executive committee

Neil Clarke (President)

Neil was elected to the current Management Committee as President at the 2020 Mission Arts AGM. He previously served in the role of Treasurer, then President, in the 2019-2020 financial year. Neil is a (now retired) telecommunications systems engineer, with over 40 years’ professional experience in a range of project management, consulting and team leadership roles and multimillion-dollar budgets, contributing to the development of the internet in Australia. Along with his wife, Penelope Goward, he moved to idyllic South Mission Beach, from Melbourne, in 2018. His artistic and related interests are photography, astronomy, interior design, and audiovisual engineering. He is not a former mayor from the Cassowary Coast region!

Kerry Borthwick Bolton (Vice-President)

Irene Braddick (Secretary)

Irene and her husband Martin have lived in the area for 28 years, 15 of them on their Redclaw Crayfish Farm on East Feluga Road which they developed and farmed. She was Secretary for the Crayfish Farmers Association for many years and helped run two conferences in Cairns.  Early in the piece, she was President of Tully Netball and played for many years. She worked at the Tully 727 Store for 10 years. She currently volunteers at the Tully Angel Care Opp Shop and Mission Beach Meals on Wheels. She has extensive experience as the Secretary of Tully Lions Club for many years and the Zone Chairman for 7 years, as well as the Cabinet Secretary for two Lions District Governors. In amongst all that, she likes caravanning/travelling, gardening, nature walks and watching sport.

Merron McEvoy (Assistant Secretary)

Merron is Head of Department - Student Services at Tully Primary School.  She has 30 years’ experience as a teacher. She is an experienced club secretary having been the Minutes Secretary for the Alstonville / Wollongbar Quota Club for two years. She was also Secretary and President of the Wellington Point Lions Club. She sees Mission Beach as her permanent paradise home, ever since she discovered it when the Qld education department relocated her from far west outback Queensland in 2018.

Zanette Phillips (Treasurer)

Zanette was elected as Treasurer at the Mission Arts AGM 2020. She has previously served as the Mission Arts Treasurer in 2013 and the Assistant/Acting Treasurer in the 2019-2020 financial year. Zanette is currently also President of the Cassowary Coast Business Women’s Network. She is an entrepreneur, business manager, qualified trainer, author and small business owner. Her background is office administration and business management, for over 30 years, in over 20 different industries. Her passion is training, including online video business skills and interactive digital literacy courses.

Barbara Van der Hoek (Assistant Treasurer)

Dee Dean (General Committee Member)

Dee Dean is originally from Victoria and has been living in the Far North for over 20 years.

A 30 plus year career as a hair/ make up stylist and colour technician has allowed her to work with diverse creative teams including theatre groups, fashion parades, photographers, celebrities and models. After owning and working with leading salons in Victoria, Dee moved to north Queensland in 2000. She managed salons in Port Douglas and at the Sheraton Mirage, and then operated her own freelance business for patrons including 4 and 5 star resorts from the Daintree to Mission Beach, meeting many creative people.

After 20 years in the trade, Dee decided to take a break and explore other career options, including retail, business administration, marketing and sales, and rediscovering her art and drawing. After a few years of moving between these fields, Dee decided to travel and operate a market stall of new age merchandise, natural therapy and making jewellery.

Dee started volunteering for not-for-profit organisations 13 years ago at an animal refuge and then at one of the biggest folk music festivals in far north  Queensland – Wallaby Creek Festival, volunteering in visual arts, helping to create installations and stalls areas. She has been the Festival's Stalls Coordinator the past 12 years and a committee member for 8 years, writing new policies and procedures for this not-for-profit organisation. Over the past two years she has also been the coordinator of the Palm Creek Folk Festival, focusing on her passions of art, culture and music.

Since the birth of her child in 2014, taking a break and focusing on motherhood has given Dee the inspiration for being creative, returning to pottery at Mission Arts in 2016 and attending 3 beginners workshops at Mission Arts Pottery. In rediscovering her passion for the arts, Dee realised ceramics was a path she wanted to further explore. She started volunteering at Mission Arts in 2017 and is now on the current Mission Arts committee.

