Meet the team

Pride WA is an Incorporated Association, governed by a volunteer management committee. The current sitting committee are:

Curtis joined Pride WA’s management committee in 2017. He was appointed as Committee Secretary from 2017 until 2020 and as President in 2020. During his time with Pride, Curtis has worked as part of the events and project planning sub-committee and the marketing team.

When not volunteering with Pride WA, Curtis is a lawyer specialising in family violence matters. He also holds an unhealthy obsession with musical theatre and is a proud Hufflepuff.

Michael joined Pride WA several years ago originally as part of the events subcommittee before being elected onto the management committee in 2017. He takes an active role in the membership and regional events functions.

Outside of Pride, Michael is also a member of Bears Perth and was awarded the title of Mr Bear Perth in 2019. He works in a legal administrative role within the Western Australia court system and has done so for nearly 18 years. He is also a keen gardener and serial renovator but partial to a glass of wine and an early night at the end of a busy day.

Michael was born in Mount Hawthorn into a family with a rich Italian background, he has been residing in North Perth for 15 years with his partner, and they jointly have two dependants.

Paul was elected onto Pride WA’s management committee in 2019 and was appointed Vice President in 2020, having previously volunteered on the event and project planning sub-committee since 2018.

Paul has worked in aviation for 24 years and has previously worked in the marketing and public relations team of a Western Australia based foundation, where he managed large scale events such as the City to Surf and the WA Bride Awards.

Over the past 30 years Paul has been no stranger to volunteering in the community, for Telethon, the Activ Foundation and Starlight. Paul has also worked with the Make A Wish Foundation as chairman of the Ansett Make A Wish committee in Perth, managing the annual Make A Wish Ball raising.

Choon joined Pride WA in 2019 and has been called upon to utilise his CPA qualification to become Treasurer in 2020. A former Sydneysider, he had previously volunteered over some years for Mardi Gras and is excited to leverage his experience to help Pride WA grow.

Choon holds an MBA and has worked in marketing in the entertainment and online retail industries for 20 years. In his spare time Choon moonlights as his alter ego DJ Choonbo.

Nicole joined the Pride WA Committee in 2020 as a Committee Member and became the Secretary shortly after.

In her professional life, Nicole works as a commercial lawyer at a large member organisation in their Legal and Governance team.  She is passionate about intellectual property and modern governance, and was recently a finalist in Lawyers Weekly’s ’30 under 30′ awards and named in Australasian Lawyer’s ‘Rising Star’ list.

In her personal life, Nicole is a long-suffering Melbourne Demons fan, a Bachelor franchise addict, and an early 00’s pop tragic.

Graeme joined the Pride WA management committee in 2017. During his time on the committee he aims to increase Pride’s engagement with, and promotion of, the arts. He is interested in assisting the development of a long-term strategy for Pride, including potential for greater retail engagement during the festival and beyond.

Graeme has designed, manufactured and installed large scale displays and events across the city for almost 30 years and has extensive experience in creative & retail strategy development. He has won awards in fashion, costume, exhibitions, and merchandising and designed & produced sets for Telethon & television news. He has volunteered in the staging of most of the Black Dance dance parties and Pride’s 1997 dance party was staged in his warehouse in 1997.

Yes, Graeme been here since the birth of time. And, having decorated thousands of Christmas trees, he has sworn off tinsel for the rest of his life.

Paul (“Hendo”) was recently elected onto the committee from March 2020. He is a passionate and enthusiastic individual who is always willing to have a chat over coffee regarding Pride WA matters. He is leading the technology and PrideFest Activities for 2020.

He is a corrosion engineer during the week, and a bruncing and coffee connoisseur on weekends.

Douglas joined the Pride WA committee in 2020, after working closely with the Pride WA sponsorship team in 2019.

Douglas works in media marketing and in his spare time enjoys walking his Italian greyhound and watching Grey’s Anatomy. 

Tim Parish joined the committee in 2020 after a history of volunteering for Pride WA as well as volunteering in a number of other sectors. He is looking forward to coordinating and developing opportunities for the community to engage in volunteer work for Pride WA’s events and projects. He is also very keen to develop opportunities for the community to engage in, and promote, the artistic expression of the LGBTQI+ community.

By night Tim sings Jazz around Perth, paints when he can and is a passionate collector of decorative art. By day he works with students in vocational education and teaches Japanese to aspiring linguists.

As a passionate advocate for Aboriginal and LGBTQI community affairs, Gerry Matera has founded a number of successful Aboriginal-owned businesses and brings a high level of corporate executive experience to the organisation. He is also the Chairperson of Global Roaming Pilbara Foundation, set up to tackle issues head on that face many remote Aboriginal communities.

Gerry’s work to date has focused primarily on his heritage as a proud Nyoongar man, creating both employment and training opportunities for Aboriginal people. Gerry is excited to use his skills and expertise to help the community belonging to another part of his identity.