Our Team

Our Team

Staff

Chenique Pensini
Manager
Chenique moved to Narrogin and started in the role of Manager in 2021. Chenique is excited to be continuing the great work done at Arts Narrogin by elevating the community’s access to a great variety of events.
With a background being largely science based, Chenique believes that Arts and Science are intertwined as both industries are ultimately trying to explain the world around them.
Chenique is looking forward to connecting the community to opportunities.  

Melanie Noakes
Finance Officer & Volunteer Coordinator
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. 

Casey Thornton
Communications Officer
Casey moved back to Narrogin in 2016, after studying Fine Art in Perth, at Curtin University. She joined the Arts Narrogin team in 2017, and enjoys being a part of a team supporting the development of arts & culture in the local community. Casey is a practising visual artist with a passion for oil painting, with artwork held in private collections across Australia and internationally.

Brad Flett
Event Coordinator
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.


Board

Josh Pomykala
Chair
Josh has been a Board Member of Arts Narrogin since 2019, and Chair since 2020. He works in the public sector within local government as Governance Officer. Josh is also a writer, having his first book, The Boy In Black, published in 2019. He has been a member of Narrogin Repertory Club for some years and Secretary of the Club for the past five years. He has acted, directed and taken on the stage management role for various shows during this time. Josh is passionate about the arts and how it can invigorate communities, through its different outlets, and connecting individuals from all walks of life.

Georgie George
Vice-Chair
Amy George, 25, joined the Arts Narrogin committee in 2017 and is currently the Vice President. She works for the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Georgie, as she prefers to be called is part of the local repertory club and classes herself as a ‘queer, wanna-be comedian/actress/singer’ who loves engaging with her community & bringing people together.
She moved to Narrogin almost seven years ago from Wagin, where she was (and still is) involved with running a youth centre. She has been involved with the arts from a young age and it felt natural to get involved with Arts Narrogin and bring more of what she loves to her rural community.

Karen Oborn
Treasurer
Karen joined Arts Narrogin to be a part of a community, enjoying and supporting arts as enjoyment and a community capacity building mechanism. She believes a key part of sustainable regional development is a lively arts environment to build local creative enterprises and promote economic development in the regions.. She has lived and worked throughout regional WA for may years prior to starting a creative enterprise in Narrogin.

Sue Bicknell
Secretary
Sue originally joined Arts Narrogin to be a part of a community, enjoying and supporting arts in our town. She believes regional towns must have lively arts environments to hold and attract people against the pull of the city. She has been a parent and teacher in Narrogin for many years so has an understanding of how students’ school arts experience can be developed and enhanced by opportunities our organisation can provide. Sue has been on the board as Secretary since 2014.

Evan Beckwith
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.

Sally Rogers
Sally has been a member of Arts Narrogin since 2010, began on the committee in 2012 and served as vice chair for several years. She moved with her family to Narrogin in 2002 from Albany for work reasons and has been employed as a full time Physiotherapist at Earl St Physiotherapy Narrogin for the past 18 years. Sally started voluntary work for Arts Narrogin when using Arts Space as a venue for committee meetings while she was Chairperson for Narrogin’s Fundraising Event Relay For Life on behalf Cancer Council WA for 6 yrs.  She joined the Committee as she wanted to support the development of the Arts in Narrogin and saw Arts Narrogin as a strong and positive association with great visions for the future development of the Arts in Narrogin. She has volunteered at many events and was also involved in the Creative Grid mentorship programme in photography that gave her a great opportunity to develop some very useful skills in her Photography interests.  In the future as her workload eases she hopes to participate in other creative mediums too.  Sally is also part of the Central South Naturalist Club as Secretary.

Avril Baxter
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.

Mary Martin
Mary has had a connection with Arts Narrogin for about 25 years, from when it was running on a smaller scale as Narrogin Arts Council which still put on various shows such as piano recitals, plays, comedy sketches. She was the president of the Narrogin Arts Council at the time that it was reformed to Arts Narrogin in 2010 and has been on the committee in various roles since that time. Her creative interests are mainly in the area of music, playing piano, musical theory, choir conducting and lately she has been learning the Celtic harp.   She teaches music, and volunteers her time to conduct sewing and knitting classes with children. She also volunteers in the office at Arts Space where her typing skills are of use while learning new programs on the internet. 

Susan Guy
Susan was born in Narrogin, grew up in Wagin, Mandurah and Perth. She has lived and worked in the Kimberley, Far North Queensland and the United States and is a former yoga teacher, consultant economist, social worker and mediator. Susan moved from Bridgetown to Narrogin in 2010 leaving her mark on this south west town after establishing the now well-known and much loved Barking Cow Café. She commenced work with the Shire of Narrogin in 2011 and is currently its Manager of Community, Leisure & Culture. Susan has been a member of  ARtS Narrogin for many years and taken a keen interest in its development and  critical  role in promoting art and culture as a lynch pin to Narrogin’s social and economic development.