ABOUT FORM

We believe creativity can make a difference to quality of life, learning and livelihoods in Western Australia.

FORM is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Perth. Through our work we’ve seen how people and places can flourish, confidence can grow, and how governments and businesses can be influenced by what creativity can achieve.  

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Artistic Excellence
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Creative Responsiveness
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Enjoyment & Opportunity

OUR VALUES

We believe creativity and artistic excellence can unlock enjoyment and opportunity for all Western Australians, creating pathways to skills relevant for evolving workplaces and to more integrated and enlightened communities. Thinking, learning and acting with creativity and imagination can help individuals, organisations and society collaborate to achieve meaningful potential.

Access to arts and culture for all:
Putting excellence in arts and culture at the heart of Western Australian life.

Commitment and legacy:
Commitment to ambitious programs that create meaningful cultural change and demonstrate leadership.

Distinctiveness:
Celebrating Western Australian arts, culture and ingenuity, with national and global reach.

Pursuit of excellence: In all that we do.

Our People

Our team is a collective of professionals from a wealth of backgrounds. We are writers, architects, content producers, designers, artists, educators and curators and we deliver our projects across the state.  

Executive Board

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Tim Shanahan
Chair

Tim Shanahan is a respected Western Australian leader involved in a broad range of industries. He has previously led organisations in Minerals and Energy, Higher Education and Local Government. Currently Tim is Chair of the Cooperative Research Centre for Future Battery Industries (FBI CRC) and Zetta (ICT) Group. He is a Director of RACWA Holdings which runs financial services, tourism assets, and roadside services. He Chairs the RAC Investment Committee and is an Honorary Life Member of the RACWA, and is a past President. Tim is a board member of Committee for Perth and a member of the External Advisory Board of School of Medicine, Fremantle at The University of Notre Dame.

Tim is a qualified lawyer, an experienced company director (FAICD) and was honoured with a Public Service Medal in 2001 and a Centenary Medal in 2003.

“FORM has a wonderful track record of success and creativity. It has a deep capacity to connect with communities, to draw out and re-present powerful insights about how we feel about ourselves and how we live together.”

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Tabitha McMullan
Executive Director

Tabitha McMullan is a passionate visionary for arts and culture. Prior to joining FORM she held leadership roles in Activation & Cultural Experience; Community Development; and Arts, Culture & Heritage at the City of Perth. With over seventeen years’ experience in the international creative sector, across not-for-profit, university and local government organisations, she strongly believes in Western Australia’s place as a cultural leader on the world stage. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has previously served as Chair of the CCCLM Culture and the Arts Policy Advisory Group and Principal Partnership Advisor for both the Perth Public Art Foundation Board and Heritage Perth Inc Board. For Tabitha, collaboration is critical to realising the state’s potential and driving ambitious cultural development programs.

"FORM embodies the deep love and passion I have for building creativity in Western Australia. The organisation drives a strong vision for our state to share its creative potential and cultural identity with the world. It is an honour to have the opportunity to work with FORM’s partners, board and staff to build meaningful connection and cultural experiences with communities across the state."


Tania Hudson, FORM Board Member
Tania Hudson
Deputy Chair

Tania Hudson is Chief of Staff at the Lions Eye Institute. A communications and stakeholder engagement professional, she has had a diverse career in all areas of stakeholder relations, including senior roles with the Minderoo Group, Rio Tinto and ANZ. A former business journalist at The Age and Courier-Mail newspapers, Tania has worked extensively in media and government relations, cross-sector collaboration and partnerships, philanthropy and corporate communications.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (BA) - the University of Queensland; Post-Graduate Certificate in Cross-Sector Partnerships (PGCert) - the University of Cambridge; Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

“FORM is an incredible organisation that is built on the attributes of curiosity, creativity and collaboration. It has a unique ability to stimulate new thinking about the important role that the cultural sector has in our society, while at the same time honouring Australia’s past and thousands of years of Aboriginal culture through innovative programming. I love the passion of FORM’s people and the energy and excitement that FORM builds around every initiative it undertakes. I can’t contemplate a Western Australia without FORM … it has added so much to both our physical environment and to our cultural consciousness.”

