Miles Openshaw: Artistic Director and Founder
Miles is a director, producer, artist and mentor with many years’ experience of working across a number of disciplines, in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings and with many artists and non-professionals to produce creative work that inspires, challenges and entertains.
Miles holds a BA in English and Drama and an MA in Applied Theatre from Goldsmiths, University of London, and has trained with National Theatre (UK) and NIDA (Aus).
As well as being Artistic Director at Globe Town Project, Miles is also Associate Director and co-founder of Green Shoes Arts CIC, a community arts organisation based in East London UK.
Joanna Roberts: Chair of the Board
Jo is currently a Financial Analyst with the WA Department of Treasury. She holds degrees in Economics, Accounting and Development Studies, and previously worked in not-for-profits focused on environmental conservation in Queensland, and financial literacy for young people in London. She is passionate about developing programs to inspire and support young people, particularly when it comes to anything to do with books and creative writing, and has recently finished two novels for children.
Sarah Tompkin: Deputy Chair
Sarah is an experienced arts administrator and fundraiser with a wide-ranging portfolio across the arts sectors of Australia, Germany and the UK. As Planned Giving Manager at the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, she is well versed in all aspects of arts philanthropy, drawing strength from a professional background in communications. Previous to relocating to Fremantle, Sarah was the Executive Officer of the Hanns Eisler School of Music in Berlin, Germany. Other employers include RIAS Kammerchor (Berlin), Serious Music Producers (London), Luetje Artist Management (Berlin), West Australian Opera and Perth International Arts Festival. Sarah holds a Master’s Degree in Music and Culture from Roehampton University (London) and an Honours Degree in Arts Management from the University for Applied Sciences Potsdam (Germany). She is passionate about Fremantle and enabling its creative resources to connect globally with the best of today’s arts practice.
Ellie Tighe: Secretary
Ellie’s career to date has spanned research, academia and consultancy. She is currently employed in a social impact evaluation role at Ruah Community Services, a Perth-based not for profit organisation providing mental health and other outreach services in the community. Ellie holds a PhD from the University of Southampton and has worked on a range of projects advocating for social justice in the developing world. Previously, she has worked with the International Labour Organisation, the University of Southampton’s DECCMA project, CARE International, 3Shifts Consulting, and the Walk Free Foundation. She’s a keen member of Subiaco Earlybird Toastmasters and holds the committee positions of Sergeant at Arms (2018-19) and VP Membership (2017-18).
Jennifer is the owner of Paper Bird Children’s Books & Arts in Fremantle. Paper Bird is an independent children’s bookshop, story house and arts space in the heritage Moores Building on Henry St.
Prior to setting up Paper Bird Jennifer worked as a child psychotherapist within mental health services with special interest in the role arts and literature play in bringing children opportunities to make sense of their world and come up with creative solutions to life’s challenges.
Former civil engineer Rachael West is now a speaker coach, with expertise in workplace gender diversity. She is also founder of national social enterprise Yoga for Pain Care Australia, which addresses gaps in chronic disease management, especially among the isolated. Rachael has spoken at TEDx, Australian Pain Society Scientific Meeting, Westminster Briefings and a range of institutions about innovative ways to improve public service delivery. She has developed her leadership and governance capabilities through a Department of Communities Scholarship to Curtin Ignition Entrepreneurship Program 2018, sitting on the Southcare board as board director trainee, and the 2016 Emerging Leaders in Governance Program.
We acknowledge the work and commitment of past board members: Alison Kwok, Amanda O’Donovan, Brett Osler, Claire Dodd, Rachael West, and Emily Arnold.