Helen O'Neil
Helen O'NeilChair
Helen O’Neil has worked as a manager and director across the creative sector, with a strong focus on building relationships and networks. She was most recently Director of the British Council Australia, the United Kingdom’s international organisation for cultural relations and is now spending more time at her home in Cuttagee and working from Canberra.

Helen is President of Performing Arts Connections and Deputy Chair of the Cultural Facilities Corporation ACT.

She was Senior Adviser to the Australian Minister for the Arts, working on the Creative Australia policy, and Executive Director of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group and the Council for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Sue Haslingden
Sue HaslingdenSecretary
Sue brings to South East Arts her years of experience in the study and practice of visual arts, engagement with agriculture and environmental issues, global warming/climate change as well as community support and enhancement as a Local Councillor with the Snowy Monaro Regional Council (SMRC).

As a board member representing the SMRC region, including being the board Secretary and a member of the Governance and Sustainability Committee and Chair of the SMRC Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee, it is her vision that the South East region of NSW becomes a recognised and valued artistic and creative hub and that South East Arts grows sustainably and wholesomely as the ‘go to’ arts organisation representing the region.

Sue has always been very passionate about the arts and their contribution to society. Besides being a foundation member of Bombala’s Bristle Brush Arts Inc. she is now studying a BA in Fine Arts and Visual Culture. Her previous creative studies include ceramics, photography, print making, textiles, drawing and painting with participation in workshops and exhibitions.

Isabel Darling
Isabel DarlingMember
Isabel Darling is a filmmaker with a background in documentary, tourism and TV production. She has worked in production companies in Sydney and Melbourne and has produced numerous videos for regional festivals and events. Isabel also Directs large-scale tourism productions across the South East of NSW.

Isabel founded Torchlight Media, a video production house, and co-founded South Tribe – a Batemans Bay co-working space which houses multiple digital creative businesses.

She is passionate about this region and expanding and developing a stronger screen industry by fostering local talent and creating new pathways for young filmmakers.

Bruce Carmichael
Bruce CarmichaelVice Chair
Bruce has over forty years performing arts experience and has been the Director of the Canberra Theatre Centre since 2007. During this time CTC has played host to some new and developing shows including Le Noir, The Illusionists 1903, the world premiere of Circus 1903 in December 2016 and hosted the Australian Premiere of MAMMA MIA! The Musical in November 2017.

Bruce’s main focus at CTC has been increasing self-sourced revenue and the beginnings of strategies to spread our education programs, investing in local productions, reaching out to potential regional partners and having the Centre included in the national touring circuit.

Lindsay Brown
Lindsay BrownMember
Lindsay resides in Narooma on the South Coast with his wife Lyn where they have lived since 1984.

Following a successful business career in the fitness industry, Lindsay retired from active work in 2006 to pursue personal interests which included local government.

Lindsay was elected to Eurobodalla Shire Council and was elected Mayor in 2012 by popular vote.

Lindsay’s current role is councillor and he also holds a number of external Board positions

Lindsay sees and supports South East Arts as integral to the wellbeing of a community through a choice of artistic fields that bring a vibrancy to the South East.

Pete Wild
Pete WildMember
Pete Wild is a musician, songwriter and father. He has been deeply involved in the Candelo and Bega arts communities over many decades, serving variously as President and Treasurer of the Candelo Arts Society and Theatre Onset, and as Coordinator of the Candelo Village Festival.

He is currently studying Economics and Law, and has much experience in retail and property management.

He also has experience in establishing and managing Co-operatives, Associations and other bodies-corporate founded on consensus decision making principles.

Philippa Ryan
Philippa RyanMember
Dr Philippa (Pip) Ryan is a barrister and a senior lecturer in the College of Law at the Australian National University in Canberra. Pip is a non-executive director on the board of Australian law firm, Lander & Rogers and she is on the editorial board of Stanford’s Journal of Blockchain Law and Policy.

Pip is Chair of the Standards Australia working group for smart contracts. She is the author of Trust and Distrust in Digital Economies (Routledge 2019). Pip and her husband (Dermot) live in Delegate, where they have fruit trees and vegetable gardens. She loves the Southern Monaro with its rich heritage, cold winters and warm friendships. Pip’s particular passions are historic walking routes, literary weekends and baking scones.

Lisa Matthes
Lisa MatthesTreasurer
Lisa Matthes is a Chartered Accountant and business owner. Her early years were spent at Coopers&Lybrand (now Price Waterhouse Coopers), Oracle Corporation and Tourism Australia in various roles including consulting, business process development, training and auditing.

Lisa also spent many years in pubic accounting as a small business advisor and taxation consultant before deciding to relocate from Sydney to the beautiful Snowy Mountains region to raise her family.

For the last 15 years, she has run a successful growing business within Perisher Ski Resort and has been a member of the Perisher & Jindabyne Chambers of Commerce.

In 2016 Lisa became Chairperson of the annual Lake Light Sculpture event in Jindabyne and has since helped steer the significant growth of the event in number of exhibiting artists, sponsorship and audience.

Cathy Griff
Cathy GriffMember
Cathy Griff is a Councillor at Bega Valley Shire, representing the Greens.

Her career has centred on the Australian screen industries in the roles of research and policy management. She has been employed by federal government agencies including Screen Australia, the Australian Film, Television and Radio School and the Australian Communication and Media Authority. In addition, Cathy has been a volunteer teacher and journalist in Papua New Guinea, a media advisor for the Australian Council of Social Service and worked on a range of film and TV productions.

Her twin passions are protecting the environment and fostering regional arts.