Our Board Members
Greg Mahney, Chairperson
Greg Mahney joined the Board at the end of 2022. He has been on not-for-profit boards for most of his adult life, often in executive positions. He was the CEO of Advocare, an aged care advocacy agency, General Manager of the Murdoch University Guild of Students, a university administrator and even spent six frustrating months working for the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Now retired from the paid workforce Greg volunteers as a Justice of the Peace, resolves disputes as a Nationally Accredited Mediator and Chairs the VPCA Board. He has a Bachelor’s degree in politics and sociology, a Master’s in public policy, is a graduate of the AICD company directors course and Fellow of two management institutes.
Leanne Linehan, Deputy Chairperson
Leanne is a compliance specialist, with an extensive compliance, assurance and risk assessment background within the financial services and mining resources industries. Leanne brings excellent interpersonal skills combined with professional, personable and leadership qualities. Leanne’s positive approach and skills in key areas of Victoria Park Centre for the Arts’ strategic plan are a welcome addition to the board. Leanne is an active Victoria Park Centre for the Arts’ member who attends and supports our events.
Clare Szmekura, Secretary
Clare is an innovative manager and artist with significant experience working in diverse business environments including Local Government, not-for-profit and commercial with a strong history of working in community, cultural and creative industries. Clare is skilled in Arts Administration, Budgeting, Event Management, Exhibition Management, Business Development, Change Management, Strategic Partnerships, and Media Relations, and is passionate about developing opportunities to foster and grow cultural experience and community identity.
Rowena is a life member of the VPCA and is the volunteer finance officer. She is not an artist, rather an art lover and committed to supporting inclusive and accessible community art spaces.
Rowena has long experience working with community organisations in the areas of compliance, risk management, financial management and governance. She is currently the chairperson of the Town of Victoria Park’s Urban Forest Strategy working group, treasurer for the Victoria Park Community Garden and ordinary board member of the Victoria Park Primary School.
Previously, Rowena has been both treasurer and ordinary board member of the VPCA and is keen to contribute again to the medium and long term vision for the centre and its ongoing sustainability.
Paul Trinidad has worked as a professor in Fine Arts at the University of Western Australia for almost 25 years. He works predominantly in Indonesia specializing in overseas study programs focused on immersive experiential education in the field of art and culture. In this role he works in diplomatic circles with the Australian Consulate General of Bali through DFAT. He liaises with the Konsul Jenderal Republik of Indonesia in Perth, and the Rektor of Institute Seni Indonesia, in Denpasar.
Trinidad is a practicing artist exhibiting in Indonesia and Australia. He was recently awarded the prestigious Maestro’s Aeard, during the 2023 International Pembukaan Festival Bali Bhuwana Nata Kertih Nugraha by ISI Denpasar for his dedication, and reputation in art and cultural activities in Indonesia.
Shona has experience in leadership and executive management in the public and community sectors. Her skills include building robust governance frameworks, shaping and leading strategy, audit, and risk oversight, and delivering outcomes. Shona’s recent Board positions include, Chair of the Plumbers Licensing Board, expert member of Audit and Risk Committees with the City of South Perth, Shire of York, and Chair Nominations Committee with Perth NRM. She was also Chair of the Patricia Giles Centre, and Starick Services (providers of family and domestic violence services). Shona holds a Master of Communication, Graduate Certificate Commerce and Certificate in Board Governance.