Our Team

Arts Project Australia is supported by a highly qualified team of board, staff, and volunteers who support, promote and advocate for our artists.

OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & BOARD MEMBERS

Sue Roff

Sue Roff

Executive Director

Sue Roff has had a broad career in arts management. For the past 10 years she has held the role of Executive Director at Arts Project Australia. During this time, Sue has driven a strong increase in profile for the organisation, its artists and unique studio practice. Prior to this Sue has held roles as National Manager, Cultural Development at the Australia Business Arts Foundation, Community Relations Manager at RACV, Sponsorship Manager at Melbourne Theatre Company, and kick-started her arts management career as National Administrator with the Australian Girls Choir. Sue is experienced in project development, fundraising, sponsorship, and marketing and has chaired the boards of Strange Fruit and the Victorian Actor’s Benevolent Trust. She is currently the President of the Public Galleries Association of Victoria.

Virginia Lovett

Virginia Lovett

President

Virginia is the Executive Director and Co-CEO of the Melbourne Theatre Company. Prior to this she was Executive Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where she delivered a major funding increase and in 2011 achieved record attendance levels. A highly experienced and well-respected arts executive, she successfully designed a range of strategic initiatives through her roles at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Festival, Zoos Victoria, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney Theatre Company and the National Gallery of Victoria. She has also worked as an advisor for state ministers in Victoria and New South Wales. In 2006 she was awarded a Churchill Fellowship and is a graduate of the Museum Leadership program. She was previously Chair of Force Majeure, on the boards of Arena Theatre Company, Craft Victoria and Legs on the Wall, and an Executive Council Member of Live Performance Australia.

Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall

Vice President

Amanda has a background in Fine Arts education and is currently a practising artist with extensive links to a range of contemporary arts institutions and organisations. As a collector, advocate and philanthropic supporter of the visual arts in Melbourne, Amanda has developed strong networks in this sector.

Michele Mauger

Michele Mauger

Secretary

Michele is a professional People and Performance leader with a sound understanding of strategic and operational HR practice gained from over 20 years’ experience. Michele has a passion for excellence in people initiatives with experience in a range of complex and diverse environments within Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the Pacific, often global and geographically spread. She has worked across Engineering, Construction, Property Development, Hospitality, Diplomatic and Retail sectors and her experience encompasses the full HR spectrum, with particular emphasis on setting strategic direction, organisational development, leadership, change management, talent and performance management and employment relations.

Rami Eltchelebi

Rami Eltchelebi

Treasurer

Rami is a senior partner at ShineWing Australia, an Accounting and Advisory firm. Rami leads the Assurance & Advisory Division for Australia with over 15 years’ experience in both assurance and transaction services. His experience includes the audits of listed groups – both domestic and international, unlisted public companies and large private groups, with specialised knowledge of financial services, real estate, retail, technology, professional services the arts. Rami is a member of Chartered Accountant’s Australia and New Zealand, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and he is a Registered Company Auditor. Rami is the former Honorary Treasurer for the Public Galleries Association of Victoria.

Michael Schwarz

Michael Schwarz

Michael retired from a long career in Adolescent Psychiatry in 2015 to have a ‘retirement’ career in visual arts advocacy. A passionate art collector and patron, he is also a voluntary guide at the NGV and a long-term supporter of ACCA and Gertrude Contemporary (including the provision of a project space – Gertrude Glasshouse). Michael has many connections in both the private and public art sectors and is particularly enthusiastic about mentoring artists.

Maureen Canzano

Maureen Canzano

Maureen has a Social Work degree and qualifications in Assessment and Training, teaches adult students and is passionate about adults having the opportunity to return to study. She also advocates for people with a disability at the Northern Hospital as a member of a board that meets to address complaints or seek advice from consumers regarding the patient experience in the hospital. She also attends the Whittlesea Disability Network (WDN) which is supported by the Whittlesea Council, and I often take comments, complaints and compliments from the WDN to the hospital board. Maureen's daughter is a longstanding artist in the APA studio. In November 2015, Maureen was runner-up in the National Carer Awards, Family Carer Section. She is delighted to join the Arts Project board and looks forward to a great new adventure.

Marie McCarthy

Marie McCarthy

Marie is Chief Financial Officer with Leonard Joel, Australia’s largest multi-department Auction house, established in 1919. Marie has worked in a number of different industries, since qualifying over 20 years ago as a Chartered Accountant in Ireland. Her corporate experience overseas includes tax analyst, project management, group reporting, systems and people integration. Since moving to Australia, she spent the first 8 years in private wealth /family office sector and then moved to Leonard Joel in 2015.

Tiffany Lucas

Tiffany Lucas

Tiffany Lucas is a lawyer and non-profit arts advisor. She is the director of TEL Consultants, a boutique consulting firm working with nonprofit arts organisations. Throughout her career, she’s worked in arts development and practised corporate and commercial law in the US and Australia. Tiffany is a Director on the Boards of Dancehouse Inc and Northern Rivers Performing Arts Centre, she is the Head of Legal at TEDxMelbourne and serves on the Auxiliaries ExecuOve CommiXee at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Denise Damianos

Denise Damianos

Denise works as Marketing & Partnerships Director at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, delivering high impact campaigns for one of the largest events in Australia’s cultural calendar. Denise brings significant experience working in corporate partnerships in the arts and entertainment sector and prides herself on bringing to life creative, impactful and mutually beneficial brand partnerships.

Our Team

Sandy Fernée

Sandy Fernée

Operations Manager

Sim Luttin

Sim Luttin

Curator & Gallery Manager

James McDonald

James McDonald

Studio Manager

Allison O’Callaghan

Allison O’Callaghan

Studio Administrator

Ellie Flutey

Ellie Flutey

Bookkeeper

Tiarney Miekus

Tiarney Miekus

Gallery Administrator – Marketing

Jo Salt

Jo Salt

Gallery Administrator

Danielle Hakim

Danielle Hakim

Registrations Officer

Margaret McIntosh

Margaret McIntosh

Framer & Gallery Technician

Sarah Wood

Sarah Wood

Gallery Administrator - Casual

Peter Douglas

Peter Douglas

Staff Artist Digital Specialist

Jodie Kipps

Jodie Kipps

Staff Artist 3D Specialist

Penelope Hunt

Penelope Hunt

Staff Artist Digital Specialist

Camille Hannah

Camille Hannah

Professional Practice Specialist

Yoshe Gillespie

Yoshe Gillespie

Staff Artist Printmaking Specialist

Marcel Cooper

Marcel Cooper

Staff Artist Ceramics Specialist

Lyn Young

Lyn Young

Staff Artist

Elyss McCleary

Elyss McCleary

Staff Artist

Suzie Brown

Suzie Brown

Staff Artist

Anna-Maria O’Keeffe

Anna-Maria O’Keeffe

Staff Artist

Rob McHaffie

Rob McHaffie

Staff Artist

Tom Pendergast

Tom Pendergast

Staff Artist

Alysia Rees

Alysia Rees

Staff Artist

Carolyn Hawkins

Carolyn Hawkins

Staff Artist

Jordan Dymke

Jordan Dymke

Staff Artist - Intern