Our Board

Our Board

Jude McBean | Chair
Director Grafton Regional Gallery

Jude McBean is the Director of the Grafton Regional Gallery and is recognised for her commitment to the visual arts. Jude has a love for the regions as she grew up in Inverell, three hours west of Grafton. After training at the College of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney, Jude moved to the Clarence Valley to work as an artist and art educator. After working as the education and public programs officer at the gallery she took up the directorship in 2003.

As the Director of the major cultural service of the Clarence Valley Council Jude works to develop the potential of the regional gallery and advocate for the recognition of the actual and intrinsic value of the arts and creative industries. Outside of the gallery she is the Treasurer of the Regional and Public Galleries Association of NSW and is Chair of Arts Northern Rivers.

Ruth Tsitimbinis | Deputy Chair
Director Kyogle Council’s Roxy Gallery

Ruth is Director of the Kyogle Council’s Roxy Gallery. She has a long history in arts and cultural development in the Northern Rivers region, including extensive involvement in developing the Kyogle Council Cultural Strategy and the future development of Kyogle’s Cultural Precinct.  As an active member of the Arts, Ruth has an ongoing commitment to Kyogle and District Arts Council, was co-founder of RealArtWorks and has had a career spanning exhibition development, performance & live production management and cultural development. Ruth stands as an advocate for the inclusion of creative culture in everyday life.

Wayne Halcrow | Co-opted Treasurer

Wayne is the former Director of Corporate Services for Richmond Valley Council responsible for finance, administration, human resources, aged care, libraries, tourism and economic development, information services and arts and culture (recently retired). He has a strong interest in the arts, particularly the performing and visual arts and is a founding member of the Arts Northern Rivers Board.