The Board maintains strategic oversight of the operations of the Canberra Potters’ Society/Watson Arts Centre and the finances, strategic risks and programs of CPS are standing items of discussion at each Board meeting. The Board supports the management and staff in its purpose to:
Maintain Canberra Potters and Watson Arts Centre as a dynamic, innovative and inspiring arts hub of excellence, supporting personal and professional development across all levels of ceramic arts practice while providing exciting community engagement through artist, exhibition and visitor experiences.
The board was appointed at the AGM in April 2017 and serves until the AGM in April 2018. Collectively it encompasses a range of management, financial, governance, legal, marketing and artistic expertise:
Velda brings a varied skill set that is well suited to Board participation and oversight of the Canberra Potters. She possesses qualifications in Health Science at Masters level. As a Registered Nurse for over 30 years, she has worked at management level in quality improvement, quality audit, occupational health and safety and change management as Patient Safety Officer, Nurse Education Consultant, and other roles. She was Secretariat for a committee that investigated complaints and concerns against medical and dental staff of ACT Health Directorate. As Secretariat her duties included, writing documents for and communicating with governing bodies such as the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency within a strict legislative framework. As a Senior Policy Officer (ACT Health Directorate) and Senior Policy Advisor (Northern Territory Health and Families) for a period of eight years, Velda gained direct experience managing Service Funding Agreements with non-government organisations valued at over $2M. She liaised and communicated with service providers, fostering positive relationships, empowering individuals, and ensuring that clients were provided with services as agreed. She developed multi-million dollar funding applications for projects such as building new accommodation facilities for young adult mental health clients (ACT), and Aboriginal women (NT). She provided Secretariat and advice for strategic committees such as the ACT’s Mental Health Strategic Oversight Group to oversee the implementation of the ACT’s Mental Health Services Plan 2009—2014, and the Ministerial Advisory Council on Mental Health chaired by the Minister for Health.
Her goal as a Canberra Potters Board member is to participate in an honest, open and transparent Board that values the organisation’s people—both staff and members, provides exemplary customer service, and fosters development of ceramic arts across the community and at all levels of expertise.
Vice President—James Collier
Being a potter since first learning through Canberra Potters adult classes from 2003 and then a studio tenant for two years and subsequently establishing his own studio at Tarago, NSW. The skills and experience which James contributes to the Board includes knowledge of the recent history of Canberra Potters and its governance, having previously served as a Vice-President and President from 2006, immediately prior to the 2010 transition from the committee-based governance structure to the establishment of the Board. James has been active in the Canberra Potters community over many years through various volunteering activities, and is a regular contributor to the public activities such as Open Day and the Canberra Show.
His professional life in the Commonwealth Public Service has given him significant governance and program management experience. Including more than 15 years of experience managing government funding programs and contracts. His current role is in the area of performance and safety auditing with the Commonwealth, since 2011.
Lou is a practicing accountant and has extensive experience in financial management and business planning. As a Board Member he develops and supports organisational objectives that contribute to the achievement of goals, that realise our organisations purpose and direction. From a position of financial oversight coupled with sound judgement and decision making skills he is able to guide and facilitate successful future strategies. Lou’s interest in the arts and particularly the not-for-profit sector is shared with his ongoing involvement with local arts organisations.
Nicole worked at artsACT from 2003 to 2016, where she held positions in the areas Arts Policy and Arts Funding. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and currently works in Artist and Events Engagement at the Canberra Symphony Orchestra (another artsACT Key Arts Organisation). Nicole has Postgraduate qualifications in Art History and Curatorship from the Australian National University and hopes her experience as an arts administrator in both the public and private sectors will bring insight and benefit to Canberra Potters.
Board Member—Joanne Searle
Joanne Searle is a Canberra based ceramicist who completed a First Class Honours degree at the School of Art in 1999. She has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally including the 53rd & 56th International Ceramics Competition in Faenza, Italy in 2003 and the First Taiwan Ceramics Biennale in 2004. In 2003 Joanne was awarded the major prize at the Canberra Potters Society and Port Hacking Potters Award. In 2004 Joanne was invited artist at the Asia Pacific Students Workshop ‘ Ceramics for Use, a New Perspective’ at the University of Hawaii.
Joanne is a lecturer at the ANU School of Art & Design in the Ceramics Workshop. Her education experience and knowledge of current workshop practices in an academic environment will be invaluable in her role on the Canberra Potters Board.
Board Member—David Leake
David has a Diploma of Visual Arts–Ceramic in 2013 and completed a Graduate Certificate Visual Arts–Ceramic in 2015 at the ANU. David has participated in workshops, master classes, Member/Student exhibitions and Open Days at Canberra Potters since 2003. He has exhibited in a number of local galleries including an EASS exhibition at Watson Arts Centre in 2013. David is a member of a number of arts organisations including: Strathnairn Arts where he was a board member in 2013/14 and has participated in workshops and exhibitions since 2009; Clay Bodies ceramic group member and exhibitor; Photo Access participant in photography workshops and exhibitions; and The Artist Shed taking part in painting/drawing and group exhibitions.
David’s professional life revolves around construction, principally construction management and consultancy. For over three decades he has been manager of Quality Assurance and Asset Acceptance within civil engineering construction for land development within the ACT. He undertakes the management and supervision of staff including training and technical requirements. He is responsible for financial and budget forecasting, monitoring expenditure and contract management. He has extensive extensive experience in preparing funding submissions for special projects, tendering and contract documentation. This includes liaison with ACT Government, developers, engineering consultants and contractors.