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The Board is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of WAM, and delivering accountable corporate performance in accordance with WAM’s objectives, goals and ongoing mission to support the WA music sector.
Al Taylor is a Western Australian business leader who has built and grown one of Australia’s most successful communications agencies – 303 Mullenlowe – where he was chairman and Group Managing Director. Al is now CEO of multi-faceted 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, and a program of activations centered on music, arts and social connection. Al is an internationally recognised, award-winning behaviour change strategist, having consulted to State and Federal Governments and Australia’s most well-known commercial organisations. A former Board member of WAM back in the WARMIA days, Al has always been a passionate supporter of music, arts and the Australian creative community and continues to consult to NFP and private organisations.
Geraldine Rey is a French-born and Perth-based consultant in Events and Marketing with 25+ years experience in Communication, Web and Event Management. Geraldine operates in the corporate events space as event planner, event producer and coordinator. Her 360º approach allows her to pitch visions, creative ideas, technologies and processes, making them accessible and attractive to a large spectrum of audiences. She enjoys as much the nail biting and head scratching of the planning stage as being on the field during an event and provide customer service. Through past work and ongoing networking, Geraldine has developed strong ties and a good understanding of the Australian market, covering various industries and various types of organisations: small businesses, large corporations, government bodies and NFPs. As a singer-songwriter and performer, Geraldine has been active on the local music scene for the past 15 years, now taking on the role of booking agent, artist manager, PR/Marketing and promoter for a number of musical acts through her latest business venture Suzette Collective, and as Radio presenter on RTRFM 92.1, member of Women in Music Production (WOMPP) and the more recent French-Australian Music Network (FAMN).
Kylie Thompson established Sorrento Strategic Accounting (SSA) in 1998 and gained her Certified Practising Accountant qualification. As a specialist accountant for those involved in music and the creative arts, Kylie 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. Kylie is a member of Women in Music (WIM) advisory committee and has recently contributed to the WIM mentor program for Australian Independent Record Labels Association , Sound States & The Seed Workshops. SSAM has strategic partnerships with Support Act and Ocean Floor Music. Kylie recently took on is also the the role of treasurer of the West Australian A Strings Attached Guitar Festival, achieved FCPA status, CA & attained her Diploma in Financial Planning & SMSF Specialist Advisor Designation.
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.
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.
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.
Alexia Parenzee is a creative leader in the regional music sector, having spent almost a decade committed to the vibrancy and activation of the Mid West music scene. A self-managed artist, Alexia understands the challenges that regionally-based musicians currently face, which was a leading contributor in establishing Geraldton-based music organisation Regional Sounds, which she founded in June 2020. Currently her work is focused on creating more sustainable opportunities for regionally-based musicians to grow and thrive, as well as establishing more sustainable pathways for artists to chart their own success, while also enjoying the lifestyle that our beautiful regions have to offer. With a background in journalism, a flair for producing creative music events and a passion for supporting original music, Alexia brings with her a generous contribution to the WAM board, with the regions at heart.
In 2000 Aidan established WBMC as a collaborative company working at the intersection of traditional media and emerging technologies. WBMC’s efforts created the first television series in the world to incorporate SMS interactivity; Australia’s most prolific legal television download site; and award-winning work with partners like Apple, Google, and Vodafone. As well as working on the rockumentaries Something In The Water and Under The Volcano, Aidan has produced or executive produced the feature films Son Of A Gun starring Ewan McGregor and Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander; Wasted On The Young starring Oliver Ackland and Adelaide Clemens; Ned Rifle starring Parker Posey and Aubrey Plaza; and OtherLife, acquired by Netflix. Rams, starring Sam Neill, Michael Caton and two-time Academy Award nominee Miranda Richardson, was the number one Australian film of 2020. With a keen interest in the arts, Aidan was previously on the Board of Screenwest and has worked with Perth Festival, AGWA, FORM, Regional Arts WA, The Blue Room Theatre, and Barking Gecko. Since graduating with First Class Honours in Political Science and Philosophy from UWA, Aidan has studied Philosophy at Yale, Management and Leadership at Stanford University, and is currently completing an MBA from Harvard University.
Natasha Collier is an accomplished and proactive arts professional that has spent the majority of her 28 year-long professional career working in executive roles in Australia’s arts and entertainment sector. An accredited chartered accountant with extensive experience in high-level business and strategic development, Natasha is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has worked with some of Australia’s most iconic arts brands and organisations, including the Sydney Opera House and Big Day Out. After returning to Perth in July 2021, Natasha was appointed WAM Chief Executive and lead an in-depth strategic review of the organisation, working closely with the Board to deliver a revised strategic plan that secured WAM’s sustainability. Stepping down from the CEO role in June 2022, Natasha continues to provide valuable guidance to the organisation as a member of the Board.
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