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

Debbie is a Chartered Accountant;  currently the CFO and Company Secretary of JWH Group Pty Ltd, a privately owned WA company operating in the residential building industry in WA. She is experienced in all aspects of strategic financial management of large private business and is an aspiring visual artist; exhibiting and displaying her work most recently in the Darlington Arts Festival and Gallery.

Cr David Lavell | Council Delegate

Elected Shire of Mundaring President in 2016, David is a strong advocate for the arts. Living in Darlington, David has long supported the Darlington Arts Festival and community events.


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.


Darrell is an independent company director with expertise in governance, finance, and marketing across the private, government, and not-for-profit sectors. He is currently a Member of the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board and Non-executive Director of the Perth NRM. He was a Councillor at the Shire of Mundaring for six years (2009 – 2015), two as Deputy Shire President, where he sat on many committees including Chair of the Audit & Governance Committee, and Council representative to the Mundaring Arts Centre. Darrell grew up in the hills and returned with his family in 1998. He has an enduring appreciation of arts and culture, and the way it contributes to the fabric of our society.

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.