Board Members & Staff

Board Members & Staff

Stirling Street Arts Centre is managed by a board of voluntary members:

Carlene Williams – Chairperson

Carlene has always been interested in art throughout her life, and has been a member of the Bunbury Patchwork and Quilting Group for over 20 years. She studied art at Teachers College which she then passed on to her students throughout a long career in the teaching sector, becoming a lecturer and consultant in the later years. During her time at Stirling Street Arts Centre she has gained NFP management experience as a Board member as well as Co-ordinated the Cuppa for Cancer and International Quilt Challenge for a number of years. Other work in the South West community includes her continued support at Zonta and Probus. In recognition of her strong volunteering ethic, Carlene was recently nominated for Volunteer of the Year announced at the City of Bunbury Australia Day Ceremony 2020.

Helena Sahm – Vice-Chairperson

Helena Sahm holds a double degree in fine arts practice and art education from University of NSW College of Fine Arts and has 50 years’ experience in arts related employment and activities.  An art educator at secondary and tertiary levels as Head of Department; Arts management including Bunbury Regional Art Gallery and Inaugural executive manager of Art Geo; Board member on Peak regional arts bodies including Art on the Move, the artist residency program International Art Space and locally on City of Bunbury Art Collection Committee. Helena has over 5 years working in arts and culture within local government.  She has always maintained an arts practice and has now returned to full time art making.

Rakshita Vishwakarma – Secretary

Rakshita has always enjoyed creativity. She studied visual arts at TAFE to develop an understanding of creative thinking in industry as well as explore printmaking, design, ceramics, textiles, drawing, sculpture and painting. Beginning as a hobby, Rakshita has taught performing arts and also enjoys photography. She is passionate to volunteer and work for the local community and organisations with creativity at their heart.

Graeme Lush – Treasurer

Originally from Melbourne, Graeme has been a Chartered Accountant (FCA) for many years and is now in practice here since moving to Bunbury in 2012. A passionate follower of arts and culture in all forms, he has supported National Gallery Vic., Melbourne Theatre Co., Melbourne International Arts Festival, Malthouse Theatre, Red Stitch Theatre, Bell Shakespeare, Heide Museum of Art. As a committed community member, Graeme has also served on the management board of BRAG and in 2015 agreed to act as manager of SSAC for a “short” period (4 years). Of many experiences during that time his most satisfying involvement has been the Centre re-development, which is now a reality, and will enhance Bunbury’s reputation as the arts and cultural centre of this region.

Jenny Scott

Jenny Scott is a curator, writer, crafter, and arts advocate who has spent the past ten years working across cultural institutions on Noongar Boodja. She recently relocated to Bunbury after being appointed the Museum Team Leader and Curator for the City of Bunbury.

Jenny is currently the Vice-President for the Australian Museums & Galleries Association WA Branch, and has also joined the Bunbury Town Team.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Western Australia, and previously served as a Co-Director of the Paper Mountain Artist-Run Initiative from 2016-18.

Jenny is passionate about good governance in the arts sector, and the role museums and galleries can play as inclusive and accessible community spaces.

Jacki Hooper

Jacki has spent the last 20 years of her career working on Projects across mining and energy industries in the South West.  A Project Controls Manager for Synergy, she brings experience in governance, finance and planning to the board along with her passion for diversity and inclusion and ensuring arts and crafts are passed on through the generations.

Jacki is currently the chairperson for the Bunbury Studio Potters (BSP) at SSAC, and is working with BSP members and the board to improve the studio space for the community as well as sharing her love of clay and ceramics with BSP members and the wider community in workshops held at the centre.

Dr. Robyn McCarron

Blair Stubna

Rochelle Lennox McGirr




Rebecca Corps – Centre Manager & Bunbury Summer School Coordinator

A creative all her life, Rebecca started out as a dressmaker in her teens and managed her own business for subsequent years. After moving from the Pilbara, she completed a Bachelor of Arts Honours in visual arts and with her passion for textiles now expanded to steel sculpture and installation, Rebecca has participated in various exhibitions throughout Western Australia as well as internationally during a recent artist residency in Finland. As a community driven artist, she has created public art, managed indigenous art projects and regional art awards alongside working at the Stirling Street Arts Centre. Her experience includes NFP management, grant writing, exhibition curation, event management and teaching visual arts.

Di Mader – Accounts Officer

Di has spent the majority of her career in Human Resources and Accounts, working in the mining industry, private enterprise, local government, and now the NFP sector. Di also assists with event management, most recently performing the role of Apple Festival Treasurer for two years. A love of art in all forms had led Di to pursue an interest in pottery, and is a current member of the Bunbury Studio Potters.

Bee Denham – Marketing Officer

Bee has worked in the design and advertising industry for over 25 years, gaining experience in local newspapers, international advertising agencies and small design agencies. As a seasoned graphic designer, she is passionate about encouraging interest in arts, crafts and creativity. Outside of the office, Bee enjoys reading, drawing, and gardening.

Dionne Hooyberg – Administration & Programs Coordinator

When not running around the Centre organising the day to day, Dionne is an artist, maker, gardener, cook and passionate advocate for art for all. Dionne holds a bachelor & post graduate honours degree in fine arts and has exhibited with several major galleries across Australia. Using her experience working behind the scenes at festivals, artist run initiatives, galleries and local government Dionne also coordinates our workshops and public programs at the Centre.