Board Members and Staff


Ken Mills: Chairperson

Arts experience: Musician, Esperance Brass Band Chair. Esperance Arts Review working party.

Professional experience: Health Administration WA & NSW – CEO and General Manager of large regional health organisations. Positions with WA Country Health Service included Executive Director Corporate & Finance, Manager Governance & Strategic Support, and Director of the Integrity Unit. Board Secretary Regional Arts WA.

Relevant areas of expertise: NFP management, organisational governance, and financial management.


David Ford: Treasurer

Arts experience: Esperance Photographers Club past committee member.

Professional experience: Aviation (Commercial Pilot, Air Traffic Controller, Flying Instructor), Farming.

Relevant areas of expertise: NFP executive governance roles – Rotary Club of Esperance Bay, Esperance Regional Forum, Esperance Aero Club, Adventureland Park management committee. Completed the ‘Governance Foundations for Not for Profit Directors’ course conducted by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Thuriyya Ibrahim: Secretary/ Volunteer Coordinator & Program Support Officer

Arts experience: Recherche Writers Group member, Development of Seniors Theatre Group, Festival of the Wind past Chair, Esperance Community Arts past Chair. 

Professional experience:  Manager, Esperance Home Care

Relevant areas of expertise: Governance – Board member Esperance Health Service, Chair District Health Service, Secretary Seniors Recreation Council, staff and volunteer management. Organisational development, strategic planning, Master of Business Administration, regional tourism and creative industries, community development, social enterprise development, aged care and disability.

Jennell Reynolds: Board Member/ Indigenous Languages & Arts Program Coordinator

Arts experience: Visual Artist.  

Professional experience: Artsworker, Cultural Educator, Aboriginal /Islander Education Officer,  (AIEO), Senior Nyungar Ranger.

Relevant areas of expertise: Nyungar Traditional Owner &, representative of Esperance Tjaltjraak Native Title Aboriginal Corporation.

Meredith Waters: Board Member

Arts experience: Community drum circle facilitator, Esperance Drumming Group Member, Manager 103.9HopeFM community radio.

 Professional experience: Court system, mental health sector, NFP business management, project officer roles in the community sector.

Relevant areas of expertise: NFP Governance – board roles with several community organisations. Community representative on the Tele Mental Health Steering committee WACHS, Chairperson of the South-East District Health Advisory Council organisations. Volunteer management, community development, community advocacy and social justice.

Ronnie Young: Board Member

Arts experience: Esperance Drumming Group Member, Esperance Community Arts past Chair.

Professional experience: Primary Teaching, Special Educational Needs (Deaf Education).

Relevant areas of expertise: NFP executive governance roles – Bay of Isles Community Outreach, community volunteering, mental health advocacy, community networks, community development, accessibility and disability.

Aly Jennings: Board Member

Arts experience: drumming, sewing, sculptures

 Professional experience: Supervising Fisheries Officer

Relevant areas of expertise: strategic planning, risk assessment, policy and safety guidelines

Louisa Chalmer: Board Member

Arts experience: painting, drawing, writing

 Professional experience: Wine-maker and writer

Relevant areas of expertise: agroecology, Sommelier, small business, events, management, budgeting and planning, organisational governance


Pauline is a talented Indigenous artist and designer who has been painting and creating for over 10 years. She founded her own arts business Karnpi Designs. Her art work draws on her experience of living in Esperance and the Eastern Goldfields.

Dr Jane Mulcock: Executive Officer

Arts experience: Visual Arts – BA Fine Art, Curtin (incomplete).

Professional experience: Regional Arts administration (8 years), Tertiary teaching and qualitative research, PhD Anthropology

Relevant areas of expertise: Community Development, cross-cultural collaboration, Certificate in Museum Studies, Certificate in Career Counselling



Dorothy has lived in the Esperance area for 30 years, and is passionate about the potential of community arts to provide opportunties and connections for community members and to provide exposure to new ideas and experiences. She is a journalist and writer with a keen interest in sustainable development, having recently completed a Masters degree in that field. 


Vivian has been a resident of Esperance since 1977. Her varied career has included roles as a Registered Nurse, Education Assistant, sheep and cattle farmer and busines owner. She has a particular background and interest in different forms of dance. During her time in Esperance, she has served as a committee member for numerous community organisations. 

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