Derek Motion joined Western Riverina Arts in March 2013 as the Regional Arts and Development Officer and is in charge of all operations of the organisation. He obtained a creative writing PhD at Charles Sturt University in Wagga and previously worked as Director of the Booranga Writers’ Centre. Raised in the Riverina, Derek not only appreciates regional NSW but also understands and relates to the local issues.
Miriam Rystedt joined Western Riverina Arts in May 2016. In her role as Projects and Communications Officer she handles the organisations communication for a wide variety of outlets and helps to "spread the word". Miriam is a professionally trained Journalist and has a university degree in media, politics and sociology. Originally from Germany Miriam and her family now call Griffith their home and appreciate the rich and diverse culture of the Riverina.
Susan Carey Killham served on the board for five years before becomingChair in 2017. Originally a city girl before moving to the Riverina she firmly believes that the arts should be accessible to everyone and that people living in regional areas should not be disadvantaged by distance or lack of opportunity. Sue is passionate about the positive difference that the arts can make in communities and proud of the role that Western Riverina Arts is playing in growing opportunities for our member Shires.
Julie Briggs served on the WRA Steering Committee and as Chair in its formative years. Julie believes that art is for everyone, and that people living in regional communities must have the opportunity to participate. She has witnessed the positive role WRA has played in connecting artists with audiences and opportunities as well as career development activities across the four member Shires. Julie is keen to spread the word that the availability of arts across the region contributes to the livability of its towns and enhances the personal wellbeing of both participants and audiences.
The Western Riverina Arts board is represented by Community and Council members:
Chair Susan Carey Killham - Narrandera Shire Council Representative
Vice Chair Julie Briggs - Narrandera Community Representative
Faith Bryce - Murrumbidgee Shire Council Representative
Caroline Upston - Murrumbidgee Community Representative
Anne Napoli - Griffith City Council Representative
Melanie Toscan - Griffith Community Representative
Suesann Vos - Leeton Shire Council Representative
Jason Richardson - Leeton Community Representative
Anthony Morton - Co-opted Member, Treasurer, Griffith