The Team

The North Midlands Project team is comprised of highly experienced and qualified leaders in multi-disciplinary professions from both the not-for-profit, community and commercial sectors. The organisation is driven by a passionate Management Committee supported by a team of Artistic, Cultural & Wellness Directors, Regional Development Team and Community Project Supervisors.


The Management Committee


President
Andrew Bowman

Andrew is the virtual curator and a project manager of the Carnamah Historical Society & Museum, works independently as a researcher and cultural heritage consultant and formerly held positions with the State Library of Western Australia Foundation and Curtin University. 

His work promoting the history and heritage of Carnamah, a town and farming community in WA's Mid West, was acknowledged with the Outstanding Newcomer Professor David Dolan Award at the 2013 Western Australian Heritage Awards.  He played an integral role in four WA projects winning Museums and Galleries National Awards (MAGNAs) in 2014 and 2015 and in the Carnamah Historical Society winning the Outstanding Community Organisation category in the 2015 Western Australian Heritage Awards.


In recent years Andrew has served on the boards of the Young Australia League, Royal Western Australian Historical Society, History Council of Western Australia and the WA branch of Museums Australia.


Andrew holds both the President position and Heritage Director role in the organisation.



Vice President 
Jane King

With an extensive professional career in the commercial and cultural sectors, Jane is a committed and resourceful executive and a well-regarded leader that has managed diverse teams and across wide geographic boundaries including across three states, through difficult periods of change. Jane has excellent interpersonal and communication, conceptual and analytical skills, is an effective negotiator, a good relationship manager, and has the ability to understand complex organisational dynamics.


Jane is a board member of the Chamber of Arts and Culture in Western Australia, Vice-President of the WA branch of Museums Australia and a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia. Jane has degrees in Economics and Fine Art, and a postgraduate Diploma in Management. In 2009 Jane was a recipient of AbaF Margaret Lawrence Bequest Scholarship which enabled her to attend Mt Eliza Business School to study Strategic Thinking. On behalf of her organisation, Jane received the 2010 Western Australian Heritage Award and the 2009 WA Business and the Arts Partnership Award. Jane was recently a State finalist in the Telstra Business Women's Awards.

Jane holds both the Vice President position and an Artistic Director role in the organisation.


Secretary
Anne Chapple

Anne has a diverse working life experience, from her first position in education, through to involvement in the arts, event management, tourism, marketing, fundraising, history and heritage. This activity has been complemented by her passion for and extensive participation in community and community engagement. Anne has been involved in a number of very successful on-going community projects proving that the strength and power of the community can and does initiate and implement change.

   
Being born and bred in country Western Australia, Anne has a deep love of the rural areas of Western Australia and believes that the North Midlands project will be an instrument of inspiration and a model for other small communities to follow in establishing their own enterprises. Anne's love for and knowledge of the arts, culture, heritage and education are all satisfied and stimulated by this project and is very proud to be part of such a creative and innovative endeavour.


Treasurer 
Fritha Zentner

Fritha is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and has completed a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Accounting and Taxation at Curtin University. She has extensive experience in Public Practice for small to large businesses including those in the non-profit sector. 


Fritha grew up in Geraldton and is passionate about the Mid West region. Her mother is a prominent Geraldton artist who has spent the last 30 years creating and leading artistic, cultural, heritage and education projects to benefit the local community. Through this Fritha understands the benefits of community engagement to it's health and well-being and is thrilled to assist North Midlands Project reach it's goals in these areas.




Board Member
Tamara Hill

Tamara currently works within early childhood and special needs education. She is dedicated to assisting the young and socially challenged to find, value and share their voice. Completing a Visual Art degree in 2012 Tamara exhibited numerous multidisciplinary artworks and highly values the discourse provoked through relational aesthetics and performance art.

Tamara advocates for the ineffable contribution the arts, culture, heritage and education offer to community enhancement and is excited to facilitate this in its many forms and on all levels. 
Tamara holds both a board and an Artistic Director role in the organisation.




Board Member
Penelope Wheeler

Penelope is an experienced business administrator and is presently a Global Service Line Coordinator for People & Organisation Support at Rio Tinto. In addition to holding other high-level administration positions, she previously worked as a Workplace Learning Coordinator & Career Adviser with the Department of Education.


Penelope brings strength to the board around compliance, governance and the development of policies and procedures. She appreciates arts, culture, heritage and education and the positive impact it has on people of all ages.



Executive Director
David Bright

Over 17 years David has successfully developed and managed improvement projects in corporate, community and the social enterprise / non-profit sectors in Australia, Asia, Europe, America and Africa. Leading high-performing teams he has established organisations, assisted in scaling-up and created sustainable models allowing focus on dreaming BIG to create awesome legacies.


David has a genuine passion to empower people and strengthen communities through emerging technologies, the arts, cultural and education initiatives. He is personally committed to placing his energy where he can add value to an organisation, its people and outcomes. David's ongoing mission is to explore new ways of working with each other, moving beyond the conventional, challenging the status quo.





