Our Team


The Board The Staff

Board Members

Julia Mulligan – BRurSc, MSc, FAICD (Board Chair)

Julia Mulligan’s interests include organisational governance where she has exercised board responsibilities for statutory authorities and not-for-profit organisations since 1995. She has diverse experience working in both the public and private sectors, including the Commonwealth Public Service across the fields of climate change, natural resource management and World Heritage. In addition she has worked on safety in the ACT construction industry and humanitarian aid in Australia and Southern Africa.

Through her recent work in the ACT arts sector she has variously filled the roles of Chair, Deputy Chair, Treasurer and Board member at PhotoAccess where she is a life member. Julia has a keen interest in both the performing and visual arts and is particularly interested in how the arts can foster community integration as well as cultural growth and development.

Phillip Nizette –  B L Arch, Assoc. Dip Sculpture (Deputy 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 liveable 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.

Bob Clark – MBA Business (Secretary)
Bob has decades of professional and personal experience from his own highly successful businesses and from within his leadership and Board roles. As an active business and community leader he brings currency, best practice knowledge and operational capability to the Board.

Professor Lyndon Anderson, Dean of Faculty of Art and Design, University of Canberra (Member Delegate)

Dean Faculty of Arts and Design, University of Canberra

Professor Anderson has over 25 years of experience across education and design. He has been called upon by multiple government and educational agencies to provide expertise and guidance in the development of innovative initiatives. As Dean of Faculty of Arts and Design he has overseen numerous articulations between the University and VET sector, created duel badged qualifications, vertical course offerings and pathways within duel sector institutions. In 2011, as a consultant to the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Reporting Authority (ACARA), he wrote the draft shaping paper for the Technologies Curriculum; a national initiative and in 2014 is assisting the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects to reposition their terms of reference for professional accreditation of higher education courses.

Govert Mellink BEc, MBA (Ministerial Appointment)
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.

Susan Conroy – BA Recreation Management (Member)
Susan Conroy is a highly experienced consultant in cultural planning. As a keen collaborator, she works closely with clients to help build capacity and deliver the best results based on local needs and aspirations.

Susan has specialist skills and provides advice in cultural research, arts and cultural policy, arts and cultural project development, evaluation, consultation and engagement, cultural and community facility planning, analysis of social and economic impacts of arts and cultural activity, precinct planning and development and place making.

Susan is a Corporate Member, Planning Institute of Australia (PIA), President ACT Shelter and a past Convenor of PIA ACT Division Social Planning Chapter, a position she held from its inception in 2004 until November 2012. In 2014, Susan was made a Fellow of the Institute.

Lora Shaw – BA (Asian Studies), LLB (Hons)  (Member)
Lora Shaw is a corporate and commercial lawyer with over 15 years experience advising on mergers and acquisitions, major infrastructure and ICT projects, commercial contracts and government services. She also advises private and public companies, government and NFPs on corporate governance issues, with a particular focus on information governance (data protection, privacy, intellectual property and ICT). In 2014, Lora was listed as one of the Australian Financial Review’s Best Lawyers in Australia, for Government Practice.

Lora studied at the Australian National University, where she completed a Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) in 1996, and a Bachelor of Laws (with First Class Honours) in 1999. Since being admitted as barrister and solicitor, Lora has worked in the corporate departments of leading national and international law firms in Canberra, Sydney, Dublin and Tokyo, and in-house in the Tokyo office of a major Japanese trading company.

Lora is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is currently completing an MBA (Executive) at the Australian Graduate School of Management. She is also actively engaged in voluntary work for several community and not-for-profit organisations.

Vicki Thompson – MBA HR (Member)
Vicki is a senior HR executive with over 20 years of experience in roles developing people and optimising HR capabilities in corporate, not-for-profit and government sectors. She holds an MBA in HR and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Currently Vicki is the Director of People Compass, a HR consulting firm that she commenced in December 2014 after many years working in top tier law firms.

Vicki’s interest in building a strong, resilient community through collaboration is part of BAC’s values and strategy via the medium of art and community engagement. She believes the business community can support and develop the arts sector and build such a community.

Staff Members

Daniel Ballantyne
Chief Executive Officer

Daniel has greatly enjoyed getting to know Belconnen, its town centre, suburbs, outlying villages and rural lands.  He sees the diversity, pace and rate of transformation Belconnen’s communities experience and is excited by the depth and breadth of the creative and artistic response found in BAC’s programs and activities.

“leading a team so determined and focused on community arts and cultural development outcomes, while ensuring our principle asset, this beautiful arts centre, is imaginatively utilised and set up for growth, is a complete joy.  The rewards are constant and the prospect of great art always near.”

Monika McInerney
Creative Program Director

Monika’s experience has involved participation in the community arts, cultural development, creative industry and Local Government sectors. Monika is looking forward to collaborating with the BAC team in partnership with the community, practitioners and arts sector to generate new experiences for creative engagement to tell of the stories found in the rich tapestry of community life.

“I am continuously inspired by the integral role community cultural development has in fertilising social exchange, building arts practice and forging new initiatives to contribute to a vibrant community lifestyle”

Ann McMahon
Creative Program Officer

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 for her working life for the past 20 years.

Philip Piggin
Creative Program Officer

Philip loves the growing relationship between BAC and our community, and the significance that each plays in the life of the other. Whilst loving all the art-forms that happen at BAC, Philip has a long and deep connection to dance.

Originally trained as an educator and dancer, he brings a long history of working across the dance sector. He has a deep commitment to providing opportunities for all sectors of our community to engage with the arts, and the resultant life enriching experience that this provides.

“I am most proud of the growing relationships we continue to build with our community. This is reflected in an ever-expanding and diverse array of exhibitions, performances, events and workshops across all art forms, for all our community.”

Jack Lloyd
Business and Operations Director

Jack has worked at Belconnen Arts Centre since its opening in 2009, and has worked in the arts in Canberra for 13 years as a member of Boho, exploring concepts from contemporary complex systems science through interactive performance.

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 the Childers Group arts advocacy body of the ACT.

“It is incredibly rewarding to have seen and participated in the growth of BAC and its programs since it opened in 2009. We have a great team of people and a strong community – I’m really looking forward to where we go from here.”

Julia Boyd
Marketing Manager

Julia loves the diversity of communities that call Belconnen home. Reaching out to these groups and encouraging people to express their creativity is what drives her. Having studied Visual Arts (Photography) in Australia and the UK, Julia brings to the fore the rich and vibrant programs happening at the Centre through contemporary visual language. Establishing Belconnen Arts Centre’s identity and brand in its first five years of existence are among Julia’s proudest achievements.

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 6 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.

Dianne Libke
Front of House Officer

As Front of House Officer Dianne loves seeing the Belconnen Arts Centre audiences engage in creative activities such as the Creative Workshops and Dance Classes held at the Centre. Dianne is a practicing visual artist who has contributed work to Belconnen Arts Centre’s community exhibitions and curated gallery programs.

Damien Hicks

Damien began working at Belconnen Arts Centre as a volunteer and joining the team as the in house technician in early 2015. Damien has a background as a sound technician and enjoys working on the wide range of diverse activities and events held at the centre.