Who We Are


Philippa Maughan

Executive Director

Philippa is responsible for providing strategic leadership and operational management of all activities of CircuitWest in line with the organisation’s Vision, Purpose, Values and strategic plan. Philippa is a respected industry leader, having contributed to the performing arts and touring sectors for over 15 years.  Philippa was previously the Manager, Performing Arts Touring and Investment Director at Regional Arts WA, where she managed the Touring and Funding teams. She was on the board of the Blue Room Theatre from 2012 – 2020, including six years as Deputy Chair, and was Chair of the Industry Advisory Panel for WAAPA’s Bachelor of Performing Arts. She is a Fellow of Leadership WA and a member of the RRR Network (Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network of WA)

Philippa was awarded CircuitWest’s People Pinnacle Award in 2020.

Nastasya Suhandinata

Finance Manager

Nick Maclaine

Manager, Touring and Community Engagement

Nick (he/him) leads the Touring Team to deliver Playing WA and Shows On The Go tours, support WA Showcase pitching, and provide artist and producer support, mentorship, training and development, along with strategic leadership in the touring space. Nick has worked as an actor with most of the state’s major companies including on regional, national and international tours. He previously worked as a Project Support Officer to help deliver one of the permanent galleries in the WA Museum Boola Bardip. Nick joined the CircuitWest family at the end of 2020 as a program administrator and then tour coordinator. He is a board member and volunteer with Artist Relief Fund WA – the state’s benevolent fund for artists and arts workers – and has been a proud member of Equity since 2011.

Rebecca Nelson

Tour Coordinator

Rebecca is an arts manager with over 15 years of experience in local government and private sector roles in event and arts management, community and cultural development, producing, administration and touring.

Maddie Young

Tour Coordinator

Maddie is an experienced producer and stage manager based in Boorloo, Perth. A 2020 graduate from WAAPA, Maddie has spent the last few years in various roles including Stage Manager for CICADA (Barking Gecko Theatre 2022) and Assistant Stage Manager for Barracking for the Umpire (Black Swan State Theatre Company of WA 2022), HOUSE (Barking Gecko Theatre 2021) and Mary Stuart (Perth Festival & Performing Lines WA 2022), as well as stage managing Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company’s touring children’s show Bilya Kaatijin in 2020 and 2021.

Maddie is also an independent producer who prioritises First Nations and multi-cultural works. They debuted FIRE at The Blue Room Theatre in 2021 with Kalyakoorl Collective. They further developed Kalyakoorl’s program by producing Wundabaa Gaay-galgaa alongside Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in 2022.

Maddie loves the emotional connection that live theatre brings to audiences and is keen to bring heartfelt and passionate stories by diverse artists and companies to communities across WA.

Gemma Sharpe

Tour Coordinator


Fiona de Garis


I am an arts executive with a deep love of contemporary performance. I am excited by the transformative potential of art to change lives and build communities. With 25+ years’ experience in the cultural sector I am skilled in facilitation of the creative process and have worked extensively across performance genres, with a strong focus on developing new Australian work. Passionate about capacity building and realising potential, I love mentoring and providing development pathways for artists and arts workers.

A strategic thinker, I have an exceptional ability to convert planning into action and a high degree of contextual awareness. With a strong track record in managing competing priorities, I thrive on complexity. I insist on good process underpinned by great systems to reach desired outcomes. I work well with stakeholders and enjoy brokering, maintaining and evaluating the partnerships and collaborations that add value and efficiency in our challenging arts environment.

I enjoy a work environment that is highly collaborative and engaged. I value generosity, authenticity, imagination, trust and compassion, and have a keen interest in supporting diversity in all its forms.

Rachael Whitworth

Deputy Chair

Rachael is Senior Producer at Performing Lines WA. Trained at Victorian College of the Arts, Rachael began her professional career in 1992 as a classical dancer with West Australian Ballet before working as a contemporary dancer, teacher and choreographer with Buzz Dance Theatre and many independent choreographers. She then diversified her practice, performing and creating work with Spare Parts Puppet Theatre for nearly a decade whilst completing a Graduate Diploma in Arts and Entertainment Management at Deakin University in 2000. In 2007, Rachael was Associate Producer for the 20th UNIMA Congress and World Puppetry Festival before joining Performing Lines in 2011. Highlights include: producing and touring dance work, Shiver, to 7 regional WA communities with an audience engagement strategy connecting over 700 artists and community members; 3-month tour of The Magic Hour to 23 venues across Australia; working closely with Sensorium Theatre creating sensory theatre for young people with disabilities and presenting benchmark seasons at Sydney Opera House, Arts Centre Melbourne and Lincoln Center New York. She was an International Society of Performing Arts (ISPA) Fellow with the Australia Council Legacy program, attending 4 consecutive congresses in New York 2014-2017.

