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 Director General of the Department of Culture and the Arts.
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.
Cr Jim Adamos
(Appointed January 2012)
Jim Adamos was elected to the City of Perth as a Councillor in October 2011. Cr Adamos has been a long-term resident of the city. He is married with two young children and has worked and owned businesses in the city for over 25 years. Cr Adamos is a member of the Council’s Marketing, Sponsorship, International Relations and Employment committees and an alternate member of the Perth Development Assessment Panel. He is also a Councillor of Tamala Park Regional Council and was previously a Board Member of the Perth Convention Bureau.
Cr Janet Davidson
(Appointed January 2008)
Janet Davidson holds a Master’s Degree in Management from UWA, a GAICD (Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors) and is also a trained teacher. Janet is a member of the Australian Institute of Management and Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She is a Justice of the Peace and an Ambassador for the Year of the Outback. Cr Davidson was elected to the City of Perth in 1998 and Chairs the Finance and Budget Committee and Audit Committee. She was elected Deputy Lord Mayor in 2011 and also held the position in 2009.
She is also the Executive Officer to the WA Regional Office/Committee of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Her membership includes: Library Board of WA (former Chairman), the Australia Day Council of WA, Local Chambers Perth City Executive Committee and WA Local Government Association State Councillor. Cr Davidson is a Board Member (previous National Vice President) for Australian Local Government Women’s Association and sits on the Australian Local Government Association Board as the ALGWA representative.
(First appointed in 2003 until 2007 and then Appointed April 2011)
Max arrived in Perth from Scotland in 1967 and opened the Civic Theatre Restaurant where he wrote, produced and performed in his own shows. Max wrote and performed comedy scripts, radio and television commercials and is a lifelong member of Equity and the Music Arrangers Guild of Australia.
He was awarded Citizen of the Year for the Arts Culture and Entertainment category in 2001 and in 2003 he was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) for his work in many charities and community projects.
He is the President of the National Trust (WA), and a Board Member of St Bartholomew’s Foundation for the Homeless, the Swan Bells Foundation, Board Member Prostate Cancer Foundation and PRESENTER ON Curtin Radio 100.1 FM. He is also Past Chairman of the Council of the Sir David Brand School and Patron of Christ Church Midnite Youth Theatre Company and The Gilbert and Sullivan Society.
(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.
(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 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 it’s 20th and final project in 2015.
(Ex officio Appointed April 2016)
Colin Walker is the Executive Director, Arts and Cultural Development at the West Australian State Government’s Department of Culture and the Arts (DCA).
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.