Our Team

BOARD 2018

Current Board, with a mix of continuing and elected members at the 2018 Annual General Meeting. Board meetings are held on the 3rd Wedenesday of each month excluding January. The Annual General Meeting is held in late April.

Jonny Rowden (Chair)

Jonny is a British-born performing artist currently located in Alice Springs. He graduated from Plymouth University, UK in 2012 with an MA in Performance Practice, and has since worked with UK-based artists Kaleider, Blind Ditch, The Bike Shed Theatre, Bizarre Rituals,  Alice Tatton-Brown, Tom Pritchard and Steven Paige.

In Australia he has worked with 2NDTOE running their desert-based dance initiative Alice Can Dance, and collaborated with Alexandra Hullah in residence at Visual Bulk in Hobart, Tasmania.

In 2014 he formed performance company AMINAL with collaborator Kelly Marie Miller. AMINAL specialise in interactive performance for a range of audiences, typically located in non-conventional performance spaces.

Additionally, he has worked as an associate lecturer at Plymouth University, leading workshops in contemporary performance making. His practice is typically located in participatory, food-based, and public performance.

Jen Standish White (Treasurer) 

Jen Standish-White has worked over the past 13 years in Alice Springs in management roles in the Arts, Indigenous, Social Service and Tourism sectors. She has been a committee member on a number of voluntary Boards/Committees including Secretary at Tourism Central Australia, Committee Member at 8CCC Community Radio 2014; Chairperson at the Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia (MCSCA) 2009 – 2011; Treasurer at InCite Youth Arts 2007 – 2008, the Alice Desert Festival 2006 – 2007 and at 8CCC Community Radio 2006 – 2007; and was also Secretary at the Alice Desert Festival 2008. Jen was also a member of the Alice Springs Town Council’s Public Art Advisory Committee 2011 – 2013 and a mentor in the Desert Knowledge Australia Leadership Program 2010 – 2011.

Jen has extensive local and national knowledge across the not-for-profit and government sectors and brings a range of managerial skills, particularly in Governance that are of benefit to the Red Hot Arts Committee.

Rob Burdon (Public Officer)

Rob is the founder and creative force behind Burdon Torzillo, a community development and governance consulting firm. Rob’s background in agriculture led him to community development projects in Somalia and Calcutta in the mid-1980s, then on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara lands in South Australia and then private practice in Alice Springs. Rob has developed inter-cultural visual explanations, tools and software for strategic planning, graphical financial reporting, good governance training, facilitation, and community development. Rob’s life and work experience, together with his diplomacy skills, often see him achieving success in corporate reform for organisations.

Asta Hill

Asta Hill was born and raised in Alice Springs. In 2015 she returned to her beloved home town after almost a decade of work and study in Australia and abroad. She is a practising lawyer in Alice Springs, with a background in human rights law. Asta has been a Committee member on a number of voluntary boards and committees, including the NT Women Lawyers’ Association, Northern Territory Young Lawyers, and is the Northern Territory representative of the Australian Young Lawyers Committee.

Damien Ryan

Current Alice Springs Town Council Mayor. As a long term Alice Springs resident Damien is proactive across the community with his time.


Bio coming soon