Our Creative Team

Sue Beal

Chief Executive Officer

Jon Hawkes

Chief Financial Officer

Sue has over thirty years of program and event production and management, performing arts venue establishment and management, and community relations experience. Working across a range of sectors including local and state governments, the not-for-profit and corporate sectors, Sue knows how to get things done. She has extensive experience in cultural programming, event development and event coordination including for the White Night Festival, the Moomba Festival, Cirque du Soleil and Arts House at North Melbourne Town Hall and the Meat Market (Dance Massive, Black Arm Band and the Live Arts Festival).

An avid supporter of culture in community, Sue was the founding Chair of the Victorian Cultural Development Network, helping local governments and organisations to harness, promote and develop the artistic visions of their communities.  The Network conceived and managed projects in regional communities including Small Towns Big Picture, a partnership project with Latrobe University through the Centre for Sustainable Regional Communities.  The project was established in Denali, Carisbrook, Talbot, Wedderburn and Maldon and was managed in close association with regional Councils.

Sometime circus strongman, underground press editor, lighthouse keeper and bookseller, Jon Hawkes is the author of the ground-breaking ‘The Fourth Pillar of Sustainability: culture’s essential role in public planning’ (Common Ground, 01). Since then, ‘fourth pillar thinking’ has spread worldwide (in particular, since its adoption by the UCLG in 2010 as the cornerstone of its cultural policy) with Jon making presentations in the USA, Canada, Spain, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, China and Ireland.
His practical experience, from on-the-ground arts development through to the highest levels of policy formulation, makes him uniquely qualified to offer an integrated view of the function, value and practical application not only of a cultural perspective but also of art-making in community contexts (his particular passion).
As a regular consultant, adviser, lecturer and presenter over the last 25 years he has developed a remarkable facility to express in clear language the often complex issues surrounding cultural and arts development.
His long-standing commitment to advocating for publicly facilitated opportunities for all people to actively participate in making their own culture has informed all his professional activities.

Our Board

Kadir Hussein

Chair

Kadir is excited to be returned as Chair for a second term at the 2023 AGM.

His career has focused on the delivery of retail-based technology, most recently coordinating procurement of IT equipment for major retail businesses. 

Kadir has skills in project management, stakeholder liaison and compliance. Kadir has a special interest Architecture and Design, including built heritage. 

Kadir served as Secretary on the Creative Clunes Board 2021-2022.

Vacant

Deputy Chair

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Nick Bassett

Secretary

Nick has a background in people, operations and project management in the Information Technology and Telecommunications sectors.

With over 20 years of involvement at Board level of various community organisations, he brings a broad range of experience and knowledge in strategy, operations, regulatory, technology, risk management and human resources to the Board.

Nick also lends his support to Creative Clunes and Booktown Festival drawing on his extensive work in live theatre, audio/video tech and event logistics.

Nick joined the Board in 2023.

Warren Wiggins

Treasurer

Originally from New Zealand, Warren has been involved in Music and the Arts for a long time, playing in orchestras, in shows concerts.

He has been a Board Member for the Nelson School of Music for 6 years, the Auckland Youth Orchestra and ran and conducted the Nelson School of Music Orchestra…always looking for funding!

He has been playing viola for over 50 years in New Zealand and Australia and around the world wherever he was working as an Architect (he still dabbles in that) and has just recently retired from the Melbourne Opera Orchestra after 22 years involvement.

Warren has organised many concerts at Mulberry Manse over the last 6 years to bring high quality music and dance performances to Clunes.

Warren joined the Board in 2023.

Jacqui Horwood

Board Member

Jacqui has recently moved to Clunes after nearly 14 years in the inner west of Melbourne. She has been a co-convenor with Sisters in Crime Australia and is currently a committee member of the Australian Crime Writers Association.

She has two decades experience of project management and stakeholder engagement in the public sector and currently works at State Library Victoria.

Jacqui joined the Board in 2022.

Dayle Betts

Board Member

Dayle joined the Board in 2024.

Shelley Hinton

Board Member

Shelley joined the Board in 2023.