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.


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    Kellie WilliamsDirector

    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.

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    Kate O'HaraDirector

    We are thrilled to announce the appointment of new Director Kate O’Hara. Kate comes to us with over 15 years experience in curatorship and arts management.  Most recently she managed Maningrida Art & Culture, a large and prestigious Indigenous art centre in Arnhem land.  Previous to this Kate worked with a number of arts organisations in South East Asia, including Romeet Contemporary Art Space in Phnom Penh, Cambodia as their inaugural Curator and Manager. She particularly enjoys working with diverse contemporary art communities, assisting with innovating and growing programs and artist platforms. 

    Kate is looking forward to getting to know the Umbrella community and leading the team in this particularly exciting time for the organisation. Please join us in welcoming Kate!

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    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.

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    Daniel QualischefskiGallery & Media Coordinator

    Daniel Qualischefski commenced in the role of Gallery and Media Coordinator in June 2019. Daniel came to Townsville with a wealth of experience from Toowoomba (and the surrounding regions) and Melbourne where he 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.

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    Bronte PerryPublic Programs and Retail Assistant

    Bronte Perry has commenced in the role of Public Programs and Retail Assistant as of January 2020. Bronte holds a Bachelor of Visual Art from the University of Canberra (through Townsville TAFE). You may remember Bronte from when she interned with Umbrella for PUNQ 2019. She then worked casually with us throughout 2019, supervising workshops and programs. Bronte is also an artist, and works at TAFE as a Disability Support Worker, Visual Arts and ATSI Cultural Arts. These roles include assisting students to complete written and practical work in units of competency in Visual and Cultural Arts.

Board of Management

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    Ann RoebuckPresident

    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.

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    Michael PopeSecretary

    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.

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    Brian Tucker CPATreasurer

    36 years’ experience as an accountant and auditor specialising in the arts including as treasurer for many organisations during this period.

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    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.

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    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).

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    Sheree KinlysideBoard Member

    Sheree has more than 30 years experience with community, group and solo exhibitions in and around Townsville. She holds a BA (fine arts/marketing), is a founding member of PressNorth Printmakers and has served on several RADF committees.
    Sheree also operates a Letterpress and print studio in Townsville and is director of North Qld Letterpress Collection.

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    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.

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    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.



  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.