As a Company Limited by Guarantee, the company’s only members are its directors. Two directors hold dual positions as company officers in order to ensure that there is a sound mix of community responsiveness and networks on the board, together with arts industry and operational knowledge in the decision-making of the organisation. This is fundamental to the adaptability of the company and has proven successful since Creative Regions’ inception.
STUART BONNET – DIRECTOR
Stuart has previously worked across the hospitality, retail and professional recruitment industries in various management roles over the past 20 years. Now in the healthcare industry, Stuart coordinates the marketing, public relations and project teams in addition to recruiting doctors and specialists to the region with a core focus on Business Development and Growth.
With qualifications in Human Resources as well as Management, Stuart is a past member of Apex for over 10 years and currently sits on the Regional Youth Hub Committee assisting youth with the transition from school to work as well as the Community Advisory Committee for the Friendly Society Private Hospital. Stuart is focussed on building productive teams through great workplace culture.
Having lived in Bundaberg for many years, Stuart is passionate about promoting the positive aspects of our region and all it has to offer to the local community, visitors to the area as well as interstate travellers to encourage them to invest here, relocate here and pursue a career here.
SUELLEN CUSACK – DIRECTOR
Throughout her years of performing she has performed at the Lincoln Centre on Broadway in NY, the Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, Canada and toured the Australian Capital cities as a soloist.
Suellen has performed alongside the likes of Andrea Bocelli, the Celtic Tenors, Marina Prior, and many Australian artists.
She is a recording artist with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and has performed live on Channel 7’s ‘The Morning Show’.
Suellen has been championed by Michael Crawford, the original star of The Phantom of the Opera, who found her ‘captivating’.
Suellen married in her husband Peter in April 2016 and has since give birth to their daughter Estelle. She loves to perform in her hometown of Bundaberg and lives to share her love of music .
Suellen is the proud recipient of the 2018 Bundaberg City Council Cultural Spirit Australia Day award.
MICHAEL DART – CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Health. Bachelor of Applied Science, Environment, MAICD
Michael Dart is currently the Head of Customer, Media, Marketing, Brand, PR and Stakeholder Engagement for Energy Queensland, including Ergon and Energex. He has executive management, stakeholder relations, policy development and communications experience reaching over 20 years. He has worked for major utilities, State and Local Governments and the private sector.
Michael is a policy and communications specialist, having spent more than a decade as Chief of Staff to various State Government Ministers and consultant to the public and private sectors.
Michael also has a wide range of volunteer experience including as a Director of the Queensland Branch of Environmental Health Australia, digital, advertising and voice over roles with Bundaberg Region Rising and support for advertising products for the Wide Bay Burnett Regional Organisation of Councils.
Michael has professional acting experience and has also performed in a range of theatre productions including the role of Che Guevara in “Evita” at the Playhouse Theatre.
SHELLEY PISANI – DIRECTOR, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/OPERATIONS OFFICER
Shelley specialises in the fields of community arts and cultural development, visual arts, public art, interpretation and museum/ gallery practice. Shelley was Manager of the Bundaberg Arts Centre (now Bundaberg Regional Art gallery) for six years and was instrumental in developing cultural development services and a cultural plan for the Bundaberg Region. She has project management experience in museums, interpretive planning, public art and community arts contexts. Shelley has managed everything from large-scale tourism projects to small budget community arts initiatives.
DION TAYLOR – DIRECTOR
With his love of marketing, personal growth and his earlier trade qualification as a Chef, he has also blended these skills to form another privately owned business called Life’s Success Recipe, which essentially is a personal life coaching organisation focused on human potential across any industry.
Dion brings with him a passion for people, a personal mission of assisting in the connectivity of Regional areas and the drive to ensure that all communities have access to all forms of the Arts & Culture at their finger tips.
Dion has previously been the President of the Bundaberg & District Chamber of Commerce and is currently an Independent Director of Bundaberg Fruit & Vegetable Growers.
In addition to the Artistic Director, who holds a position as Company Director, Creative Regions’ company structure is as follows:
After working on two Creative Regions projects in the past, including flood recovery work and theatre, Di began full time in 2016 in the role of Creative Producer developing the Socially Engaged Theatre program.
