WAM CEO Natasha Collier Steps Down: Musical Chairs


Pictured: Outgoing WAM Chief Executive Natasha Collier

WAM CEO resigns, board additions

Natasha Collier, CEO of Perth-based cutting-edge music body WAM, is stepping down but will remain at board level.

Collier began a five-year contract 12 months ago, returning after 21 years on the East Coast during which she was chief financial officer of the Sydney Opera House and worked at Big Day Out.

Alexia Parenzee, founder and artist of Geraldton-based music organization Regional Sounds, and Aidan O’Bryan, founding partner and film producer of WBMC, join WAM’s board of directors.

Penny Miles to lead Melbourne Night Economy Advisory Board

Penny Miles is the new Chair of Melbourne’s Night Economy Advisory Board.

She has held senior and executive positions with Circus Oz, the Australian Arts Council and touring arts and is currently a consultant to the arts, creative and non-profit sectors.

She replaces inaugural president James Young who is focusing on his five concert halls.

In its first year, the committee provided advice on the introduction of a health pass system to reopen venues more quickly for vaccinated customers; focusing on Melbourne as a twilight city, encouraging city workers to stay after dark, and safety initiatives for women and vulnerable groups.

VenuesWest welcomes a new president

Perth-based VenuesWest, which oversees WA’s entertainment and sports venues, has appointed Mary Anne Stephens as its new chairman.

She has spent the past 13 years in senior roles focused on strategy, leadership and business intelligence.

VenuesWest venues include HBF Arena, RAC Arena and Optus Stadium.

The company has grown significantly under former chairman Graham Goerke, growing from four locations to 13, from 2 million customers to 6 million and asset values ​​have grown from $108 million in 2007 to $1.7 billion. dollars in 2022.

New Managing Director for 3PBS Melbourne

The new general manager of Melbourne’s 3PBS community radio, Kristen Paterson, takes up her post on August 22 after leaving New Zealand where she was station manager for Wellington Access Radio for seven years.

“Kristen will step into great shoes left over from our former CEO Adrian Basso, who led PBS for 15 years,” said PBS President Jurgen Schaub.

Nelson Aspen leaving sunrise

After nearly two decades as an entertainment reporter on Seven’s “Sunrise,” Nelson Aspen is stepping down on July 15.

The New York-based identity has a new Q&A show and is releasing a “Your Home Is Your Castle” interior design book in September.

AD/CEO of The Substation

Artist, producer and director (and director of the Junction Arts Festival between 2021 and 2022), Paul Selwyn Norton takes office on July 11 as artistic director and CEO of The Substation, a multi-arts space in Newport, west from Melbourne.

His predecessor Brad Spolding left after seven years to join Brisbane Powerhouse.

Daniel Clarke moves to Canberra

Daniel Clarke started as Head of Programming at the Canberra Theater Centre.

It will initially be part-time, while he is also co-creative director of the Sydney WorldPride festival until March 2023.

Clarke was Artistic Director and CEO of Adelaide’s Feast Festival, Performing Arts Programmer at Arts Center Melbourne and

executive programming producer at QPAC.

HOTA Gold Coast expands its map

North American performing arts leader Danielle McFall-Weiss has joined the board of HOTA (Home of the Arts) on the Gold Coast.

After his days as a performer, McFall-Weiss worked in arts management in New York, was a booking agent at Columbia Artists Management and founding agent at Selby Artists Management.

Change at the top of Tasmanian hospitality Association

Ben Carpenter, owner of Burnie’s Beach Hotel, has been elected president of the Tasmanian Hospitality Association after Paul Jubb quit as vice-president saying ‘new blood’ was needed as the indebted sector recovers from the pandemic .


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