Committee Members

We are seeking expressions of interest from people who are able to attend committee meetings monthly, support the objectives of the RQAS, take on responsibility for aspects of the operations of the gallery, and we would like people who have skills in one or more of the following areas – business, management, fundraising, working with philanthropists, grant submissions or have significant experience in the art world over a substantial period of time. Committee members do not necessarily need to be from the current membership base, and maybe you know of someone who has these skills and would be interested in being involved.

Brent O’Neill

President – Brisbane Branch

Brent studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts at QUT under the tuition of William Robinson, majoring in painting and drawing.  From this early introduction into art and the power of observation,  Brent has developed a career in Urban Design focusing on the urban environment in which we live, with a specific interest in the role and function of public art in our society. “The RQAS offers a rare opportunity where artists from a diverse background, experiences and range of skills can work and exhibit together, providing a unique opportunity to create a true sense of community focused on the creation of artistic expression.”

Boyd Craig

Vice President – Brisbane Branch 

Boyd was a self-employed financial planner in Brisbane for over 20 years. Before that, he taught English, and translated English into Spanish, in Madrid for 16 years where he also studied Theology. His love of linguistic and cultural differences developed shortly after arriving in Spain and quickly replaced the initial plan to further his studies there in Agricultural Science. Now retired, painting is a way for him to express these different interests.

Marg-Thomas

Marg Thomas

B.App.Sc Computing

President  – State Body

Vice President – Brisbane Branch

Margaret has 40 years experience working in Information Technology, with the last 20 years working in Healthcare IT managing large support teams and budgets and more recently working in contract management. Margaret has a keen interest in the arts although she is not an artist herself. Margaret is a past president of the RQAS

Chris Seymour

Secretary – Brisbane Branch & State Body

Chris has a Masters degree in Mining Engineering from the Royal School of Mines, London. In a 30-year career with BHP he lived and worked in South Africa, Chile, the UK, California, New Mexico and Australia. After leaving BHP he formed a company providing precision GPS technology to the mining industry. This was sold to Hitachi.

Chris is a keen photographer and is working on several books.

Nicola Reeves

Treasurer – Brisbane Branch & State Body

Nicola Reeves joined the committee as Treasurer in September 2021.  She has worked in Financial Services for over 23 years in both the UK and Australia.  She is an experienced Private Banker working for both International and Australian Domestic Banks.  She has enjoyed working with both High Net Worth families and Not For Profit organisations, building strong relationships and assisting with a large range of financial decisions.  Her current role is a Senior Private Client Manager with NAB Private.

Don Wotton

Committee Member – Brisbane Branch

Don is an accomplished photographer having had many images published in Australia and overseas, including promotional material for Ten Hides Gin Distillery in Wiltshire and a souvenir encyclopaedia for delegates attending the APEC summit in Port Moresby, PNG 2017. During his membership of the RQAS Don has enthusiastically volunteered at many events and curated five extraordinarily successful, not-for-profit, annual exhibitions on behalf of the street artists of Port Moresby and Timor Leste.

Samantha Groenestyn

Committee Member – Brisbane Branch

David Henderson

Committee Member – Brisbane Branch

RQAS State Body Committee

Member Branch Position
Margaret Thomas Brisbane President
Peter Hubbard Brisbane Vice-president
Lynette Howard Rockhampton Branch President
Ann Hinton Rockhampton Branch Secretary
Maureen Kane Brisbane Brisbane Representative
Joanne Heath Brisbane Brisbane Representative
Christopher Seymour Brisbane Secretary
Nicola Reeves Brisbane Treasurer
Michael Hooper Gold Coast Branch President
Liz Labuc-Spoors Gold Coast Branch Secretary