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.
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.
B Com, Grad Dip Acc (Treasurer)
Tom Thornton is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand who has diverse experience in the fields of financial management, corporate governance and strategic organisational planning. He leverages these skills in finance and management to provide the Board with a sound long-term approach to decision making.
Tom is a passionate Canberran and a strong believer in the power and importance of the local community in supporting personal, social and cultural development.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creative Program Director
Monika’s experience has involved participation in the community arts, cultural development, creative industry and local government sectors. Monika enjoys collaborating with the BAC team in partnership with the community, practitioners and arts sector to generate new experiences for creative engagement and to tell 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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
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 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.
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 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.