WAM's Board members all volunteer their time, combining diverse skills to passionately champion WA music.
Our Board members are there to both help guide and keep accountable WAM’s ongoing efforts to fulfil our missions in the most beneficial ways for all music industry stakeholders.
Al Taylor (President)
Al Taylor is a Western Australian business leader who has built and grown one of Australia’s most successful communications agencies (303 Mullenlowe) and is now CEO of Hospitality and Brewing group Triple-1-Three which includes one of WA’s fastest growing beer brands (Otherside) and a growing portfolio of venues including Freo.Social and Otherside Brewhouse. He is highly regarded for his strategic planning attaining national and international awards to his credit and holding numerous board and strategic advisory positions across a range of industries. A former Board member of WAM back in the WARMIA days, Al has always been a passionate supporter of the arts. He is also a musician and even carved out a moderate side career as a drummer in a number of bands on the East coast and WA.
Geraldine Rey (Vice President)
Geraldine Rey is a French-born and Perth-based consultant in Events and Marketing with over 20 years experience in Communication, Web and Event Management. She loves to pitch visions, creative ideas, technologies and processes, making them accessible and attractive to a large spectrum of audiences. Through 15 years of networking in Australia, she developed strong ties and a good understanding of the local and national market, covering various industries (from corporate to retails or entertainment) and all types of organisations (from small to large). As a singer-songwriter, producer and performer, Geraldine has been active on the local music scene for the past 15 years, now taking on the role of booking agent and artist manager for a number of local acts through her latest venture Suzette Collective. Radio presenter on RTRfm 92.1, she is also a funding member of Women in Music Production (WOMPP) and the more recent French-Australian Music Network (FAMN).
Kylie Thompson (Treasurer) Commemorating 20 years in 2018 as a specialist accountant for those involved in music and the creative arts, Kylie Thompson has been influential in structuring financially sound business frameworks for the cream of WA’s music talent. A sought after speaker at educational seminars for both emerging and experienced artists, Kylie has an unparalleled understanding of taxation regulations specific to the Australian performing arts sector, international touring and recording. With a clientele ranging from students to superstars, Kylie is a committed advocate for the career development of local artists at all levels. Through her niche accountancy division, Sorrento Strategic Music, she is a significant sponsor of radio station RTRFM and home-grown industry events including WAM’s “WAMAwards ” and “Song of the Year” and RTRFM’s “In the Pines”.
Claire Turton (Secretary)
Claire Turton has over 20 years professional experience in the financial services sector, a member of the High IQ Society, Mensa, and is the current Deputy Chair of the Financial Planning Association’s WA Chapter. Claire brings with her a wealth of financial planning and executive skills ranging sales and marketing to risk and compliance. In addition to her professional experience, Claire is active musician and member of the WA music community, playing in local band ‘Sonica’ and regularly collaborating with other artists. Claire’s experience as a gigging musician provides her a valuable insight into the needs of artists, with her passion and determination a driving force for her actions on the Board.
Clive is the Managing Director of Perfect Pitch Publishing Pty Ltd (represented in 18 countries globally with over 25,000 copyrights under management) / Perfect Pitch Digital (Digital Content Management) and Consultainment (Music Education). He is also, the Deputy Chairman and Board Director of AMPAL (The Australasian Music Publishers Association), a Board Director of AMCOS (Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society Limited), and an industry peer of the Australia Council for the Arts. Clive guest lecturers at North Metropolitan TAFE and WAAPA, holds a Certificate of Education (London School of Teachers – UNSW) and can now add WAM Board Director to his long list of achievements.
Toby Browne-Cooper MAICD – BArch (UWA), LLB (Hons), MPubIfra (Melb)
Toby Browne-Cooper has over 20 years’ experience in the construction and infrastructure sector, including as a senior legal executive and company director. He is a managing partner and co-founder of boutique infrastructure advisory consultancy, Ubique Partners. Toby is also a co-founder and director of innovative aged care accommodation provider Oryx Communities. Toby is a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA), and the Law Society of WA. He is a passionate fan and follower of live music stemming from his experience as guitarist and co-songwriter for 80’s local three-piece ska rock band Fried Out & Panning. Toby brings to WAM a balance of enthusiasm for the local music scene with relevant professional and board expertise and experience.
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.
Duncan is a Director and Senior Investment Adviser of WA based Entrust Wealth Management, which manages around $1.1bn of investment funds for private clients, family offices and Not for Profit organisations. With over 20 years of financial market experience and having achieved the Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, Duncan brings significant financial and analytical skills to the Board as well as a network of valuable corporate connections. He is also an accomplished musician with over 30 years of professional experience across Australia including playing bass for WA outfit 46 Brigade who released a new album “into the great unknown” in 2020 to incredibly strong reviews. To anyone that knows him, Duncan’s passion and a commitment to promoting WA music is obvious.
Kristina West is an organisational change management (OCM) lead with over 25 years professional experience working in Australia and overseas, including roles at Bankwest, BHP Singapore and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Having lead large scale and multi-year transformational programs, Kristina has a passion for translating strategic plans into meaningful, sustainable human change outcomes and brings valuable skills to support a positive and evolving culture at WAM. In addition to her professional career, Kristina has a long history of volunteering and mentoring, with an avid love of live, local music.