The Artistic, Cultural & Wellness Directors 


The Artistic, Cultural & Wellness Directors are a subcommittee of the organisation made up of highly creative practitioners from diverse artistic, health, culture, education, history and heritage disciplines. They push the boundaries of what is accepted as the norm, challenging the status quo providing 'best practice' recommendations creating unique visions to empower the North Midlands Project to achieve its objectives. 




Director of Community Wellness & Engagement 

Clarie Lawrie is a specialist in Befriending and Mentoring project management and consulting. Befriending and Mentoring provide companionship and support to isolated,marginalised people by trained volunteers.


Claire has a wealth of experience in the not for profit, Community sector delivering projects for people living with physical disability, mental health, long term chronic illness, road trauma bereavment and PTSD. She is a big picture thinker and enjoys utilising her creativity to deliver fresh new community engagement projects.


Claire studied film and television and creative writing at Curtin University and went on to facilitate creative writing community workshops removing formal barriers and allowing free expression (from the grammar police) in fun, interactive sessions. She writes short stories, poetry and is currently, slowly, working on a novel.


Claire enjoys painting, predominantly figures capturing movement in bold, colourful acrylics but dabbles in other mediums. A compassionate soul with a hearts connection to supporting communities to shine.




Director of Education

Maree Whiteley is a Humanities consultant with the Association of Independent Schools of WA (AISWA) and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Western Australia (UWA), working directly with teachers and pre-service teachers, to assist them in implementing creative and innovative programs, using the new Australian Curriculum. 


An experienced primary teacher, with a passion for cultural heritage, social history and global education, Maree was involved in the development process of the Australian Curriculum: History and is now a Professional Learning presenter, resource writer and has a keen interest in coordinating special education projects.




Artistic Director 

Deidre Robb currently works as a Regional Project Officer for an arts organisation in the writing sector and is also a project consultant for various creative industries projects. Her background is in the library, literary and contemporary craft/design sectors. The main emphasis of her recent work is in project management, event management, arts engagement and community development. 


Deidre loves finding and implementing creative solutions to tricky issues and has worked to a diverse range of briefs including 'generate civic pride', 'encourage community ownership of a building/space', 'revitalise a jaded retail precinct', 'create new opportunities for artists and artisans to promote and sell their work', 'celebrate the anniversary of the State library', and 'promote library services to people who do not currently use or value them'.




Artistic Director

Craig Griffen is currently the Artistic Director and Production Designer for Fresh Bred Productions as well as a freelance costume sculptor.

With a strong background in the performing arts both behind the scenes and on the stage or in front of the camera, Craig brings with him a passion and drive to expand boundaries, a strong and unique visual point of view and a refusal to settle at “we’ve always done it this way.”



Aboriginal Artistic Director 
This position is currently open

We are currently looking for an Aboriginal artist to join our Artistic, Cultural & Wellness Directors to assist in building community focused and health outcome based projects that are both inclusive and respectful. We are an organisation that prides itself on Collaboration, Professionalism, Access and Creativity. We would love to work with  someone that shares our values and mission to strengthen the community.


This is an honorary position with the North Midlands Project with a 40 hour annual commitment. If you are interested in/or can commend a person for this position please contact David on 0419 766 808 or executive@northmidlands.org.au



Director of Aboriginal Culture & Protocol 

This position is currently open

We are currently looking to work with a person or organisation that has a strong understanding and respect for Aboriginal culture. The position will work with the Artistic, Cultural & Wellness Directors providing direction on Aboriginal culture and protocols.


We are an organisation that prides itself on Collaboration, Professionalism, Access and Creativity. We would love to work with  someone that shares our values and mission to strengthen the community. This is an honorary position with the North Midlands Project with a 40 hour annual commitment. If you are interested in/or can commend a person for this position please contact David on 0419 766 808 or executive@northmidlands.org.au



Arts Therapist 

This position is currently open

We are currently looking for a qualified Arts Therapist to work with our Artistic, Cultural & Wellness Directors to assist in building community focused, health outcome based projects. We are an organisation that prides itself on Collaboration, Professionalism, Access and Creativity. We would love to work with  someone that shares our values and mission to strengthen the community.


You are someone that has a passion for the arts, making positive social change with a connection to the culture and arts and/or health & well-being sectors. This is an honorary position with the North Midlands Project with a 40 hour annual commitment. If you are interested in/or can commend a person for this position please contact David on 0419 766 808 or executive@northmidlands.org.au




The Community Leadership Development Team
The Community Leadership Development Team is a subcommittee of the organisation comprising of people from local government, business and the civil services sector in the North Midlands region. The team is the heart and soul of the organisation identifying community need and driving engagement to maximise program outcomes. 


Community Project Supervisors

The organisation employs several part-time Community Project Supervisors that assist in the delivery of community outcome focused projects. Please view our 'Community Projects' page to see some of our current and completed projects.