John Langoulant has extensive experience across Western Australia’s business, government and community sectors, and has been recognized for his activities being made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2010 and Western Australian Citizen of the Year in 2011.
John has held CEO positions in government and the business community and is currently chair of Westpac Banking Group WA, CEDA WA, the Telethon Kids Institute and consults to the university and banking sectors.
John’s experience in the arts and culture sector has included 11 years on the Board of the West Australian Ballet, inaugural Director of the Chamber of Arts and Culture Board and member of the Art Gallery Foundation.
Russell Lester is an Executive Director of the Lester Group of companies, with 25 years’ experience in the Australian equity, investment and property industries he has built a broad range of investment and business management skills.
He holds a Bachelor of Economics from University of WA; a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia; is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Member of Real Estate Institute of WA. He is a Fellow of Council at Guildford Grammar School and the immediate past President of the Guildford Grammar School Foundation Inc.
Pina Caffarelli is a chartered accountant with a Masters in Business who operates a city-based specialist accounting practice.
Pina’s extensive business management skills and her love and support of the arts is of enormous benefit to arts boards across Western Australia.
In addition to her position on the Board of The Lester Prize, she has been the Chair of Awesome Arts Ltd, and a Board Member of Country Arts WA. She has also served on the board of Kulcha (Multicultural Arts of Western Australia) from 1996 to 2006. Pina holds a number of other board positions with not-for-profit organisations in the areas of health, sport and entrepreneurship.
Sherri Staltari is the Director of STALA CONTEMPORARY commercial gallery in West Perth and acted previously as a Director of emerge Art Space galleries (2006 – 2016). She is a passionate advocate for the visual arts and champions the development of home-grown WA contemporary and Australian artists. She has worked in the not-for-profit arts sector on Sculpture at Bathers 2017 in curatorial, fundraising and media roles. Sherri is dedicated to elevating the profile of the arts to benefit the wider community. She has a Curtin University Bachelor of Pharmacy and has managed community pharmacies.
Dario Amara is a civil engineer and builder with 40 years of business experience gained in Australia and internationally. His experience spans the building, infrastructure, industrial and property sectors.
Dario has a track record in establishing and developing businesses, with particular strengths around strategic planning, project development and capture, project management, business improvement and building high performance teams.
His passion for the arts has translated to over 25 years of pro bono service on arts and cultural boards, including having served as Chairman of the West Australian Opera Company, the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Heritage Perth, and as a Board Member of the Perth International Arts Festival, the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra Foundation and the Murdoch University Art Collection Board. He is also a keen collector and has a Lester Prize for Portraiture finalist work in his collection.
Delwyn Everard is an intellectual property lawyer and arts advocate. She spent a decade working at Australia’s community legal centre for the arts, the Arts Law Centre, advising artists and arts organisations across all art forms.
She has extensive experience working in remote and regional Australia with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community arts organisations and artists.
Delwyn has served on a number of non-profit boards including over six years on the board of the Art Month Sydney contemporary arts festival. She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of the John Curtin Gallery.
Dick Lester was made Lifetime Patron of the Prize in 2018, in recognition of his passion for the Arts, his encouragement of Tina Wilson during her tenure as Executive Director, and his advice and financial assistance that, from modest beginnings, enables the Prize to flourish.
Annie Silberstein is a partnerships specialist with experience working on international and national community projects in various sectors.
In Perth, Annie directed the much-loved Art in Bloom exhibition for six years expanding the scope, number of participants and visitors. In Thailand, she developed and expanded an art gallery and community centre attracting emerging local and international artists to Bangkok, and project managed a substantial expansion to the exhibition spaces, including raising the funds required to build it. Annie was the Clinic Coordinator in the medical sector for an international clinical trial on the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
Annie joined the Prize in 2018 and is passionate about democratising art by making it accessible to everyone. She is dedicated to serving communities and developing programs that benefit others.
Giorgia Mack has a strong background as an arts professional having worked across the commercial, public and not-for-profit sectors. She joined The Lester Prize in 2018 and holds the role of Secretary to the Board.
