Board of Directors

We are a group of artists, administrators, managers, fundraisers, media marketers, philanthropists and concerned citizens dedicated to purchasing the property at 753 View Street (home of Hermann’s Jazz Club) to create a non-profit Performing Arts Centre in downtown Victoria.

Bert Boyd BSc MBA, Management Consultant
Bethany Management Ltd., 250-655-8961 w, 250-882-6333 c

Bert is a senior health management consultant with an extensive background in both hospital administration and health management consulting.  He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of regional hospitals and a Senior Vice President at Vancouver General Hospital. He has also worked closely with the provincial government and has served as an Assistant Deputy Minister of Health.

In his consulting capacity, Bert has been involved in a wide variety of assignments, including strategic planning, organizational reviews and financial analyses for hospitals and health authorities. He served as the Transition Leader on behalf of the BC Ministry of Health in introducing the six Health Authorities, and in developing their governance and performance management structures. He has also worked with hospital boards on assessing their governance and leadership structures.

Bert has been the Chair of the BC Emergency Health Services Commission and the BC Forensic Psychiatric Commission as well as a member of numerous provincial and national association boards.

Bert has a BSc (Chemical Engineering) from Queen’s University and an MBA from the University of Western Ontario.

Michelle Fillion, Owner/Operator
Sweet Spread Farm

Michelle Fillion is a self-employed farmer running her own business.

Michelle worked at Hermann’s Jazz Club starting in 2013 as a cook, busser, dishwasher, bartender, server and manager until she relocated to the Comox Valley in 2016 to pursue her dream of being a farmer.

She started working at Hermann’s while in college to be close to the constant magic created by the nightly live shows.  She was also inspired and motivated by the passion and integrity of all the staff and patrons. Her first memory of attending the club was at the age of 14 for the Sunday Dixieland Matinee. Michelle loves music and the community of musicians and patrons who know Hermann’s as such a unique venue.

Alan Rycroft MA
Community Relations Manager
Victoria Cool Aid Society
250-414-4781 w, 778-265-2772 h, 250-893-6800 c

Alan has been providing leadership in communications and marketing, fund development and non-profit growth since 1985, within charity,  government and private sectors. His expertise includes philanthropy, mass media, government relations, digital/social media and major and legacy gifts. He has an MA in professional communication from Royal Roads.

Alan is a member of the senior management team of Victoria Cool Aid Society, a charity with over 360 employees and 19 properties. He has created a strong public presence for the society and led successful efforts to raise tens of millions of dollars for operations and the development of five apartment buildings and the Access Health Centre.

William Stewart

William has 35 years of experience as a general contractor and sound design. Stemming from his love of music, he has a particular focus in restaurant, bar and nightclub renovations and he knows the building well. He specialises in live audio reinforcement and computer IT and networking.

An ever evolving relationship with Hermann’s, he was first hired by musicians to provide sound in 1996. In May 2015 William was one of four directors appointed by Hermann to oversee Hermann’s Jazz Club after his passing. He also served as the Production Coordinator for the TD International Jazz Festival from 2011 through 2014.

Bill Turner C.M. PhD (honourary), IT Manager
International National Trusts Organisation, 250-589-8024

Bill Turner has been actively involved in charities for nearly 30 years.  He spent many years as a police officer, a business man then a commercial realtor.

Bill is a past member of the board of Tourism Victoria and has served on at least two dozen boards (local, national and international), often as chair.  Between 1993 and 2012, he led the successful efforts to purchase over 200 properties across BC for conservation purposes collectively worth over $150 million.

Bill is currently a consultant to government and business in addition to his role with the International National Trusts Organization.  Bill holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Victoria and is a member of the Order of Canada.


Nichola Walkden, Bsc, MA

Nichola Walkden worked for nearly 17 years at Hermann’s Jazz Club. Prior to working at Hermann’s she was manager of Interior Programs, manager of agriculture programs and Deputy Executive Director at the Land Conservancy of BC. She is an experienced manager and supervisor with a masters degree (Royal Roads University) in conflict resolution. Nichola loves jazz and the community of Hermann’s. She is married with two wonderful children.


Ashley Wey, BM in Arranging, Composing and Performance
Volunteer Coord./Ass’t. Programmer, Victoria Jazz Society
Assistant Manager, Hermann’s Jazz Club
250-388-4423 w, 778-679-0344 c

Ashley Wey has a multi-faceted career in the arts community in Victoria, B.C. She works with the Victoria Jazz Society as the the volunteer coordinator/assistant programmer as well as at Hermann’s Jazz Club, as the assistant manager, working closely with the operational owner Stephan Nieweler.

She graduated from Humber College with a triple major with Honours in Jazz Performance, Arranging, and Composition. Ashley then went on to perform and tour with a star-studded list of musicians, singers and entertainers around the world including 2006 Canadian Idol winner and SONY BMG Artist Eva Avila, Juno Award-winning Brandi Distrehaft, Mae Moore, The Parachute Club, and four-time Grammy Award winner, Manny Kellough. Ashley Wey has three critically acclaimed, independently-produced albums.