Di brings over fifteen years experience in theatre, creative writing and community engagement to the role and is excited to be developing new work in connection with the local community.
Having worked for many years supporting a family business, Wendy joined Creative Regions in late 2012. Wendy’s roles include project management and delivery; working closely with the Company Accountant; and playing a supporting role in managing the company such as through acting as the Company Secretary.
Research & Evaluation Partner
Creative Regions has established a funded evaluation partnership with Central Queensland University from 2017-2020, made possible through Arts Queensland.
DR WENDY MADSEN – RESEARCH & EVALUATION
Senior Lecturer/ HOC – Public Health at Central Queensland University; evaluation partner with Creative Regions.
Wendy has an eclectic background, including human movement studies, nursing, history and more recently health promotion. She has developed a passion for community-based health promotion, particularly in regards to understanding social determinants of health and healthy communities. In these areas, Wendy has found a role for history, especially oral history, as a means of understanding the contexts of communities and as a way of contributing to community identity and narrative. Wendy has also come to appreciate the power of the arts in opening up avenues for health promotion. Her passion for this has led to a funded evaluation partnership between Creative Regions and CQ University through Arts Queensland from 2017-2020.
(along with Shelley Pisani)
Master of Arts (Research), Bachelor of Education (Hons), Graduate Diploma in Management (Arts), Certificate IV Business (Governance), Certificate IV Workplace Training and Assessment.
Rod has extensive experience as an arts manager and consultant and specialises in designing and delivering engagement, consultation and regional development processes through art. Having worked in a range of industries including education, economic development and the arts, he is a skilled arts manager, researcher, corporate writer and facilitator/trainer. Rod is a playwright and producer and has spent the last fifteen years championing and making new Australian work in regional Queensland.
BA Hons in Organisation Studies and Theatre Studies.
With a degree in Organisation Behaviour and Theatre Studies, Sylvia Langford has over 40 years experience working with non-profit cultural organisations, government and the private sector in the UK and Australia.
Following experience in art centre, theatre company and festival management in the UK and Australia, Sylvia held a range of senior executive positions within the Northern Territory Government (Australia), including Chief Executive, Department of Arts and Museums. Her strengths include developing and delivering policy and programs within the cultural sector, as well as research and policy development for many portfolios within different levels of government. She has also delivered training in board development, assisted organisations with the recruitment of Board members and has worked with many cultural organisations and local government in the development of their strategic thinking, business and cultural plans, and special events and projects.
Sylvia has considerable experience as a director/board member of cultural organisations, and was a founding Director of Queensland based Creative Regions. She served on various Australian Ministerial Council Standing Committees, including the Cultural Ministers Council, and for five years was a member of the Australian Government National Performing Arts Touring and cultural funding program Committee – Playing Australia, Festivals Australia – as well as the Contemporary Music Touring Program.
Whilst still calling Australia home, Sylvia is currently based in the UK, where she is involved in developing events and projects that are designed to engage and activate her local community and places.
PhD Performance Studies, Dip. Ed, Certificate IV in Community Consultation and Cultural Planning, Workplace Training and Assessor.
Working with Indigenous Communities Judy has lectured at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Arts Research Methodology and worked in Physical Theatre with the Academy. Judy managed the Regional Arts Development Fund for Arts Queensland for 5 years, visiting all regional councils, rewriting the procedure manual, training local committees and organising the first two state conferences. As a community artist she has been active in the fields of cultural development, festivals and events. For her most recent work with Indigenous and culturally diverse communities in the Bundaberg region she was awarded Cultural Worker of the Year by the Queensland Community Arts Network (QCAN) in 2006. Residing in Woodgate Beach, she works for Local Government and community groups as a community consultant, facilitator, cultural policy advisor, grant writer and project manager. Judy has worked with s2m organisations on business planning and strategic development. In 2006 she was selected as a Forum Member for the Wide Bay Burnett Ministerial Regional Community Forum and serves as the cultural representative on the Blueprint for the Bush Executive Partners Group. Judy serves her community locally as a committee member on the Resident’s Association and State Emergency Service. Her role in these organisations gives her a broad knowledge of regional planning and funding issues and a significant network of contacts, particularly throughout the cultural sector.
Judy retired from Creative Regions in 2011 for health reasons but she still plays a very active role in the arts sector.