Jess has taken opportunities to complete a design studio in Milan and an art market finance course at Sotheby’s.
With experience volunteering with charities, community sport and mentoring organisations, she enjoys contributing to local communities and seeing them grow and thrive.
Masters in Financial Planning
I truly believe that the Arts are an integral part of a happy and healthy community. It’s my strategy to utilise my private enterprise and financial planning experience developed over the last 20 years to understand Belcoarts goals and bring my unique expertise and connections to put the organisation in a healthier/stronger position and intern give back to our wonderful community.
Monika McInerney Artistic Director & Co-CEO
Artistic Director Monika McInerney has a long history of practice in community arts and cultural development, working in the arts industry and local government sectors across SA, NT, NSW and in the UK. She brings with her extensive experience in program development, management, policymaking, and strategic planning in addition to being an educator and maker in the arts across the breadth of the community. She is committed to raising the profile, value and role the arts have in community life. She is passionate about working with creatives to generate ambitious new works to reflect and feed the creative appetite for the arts in the community.
Jack Lloyd Executive Director & Co-CEO
Jack has worked at Belconnen Arts Centre since its opening in 2009. He is passionate about managing and working with the fantastic Belco Arts team to grow a vital and inclusive range of visual and performing arts activities for the Canberra community.
Jack has served as Deputy Chair of the ACT Minister’s Creative Council and on 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. His theatre company, Boho Interactive, produces original performance works to explore concepts from Complex Systems Science.
Ann McMahon Public Programs Officer
Since graduating with Honours from the ANU School of Art in 2000 and postgraduate studies in Cultural Heritage Management at the University of Canberra in 2003, Ann has been engaged as an arts worker/administrator in volunteer, not-for-profit, private and ACT Government roles.
Her practice as an artist is in constructed textiles and she finds constant inspiration in working with her colleagues and the many artists delivering the varied programs at Belco Arts. Visual art has been Ann’s passion and the focus of her working life for more than 20 years.
Heidi Lefebvre IGNITE Programs Officer
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 Gungahlin Programs Officer
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 Live Programs Officer
Chenoeh’s postgraduate studies into different kinds of love inform her actor training philosophy and unique style of performance, titled The Theatre of Love, which she practices through her company Little Dove Theatre Art. Chenoeh has curated performance for the ground-breaking Canberra festival Art, Not Apart since 2015 and directed the performance art party Sound and Fury since 2013. In addition to national and international tours and programming since 2006, she has directed local festivals, venues and events including the Canberra Fringe, Festival of the Forest and the ACT Music Awards.
Chenoeh has directed charity events including the Lifeline Gala Ball and the Annual Menslink Fundraiser. She also founded Lifeline’s street art campaign It Only Takes a Moment (to tell someone you love them). She is a passionate advocate for all artists and relishes her position at Belco Arts as a vehicle for creating opportunities and relationships, particularly with local artists.
Sammy Moynihan Live Programs Officer
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 Technical Manager
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 Business and Marketing Manager
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 Marketing Coordinator
Shan is an artist and animal advocate who is very proud to be working at the intersection of arts and community at Belco Arts. Since 2013, she has worked in arts marketing and administration 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 Finance Officer
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.
Stephen Rose Technical & Operations Assistant
Stephen is a born and bred Canberran and jumped into the live entertainment industry straight out of college. Since 2015, Stephen has worked on a variety of productions across venues in the ACT, in roles from floor technician to lighting designer/operator and technical manager.
Kathryn Martin Visitor Services Coordinator
Kathryn is in her final year of an Art History & Curatorship degree at ANU, and is delighted to be working at Belco Arts. A passionate art lover with an interest in children’s engagement in the arts and personal relations, Kathryn brings a fresh perspective to Belco Arts. Hailing from Sydney, Kathryn enjoys learning about the Canberra art scene and is excited to engage with the local community.