Our Team

Our Team

Arts Narrogin is a small team of locals who are passionate about the importance of supporting arts & culture in our regional community. We are comprised of a volunteer board and part-time staff members, and rely heavily on community volunteers to assist in the delivery of our creative program.

Staff

Brad Flett
Events Manager
Brad moved back to the district in 2016 and joined Arts Narrogin as their Events Coordinator in 2019. With Arts Narrogin expanding its live performance programme, the opportunity came up for this part time position to facilitate the performances and further the engagement of the community and district. Having previously been involved in the Arts as a Casting Director in the North American Film and Television industry for seven years, Brad hopes to develop and transfer his experience gained to Arts Narrogin. Brad is passionate about bringing a variety of quality performances for the enjoyment of the Narrogin community and surrounding districts.

Casey Thornton
Communications Manager
Casey moved back to Narrogin in 2016, after graduating with distinction from a BFA at Curtin University, and working at Heathcote Museum & Gallery. She joined Arts Narrogin in 2017, and is responsible for building and engaging with our audiences across print and digital platforms, marketing,  graphic design, and developing online communications via social media, our website, and monthly newsletter. She handles the membership, event ticketing & workshop enrolment systems, and provides general administrative support. Casey is a practising visual artist with works held in collections across Australia and overseas.

Melanie Noakes
Finance & Administration Officer
I moved to Narrogin from Perth in 2005 and really enjoy the country lifestyle! I worked with Main Roads for many years and then left to start my family in 2013. I have 2 beautiful children, Blake and Jordanna and a  wonderful hardworking husband Matt.
I absolutely love to dance which I do every Wednesday with Narrogin Dance Centre and look forward to performing at our end of year concerts!I am really excited to be a part of the Arts Narrogin Team which I have recently joined and look forward to being involved in providing our town with some amazing shows. 

Kimberley Williams
Volunteer Coordinator


Board

Barbara Fletcher
Chair
Barbara did graphic design in her late teens and worked for UWA in their cartography department. After raising her children Barbara spent time in the middle-east teaching English at a multilingual primary school, using her creative skills to help the children integrate. Her managerial skills came to the fore when she purchased and ran the Highbury Tavern in the mid 2000s. She reactivated her artistic skills while living in Bindoon, joining an en plein air painting group that she still enjoys going to. After joining Arts Narrogin about eight years ago when coming to Narrogin to visit family, Barbara became a regular at our events. She joined the board and stepped up to be Chair late last year (2021). Barbara intends to spend her time as Chair supporting and promoting local and regional art.

Avril Baxter
Vice Chair
Avril joined ARtS Narrogin when it reformed from the existing Narrogin Arts Council in 2010. She joined the Board in 2012 and has been treasurer from 2013 – 2020. She has a love of theatre and the arts in general and wanted to support an organization whose vision was to foster arts and culture in our region. Avril considers herself a “consumer” not an artist, but loves viewing art, movies and live performances, plus taking part and helping with vibrant community events. Avril helped create the very successful monthly Poets Café which ran for several years and has coordinated Flickerfest for the last 8 years. This has now developed into a mini festival of three screenings over three nights.

Elizabeth Heffernan
Secretary
Libby is from Wickepin and became a volunteer with Arts Narrogin in 2019 and then joined as a member the following year. She has been involved with various areas of the arts including Pipe bands for 22 years and was also a drummer for the Narrogin Pipe Band. Libby is a new member of the Narrogin Repertory Club and has assisted with Sculpture workshops in Wickepin and the Wickepin Art Competition. She is an enthusiastic Festival attendee during the summer months in Perth in particular live theatre, music and film. Libby enjoys volunteering and was keen to join Arts Narrogin to support and encourage participation in arts opportunities and performance, not just for Narrogin residents but the surrounding shires.

Janey Rey
Treasurer
Janey is a recent arrival to Narrogin and brings a breadth of experience in the public and private sectors. Of note are her project management skills and keen appreciation of the value of diversity. While Janey’s own artistic skills remain dormant, she is an enthusiastic supporter and sees the Arts as integral to a strong community.

Evan Beckwith
Committee Member
At 22 Evan is the youngest Board member of Arts Narrogin who joined the committee in 2018. He is active in a number of local clubs and organisations including the role of treasurer of the Narrogin Repertory Club and the Narrogin Environmental Action Team (NEAT). He feels volunteers are essential in assisting in the running of events and he enjoys helping Arts Narrogin present a range of shows and exhibitions.

David Sivyer
Committee Member
David joined the Arts Narrogin committee in 2021. He is a Life Member of Mundaring Arts having served on the board as well as being a trustee.