Arts Margaret River is pleased to announce we have been successful in attracting two excellent additions to our small management team.
After advertising worldwide, we have appointed a new General Manager (full-time) and a new Technical and Facilities Manager (part-time). These new members of our team will work with our existing Marketing Manager and Administration Assistant (both part-time).
Hal Martin will be our new General Manager, and will be starting early in March. Hal comes to us with extensive arts management experience over the past 15 years, including as Manager of the Griffith (NSW) Regional Theatre and Art Gallery and Manager of the Uxbridge Creative Centre in Auckland New Zealand. He is also an artist in hand-printed and dyed textiles.
Hal’s task will be to be to lead the day-to-day management of all our arts and community outreach programs. He will work with other members of our small management team and growing corps of volunteers, and provide support to our Board of Management.
Phil Bebb will be our new Technical and Facilities Manager, and will also start work with us in March. Phil has worked for 27 years in performance venue technical roles, including as Manager of the 1200-seat Allan Shaw Performing Arts Centre (in Mindarie WA) and with Staging Connections Australia.
His role will include providing technical set-up for all our shows, technical advice to Arts Margaret River and the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and all users of the Cultural and Events Centre, and managing our main venue, the Margaret River Cultural and Events Centre.
We are very pleased to have Hal and Phil join our team, with Stephanie Kreutzer (Marketing Manager) and Diana Heaford (Administration Assistant).
Building this small but strong management team is part of Arts Margaret River’s transition process begun in 2013. This has included accepting responsibility from the Shire for managing the Cultural and Events Centre venue, continued expansion of our arts program, supported by growing membership and volunteer numbers, and creation of a new organisational structure led by an experienced volunteer Board of Management and Arts Hub Committee.