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Our Board members are there to both help guide and keep accountable WAM’s ongoing efforts to fulfill our missions in the most beneficial ways for all music industry stakeholders.
Al Taylor (President) has 25 years experience working in the marketing and communications industries, and is the Chairman of 303 Mullenlowe. He is a highly regarded strategic planner with numerous national and international awards to his credit. A former Board member of WAM back in the WARMIA days, Al is passionate about the arts and creativity and contributes as a Board Member of Awesome Arts and as an AbAf Councillor. Al is also a musician and carved out a moderate side career as a drummer in a number of bands on the east coast and WA.
Noah Shilkin (Vice President) is a recording artist, songwriter/composer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, arranger, music supervisor and owner of The Lollybox studio in Margaret River. He has composed for the likes of Nike, Chevrolet, Calvin Klein, General Motors, Disney, Nelvana, ESPN, CBC, VTV, playwright Harold Pinter and the artist Robert Rauschenberg. He has worked with international recording artists ranging from Alanis Morissette to AC/DC, and was keyboardist for legendary New Zealand cult band Mother Goose.
Steven McCabe (Treasurer) is a Director in KPMG’s Restructuring Services team, a division that specialises in advising stakeholders of underperforming or stressed organisations to identify and implement solutions that maintain control and rebuild sustainable value. He has over 12 years experience in Perth and London specialising in providing advice to stakeholders in respect of business stabilisation, governance, strategy, and cash and financial management.
Bel Skinner (Secretary) specialises in regional music, from artist mentorship through to tour coordination and artist management. Under her company banner of RedRock Music, Bel manages two North West indigenous bands, The Walkabout Boys and The Bad Influence. She is a Senior Music Lecturer at the Music Industry Training Diploma course at Kimberley TAFE, a musician in her own right and an active supporter of live music across the state.
Jacob Snell is head of business development at Monster Management, a WA-based promoter, booking agency and management company. The company’s various roles include offering full service touring solutions to both national and international acts, and management for various artists. Jacob is also the WA representative of the Association of Artist Managers, and is a frequent industry panelist and contributor to WA music, including as a member of The Ghost Hotel.
Toby Browne-Cooper is a Managing Director at Oryx Consolidated and has nearly 20 years of legal, commercial advisory and development experience on major construction and infrastructure projects. He is a passionate fan and follower of live music stemming from his experience as a guitarist and co-songwriter for 80’s local three piece outfit Fried Out & Panning. Toby brings to WAM a balance of enthusiasm for the local music scene with relevant professional and board expertise and experience.
Anton Mazandarani has been involved in the music industry in many guises for over two decades. Beginning by playing in bands – including the internationally recognised Yummy Fur – he co-founded Death Disco, one of Perth’s longest ever running club nights, and now as the WAAPA Marketing Manager also brings a wealth of knowledge in marketing and education to WAM.
Louise Scott holds the position of Executive Director Strategy, Brand and Marketing Services at Tourism WA, recently leading the development of the ’Just another day in WA’ campaign. Prior, Louise headed up Marketing, Communications and Events for the City of Perth, amongst over 20 years’ experience in marketing, communications, economic development, tourism and events management. Louise is also a keen musician, having studied French Horn and Piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
Chris Edmondson believes music in the regions is key to a building a robust and thriving WA music industry. He has spent much of the last two decades touring Western Australia as a regionally based artist among venues as diverse as hotel front bars, wineries, festivals, country fairs and music and folk clubs both in Perth and throughout the regions. For the past three years Chris has been a presenter and producer for ABC Local Radio predominantly based in Albany in the Great Southern.
Mark Spillane has a passion for seeing arts and social enterprises quantify their positive impacts and become financially sustainable for the long-term benefit of the community. He bootstrapped Bespoke Touring, a music services company to bring national and international artists to WA and promote home grown artists to the world. Mark is also in Management Consulting for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he specialises in improving business performance and value for a wide range of clients in the government, health and not-for-profit sectors.