Board and Staff

The Board The Staff

Board Members

Phil Nizette B L Arch, 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 BEc, MBA (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.

Damien Haas BA Int Studies Pub Policy (Member Delegate, Belconnen Community Council)

Damien is the Belconnen Community Council’s member delegate to BAC’s Board. He is a long standing member and a former chair of Belconnen Community Council. Damien is the former Chair of ACT Light Rail, and current Chair of the Public Transport Association of Canberra. 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.

Katie Hayne

Katie Hayne BVA Visual Arts (Member Delegate, University of Canberra)

Katie Hayne has worked in the arts and education sector for over 18 years. She is currently the Research Development Officer in the Centre for Creative & Cultural Research, University of Canberra, where she is involved in the programming, marketing and management of the Centre. She is also studying a Masters of Philosophy in painting at the ANU School of Art. Katie’s artwork has been exhibited nationally, as well as in many local exhibitions. In 2017 she was a finalist with U.K. Frederick in the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award and the winner of the Inner North Art Prize (student category).

Katie has significant experience working on community-based projects, including working with Indigenous communities in Arnhem Land to develop online resources and produce films. She has also worked as a Graphic Design Lecturer in Beijing and as a Web Designer in London. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia in 1997. As the University of Canberra’s delegate, Katie brings experience in community arts research through which she will continue to strengthen the ties between Belconnen’s two leading arts, culture and community focussed organisations.

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 placemaking.

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.

Andrew Simon

Andrew Simon BEd HRD and Communications, MEd 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.

Veena Bedekar

Veena Bedekar LLB, BEc, EMBA (Member)

Veena has over 12 years experience in a broad range of commercial law, including probity and governance. While most of her professional experience has been gained in Canberra, she has also worked in London and Perth.

Veena strives to actively contribute towards the Canberra community. She has for many years been on a committee of a sporting club and is currently a member of the ACT Law Society’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee and ACT Law Society’s Probono Clearing House Assessment Panel.

She has recently completed an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Queensland University of Technology with a focus on international leadership. She believes that the arts are valuable in bridging understanding across diverse groups within society.

Staff Members

Monika McInerney

Monika McInerney Artistic Director & Co-CEO

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 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 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. Jack is deputy Chair of the ACT Minister’s Creative Council and a 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.  He is passionate about the arts and its extraordinary ability to bring together, give voice and make change.

“2019 will be a turning point for Belco Arts, we will grow our staff team and the way we work, to deliver a new live performance program and a re-imagined suite of exhibitions, activations, and public engagements. All the while, we’ll be collaborating with the ACT government and PBS Building as Stage 2 takes shape all around us. 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 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 of her working life for the past 20 years.

Philip Piggin

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.”

Penny Pollard

Penny Pollard Creative Program Officer – IGNITE

Penny is originally from Melbourne and has been in Canberra on and off for six years. Penny is a contemporary jeweller and sculptor who holds a Master of Fine Arts and recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Disability Studies. As IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy‘s Creative Program Officer, Penny is committed to providing opportunities and support for artists who experience barriers to access and assisting organisations to build a more inclusive and accessible cultural sector that promotes great art and inclusive practices.

Michele Grimston

Michele Grimston Community Arts Officer – Gungahlin

Michele is an artist and community cultural development facilitator who is passionate about the many ways that art can bring people together and enrich both groups and individuals, creating vibrant communities in which people are proud to belong. She holds a Masters in Community Cultural Development from the Victorian College of the Arts and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from the Australian National University. She has experience working in regional Western Australia, as well as Canberra and Melbourne. 

She is committed to working with a community-led approach and looks forward to meeting with community members, artists and organisations in the Gungahlin region to develop meaningful programs which open up new possibilities for people to embed the arts in everyday life, share their stories and create some fabulous experiences.

Skye Rutherford

Skye Rutherford 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.

Pat Miller

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.

Dianne Libke

Dianne Libke Front of House Coordinator

As Front of House Coordinator 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 Hicks Technician

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.