The Board of Management (BOM) for 2019 is:
Dr Fred Affleck AO – President Arts Margaret River
Fred was first elected President in 2013. He was born in Vancouver, but has lived most of his life in Australia and became a citizen in 1988. He received a BA (hons) in history from the University of British Columbia, and later studied in London and Paris, receiving a PhD from London University in 1972, just before moving to Western Australia with his wife Margaret, who is a Perth-born music teacher and artist.
Fred has been involved in several voluntary organisations over the years, including as President of the Patrons and Friends of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (2009- 2011). Fred and Margaret are also members of the Margaret River Historical Society and of an excellent ‘mixed’ book club. Fred takes an avid interest in Australian history and has published narrative histories of his own and his Margaret’s families.
Fred and Margaret lived in Adelaide for 17 years and in Sydney for 11, where he was a management consultant and corporate executive in the national railway industry. In 2003 he returned to Perth to be Professor of Transport Studies at Murdoch and Curtin Universities.
Until his retirement in 2016, Fred was very busy in ‘board’ roles as Chair of the WA Freight and Logistics Council, Deputy Chair of the Fremantle Port Authority, Chair of the Midland Redevelopment Authority and a Commissioner of the National Transport Commission. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2017 for his contributions to policy development in the transport and logistics industry and to the Arts.
Michael Sorensen – Vice-President Arts Margaret River
Michael spent the first 30 years of his life in Perth where he did all the usual things that one does growing up there through the 60’s & 70’s.
After graduating as an architect and working for a number of years in West Perth, he left Australia & moved to Europe. What started as perhaps one year turned into 8 years, travelling extensively and working on some very interesting and diverse projects in the UK, Germany & Spain.
The stars aligned in southern Spain in late ’88 and he met Britta, prompting a move the following year from London to Hamburg, experiencing a newly re-united Germany first hand. Occasional trips back to Australia always ended up in Margaret River and so in 1995 Michael & Britta made the move. There they created & developed Half Moon Corner accommodation, which, after 18 years became a victim of the bypass road. The forced change led to a new project on the west side of town which resulted in an Institute of Architects award for sustainable architecture. The venture into tourism might have ended, but architecture has remained a constant for the last 40+ years, a passion that will never fade. The other passion is snowboarding which has also taken Michael all over the world. He sometimes laments that he could have chosen some water based sport to fall in love with, a little closer to hand.
Michael has always maintained a keen interest in culture and the arts, in particular contemporary dance & theatre. He has been a board member since 2017.
Pierre grew up in a small country town in South Africa where his Dad was the local Vet. He completed his schooling and at University obtained a BA degree with Psychology, later completing an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management. He moved to Cape Town in 1975 as a trainee manager for South Africa’s largest Life Assurance Company, Old Mutual, becoming the youngest Branch/Agency Manager in the history of the company, and at the age of 35 he was promoted to State Manager. In 1989 he immigrated to Perth in Australia with his family, starting his career all over again. Soon Pierre joined Westpac as a Financial Adviser and in 1992 rose to Regional Sales Manager, and in 1995 to State Manager. He became Head of Financial Services for the new Challenge Bank after the merger with Westpac, serving on Tony Howarth’s Executive team, and was promoted to be Head of Westpac’s Consumer Banking for WA, Tasmania, SA, NT and Victoria.
In 2003 Pierre wanted a lifestyle change so joined his wife Linda who had started a bed and breakfast in Margaret River, Pinda Lodge, in 2000. Together they developed and grew the business to be extremely successful which included being a Finalist in the 2003 and 2004 Tourism Awards for Hosted accommodation. In 2005 they sold the business and retired. Pierre now operates ‘Every Excellence’, thriving on training and coaching people in management and sales and also does keynote speaking at conferences and functions. His other interests include gardening, walking, travelling in the outback, photography, golf and fishing.
Anne Shepherdson – Board member, Past President
Anne was born in Perth, Western Australia and completed a degree in Nutrition and a post graduate degree in Dietetics at the WA Institute of Technology. Anne is Chair of the Arts Hub Committee and was President from 2008 to 2013.
She worked at Royal Perth Hospital as a Clinical Dietitian followed by the South West Community Health Service as a Community Dietitian for 30 years.
Anne moved to Margaret River in the late seventies to be with her husband, Lloyd. They travelled to many different places in Australia and around the world but always returned to Margaret River as home. Together they have been an integral part of the local community, having established several thriving local businesses in town.
Anne first became involved in Arts Margaret River in the early eighties, when it was called the Augusta Margaret River Arts Council, the umbrella group for all arts in the Shire. Anne was the representative for a community craft group, Moondyne Arts and Craft.
Through Anne’s long standing association with Arts Margaret River, she has held various positions including Treasurer for about 20 years, Fundraising Coordinator, Matinee Cinema Team Leader, Committee of Management Member and President. Anne has worked relentlessly to promote Arts Margaret River to the community and she has also been a Shire representative on a number of arts related committees. In 2012 Rotary acknowledged this contribution by awarding her a Paul Harris Fellowship for service to the community through the arts. In 2013 Arts Margaret River honoured Anne for more than thirty years of service by presenting her with a painting.
