Committee

The River of Art is an Incorporated Association (ABN 76069799669). Current office bearers and Committee members are as follows:

Leanne Joyce, Chair

Leanne has 25 years’ experience across the government, corporate, and not-for-profit sectors in communications, government affairs, marketing campaigns, media relations and executive management.

Her career has included CEO of a leading health organisation, and executive roles in the humanitarian, global health, telecommunications, and trade and investment portfolios.

She has been on the River of Art Committee since January 2021 in the capacity as partnerships and fundraising.

Leanne has a long-standing love of the Eurobodalla area and recently moved here permanently after building her dream house. She has a passion for arts and culture and is committed to showcasing the artistic talent and diversity of the South Coast through the River of Art Festival.

Di Jay, BA, FAIDC, Deputy Chair

Di has a strong corporate background spanning both public and private sectors.  She has been a senior executive and company secretary for a top 100 company (by market cap), CEO and senior executive in two national not for profit entities (one professional and one charitable). Her career has spanned corporate governance, public affairs, advocacy, change management, marketing and communications, HR, audit and risk management and compliance.  She has been a non-executive director of a range of entities, a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is now actively retired and loving life on the south coast of NSW indulging her lifelong passion for the arts, architecture and design.  Di has been on the River of Art Committee since 2018 and is a former Chair.

Vicki Lascelles, Deputy Chair

Vicki Lascelles has deep experience providing commercial advice and support, particularly in relation to Government Procurement and Contracting & Procurement Policy. She was the Chief Procurement Office (CPO) of the Department of Defence where she led a large and dynamic team providing procurement and contracting support to Defence’s acquisition projects and sustainment products.

Vicki also has first-hand knowledge and experience in organisational change having lead a number of transformations across many Defence domains. Most recently as CPO, Vicki managed the reform to the procurement and contracting function that also included establishing a professionalisation pathway for procurement and contracting practitioners.

Vicki and her partner moved permanently to take up residence in the Eurobodalla after completing a ‘gap year’ on the south coast post retirement. Their love of the ocean and community was their initial draw card but have relished in the diversity of activities that the Eurobodalla offers. Vicki has been on the River of Art Committee since 2019, and held the position of Co-Chair in 2020 and 2021. She continues to be a committed devotee of the Eurobodalla artistic community and an ardent member of the ROA Committee.

Jennifer Cunich, Secretary

Jennifer has more than 25 years’ experience in Industry and Professional NFP organisations working with property professionals.  She was Executive Director at the Property Council of Australia in ACT and then in Victoria, and for 20 years lead their advocacy campaigns and successful commercial operations. Jennifer then moved to the Australian Institute of Architects where she was CEO and instituted a new strategic plan, oversaw an overall IT upgrade for the 100 plus staff and its 10,000 members and reigned in the organisations expenditure and increased its revenue.

Jennifer is now semi-retired and lives on the South Coast close to one of her daughters and two gorgeous grandchildren, and looking forward to full retirement.  Jennifer joined the River of Arts Committee in 2021.

Bob Hooton, CPA, Treasurer and Public Officer

Robin Scott-Charlton, Committee Member

Robin worked for the Australian Government Foreign Aid Program for 40 years, 20 of those years as a diplomat. Since retirement Robin has finished a Masters Degree and a Certificate IV in Fitness, and has volunteered as a fitness trainer, a Lifeline Phone Counseller, at Monty’s Place Charity Lunch in Narooma, conducting the Narooma Community Choir and in various roles for the River of Art including Chair and Co-Chair.  Robin lives at Potato Point and has two children and 2 grandchildren.  

Nina Shatifan, Committee Member

Nina Shatifan is an international development consultant, with extensive expertise in program/project planning and design, implementation, grants management and monitoring and evaluation.  Her earlier career included senior management roles promoting equity and diversity in the public sector and tertiary education sectors in WA, Qld, ACT and NSW.  Nina’s experience includes designing and conducting strategies for community engagement, network building and leadership development for women and socially diverse groups. She is a strong advocate for increased participation in arts and cultural activity as a means of strengthening community cohesion and individual empowerment.

Duncan Irving, Committee Member

Duncan’s background in illustration, animation and design has spanned various commercial applications from vibrant youth content to corporate events and installations while garnering awards both locally and internationally.

Past commercial work has involved motion graphics for broadcast and video games, public art (painted murals and projections), experiential installations and large format animated video projections for stadium-based sporting events, conferences and festivals.

Duncan is currently investigating new ways of place-making through 3D mapping and projections while exploring how this landscape informs new concepts, characters and art-forms. 

He joined the River of Art crew in 2019 developing the festival brand, murals and projections.

Dee-Anne Bunyan, Committee member

Dee is an administration professional with extensive experience in the design/furniture industry across commercial, hospitality and high-end residential sectors in Australia and overseas. Dee fell in love with the area when she moved here 5 years ago, and quickly discovered the vibrant creative art community. She joined the River of Art committee as she believes the Festival is an important platform for local artists and makers to showcase their work and connect with the community.

Anita Spurling, Committee Member

Anita’s career encapsulates all areas of marketing, sales and sponsorships. She has deep experience in the property sector, through the Property Council, the Australian Institute of Architects, and Renew Australia. She has conducted major rebranding projects and sponsorships, as well as worked as a management consultant.

Anita lives near Melbourne, Victoria, but has a great affinity with the Eurobodalla region and is a keen supporter of the arts.

Marie-Ann Holdich, Committee Member

Marie-Ann worked in education for her entire career. For thirty years she taught English and History across a number of high schools and colleges in the ACT. More recently she worked at the National Museum of Australia, in Education and Public Programs. Here she developed and delivered programs for participants from across Australia, ranging from pre-schoolers to university students and teachers.

Now fully retired she has made the move to the South Coast of NSW where she is enjoying life at the beach and being a member of the Committee for the River of Art.

Corin Rossouw, Committee Member

A newcomer to Eurobodalla, Corin has recently returned to Australia after 14 years in London. After leaving behind her demanding Sydney Property Staging and Interiors business she followed her passion for the arts and undertook further study in fine art photography which led to her emersion in local collaborative projects and private commissions. During her time in the UK she also worked closely with community enterprises, the Australian Women’s Club London and the London Australian Film Society, both promoting and supporting a variety of programs and events, alongside this she developed and ran their digital media. Corin had previously worked with small Australian businesses in the Health & Beauty sector in sales, marketing and training. Corin joined the River of Arts committee in 2021, she has been involved in and holds a long time passion for design, the arts and community, locally she is also involved in the Narooma Camera Club. Corin shares her time unevenly between Sydney and North Narooma where she now calls home.

Alex Rea, Committee Member

Rochelle Ethell, Committee Member


Anyone can be a member of the River of Art and volunteers are invited to join the Association and participate in our Committee. Any questions, please contact us via the Contact form or by emailing contact@riverofart.com.au

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