Staff & Board
Staff include a Director, Business Manager and Gallery & Media Coordinator. As well as contracting artists, writers and curators, Umbrella is also committed to engaging interested individuals in all facets of the organisation, through active participation in its thriving membership and volunteer program.
Kellie has been intimately involved in the meeting point between government, the private sector and the community for 16 years, and has a solid understanding of creative and cultural development practice and principles, team leadership and management of creative projects. Kellie’s experience is richly diverse with 18 months contributing to the leadership of a cutting edge regional arts company, almost five years within the Queensland Government, including grants management at Arts Queensland, one year with a state-run art gallery, almost three years at the helm of an innovative not-for-profit, three years within an Olympic sporting organisation and five years as a professional artist. Kellie has gained a reputation as a dynamic and forward thinking manager, partnership broker, producer, project developer, grant writer and artist. She has worked in partnership with government and community organisations of all levels, from an industry development perspective in Brisbane and Cairns, across South East Queensland, interstate and internationally. Kellie has a very high level of experience in partnership development, business development, event management and financial planning. Having fallen in love with the Townsville lifestyle over the past two years, Kellie is excited to put down roots and work with the community on growing the vibrant arts and cultural scene in Townsville. In addition to her work with Umbrella Studio, Kellie is also the President of Professional Arts North Queensland Inc.
Photo Credit: Amber Haines
Alan MarloweBusiness Manager
Alan studied New Media Arts at James Cook University before he was offered the Business Administration traineeship position at Umbrella (2011). The course gave Alan a great foundation of knowledge of the arts industry and history, and linked him to various contacts in Townsville including artists, educators, and media. Alan has done a lot of volunteer work at different events in the arts community, like the Strand Ephemera public sculpture show, and has been a resident artist at Studio2 Gallery.
After Alan finished his traineeship with Umbrella, he was offered the permanent position of Business Support Officer, then later when our Business Manager left, was given the role of Business Manager.
When Alan is not at work, he likes to teach body balance, draw, take photos and attend social events. He also likes to keep fit and healthy by getting himself to gym or up castle hill after work, and does yoga most Sundays.
Daniel QualischefskiGallery & Media Coordinator (incoming)
Daniel Qualischefski has commenced in the role of Gallery and Media Coordinator as of June 2019. Daniel comes to Townsville with a wealth of experience from Toowoomba (and the surrounding regions) and Melbourne where he has worked across exhibitions, public program coordination and collection management at various art galleries.
Daniel holds a Master of Arts and Cultural Management from the University of Melbourne and degrees in visual arts from the University of Southern Queensland. He is passionate about contemporary art, making art accessible and engaging audiences. Daniel is a practising visual artist, often working under the pseudonym of Danish Quapoor.
Sue LuxonPublic Programs and retail assistant
Sue completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts, and a Master of Creative Arts Qualifying (Honours equivalent) course at James Cook University, and has been a practising artist & illustrator for twenty-five years. She has worked in a variety of art, educational and retail environments both in North Queensland and the Northern Territory. Her illustration work has been published on signage and in booklets for several government agencies and businesses. Also, she has completed numerous commissions for private clients. In her spare time, Sue enjoys reading, painting, bushwalking, meditation and being creative.
Board of Management
A journalist for 36 years, Ann was elected to the Umbrella board six years ago and is currently serving her second term as President. Ann recently retired after working for News Corporation for the previous 19 years. Her career included working in newsrooms across regional Queensland, including as Editor of the Gladstone Observer, Deputy Editor of the Townsville Bulletin and Managing Editor, North Queensland, overseeing 12 mastheads between Port Douglas and Bowen.
Michael is a practicing artist, arts worker, and high school Visual Art and Japanese teacher in Townsville. He holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts and a Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching and Learning. Within the museum and gallery sector, Michael has formally worked for Rockhampton Art Gallery, International Arts Services, Jan Murphy Gallery as well as Exhibition Officer at Museum of Brisbane, and Public Programs and Education Coordinator for Perc Tucker Regional Gallery and Pinnacles Gallery. He is a co-founder of Urban Sketchers Townsville.
Brian Tucker CPATreasurer
36 years’ experience as an accountant and auditor specialising in the arts including as treasurer for many organisations during this period.
Jo LankesterBoard Member
Jo Lankester has been an artist and arts worker since 1994. She is currently exhibiting locally, nationally, and internationally and employed at Gallery Services, Townsville City Council. Jo has previous experience as an Umbrella board member and has also been the president of PressNorth Printmakers since 2012.
Stephen NaylorBoard Member
Currently the Chair of the Academic Board at James Cook University, Professor Stephen Naylor has had more than 35 years working in the visual arts and higher education. He has an understanding of contemporary art practice from a practitioners perspective (as an artist with 20 years of practice), an arts educator (having taught art history and sculpture in Universities for more than 25 years) and as an international arts reviewer for national arts journals (over the past 20 years).
Sheree KinlysideBoard Member
Sheree has 28 years experience with community, group, and solo exhibitions and was also as an arts reporter for the Townsville Bulletin. She served on the RADF committee for three years in 1990s. Sheree holds a BA Marketing/Fine Arts (Printmaking) and is a founding member of PressNorth Printmakers. She has a keen interest in community arts, respectfully involved in the support and advancement of our country’s First Nations people.
Sarah StandenBoard Member
Sarah Standen is a communications and marketing consultant and founder of Inkbyte Communications, a strategic creative agency based in Townsville. Sarah has extensive experience in communications and marketing, working at senior levels within the public and private sector and in recent years as a consultant with various industry and consumer clients. She is an experienced strategist and operational driver, with a passion for helping businesses deliver engaging and authentic experiences.
Nareeta DavisBoard Member
Raised in Townsville, Nareeta has worked in the field of insolvency for 24 years and now resides in Cairns working as a Senior Accountant. Nareeta is additionally a qualified lawyer and is a Board Member for local Boards in the Cairns region of where she resides.
Role of the Management Committee
The Committee’s overall role is to govern the organisation rather than manage it. It is the purpose of the Director to manage the organisation in accordance with the direction of the Committee.
In general, the Committee is responsible for, and has the authority to determine, all matters relating to the policies, practices, management and operations of Umbrella Studio Association Inc. It is required to do all things that may be necessary to be done in order to carry out the objectives of the organisation. The Committee has the final responsibility for the successful operations of the organisation. Without intending to limit the general role of the Committee, there are two dual roles of the Management Committee.
- Ensure compliance – Umbrella Studio is accountable to its members, community and funding bodies and complies with legislation such as taxation, work cover, insurance and the meeting of contractual and service obligations.
- To improve the performance of the organisation, the Committee is charged with overseeing strategy formulation and policy making – and making sure that Umbrella Studio is meeting the purpose for which was formed.
- Ensuring the Mission Statement is fulfilled.
There are five key tasks associated with these dual roles:
- Develop clear and appropriate goals and plans for the association
- Make sure that the service users needs are met in the best ways possible
- Make sure the association remains financial
- Meeting any legal obligations such as complying with the Associations Incorporations Act, the constitution and any funding agreements
- Make sure proper financial management procedures are in place and are followed
The minimum time requirement from Board is to: attend exhibition openings and special events as well as, attend monthly Management Committee Meetings 2 hours x 11, Attend AGM 2 hours in March, attend Strategic planning day scheduled for July lasting approximately 6 hours and attend two sub-committee meetings that last 2 hours.