“I believe Arts Margaret River’s very important role is to be the champion for the arts. In so doing, it allows the arts to remain affordable, accessible and continues to add cultural enrichment to all members of the community. The social benefits of the arts in a community are vital for everyone’s good health.”
Mignon Birch – Board member, Finance Committee member
Mignon spent her early years in Perth, attending Claremont Primary School and then Perth Girls High School before joining the Commonwealth Bank as a Clerk. In the late sixties she ventured overseas and experienced three years travel throughout Europe. During this time she was employed as a Secretary in Fleet Street and as an au pair in France and Germany. On her return to Perth, Mignon joined TVW Channel 7 as Newsroom Typist before becoming PA to the Managing Director (now Sir) James Cruthers AO. In 1976 Sydney beckoned and after 2 years there she drove the long Bruce Highway north to spend the next ten years in Bowen, North Queensland. On returning to Perth in the late 80’s Mignon joined BHP Iron Ore as PA to the Marketing Director.
In 1995 Mignon moved to Donnybrook where she and her husband purchased a small rural land-holding and the local supermarket, expanding the business and running it successfully for several years. During this time Mignon was also involved with the administration and expansion of the well-regarded Tuia Lodge aged care facility. 2004 saw another wonderful challenge for Mignon when she relocated to Margaret River to take up administrative duties in the local IGA Supermarket. She re-acquainted herself with many friends from her Donnybrook Tennis Club days, and through playing with one of our South West ladies pennant teams Mignon was also introduced to Arts Margaret River and became a Friend and regular arts volunteer.
Mignon is an enthusiastic book club member and club tennis player, and enjoys supporting our community with voluntary work associated with AMR Inc. and the Rotary Club of Margaret River. Mignon is happily retired and planning a more active involvement in our local community balanced with family times, more tennis, and overseas and Australian travel.
Jeanette Sangmeister – Arts Margaret River Secretary
Jeanette was born in South Africa. She completed a Bachelor of Arts, Higher Education Diploma and a Diploma in Library and Information Science at the University of Cape Town.
Jeanette moved to Australia in 1998 and lived in Busselton for over 13 years. Following waitressing and shop assistant work while travelling and studying, she worked as a High School Teacher and a School Librarian.
Jeanette and her family moved to Margaret River in 2011 as they needed a change and felt that Margaret River had an appealing environment and community.
She attended an Arts Margaret River Welcome Day morning tea in 2012 where she met and befriended a group of fellow newcomers. She then volunteered her services and was promptly enlisted to assist with the 2013 Readers and Writers Festival.
At the 2013 Arts Margaret River AGM Jeanette joined the Board of Management as Secretary.
Frank Edwards CSC – Board Member
Frank was elected to the Board of Management in 2016 and has lived permanently in Margaret River since 2012 with his wife Pamela, a former State Government Director of Human Resources. He is a former Australian Regular Army and Reserve Officer, completing his service as a Brigadier. He is a graduate of the Australian Army Command and Staff College and the Joint Services Staff College. He received a BA (Mil) from the University of New South Wales in 1972 and holds a Graduate Diploma in Strategic Studies. He served in regimental, staff and training appointments throughout Australia, in the USA and as the Head of Australian Defence Staff in Papua New Guinea, for which he was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in the 1996 Australia Day honours list.
Frank entered local government after his military service and held the positions of Chief Executive Officer at the Town of Kwinana (four years) and City of Perth (ten years).
He was also the Chairman of the City of Perth Arts Foundation, Honorary Secretary of the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund and served in various roles on a wide variety of committees associated with the development and growth of the capital city. He is a former board member of the Margaret River Tourism Association and was Chair of the State Emergency Management Committee.
Kay Gibson – Board Member
Kay was born in Perth, Western Australia and studied graphic design at Perth Technical College. She moved to Margaret River in 1975 with her husband, Bill and together they built their home, turned their hands to a variety of jobs and raised a family. Kay returned to study in 1999 gaining a Visual Arts Degree with Honours from Edith Cowan University in Bunbury. In 2005 she became an arts lecturer for the South Regional TAFE lecturing Drawing, Painting, Art Theory, Printmaking and Sculpture.
Kay joined the Arts Margaret River Foyer Gallery Team in 2014 assisting emerging artists to present their work for exhibition. Kay is also a member of the Augusta Margaret River Shire Arts Advisory Council. Since graduating from university Kay has built an arts studio in Cowaramup where she produces work for galleries and holds printmaking and painting workshops. In 2011 Kay installed a major public artwork depicting the history of the shire etched onto zinc panels in the new AMRS Administration Centre. Kay has won numerous art awards including the City of Busselton Award and was a prize winner in the Waterhouse Natural History Prize at the SA Museum. Over the past few years Kay has attended art workshops in Melbourne, Kakadu and Arnhem Land along with travel overseas and within Australia.
