Our Board

The Paint the Town REaD board members
Back row, left to right: Kate Arthur, Thyge Trafford Jones
Front row, left to right: Dr Melinda Muth, Rhonda Brain, Barbie Bates

Board Chair and Director
Kate Arthur, BBus

Kate has been involved since the inception of Paint the Town REaD Ltd in 2013, and is passionate about increasing early literacy rates in Australian children. Kate brings 10 years of Digital and Retail Marketing experience to the Board.

Founder and Creative Director
Rhonda Brain, OAM

Rhonda founded the Paint the Town REaD model and received the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2007 for her service to education, particularly through developing and promoting the community-based Birth to Kindergarten – Spread the Word literacy program, the foundation of Paint the Town REaD. She is a retired Primary School Principal having worked for all of her career in rural NSW. Rhonda has been a Board member since 2013.

Board Treasurer and Director
Thyge Trafford Jones, BBus, CPA, Justice of the Peace

Thyge is a Certified Practising Accountant who specialises in the business restructuring space.Thyge is committed to the organisation’s objective to improve early childhood literacy rates. He brings over 16 years accounting experience to the Board. He has been a Board member since 2014.

Board Director
Dr Melinda Muth
PhD AGSM, MBA Harvard, BSc University of Cincinnati

Melinda is an educator and consultant who specialises in individual and group behaviour, principally with senior executives and leadership teams.  She is currently Managing Director of the Institute of Food and Grocery Management, a leading provider of management development programs in the FMCG and agribusiness sector.  Melinda is a member of the adjunct faculty at UNSW and was a full-time member of the Organisation Behaviour group at AGSM where she earned her PhD with a thesis on the impact of boards on company performance.  Melinda has been a Board member since 2015.

Executive Director
Barbie Bates
MBA, BSc, Paediatric Occupational Therapist       

Barbie has been involved with Paint the Town REaD since 2009 and established the urban multicultural and Aboriginal models of PTTR. Barbie has many years experience in community development, collaborative practice across government and the third sector and has a passion for early childhood development and intervention. Barbie has been a Board member and Executive Director since 2013.