Propel's Board of Management is relatively young, yet features expertise from multiple sectors and disciplines.
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 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 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 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 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.
Renee worked as the Communications Officer at Propel back in 2003 to 2005. She has a Bachelor of Communications and has worked in various roles at the Blue Room Theatre, WA Music Industry Association and ArtsEdge. She was the Label Manager for Jebediah’s record label, Redline Records and then went onto become the Contemporary Music Officer at the Department of Culture and the Arts. Renee currently works as an Event Development Manager at Tourism WA and has been involved in such events as The Giants, Ord Valley Muster, Shinju Matsuri, Taste Great Southern, Perth Fashion Festival and Field of Light. She is passionate about the creative development of youth and believes that arts has the power to change lives and make the world a better place.
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
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.