Giorgia previously worked for the not-for-profit organisation, Sculpture by the Sea in Sydney as the Sculpture Sales Coordinator, a role integral to the successful planning and execution of staging major public exhibitions and events on a national level. She has expertise in acquisitions and gallery management, customer relations, artist liaison and support. Her skills also include events, marketing and research.
She is a co-director of The Farm Margaret River, which offers artist-in-residence programs to artists in WA’s South West. She has also worked for organisations such as the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts part of their Front of House staff and holds a UNSW Fine Arts (Hons) degree where she received the Sculpture, Performance and Installation Prize for Excellence.
Giorgia is driven by making a positive contribution in her field by increased participation in the arts and cultural activity, and is passionate about contemporary visual arts and its power to transform individuals and communities.
Yvette Canét-Gibson has over 25 years’ experience in community events, public and media relations activities, sponsorship acquisition and servicing, production of multi-channel print, web and direct marketing campaign collateral, administration and finance management, and providing project support. She studied Production Management at AFTRS (Australian Film, Television & Radio School) in Sydney, which led to a 12-year career in film, television, advertising and graphic design.
She is Director of Twine—Ideas That Bind, and has enjoyed roles as Events, Marketing, Communications & Media Manager on numerous events. Her project list includes: Lendlease Communities and Retail; Department of Communities; Department of Aboriginal Affairs; Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF); Office of Multicultural Interests; The Lester Prize for Portraiture (since 2016); Brookfield Properties; and the Perth International Jazz Festival. She was Communications & Media Manager for Josh Byrne (ABC TV’s Gardening Australia) for many years; Production/Traffic Coordinator in the advertising industry; Production Manager in multimedia and broadcasting; and in Community Engagement, Marketing and PR in the education and welfare sectors.
Aspiring to a life with purpose: a place where the joy is in the doing—work, life, inspiration and beauty—she loves all things artful, innovative, interesting AND practical. Yvette brings to the Prize an ability to manage complex events, communications, media and community development projects, and create integrated strategies to engage with diverse stakeholder groups and the public.
Naomi Quinlivan is a public relations and marketing consultant with marketing, science and business qualifications, as well as a Masters of Professional Marketing. She started her own PR Consultancy, Candy Stripe Public Relations in 2006, based in Cottesloe. Before this she worked as the Marketing and Public Relations Manager for St John of God Hospital Subiaco, and in a number of other marketing/ publicity roles following graduation from university.
She has worked with number of national and state-based businesses, as well as not-for profit organisations and public community events to manage their public relations. She has a particular interest in health care and works with a number of hospitals and allied health providers. Naomi has developed key contacts within the media, through her client work as well as her professional development and affiliations.
This is the fourth year that Naomi has worked with the Prize, and she relishes the opportunity to make a difference to artists’ lives through publicity and exposure.
Simone Woodard is an event management and marketing specialist working on international events such as the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games and Rally Australia and on local arts and cultural events including the Perth International Jazz Festival, Winter Lights and Illuminites Festival.
She was General Manager of Rally Australia, an award-winning round of the World Rally Championship and Marketing Director at Eventscorp where she developed joint marketing campaigns for major events such as Red Bull Air Race, Hopman Cup, Australian Surf Lifesaving Championships, Cricket Ashes Series, Perth Fashion Festival, Fremantle Street Arts Festival and Sculpture by the Sea.
Simone has developed and managed the annual arts event programs for Arts Brookfield at Brookfield Place and the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority in the Perth Cultural Centre working with Fringeworld, Laneway Festival, Perth International Arts Festival, Awesome Festival and Perth International Jazz Festival.
She is passionate about creating extraordinary events and activating spaces; providing platforms on which artists can flourish; developing community programs focused on the power of art; and about the importance of creating great partnerships and the strength of collaboration within the Arts sector.
Kay Campbell is a successful administrator and champion of volunteers in the arts. She recognises the vital role volunteers play in the promotion of public art.
In addition to her role at The Lester Prize, she is the current Vice Chair of the Australian Decorative & Fine Arts Society (Perth). Previously, she was a Councillor and Vice Chair of the Friends of the Art Gallery of Western Australia and on the sales team at Sculpture by the Sea (Bondi and Cottesloe).
Kay has a passion for the Arts and enjoys the interface between arts organizations and the general public.