Dee's passion for arts and the community is very strong and she believes everyone should be able to create and be given that opportunity. She is self taught and always experimenting with new ideas in playing with clay. She mainly handbuilds functional ware and her passion is sculptures inspired by where the Rainforest meets the Reef. Dee runs workshops in Clay Play and Adult beginners hand-building workshops. Clay is her passion and she never gets bored of it as there are no limits in ceramics.

Julie Linden (General Committee Member)

Julie and her husband Simon moved to Mission Beach not knowing anybody in August 2019 when Simon retired. Julie had only started painting a little over 3 years ago when she finally took the plunge and started classes at Splashout Art Studios at Marino in Adelaide. Splashout also have a gallery in the very funky precinct of Beach Road at Brighton where she regularly did gallery sitting. She is most impressed by the quality and variety of art in the Mission Beach area and especially the Mission Arts facility and is keen to further develop her artistic skills. She is currently participating in weekly drawing classes and 'Art With A Heart' acrylic workshops, and the monthly 'Oiled' workshops at Mission Arts. She is greatly enjoying the classes, the people and the resources available in this magnificent part of the world. 

Julie worked in government for nearly 20 years, mostly in the education and employment sectors. She is a conceptual thinker with highly developed analytical and communication skills. Julie is keen to get involved in and contribute Mission Arts.

Ingrid Mason (General Committee Member)

Ingrid Mason is a NIDA Graduate and has an Associate Degree in Creative Writing from SCU. She has also completed a Diploma of Interior Design at Brisbane TAFE.

She worked as an actress for thirty years and probably best known for Picnic at Hanging Rock, Blankety Blanks and The Sullivans. She has written a mockumentary Sole to Soul for SBS and won a prize for her film Seize the Day at the Brisbane Film Festival. She has published and won prizes for her prose and poetry and is currently working on a history of the Blackbirders and planning Theatre Sports for children at Mission Arts in association with Mission Arts ‘Acting Up' Theatre Group.

She has taught drama and Theatre Sports to adults and children, manufactured organic ice cream and worked in Aged Care and learning to paint at Mission Arts Workshops.

Sally Moroney (General Committee Member)

Sally Moroney was born in the UK in 1950. She grew up in the bushland of Sydney’s northern suburbs, where she acquired a love of the natural environment and the seashore.

She studied sculpture, ceramics and fine arts at Sunshine-Cooloola TAFE and has a Diploma of Visual Arts (Fine Arts).  She has run her own craft business since 1969, specialising in jewellery, painting, basketry, and small sculpture, and conducts workshops in a variety of crafts. She also enjoys environmental education and working with community groups involved in arts and the environment.

She is a Life Member of Mission Arts and Noosa Gallery Society; is Past President of Noosa Parks Association, Noosa Gallery Society and Mission Arts; and is an active member of Cairns Art Society, Hinchinbrook Regional Arts, Mission Arts and Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation (C4).

Sally has had solo exhibitions at Noosa Regional Gallery, Red Chair Gallery, Cairns Art Society Gallery, The Drill Hall Studio, Mission Arts, and Unique Frames.

Noosa Regional Gallery, TYTO Regional Gallery and Cairns Regional Gallery have selected her work for group exhibitions.

Sally has won awards for painting and sculpture at Cairns Regional Gallery, Artists of the North, Innisfail Art Society, TYTO Regional Gallery, Mission Arts and the Cardwell Art Prize.

At Mission Arts,  Sally is involved in coordinating Art from the Heart (a mentored weekly community art group focusing on acrylic painting) and Threads (a dynamic group of fibre and textile artists). Both groups have exhibited on multiple occasions at Mission Arts. She enjoys sharing art skills with new artists and helping develop their creative spirit.

Jeannette Smith (General Committee Member)

 Jeannette's passion for art and literacy began in early childhood. Over the years she has developed an eclectic interest in a wide range of art forms. Living just outside Canberra, her enthusiasm for and knowledge of the arts increased even more when she became a member of the National Gallery of Australia. When she moved to Mission Beach in 2017, Jeannette joined Mission Arts and has since supported the photographic exhibitions and attended several workshops, the latest of these being a mosaic workshop. Her niche interest lies in (antique) needlework tools, including hand-painted thimbles. Jeannette also volunteers at the Mission Beach Visitor Information Centre.