AWESOME Arts Board

Louanne Munz

Louanne Munz

With a strong background in the resources industry, Louanne has for the past 20 years immersed herself in community partnership development,
community investment and corporate governance.

Born to travel and learn about many different cultures, Louanne has a keen sense of adventure as well as a passionate appreciation of the arts.
Working as a consultant in community relations and stakeholder engagement, she also dedicates her time to contributing towards the continued
success of AWESOME Arts in the Western Australian community.


Kate Chaney

Kate Chaney

Kate has worked as a corporate lawyer, a business strategy consultant, and in a number of corporate roles. At Wesfarmers she has worked in
aboriginal affairs, emerging ventures, community partnerships and sustainability. She is also Deputy Chair of Lifeline WA and on the Advisory Boards
of the Australian Futures Project and the WA Venture Philanthropy Fund.

As a regular visitor to AWESOME in recent years, Kate is delighted to join the board in 2015 to apply her business, strategy and governance skills in a
new area. She is enjoying the novelty of taking up a position where her three school-aged kids are an asset, not a liability.



Jo Wilkie

Jo Wilkie

Jo has recently joined the AWESOME Board, having had a professional interest in Awesome for more than 10 years through her role at Lotterywest
where she has been a grant manager since 1999.

Prior to that she worked in the not for profit sector for 24 years in the area of youth engagement and development in a variety of roles – including living
with homeless young people , establishing the Youth Legal Service and was President of the Youth Affairs Council of WA. Jo has been appointed to a
number of Ministerial Advisory Councils including the WA Taskforce on Families, initiated in the International Year of the Family.

She believes passionately in the importance of not for profits in a healthy social fabric. She has a strong interest in governance and is guided by the principles
of collective impact and a joined-up approach to community development. She is committed to human rights and social justice. Her community roles have
been in club management, refereeing and coaching, She was a founding member and later President of the Vic Park Rovers Junior Soccer Club and
President of the South Perth Junior Soccer Club.

Jo is a Rotarian and sits on the Board of Apex Camp Jurien which provides affordable respite and breaks for disadvantaged families. Jo is married to
Ray and has three adult sons, two adult step children and four amazing grandchildren who provide her with endless joy and fulfilment.

Sven Sorenson

Sven Sorensen

Sven’s work has been divided in the last 18 months between supporting drama education at a senior school level and developing with teachers in WA
the Western Australian Arts Curriculum for Pre-primary to Year 10. This last project has been adapted from the ACARA Australian Curriculum for the Arts.

Sven has also worked with DramaWest on the executive developing professional learning and resources for drama teachers since 2008. He has also
been a chair of the Board for an IPS primary school in the hills. Sven remains a member of the teachers group for Black Swan State Theatre Company
and works with on occasion the pre-service teachers at Edith Cowan University. He is on the committee for Performing Arts Perspectives that showcases
every year outstanding performers from the Year 12 practical examinations for Dance, Drama and Music. Sven also enjoys the challenge of doing corporate training using improvisation in effective staff management and training. Sven is also an ICT tragic and film/audiobook gourmand.

David Lee

David Lee

David’s first stage experience was very traumatic. At least for a four year old. Mr and Mrs Lee’s eldest son forgot all the words to Jesus Loves Me while
performing solo in front of the Bethel Baptist Church congregation in the Llynfi Valley, South Wales. This unfortunate event led to tears, followed by a
misspent youth of snooker, rock bands and socialism.

David partially recovered and spent the early part of his career working as a tradesman in Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia, before coming to
Australia in 1982. After completing a degree in Communications and Chinese studies at Murdoch, David worked as a radio broadcaster, a trade unionist,
a shire councillor, a best practice consultant, mine manager, marketing director, a chief executive officer and a political staffer.

David also has had broad experience in working for a number of community arts organisations. For the past seven years, David has been working in the resource sector and continues to play music and broadcast on RTR FM

David loves the energy, enthusiasm and professionalism of AWESOME and still harbours a dream that one day Willy Nelson will cover one of his songs!

Nadia Mitsopoulos

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Nadia once dreamed of a career on the stage having enjoyed some theatre success during her high school years. As a member of the WA Youth Theatre
Company she was lucky enough to perform overseas. An experience she cherishes to this day.
It certainly provided her with the skills to carve out a successful career in the media as a television journalist with a particular focus on politics.

Nadia started out as 19-year-old journalist for GWN in Bunbury and Albany before returning to Perth and moving to the Ten Network.
She then headed overseas to satisfy her desire to see the world before settling in London and working as a producer for Associated Press.
On her return she spent 13 years at Channel 9 as its state political reporter.

These days Nadia has switched to live radio and works at 720 ABC Perth as a journalist and producer on the Mornings program.

She has never lost her love of theatre and jumped at the chance to be part of the AWESOME team. She loves the energy of AWESOME and its commitment to engage and challenge young minds. Nadia has a 9-year-old boy and 7-year-old girl who are big fans of AWESOME too and they can’t wait for the next instalment.

Derry Simpson

Derry Simpson

Derry is a highly intuitive, credentialed and award winning brand and communications strategist with a passion for interactive, transformative ideas.
Currently Agency Leader and Head of Strategy and Planning at 303LOWE, Derry has over 15 years in the media and marketing industry. As an expert in
behavior change, Derry has worked with numerous not-for-profit organisations over the years, both as a Board member and in a consultant capacity,
assisting them to transform their brands and succeed in today’s cluttered environment. A Mum of three little ones and an advocate for building the
creative capital in Western Australia, Derry was thrilled to be appointed to the AWESOME Board. It presents a wonderful opportunity to put her skills
to good use in area she is passionate about.


Luke Blackbourn

Luke Board Web

Luke has enjoyed wonderful opportunities to live and work around the world; as a child he lived in the UK for three years, but travelled through Europe constantly and completed his schoolwork on the road. A stint as an exchange student, a move from Melbourne to Perth and overseas roles have perpetuated his roaming lifestyle.

Luke’s theatrical pursuits peaked in school theatre as a teenager, but he has maintained support for and involvement with many community-based organisations, through his long-term community engagement work.

Now with three children dominating his every spare moment, Luke is keen to build on the amazing work of the AWESOME team to date and continue to provide ground-breaking opportunities for fun, learning and expression.

Mary Bretherton

Mary Board

Mary is a retired tax accountant who has spent 40 years in the profession.

During the years bring up three sons she has served on various kindergarten and school committees/boards and recently 11 years on her local church finance committee.

Mary who has always enjoyed all forms of theatre and now as a grandmother of 3 young girls is keen to be part of a team providing exciting cultural activities for children which encourages development of young creative abilities.


Patron – Professor Jonathan Carapetis (Telethon Kids Institute) 

Jonathan is a paediatrician, researcher, Director of Telethon Kids Institute and has been patron of AWESOME Arts since 2015. This combination allows him to blend his passions for improving the health of disadvantaged kids as well as for the arts. During university, Jonathan was a frequent visitor to Africa where his father lived, and it was in Tanzania he saw first-hand the challenges facing families struggling with poverty and major health crises such as HIV, malaria, pneumonia and malnutrition.

In the dim dark past he mis-spent many years as an amateur thespian, and wonders to this day whether he should have followed his mates into professional acting. They went on to become famous with Working Dog Productions, while Jonathan became a doctor. Sigh… Jonathan and his family are strong supporters of the arts as well as organisations focused on health, social justice and equity.