Propel's Board of Management is relatively young, yet features expertise from multiple sectors and disciplines.


Wanjie Song


Wanjie Song is a practising lawyer with a particular interest in working with remote Aboriginal communities and clients from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has maintained a strong involvement in the not-for-profit sector, including volunteering and serving on the Board of other Perth youth-focused organisations. Wanjie is interested in socially engaged art practices and ensuring that creative opportunities are available to all young people, regardless of their economic and social backgrounds. 

Ali Martin

Vice Chair

Ali Martin has demonstrated experience delivering strategic marketing, communications and fundraising activities across the non-profit, creative and tertiary sector. She has more than 12 years work experience and undertake leadership roles on The Last Great Hunt, Women in Media WA and Propel Youth Arts WA boards. She is passionate about the capacity for arts and culture to transform lives and seek to work with the sector where she can to this end. 


Aidan Gordon


Aidan is a Chartered Accountant who works with a variety of businesses of all shapes and sizes throughout WA and Australia. When he’s not counting beans, Aidan is actively involved in the Western Australian music scene as both a guitarist and an avid consumer of all things arts. Aidan has served on the Board of Propel Youth Arts WA for over two years.


Alanna Kusin


Alanna is an arts worker, photographer and avid supporter of the arts. She has worked on projects with YMCA HQ and City of Joondalup, teaching young people photography and videography skills. She also dabbles in the music scene, producing artwork for bands and booking gigs. Alanna is in her second year of the Arts Management course at the WAAPA where she has developed knowledge and skills in management, leadership, marketing, finance, business development and arts law.

Ragen Haythorpe

Board Member

Ragen has known the power of the arts to change lives ever since she had the good fortune to cross paths with a brilliant and inspiring art teacher in high school. Years later with a career dedicated to the arts and culture and a couple of young creatives of her own, Ragen is pleased to contribute to Propel. Ragen worked in collections and exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Western Australia for 4 years and currently with the Fashion Council WA working on creative industry development and major projects including the Telstra Perth Fashion Festival. Ragen has a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Western Australia.

Ryan Soares

Board Member

Ryan is young economics and finance graduate from Curtin University who is finding his way in life. After counting beans as an accountant with PwC for a year he has made the shift into the ‘not so sketchy’ realm of financial planning with Morgan Stanley. Before settling down into the life of a business man, Ryan was an avid trombonist and pianist, having played for the WA Youth Symphonic Band whilst in high-school. His love of travel has taken him to places such as North Korea and Everest Base Camp with no intention of stopping his adventures!

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Darcy Nidd

Board Member

Darcy is a young West Australian student and adventurer living in Victoria Park with her increasingly large dog and vegetable garden. She has a degree in International Relations, is a Masters student in Public Policy and Administration, and most recently worked at Reconciliation Australia in education policy. She also moonlights as a musician, freelance photographer and brunch enthusiast to keep herself sane. Darcy brings an arts background, not-for-profit experience, and some solid (but hardly thrilling) public policy wisdom to the Propel table - everybody needs a bit of that.


Steven (SJ) Finch

Board Member

Steven Finch has a BA with honours from Curtin University. He was the former editor of dotdotdash, a WA creative literature and art journal. He has been published in Westerly, Voiceworks, Cottonmouth, and Australian Poetry. He is a board member with Paper Mountain, an artist-run gallery and project space in Northbridge. He was a Creative Producer for the Digital Writers Festival 2017. He was formerly the Project Officer for National Youth Week WA, organising the KickstART Festival 2017 with Propel Youth Arts WA. He is currently the Arts Administration Officer for the Vancouver Arts Centre.