Drew Dymond


Drew Dymond is the manager of the Albany Entertainment Centre and has had a long career in managing public events . Drew is also currently a board member of Fairbridge Festival and annually site manages the Barunga Festival in the Northern Territory. In a previous role, Drew was the Technical Director for Perth Festival from 2000 – 2017 and was part of the team that managed The Giants, Boorna Waanginy and several other large outdoor events for Perth Festival.

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David Marshall


David has been manager at the Harvey Recreation and Culture Centre since 2005 and a Justice of the Peace since 2007.

He has been determined to see the Cultural Centre part of the venue grow and thrive and meet the needs of the diverse population and be a leader in change. He has been a master of gaining funding and has grown his program from a few shows a year to more than a performance a month. David has shown how venues can contribute to community needs and challenges.

David was also a founding member and chairman of Harvey Community Radio since it hit the airwaves in 1999. He recently joined the ranks of joined the likes of Ita Buttrose and Hugh Jackman to be awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia.

Libby Klysz


Libby Klysz is a performer, director, and producer. She has worked for a variety of companies over fifteen years, such as Perth Festival, The Last Great Hunt, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Barking Gecko Theatre, and WAAPA. As a freelancer she has produced heaps of independent projects and tours across theatre, dance and comedy. As an artist she has been behind a number of award winning shows. She lectures in arts education at ECU and teaches at WAAPA. Libby was on the Board of The Blue Room Theatre for seven years, including five years as Chair. Increasingly over the past 18 years in the sector, Libby has been involved in arts advocacy at state and national level: a fierce champion for Western Australian arts, especially independent artists. Working across diverse organisations and as a practising artist herself, she’s uniquely positioned to see a wide view of the performing arts ecology.

Lys Tickner


Lys has been the coordinator at the Don Russell Performing Arts Centre (DRPAC) since September 2019. Tasked with breathing new life in the Centre, which has gone from strength to strength over the last 4 years, culminating in DRPAC being the recipient of the Pinnacle Award for Presenter of the Year 2023.

Lys is also heavily involved in Community Theatre having established Art in Motion Theatre Company in 2018 and passing over the reigns to the committee in 2019. Lys continues to direct plays and musicals with this group. She has worked extensively with local youth seeing many go on to WAAPA for further study or into paid work within the Arts.

Alana Culverhouse


For the past two decades, Alana has been involved in the WA Arts and Culture sectors. Co3 Contemporary Dance named her Executive Director in mid-October 2018 after she served ten years with the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, steering arts investment and development in Western Australia. Her areas of expertise are Business and Financial Management, Strategic Planning, Event Management, Government Administration, and Contract Management. Alana is committed to leading contemporary arts practice and bringing Western Australian contemporary dance to the forefront of the national and international stage

Steven Carr


Stephen Carr is a multi-faceted theatre professional, with many years of experience both on and off the stage. He completed his degrees in Stage and Production Management from WAAPA and has professionally stage managed many shows in and around Perth for many years.

Stephen started his theatre journey many years ago with the Roleystone Theatre, where he has been Vice President/Secretary and many other roles in his time there. He was awarded a “Life Member” honour for years of service in 2020. He is also an active member in many other Perth community theatre companies and helps and guides where he can from his professional knowledge.

Stephen is also an award-winning director, set and lighting designer and is currently the Production Coordinator for Curtin University Hayman Theatre, passing on his knowledge to the youth and next generation of theatre makers.

Andrew Frith


Andrew is the Team leader for Queens Park Theatre in Geraldton, WA, having crossed over from Not for Profit to Local Government in September of 2021, previously working as GM for Arts Margaret River from 2016 to 2020.  Being part of the Margaret River community for 20 years gave Andrew a solid basis for programming and connecting to the community. He is now facing the challenge of developing connections with different audiences in a very different part of the state. Andrew is very interested in connecting the community through live performing arts both in and out of the venue.

Local Government Leadership Group

Jo Metcalf

Jo Metcalf Executive Manager Community Services
Shire of Northam

Jo has held senior arts positions and delivered projects in the United Kingdom, New York, Sydney, South America, Africa and Europe. She returned to Australia in 2015 to take the role of Director, National Development at The Australia Council for the Arts.

