The Next Stage: CircuitWest appoints new Executive Director

Photographer credit – Danica Zuks.

The Board of CircuitWest is pleased to announce the appointment of Philippa Maughan as the organisation’s new Executive Director, commencing 19 June 2023.

Philippa Maughan comes to CircuitWest following an outstanding fifteen-year contribution to West Australian arts and community development at Regional Arts WA, where she managed the Shows on the Go program and developed and delivered the high-impact First Nations contemporary music touring initiative Sand Tracks. A longstanding member of a national collective of tour coordinators, and a former Deputy Chair of the Blue Room Theatre, Philippa is highly regarded in the performing arts and touring sectors.

“CircuitWest’s vision is to have a state connected, enriched and alive with performing arts and Philippa’s exceptional experience, extensive connections, and profound understanding of the West Australian and national arts industry make her the perfect choice as our next Executive Director”, said CircuitWest Chair Fiona de Garis.

“Philippa has strong and meaningful relationships with CircuitWest stakeholders built over many years and has played an important leadership role in building the state’s touring frameworks. In 2021 her strategic contribution to the development of WA’s performing arts was recognised with CircuitWest’s coveted ‘People’s Pinnacle’ Award.”

“Philippa’s appointment brings a wealth of experience and energy to the role at a significant time in the organisation’s development. With the launch of a new Strategic Plan and the recent confirmation of multi-year funding through the State Government’s Arts Organisations Investment Program (AOIP), CircuitWest is well-positioned to continue to drive advances in the performing arts sector. The Board is confident Philippa will continue to make sure the organisation lives up to its vision and values and continues to make a vital contribution to connecting communities to quality arts experiences,” de Garis concluded.

Speaking of her appointment, Philippa Maughan said, “I love that CircuitWest sees the big picture and then rolls up its sleeves and gets busy achieving on behalf of its members and the state. I have always valued organisations focused on developing a community and lifting a sector. CircuitWest demonstrates how a sector can contribute enormously to Western Australian life when it has a united strategic focus.”

“The Executive Director role allows me to focus my energies on building on the success of a dynamic and committed membership with a smart and tenacious team. I look forward to continuing CircuitWest’s important initiatives and building opportunities for the performing arts to tell the stories of Western Australia.”

You can reach Philippa by email at or by phone at 08 6202 1044.

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