Board of Trustees
The Board consists of eight members appointed by the Governor under Section 5 of the Perth Theatre Trust Act 1979. Of these eight members, four are nominated by the Minister for Culture and the Arts, three are nominated by the City of Perth and an ex-officio position is held by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Morgan Solomon, Chair
(Appointed January 2013)
Founding Director at Perth law firm Solomon Hollett Lawyers, Morgan is a lawyer with many years' experience in commercial, business, wills and estates and estate litigation. Morgan was admitted to practice in 2000, commencing work with a national law firm, then taking on the role of Associate, Senior Associate and then Director at one of Western Australia's leading midsized law firms before opening his own firm in 2015.
As one of the state's leading legal practitioners in his fields of commercial and estates, Morgan regularly speaks to industry and media about complex issues within the law, legal trends and the impact on Australians and Australian business. In recent years Morgan has held the positions of both Vice Chair and then Chairman of the Law Australasia group of leading independent law firms across Australia.
A third generation West Australian lawyer, Morgan also takes an active role in the State's cultural community having studied fine arts for four years before his studies in law. Morgan is also a Founding Member of the WA Chamber of Culture and the Arts, sits on the Board of the Prostate Cancer Foundation and is a former Board member of FORM.
Nadia van Dommelen
(Appointed January 2018)
Nadia is a professionally qualified civil and structural engineer with over 20 years of industry experience focused predominantly in project management of building and infrastructure projects. She was also a foundation Director for nearly 10 years of industry-leading project management firm Appian Group prior to its acquisition by PwC in 2015.
Nadia enjoys bringing her design, construction and procurement experience to the formative stages of a project to help shape the outcomes and establish the project for success. She has had the privilege of undertaking key roles on major projects across Perth, including Perth Stadium, WA Schools Project, Midland Health Campus, Fiona Stanley Hospital and the CBD Courts Project. She will bring her knowledge of asset development and management to the Perth Theatre Trust portfolio.
Nadia is also a member of the National Development Committee and the WA Fundraising Committee for HeartKids Australia. She undertakes volunteer mentoring with school aged children for STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) programs aimed at developing problem solving and other 21C skills, and inspiring and encouraging uptake of STEM subjects.
(Appointed May 2016)
Julian is Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust of Australia (WA). Prior to this Julian was the Chief Executive of the Perth International Arts Festival. During his tenure with PIAF, the festival grew its audience, artistic influence, reputation, community reach, and won substantial increases in sponsorship and funding. Whilst the time Julian was with PIAF witnessed a richly textured festival, a highlight for the community was his leadership in winning funding to achieve the long held ambition to bring Royal Deluxe’s The Giants to Perth in 2015. Julian brings broad experience in governance and management in both the cultural and commercial sectors.
(Appointed October 2018)
Gaye is an experienced executive and non-executive director. She currently serves as Deputy Chair Commissioner at the City of Perth.
Gaye’s executive career has spanned 23 years with BHP and 15 years in the higher education sector. During her tenure at BHP, Gaye served in various senior strategic and operational roles involving major resource and infrastructure projects and operations. Her roles in higher education included Chief Operating Officer at The University of Western Australia and the Executive Director Perth Education City.
Gaye was a BHP nominated director on both domestic and international mining and steel joint venture boards. She has held a range of non-executive directorships over 20 years on listed companies, government trading enterprises, not-for-profit and national member organisations. Her past boards include The Western Australian Treasury Corporation, Verve Energy and Silver Chain Nursing Association, The Australian Institute of Company Directors WA division, CPA Australia WA division, the Committee for Perth, the State Government Major Stadia Taskforce and the Commonwealth Government Solar Flagship Council.
Her current board roles include Gold Corporation, Southern Ports Authority, Power and Water Corporation, NT, the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA, Perth Convention Bureau, Study Perth, The Perth Public Arts Foundation, Heritage Perth and The Perth Theatre Trust.
Gaye holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Melbourne University, a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School and has completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School.
(Appointed December 2016)
Tanya Sim is co-founder and Managing Director of strategic brand consultancy, Block Branding. Prior to establishing Block 16 years ago,Tanya worked in the US and UK as an interior architect and project manager on multinational projects.
Block, under Tanya’s leadership, has a strong history and passion for working with WA-based arts organisations including PIAF, FORM, Revelation International Film Festival, Artopia and writingWA.
Tanya is the current Chair of the Highgate Primary School Board and is past vice president and secretary of the Leederville Early Childhood Association. She was a Board Member of the Mark Howlett Foundation until the organisation finished its 20th and final project in 2015.
(Appointed August 2014)
Michelle has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers for 20 years - 10 of which as a partner heading up the GST team in Perth.
Specialising in goods and service tax, Michelle brings substantial knowledge and experience to this key area on behalf of her many clients across a variety of sectors, including retail, finance, property and government. Michelle is actively involved at a national level as PwC’s national GST Government and Not-for-Profit sector leader.
(Ex officio Appointed April 2016)
Colin Walker is the Executive Director, Culture and the Arts WA a division of the West Australian State Government’s Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Prior to joining the Department Colin was Director, Arts & Business in the UK and consultant to the UK National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) for its Fellowship and Cultural Leadership programs. He has acted as an arts sponsorship consultant to a range of international brands and many of the most recognisable arts institutions in the UK.