Perth-based photographer, Steve Wise, has resigned from the AIPP National Board and will be replaced by a co-opted (appointed by the board) member, Felisha Mendoza Mina.
Steve (pictured right) is the fourth AIPP border member to resign since the 2018 AGM, with Melinda Comerford, Craig Wetjen, and former national president John Swainston also calling it quits.
The board members volunteer their time to run the Institute, which takes a toll both personally and professionally. The pressure has without doubt been greater since last year’s AIPP collapse and restructure. Just three of the original seven board members from April 2018 remain.
AIPP president, Melissa Neumann, attributed to Steve’s resignation to personal reasons.
‘This past year and a bit has been a huge effort for all our volunteers and sometimes we need to step back,’ Melissa said to AIPP members. ‘We are really sad to see Steve go as he has been an incredibly generous, level-headed board member, full of common sense and good ideas. He will leave quite a hole in our board. We wish him well and hope he will enjoy all the changes that are coming that he was part of creating.’
Steve acted as AIPP board convener and also served on the Awards Committee.
Felisha Mendoza Mina, who is replacing Steve, is a multidisciplinary creative with over six years experience in graphic design, videography, photography, and marketing.
The AIPP board now consists of national president, Melissa Neumann; vice president, Louise Bagger, treasurer, Sara McKenna; David Simmons, Bruce Pottinger, Dan O’Day, and Felisha Mendoza Mina.