Board Members

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Merry Roberston

Chairperson

Merry is a Marketing Consultant and Professional Speaker, and has extensive experience in Events Management. She contributed to the development of the new ASWA branding and website, and leant her expertise to sponsorship relationships, strategic planning, and the development of the Albany Open Studios.

Merry is an artist and past guide for the Art Gallery of WA, and is continuing to work on other initiatives to raise the Arts profile within the City of Albany.

Merry originally trained as a graphic designer and illustrator. She works in Printmaking, Drawing, Mixed Media and Illustration, Her work is detailed and decorative, exploring flora, fauna and landscapes. Merry’s work often has layers of meaning, with inspiration sourced from family and travel. She opens her Merry Press Studio during the Southern Art and Craft Trail.

Bev Doig

Vice Chairperson

Bev has an extensive background in education, vocational training, community organisations, local government; and also the hospitality and tourism sector.

She is a keen advocate of fostering creativity in all ages and the important role that art practice and appreciation plays in our communities- local and global.

A busy artist in her Kalgan home studio, Bev’s focus is printmaking (paper and textiles) and illustration. Her work is often imaginatively open ended- fostering imagination in all ages. She also delivers printmaking workshops and will be opening her studio for the 2021 Southern Art and Craft Trail.

 

Mellida Frost

Treasurer

“Mellida has been running Business Genie, a boutique Bookkeeping firm in Perth, for over 20 years.  She has a Masters of Professional Accounting, teaches at Curtin University and has written five text books.

Mellida is passionate about simplifying and systemising procedures.  She loves to give back to the community and is also the Treasurer of Rostrum Clubs of WA Inc and the Serpentine Jarrahdale Food and Farmers Alliance.  She continues to hone her skills in public speaking through Rostrum and The Speakers Institute.

Mellida is currently helping Prepare Produce Provide (Live to Tell Your Story) organise their Djinda Ngardak culinary camp for Indigenous students in Albany in November 2021.

She enjoys swing dancing, carnivorous plants and is currently trying to convince her peppermint bristlenose catfish to breed.”

Steve Cowley

Administration

Steve worked in the UK in the public (both central and local government) and private sectors. He has 35 years of experience of selecting and implementing management information systems and has a strong background in IT systems development and business analysis. He has been a project manager of IT related change projects and has worked on major national projects and programmes.

In 2018, he took early retirement and emigrated to Australia to live with his partner, Anne Sparrow, in beautiful Albany. In 2018 he jointly started Eclipse Consultancy with Anne, allowing him to provide Excel and Word consulting. In 2019, he joined the Albany Chamber of Commerce & Industry, responsible for producing the annual business and community directory.

Steve is a professional, self-motivated individual with excellent people skills and an eye for detail. He has excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as excellent interpersonal and team working skills. He is passionate about good planning as the basis for great projects.

Claudia Form

Claudia Form

Secretary

Claudia has always had a great interest in art in its various form. While she says her creativity is usually in the kitchen, her and her artist husband have created the Shelley Beach Art Centre in Kronkup. They plan for it to become an arts hub for activities and exhibitions once completed.

Claudia is a professional business manager and owner and brings her Business Administration and Accounting skills to ASWA.

“It is an honour to join the ASWA Board and I look forward to assisting our members and the Art community with my experience.”

Anne Sparrow

Administration

Anne has had a career spanning hospitality, agriculture and farming before jumping into project development for natural resource management including conservation and agricultural research, walk and drive trails and erosion mitigation projects. She was the CEO for the Fitzgerald Biosphere Group for nine years where she pursued her passion and creativity for seeking funding and delivering projects that benefit community.

During this time Anne developed a love of events starting with farmer field days and the inaugural Art in the Biosphere at Bremer Bay. In recent years that creativity has expanded into festivals and markets that provide opportunity for small businesses of our region, including arts and craft people to trade.

Anne has lived in the Great Southern for 35 years and moved to Albany in 2015 working in the conservation sector until 2020 when she became the developer and manager of the Albany Innovation Hub. In 2019, Anne jointly started business Eclipse Consultancy, allowing her to specialise in event management and grant/tender writing.