Our Committee

Representing the needs of Western Australia’s collecting sector

Soula Veyradier – President

Soula is a cultural producer, curator and museum manager having worked on projects across the visual arts and museum areas in Australia and overseas.  She is the Program Manager for International Art Space. She brings strategic development, curatorial, project management, international art, art residencies, arts management and operations coordination to AMAGA Western Australia.

Christen Bell – Vice President

Christen is Curator at City of Armadale History House Museum and Bert Tyler Vintage Machinery Museum and has 23 years experience in industry. He is a member of the Local Government Curators Network. He was part of the organising committee for the 2011 Museums Australia National Conference in Perth and is heading up the organisation of the 2021 conference. He brings skills in good museum practice, including collections management, digitisation and visitor engagement.

Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell – Treasurer

Robert’s career has spanned the military, public service and not for profit sectors at command, executive, finance and governance levels. He is currently Vice President of the National Trust of Western Australia, Curator of the Australian Army Museum of WA and an active volunteer across a range of not for profit and heritage organisations. He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a recipient of a Heritage Council Award for services to the collecting sector.

Jane King – Secretary

Jane is the Gallery Manager at John Curtin Gallery. She is the Vice President of The North Midlands Project, represents the Collections Sector on FutureNow’s Industry Advisory Group, and was a founding board member of the Chamber of Arts and Culture in Western Australia. Jane has degrees in Economics and Fine Art, and a postgraduate Diploma in Management. In 2015 Jane attended the Museum Leadership Program at Macquarie University. On behalf of her organisation, Jane received the 2009 WA Business and the Arts Partnership Award. Jane was a State finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2014.

Rikki Clarke

Rikki is the Director of Creative Spaces and an expert in the fields of interpretation and exhibition design. With over 15 years of design and management roles in Australia and the UK, Rikki has extensive experience working on projects that tell meaningful stories of people and place. She has extensive networks with local community groups, councils and individuals throughout WA.

Michelle Hobbs

Michelle is Heritage Collections Supervisor at City of Gosnells and is an up and coming professional in the collections sector. She brings connections with small community organisations and local governments. She is an organising member of newCardigan and is passionate about assisting new and emerging professionals to develop and share their skills to provide a fresh perspective in the sector.

AiLin Chen-Van Leeuwen

AiLin Chen-Van Leeuwen

As Executive Manager at the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, AiLin brings more than 15 years’ experience in corporate communications in diverse areas including local government, resources, justice, public transport, lotteries, heritage, the arts and not-for-profit. As an avid collector, AiLin takes pleasure in curating mini-exhibitions in spaces around her, believing that stories can be drawn from fascinating collectables, but also everyday items.

Ana Doria Buchan

Ana is the Engagement Officer/Discovery Coordinator at the Western Australian Museum. She is educated in Prehistoric Archaeology and Human Evolution, Forensic Medicine, Arts Management and Museum Studies. She brings international experience in the sector, and she works to make museums and galleries more diverse and inclusive as well as catalysts for social change.

Jacqui Sherriff

Jacqui Sherriff is the Heritage Coordinator for the St John of God Health Care (SJGHC) group.  She was a heritage consultant in metropolitan and regional Western Australia for many years prior to joining SJGHC. Jacqui’s expertise encompasses interpretation, curatorial practice and heritage site management, commissioned histories and heritage planning.

Jenny Scott

Jenny is Curatorial Officer at the City of Wanneroo and is actively involved in the arts and cultural sector in Western Australia. She is an arts writer for Seesaw Magazine, co-host of Fem Book Club for the Centre of Stories, and was Co-Director and Chair of Paper Mountain Artist Run Initiative from August 2016 to July 2018. Jenny is a Coordinator of the AMaGA Western Australia Cultivate Network and advocates for museums and galleries as being inclusive and accessible cultural spaces.

Erica Persak

Erica is the Executive Administrator for the Kerry Stokes Collection and, having previously worked at the National Gallery, she has extensive experience in collections management. She has an Arts Honours Graduate (History) from the Australian National University, Canberra (1977); a Graduate Diploma of Librarianship (1979), a Graduate Certificate in Management Studies (1996) from the University of Canberra and Post Graduate degree in Art History from the Australian National University (2006).

Ellen Parrick

Ellen is Honorary Curator of the Brookton Museum and Heritage Society and a key member of the Brookton and Districts Historical Society, having held the post of President for 12 years. As the Convenor of the Wheatlands Chapter for AMaGA Western Australia, Ellen holds strong connections with regional museums and collecting organisations. She is a member of the RWAHS Affiliates Committee and she works with the institutions in the Wheatlands Chapter area to assist them in caring for their collections.

Jenna Dodge

Jenna is the Senior Project Officers with the Pilbara Development Commission, managing the Arts and Culture Portfolio. She has lived and worked in the Pilbara for 10 years and has developed strong connections with organisations in remote WA. Working across both program and infrastructure areas, Jenna was part of the project management team that delivered the State and National award winning East Pilbara Art Centre and Martumili Gallery. Jenna advocates for the cultural exchange and recognition of Aboriginal heritage and living culture.