As a practicing artist, I was once asked if I could give students one piece of advice, what would it be? I said, “Art is everywhere and if you learn to appreciate art it makes your world a richer place to inhabit”. Supporting and fostering the arts is the important and exciting role that Arts Margaret River continues to play in our community.
Dr Fred Affleck OA – Life Member
Fred Affleck was made a Life Member in 2019 to acknowledge his leadership of Arts Margaret River. Fred was elected President in 2013 and has put in hundreds of volunteer hours in this role. He was instrumental in upgrading Arts Margaret River from a ‘Committee of Management’ to a ‘Board of Management’ and continues in the role of President.
Anne Shepherdson – Life Member
Anne Shepherdson was made a Life Member in 2015 to acknowledge her dedication to Arts Margaret River over more than 30 years. Anne is still an active Board Member and in her own words “not planning to retire from Arts Margaret River any time soon”.
Jack Knudson – Life Member
Jack was born in California and graduated with a BA degree in Field Biology. He taught biology and science for four years before travelling around the world and eventually arrived in Fremantle in early 1974. Jack and his wife loved WA and decided to make it their home, living and working in Geraldton and briefly in Newman. In 1993 Jack became an Australian Citizen and in 1994 he transferred to Margaret River to teach at the high school when it became a Senior High.
After Jack retired in 2003, he began volunteer work at the St Vincent de Paul Charity Shop, and a few years later took on a volunteer role at Arts Margaret River. He was recruited by Carolyn Forte to take on the weekly job of counting the volunteer cinema takings and preparing the floats and in 2007 he joined the Committee of Management and was the Volunteer Coordinator, Vice-President and occasional Event Coordinator. Jack retired from the Committee of Management at the end of 2013 and as the Volunteer Coordinator in 2014 and was made a Life Member of Arts Margaret River at the end of 2014. He and his wife still attend many of the cultural events organized by Arts Margaret River and try not to miss any classical concerts.
Heather was born in Southern Cross and brought up on an eastern wheatbelt farm. She graduated as an Enrolled Nurse and worked at many different hospitals in Southern Cross, Wyndham, Melbourne and Cooma. Heather moved to Perth in 1969 where she raised her children before moving to Cowaramup in 1987.
She joined the Augusta Margaret River Arts Council in 1988 where she held positions of secretary and president. In 2001 Heather took up a 2-year paid position with Arts Margaret River as Manager. During this time she set up the volunteer run cinema which commenced in January 2001, she coordinated the French Connection Festival in 2001 which ran for 6 months, and she was the matinee Team Leader for 11 years. Heather was a board member of Country Arts WA for 2 years and a founding delegate to CircuitWest which is involved in touring the performing arts throughout WA.
During Heather’s long association with Arts Margaret River, she volunteered an average 20 hours per week, mentored new staff and committee members and ran induction and training sessions for new volunteers. She started the free Sunday Sundowner concerts in Cowaramup in the mid-nineties. She then initiated and coordinated the From a Glass of Milk to a Glass of Wine project which saw the construction of the public art work ‘stage’ at Pioneer Park, Cowaramup.
Heather initiated the annual Readers and Writers Festival in 2009 and was an assistant for the children’s sessions Behind the Label.
Heather has received many community, state and national honours, including the Augusta Margaret River Shire’s Community Achievement Award in the Arts & Culture division (in 1992), the Rotary Club’s Paul Harris Fellowship (2004), nomination for WA Citizen of the Year (2010), a Life Member of Arts Margaret River (2011), nomination as the Colin Duggan Citizen of the Year by the Cowaramup Lions Club (2011). In 2011 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to the arts.
Joan Barber and David Barber – Life Members
Joan and David were born in England and migrated to Perth, Australia in 1967. Joan trained in secretarial work and worked in hospital administration in the UK. After David retired in 1983, they moved to Margaret River and joined Arts Margaret River a couple of years later. David was involved with the local theatre group and did all their lighting work on a voluntary basis for a number of years and Joan became a Silver Chain volunteer which she has done for many years.
After nearly twenty years association with Arts Margaret River, and on their fiftieth wedding anniversary in 2004, Joan and David were presented with Life Membership.
David died in 2007 and Joan continues to be an active Committee of Management Member, is a Cinema Team Leader and helps out at various events whenever she can.
Dorothy Shepherdson and Edith Bailey – Life Members
Arts Margaret River would like to acknowledge the life members that are no longer with us but who have contributed to our wonderful organisation in the past. Their contributions and long term association with Arts Margaret River will not be forgotten.
Dorothy and Edith often travelled to Perth with their thermos and sandwiches, changed their clothes in the theatre car park, watched the show, ate the sandwiches in the car and drove home again, often in the wind and rain getting home in the middle of the night!