A former artistic director of the Perth Festival is returning to Western Australia to become executive director of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA
Since then she has held the same role at the New Zealand International Arts Festival.
"We look forward to her leading the chamber in its advocacy, support and promotion of the Western Australian arts and culture sector on behalf of its members.
"Shelagh's understanding of Western Australian arts and culture across many art forms, her highly respected collaborative leadership style and her recent international experience will I know be valued by our members and our community."
"Her understanding of advocacy, her leadership experience and her articulacy makes her an ideal choice to give a clear and powerful voice to the arts and culture sector in this state," he said.