The Board maintains strategic oversight of the operations of the Canberra Potters’ Society/Watson Arts Centre and the finances, strategic risks and programs of CPS are standing items of discussion at each Board meeting. The Board supports the management and staff in its purpose to:
Maintain Canberra Potters and Watson Arts Centre as a dynamic, innovative and inspiring arts hub of excellence, supporting personal and professional development across all levels of ceramic arts practice while providing exciting community engagement through artist, exhibition and visitor experiences.
The board was appointed at the AGM in June 2020 and serves until the AGM in 2021. Collectively it encompasses a range of management, financial, governance, legal, education and artistic expertise:
President & Chair
Jill’s career has spanned more than 30 years in Federal and State Government agencies. She has worked in policy and program roles in areas such as children, women, disability and mental health. Jill has had extensive experience working with community groups, other government agencies and Ministers.
In 2004 Joanne was the invited artist at the Asia Pacific Students Workshop ‘ Ceramics for Use, a New Perspective’ at the University of Hawaii.
Joanne joins the Board as a non-CPS Member. Her expertise in current ceramic arts practice and role as lecturer with Canberra’s highly regarded ANU School of Art underlines our objective to strive for the professional delivery of our own education services.
Wil Trewartha (CA)
Wil is a Chartered Accountant and brings to the Canberra Potters a combination of financial accounting expertise, interpersonal skills and a commitment to diversity. The arts are an important part of all communities and Wil believes that finance professionals like him can make a real contribution to their sustainability.
Besides a busy professional life at Bentleys Accounting, he plays as many sports as his time permits such as rugby, Oz Tag, skiing, and golf. He just enjoys being outdoors.
Wil’s qualifications include: Chartered Accountant (full member of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand); Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), University of Newcastle; Master of Applied Finance, Macquarie University (currently studying)
Kerry’s interest in pottery continues to develop and she is a regular participant in classes and activities at Canberra Potters. As her formal work commitments have eased, she is ready to devote her energies to the Canberra Potters community through board involvement. Kerry joined the Board in July 2020 and, at the September Board meeting was approved by the Board to take on the role of Secretary.
Christine was an early member of CPS, as teacher, Administrator, Vice President, and President over a period of 20 years. A major achievement with CPS was negotiating with government the transition of the lease of the premises to what is now known as the Watson Arts Centre.
Christine served several terms on the CAPO Board and is a Director of her business designing and implementing craft related tour programs. Leading many of these tours, required the ability to maintain excellent rapport with guests, local guides and management.
In the 1970’s she established her studio producing a variety of ceramic styles, participating in numerous exhibitions, and producing restaurant tableware. As well, Christine was the first Artist in Residency at Dong Nai College of Decorative Arts, in Vietnam; a Visiting Craftsperson at Goroka Teacher’s College in PNG; conducted workshops in Fiji, and designed a residential in Cuba.
Her qualifications include a Certificate in Ceramics from Canberra School of Art and a Bachelor of Visual Arts from ANU Canberra School of Art and Design with a major in Ceramics and Art History.
With her many years of working in ceramics and her business experience and extensive network of relevant contacts, she seeks to provide a positive input to the Board.