Board, Staff & Alumni


The Willoughby Arts Centre Board is drawn from WAC membership and is comprised of representatives from teachers, students, and community members from the business and arts sector. The Board meetings are held every two months and the Annual General Meeting is held in May.

President Harvey Cassie
Harvey’s career in advertising left little time to pursue his passion for painting. He attended Tony Tozer’s class for over 6 years and continues to paint part-time. In 2010 he was a resident artist at the Incinerator Studios and participated in a number of group shows. He joined the Board in 2011 and served as President for two years. He returned to the Board in 2017.

Vice President 1 Kathy Rosenmeyer
After a busy career in medicine, Kathy decided to pursue her interest in art, particularly in sculpture. She has been a member of the WAC for over 20 years whilst doing classes, workshops exhibiting her sculptures in Sydney and Country NSW. She was on the Board of the Wunanbiri Preschool in Alexandria for many years and has been on the WAC board since 2010.

Vice President 2 Jane Smith
Jane has been at the WAC since 2011 and enjoying painting and drawing classes with Brandt Lewis. Prior to this she has also attended classes in pottery, sculpture and water colour painting. Jane’s career has been mainly in PA and administrative roles within the entrepreneurial, recruitment and, presently, legal industries.

Honorary Treasurer Ben Guthleben
Ben (BEc/LLB (Adel)) has had a career in law, finance and tax and is currently the manager international taxation with Australia’s largest telecommunications company. Ben has been a member of the WAC since 2015 and joined the board in 2016. He is passionate about the arts and looks forward to contributing to the very special place that is the WAC.

Honorary Secretary Roz Stampfli
Roz joined the Board in 2010 and has served as Hon Sec and Vice President over the years. She worked as a legal P.A., devised and managed Pets for Therapy voluntary programme and volunteered in an art therapy programme in palliative care. She studied Fine Arts before working in art therapy in the disabilities industry. Roz has been a practicing sculptor for over 15 years and exhibits regularly.

Director Brian Manning
Brian has recently retired from a lengthy career with his hospitality software company. He has been active with WAC in the past, but had to put it to one side to focus on business.
He is now enthusiastic about becoming involved with the WAC again, and getting back to drawing and painting.

Director Jake Andrew
Jake is a strategy consultant with 20 years of experience in leadership, cultura change and people engagement. He is currently an enthusiatic ceramics student at the WAC.


Arts Centre Manager Louise Ruddock

Office & Marketing Coordinator Jenny Hsieh


Lloyd Rees, Three Boats – Lane Cove River 1978

The Willoughby Arts Centre is one of the oldest independent art centres in Australia, established in 1961. It has an impressive alumni including many Australian artists who are major figures in the history of art and contemporary practice.

The Centre has a list of acclaimed former and current students, teachers, visiting artists, judges etc. Such as Lloyd Rees and John Coburn, Kerrie Lester and Jo Bertini.

Are you a WAC Alumnus? Please contact us as we would like to know your news.

Susan Archer

Fern Baudish
Jo Bertini
Margaret Blundell
John Bokor
Nancy Borlase AM
David Bruce Steer
Sue Buckley
Ruth Burgess
Julie Byrnes

Barbara Campbell-Allen
Ann Cape
Katrina Cashman
Leonard Cayzer
Jean Clark
John Coburn
Steve Coburn
Mieke Cohen
Laurie Collings
Shirley Crapp
Lucy Culliton
Elisabeth Cummings
Robert Curtis

Vivienne Dadour
Marguerite Derricourt

Joy Ewart

Ruth Faerber
David Fairbairn
Carmen Field
Mitzi Finey
John Frith-Smith

Juta Gedersen
James Gleeson
Margot Goodall

Janette Hanrahan
Jean Hanrahan
Nicolas Harding
Elaine Haxton
Michael Herron
Frank Hinder AM
Frank Hodgkinson

Roz Kean
Michael Kempson
Edwin Kindred
Marie King
Jasper Knight

Paddy Lemcke OAM
Kerrie Lester

Guy Maestri
Frank Marjason
Margaret Marjason
Philip Martin
Seraphina Martin
Ian McKay
Bettina McMahon

Jenny Pollak
Beth Pyke

Mary Ramsay
David Rankin
Lloyd Rees CMG, AC
Leo Robba
Elizabeth Rooney

Edward Sachs
Lori Sachs
Helena Salm
Luke Sciberras
James Sharp
Wendy Sharpe
Joan Smith

James Tasker OAM
Aida Tomescu
Tony Tozer

Nicholas Vickers

Jenny Weissel
Judith White
Marjorie Woore