Jo’s experience includes CEO & Artistic Director at Salisbury International Arts Festival, Head of Performing Arts at The Roundhouse London, Head of the global arts program for Amnesty International, Director of International Partnerships & Programs at CiRCA and Contemporary Culture Manager at The Perth International Arts Festival where she was responsible for the development of a major outdoor summer music program and unique temporary venues that remain a central element of the Festival program today. She has also been the creative lead on significant projects for The British Council and Wales Millennium Centre. More recently as CEO at Community Arts Network she worked with West Australian communities to realise artistic and social ambitions and as Manager Industry Partnerships and Development at the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries she led sector development and strategic projects.

Jo’s strengths as a producer, innovator, connector and strategic thinker have seen her successfully operate across the creative industries producing films, delivering fashion/music/art events in unique locations, running Indi record labels, delivering the largest Aboriginal showcase of cultural work seen in the UK and communicating human rights campaigns to millions of people through targeted creative collaborations with artists including U2, Shepard Fairey and Pussy Riot.

Jo has commissioned performances in Cathedrals and rivers and created unforgettable experiences with thousands of artists including: Bon Iver, Vikram Seth, Archbishop Tutu, The Chemical Brothers, Soweto Gospel Choir, The National, Laurie Anderson, Michael Morpurgo, Jarvis Cocker, Billy Bragg, Peter Gabriel, Moby, The Beijing National Opera and David Byrne.

Jo took up the role of Executive Manager Community Services at the Shire of Northam in January.

Natalie Manton

Natalie Manton CEO
Shire of Corrigin

Natalie Manton worked in the not for profit community services sector in rural WA before moving into the local government industry in 2007. She gained a wide range of experience in local government including previous roles in finance and community development prior to taking up the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Shire of Corrigin in 2018.

Stephanie Addison-Brown

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

Ms Addison-Brown is the CEO of the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and was previously from the City of Bunbury where she served as the Director of Corporate and Community Services. Before working at the City of Bunbury, Stephanie joined the team at the City of Mandurah and, over seven years, worked on strategy, corporate performance, organisational culture, economic development, tourism and marketing. Prior to coming to Australia, she worked for Lonely Planet (the global, ethical travel guide publishers) where she was the UK office manager for a global office, which managed publications for countries and regions in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Stephanie holds an BA (Hons) in Philosophy, as well as post graduate management studies.

Mark Dacombe

Acting CEO
Shire of Merredin

Mark is currently the acting CEO at the Shire of Merredin and has recently been the acting CEO at the Shire of Pingelly and the Shire of Carnarvon. . He is an experienced CEO and adviser who has held a variety of senior management roles in local government and senior policy roles in central government. He has led small rural local governments right through to New Zealand’s fifth largest City and managed the merger of four urban councils. Prior to arriving in Western Australia, Mark was the adviser to the New Zealand Prime Minister on local government issues with a particular focus on Auckland. He was also formerly the CEO of a metropolitan local government in Perth.

Candy Choo

Local Government Professionals of WA

Candy is the CEO of LG Professionals WA and has extensive experience with the WA local government sector. Candy worked as a Psychologist and Organisational Consultant for PPC Worldwide, where she worked to support organisations manage change processes and improve organisational performance.

In 2017, Candy was awarded the Behind Closed Doors – Women in Leadership Scholarship, and was a WA Council Member on the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI) for 4 years, including holding the position AHRI Vice President for Professional Development. Candy holds a Bachelors of Arts (Honours in Psychology) from the University of Western Australia, and a Master in Organisational Psychology from Murdoch University.

Josephine Bianchi

Director - Community Services
Town of Port Hedland

I was brought up in a small village in Italy and moved to London in the UK following high school. Here I worked in a number of different industries (media, real estate and financial services), before meeting my Aussie partner whom I came to Australia with. We moved to Port Hedland in the Pilbara in early 2010, which is when I started working for the Town of Port Hedland. I quickly developed an interest for the system of local government and an appreciation for the services it provides to its communities, particularly in regional and remote Australia. Today, as the Community Services Director I love leading a team that plays such a vital role in connecting community members through a vast range of services and activities. Not one day is the same when working across portfolios as varied and interesting such as aquatics & leisure, sports & recreation, arts, events & culture, youth services, community engagement and libraries.