Peter Lee, FORM Board Member
Peter Lee
Board Member

Peter Lee is a West Australian architect who has extensive experience with large scale developments both in Australia and internationally. He is the recipient of many design awards.  As an international Director of design firm HASSELL Peter has been involved in the design of major developments including, in Perth, the Optus Stadium, The new Westin hotel, the Casinore development, Crown Towers, Brookfield Place and the city and stadium railway stations.  

Peter is also on the boards of the Rottnest Island Authority, Foundation Housing and Open House Perth.  He is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin University and on the State and MRA Design Review Panels. 

“The wonderfully innovative team at FORM continually stuns me with their brilliant and inspiring creative works that change our understanding of and experiences of the stories that are all around us.  To be involved in those processes is truly a gift.”

Charlotte Hamlyn, FORM Board Member
Charlotte Hamlyn
Board Member

Charlotte Hamlyn is an award-winning journalist whose decade-long media career has taken her to remote corners of Western Australia and overseas with ABC TV’s Foreign Correspondent. The reporter and television presenter studied communications in Perth and the United States. She’s a regular voice on radio and often lends her skills to MC events around the state.

“The way FORM inspires and nurtures creativity is something very special and it’s an honour to play a small part in that. I truly believe this organisation makes Western Australia a more vibrant place to live.”

Stedman Ellis, FORM Board Member
Stedman Ellis
Board Member

Stedman Ellis is CEO of the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre.  He has more than 30 years’experience across resources, research and not for profit sectors, in Australia and overseas, and has worked in leadership roles in public sector, membership and commercial organisations - one highlight being as Vice President External Affairs for BHP Iron Ore at a time when FORM began its engagement in the Pilbara. Stedman is also a director of the Australian Gas Industry Trust. He has a Bachelor of Arts from UWA.

"I’m inspired by an organisation with ambitions out of all proportion to its resources and capabilities – but which consistently delivers outstanding projects for diverse communities across WA.  It is a pleasure to be involved."  

Stuart Smith, FORM Board Member
Stuart Smith
Board Member

Stuart is Chief Executive of the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, (NOPSEMA) having spent 28 years in public service roles.He worked in multiple jurisdictions around Australia before settling back home in Western Australia where he has led the WA Office of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, the WA Department of Industry and Resources and the WA Department of Fisheries. Stuart is on numerous Boards and Committees and he pursues his interest in the arts through volunteer roles such as his ongoing contribution as Chair of the Newman Arts Festival.

Qualifications: Churchill Fellowship (CF), Bachelor of Economics from UWA and Post-Graduate Certificate In Economics from ANU.

“Creativity is a critical component of successful, vibrant societies but it can be hard to recognise and even harder to stimulate. FORM tackles this challenge head on,delivering awesome programs and events directed at building a state of creativity. That’s something I want to be part of so I’m excited to be part of the FORM Board.”

Natalie Walker, FORM Treasurer
Natalie Walker
Treasurer

Nat is currently General Manager, Risk Maturity and Controls at Bankwest. She has over 25 years of experience in banking and finance in Australia and overseas covering investment banking, wealth management, retail and business banking. Her experience has led to a strong focus on risk maturity, operational risk,regulatory risk, financial crime and corporate governance.

 Qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Major Economics and Finance, Minor Marketing and PR);Green Belt; Graduate Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

 “I feel so privileged to be involved in an organisation so dedicated in building and adding to the creative environment within Perth and the fantastic learning opportunities this inspires.”

Our Team

The FORM team.

"All of us want to connect with the sense of being part of something larger than our single selves"

Bruce Munro
Field of Light

"Break rules, be passionate, think about your community's legacy"

Jason Roberts
Tactical Urbanist

"I love that the work was inspired by environmental issues and made us think about how we live our lives and encourage us to live more consciously"

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