Image: Margaret Woodward,  Karri Country  (detail) 1971, oil on canvas, courtesy of Curtin University Art Collection and the artist. 

Image: Margaret Woodward, Karri Country (detail) 1971, oil on canvas, courtesy of Curtin University Art Collection and the artist. 


Jude van der Merwe | Chairperson

Jude has worked as an arts administrator in WA for over 25 years. Past roles include Executive Director of Artsource. More recently she has returned to an early love and has been curating exhibitions and developing community arts and culture projects including Machines + Makers for the Mundaring Arts Centre in 2016. Currently working on a new show called The Habits of Horses for 2017, she derives enormous pleasure from connecting to new and unexpected portions of community life.


Mary Louise recently completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Fine Art and Art & Design Studies, at Curtin University. She has volunteered and worked in a range of not-for-profit arts organisations including WASO, Fringeworld, PICA and MAC. Mary Louise has assisted MAC with exhibition hanging, projects working with people with disability, administration and the delivery of a number of children’s art programs.

Debbie Millard | Treasurer

Completing an Honours degree in Pure and Applied Biology at Oxford University in 1987, Debbie Millard qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1997; a Fellow of Leadership WA (2009); a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2010), participant in the AICD Director Pipeline Project (2012) and Telstra Business Women’s Awards Finalist (2015). Debbie’s financial career spans more than 25 years with her most recent role the CFO and Company Secretary of JWH Group Pty Ltd, a privately owned WA company operating in the residential building industry in WA.

Debbie is an experienced Non-executive director having served on the Boards of a number of not-for-profit organisations over the past 8 years, primarily in the arts, community services and leadership development arenas. She has specific governance experience with Chairing Finance & Risk Committees, CEO recruitment and CEO transition. Currently her other Board commitment is with the Aboriginal Art Centre Hub of WA.  Previously, she has sat on the Board of Leadership WA and YMCA Perth acting as Chair of the Finance and Risk Committee for both organisations.

Debbie also refers to herself as a bit of an artist, dabbling with chalk pastel portraits, and has just started to reinvigorate her creative self, participating in painting and drawing classes.



Cr. Kate Driver is welcomed to the MAC board as the appointed Shire of Mundaring representative. Kate has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) UWA, a background in performance art and has worked on the International Arts Space Board and in the area of Corporate services and finance.


Jenny has worked in the Australian cultural sector for over 20 years providing leadership, direction and specialist advice on arts and cultural planning. She has also managed numerous community arts projects and events for the public realm. Jenny has a passion for working with artists, volunteer communities and clients to deliver a rich variety of arts projects that engage new audiences contributing to dynamic, authentic and sustainable places that enrich community life.


Caroline grew up in the Swan Valley surrounded by multicultural food traditions and the visual arts. Caroline is an integral part of the team at Taylor’s Art and Coffee House and a passionate advocate for humanely sourced, organic and locally produced food produce, local business and the Swan Valley. She is currently a City of Swan Ambassador, member of the new Swan Tourism Alliance and part of the Swan Valley Slow Food Group. She is an active chef, lateral thinker and businesswoman.


Gemma completed a Bachelor of Arts (Writing, Visual Arts) from ECU in 2016, and prior this attained an Advanced Diploma of Visual Art (Fine Art, Sculpture) from Central TAFE in 2007. She has worked in local government since 2009, at the Shire of Kalamunda and at the City of Joondalup where she is currently the Curator of the City of Joondalup Art Collection and associated visual art programme. Gemma has also worked as an independent curator, writer and visual artist since 2009 and currently works from a studio in the Midland Artsource Studios. Her artistic work combines feminist theory and contemporary craft. Gemma grew up in Kalamunda and Piesse Brook, and now lives in Darlington with her two children and husband, who is also an artist.

Sue Starcken

Sue is a practising visual artist, curator and lecturer with a background in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Contemporary Arts and printmaking. Sue has exhibited extensively and worked at the Mundaring Arts Centre 2007-2009 as the Community Arts Officer. Since then, she has worked as the Art Collection Curator, Unit Coordinator & Lecturer, School Communications & Arts at Edith Cowan University and as a sessional lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture for Polytechnic West.

Mikaela Castledine

Mikaela brings a wealth of experience as a professional visual artist, P&C President, fundraiser, public speaker, writer and long-time member of MAC.

Di Ryder

Di volunteers to support many community programs in the Midland area and further afield, she is an active member of the Swan Alliance Leadership Group and Community Committee, the Nagla Reconciliation Action Plan Advisory Group, the Moort Boodjari Mia Reference Group and the Midland NAIDOC committee.

A celebrated Noongar woman (from Yued around New Norcia and Balladong Avon/Wheatbelt) she is the President of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Veteran’s Association, served in the Australian Army for 21 years and is the Master of Ceremony for the Indigenous Veteran’s Commemorative service held each year. Di also coordinates the Swan Aboriginal Community Christmas Party, which has grown to 900 people attending with over 200 hampers distributed last year.