Jacqui’s 30+ years in education includes experience at local, regional, state-wide and national levels in projects in the areas of literacy and learning, leadership, change processes and management and school renewal. She is a dedicated classroom teacher and has held various leadership roles in secondary schools, most recently working with the Graduate Teacher Induction Program for the DoE’s Institute for Professional Learning. Jacqui became a centre member in 2006 and has attended and tutored various visual arts-based workshops. She also teaches printmaking classes at the centre. After joining the board in 2012 Jacqui became chairman in 2014. Her belief in the importance of developing the centre as a hub for people to meet, create and work together will help to secure a sense of belonging which is the key to building successful, supportive and inclusive communities.
Rowena Skinner, Treasurer
Rowena has been a board member since 1996. She was awarded life membership in 2006 and has served as the centre's treasurer for 10 years. Rowena was a local councillor in Victoria Park for 18 years, serving on the environment, arts and audit committee. She is a graduate of the AICD and has extensive experience in governance and financial matters, having served on numerous community organisations. Rowena is also the treasurer for the VP Community Garden and is a member of the VP Transition Network. Rowena has a deep commitment to bringing art and culture to the community and supporting local and regional artists, particularly artists with a disability. She helped establish the successful ongoing partnership between Nulsen Disability Services and VPCA.
Prior to establishing Par Excellence in 1994 Leith worked at senior executive assistant level in a number of industry sectors, experience that has served her well and which provided her the opportunity to deal with people from all walks of life and at all levels, which has been instrumental in the success of her business. For 10 years Leith served on the board of Noah’s Ark WA, a toy library and resource centre for children with disabilities and she is now enjoying her new role as a board member of the VPCA. Leith doesn’t have a background in the arts but is looking forward to helping grow the centre, so it can continue its fantastic work as a vibrant community organisation.
Sylvia’s professional life was spent in the arts area. She worked at Curtin University and VTEC Kalgoorlie in various roles including Head of the Art Department, Curator of the Goldfields Arts Centre ‘A’ class gallery, business manager, lecturer, and as a trainer devising programs for disabled people, disengaged youth and people who had been out of the workforce for some time. Sylvia has been very involved with community programs and public art over an extended period and although officially “retired” from academia and professional life, Sylvia now is enjoying her time putting into practice her printmaker/designer skills and as a workshop facilitator. She is a long-standing board member of the centre.
Martin is a semi-retired management consultant whose work focuses on assisting teams and groups to think together. He continues to write for publications and presents talks and workshops in many parts of the world. Martin has a love of stone carving. Residing eight months of each year in Perth and four months in France, he has been a member of the board for three years and is keen to promote community interest in three-dimensional art, particularly the revival of the traditional arts of stone carving and stone masonry.
Boro is a qualified mechanical engineer with over 30 years’ experience in project/design engineering, research and product development. He has experience in project management for capital projects. Boro brings a wealth of experience to the board in the professional and artistic senses. He has been a board member of the centre for five years and was the chairman in 2013/2014. His love of art is expressed through painting, drawing and sculpture and he was the recipient of the 3D Victoria Park Art Award in 2009 for Sculpture, sponsored by Ben Wyatt MLA.
Dr Diane Smith
Dianne is currently an Associate Professor at Curtin University in the School of Built Environment and Director of Research, Creative Production and Graduate Studies for the School. She is an architect, an interior architect, and most recently a transpersonal art therapist. Diane has also participated in many community-based projects in Queensland, Western Australia and India and is a valued member of the board. Dianne has served on a number of boards and committees where she has contributed through her skills in developing strategies, policies and procedures.
Lynne Anderson – Volunteer Executive Secretary
Now retired, for the majority of her professional life Lynne worked in television, media and video production. She also worked in the resources sector and in the healthcare markets and her extensive administrative experience is invaluable to the centre.
As an active community member Lynne also is a volunteer with the Bentley Primary School, assisting with community engagement and fundraising activities. In addition to her other voluntary activities, Lynne acts as executive secretary to the board and is also a volunteer office assistant providing significant input into project grant research and writing.