Art Gallery of NSW Executive
Dr Michael Brand
BA (Hons), MA, PhD (History)
Michael Brand joined the Art Gallery of NSW as director in June 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was consulting director of the new Aga Khan Museum under construction in Toronto and scheduled to open in 2014.
From 2005 to 2010, Dr Brand was director of the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, leading both the Getty Center and Getty Villa sites and establishing its new Center for Photography. Previously, he was director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond from 2000 to 2005; assistant director, curatorial and collection development, at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane from 1996 to 2000; curator of Asian art at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from 1988 to 1996; and co-director of the Smithsonian Institution Mughal Garden Project in Lahore, Pakistan from 1988 to 1993.
Dr Brand currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Art Museums and the International Advisory Board of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. He is a past member of the Governing Board of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.
Deputy Director and Director of Collections
BA, Dip Museum Studies
Suhanya Raffel joined the Gallery in 2013. Previously, she was at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she held many senior curatorial positions since 1994, including deputy director of curatorial and collection development from 2010 and acting director during 2012. She was instrumental in building its contemporary Asia Pacific collection and led its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (since 2002) as well as major curatorial projects such as the Andy Warhol exhibition (2007-08) and The China Project (2009). Ms Raffel was a member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2009-14) and served on the boards of the Australia-China Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra (2010-15) and Griffith University Asia Institute, Brisbane (2010-15).
Ms Raffel is responsible for all curatorial areas including Australian and international art as well as conservation, registration, collection management, exhibition management, photography, the research library and archives, and Brett Whiteley Studio.
Director of Development
MA (Arts Administration), BA (Economics)
John Richardson joined the Gallery in 2014. A thought leader and commercial strategist, he is deeply committed to building, maintaining and growing corporate partner and benefactor relationships. He has worked at Back Row Productions and the New 42nd Street Project and most recently was the chief commercial officer at the South Sydney Rabbitohs where he worked for eight years, turning the off-field business pillars into one of the benchmark commercial administrations in Australia.
Mr Richardson is responsible for the Philanthropy Department and Corporate Partnerships as well as venue management, the restaurant and cafe, and will be heading up the private capital campaign to realise the Sydney Modern Project vision.
Director of Public Engagement
Jacquie Riddell joined the Gallery in 2014. Her entire career has involved senior leadership positions within cultural institutions and she is highly experienced at audience development, creative direction, strategy development, content creation, programming, brand development, and marketing and communications. As the director of marketing at SBS, she created, programmed and launched national arts television channel STUDIO, and developed the organisation’s content strategy for television, radio and online as well as the multi-award-winning brand platform ‘Six Billion Stories and counting…’. At the ABC, she led the Triple J network, including spearheading the expansion of the network to 44 regions across Australia, and was instrumental in the establishment of the Hottest 100, Unearthed and Beat the Drum projects. She has also held the role of general manager of Foxtel’s music television channels group, leading a large production team in the creation of new television channels, documentaries and live television productions. She is on the board of the Australia–Korea Foundation for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Ms Riddell is responsible for the Gallery’s public engagement, including public programs, education, web/digital content, marketing and communications, design and publishing, and for liaising with the Gallery’s membership organisation.
Director of Finance and Commercial Operations
Mr John Wicks
B Bus, FCPA
John Wicks joined the Gallery in 2008. He is a fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Business with an accounting major from Charles Sturt University. He spent 10 years in the banking and finance sector and has over 20 years experience in the arts sector, including as executive director, finance and services at the Australia Council for the Arts in Sydney and thereafter as chief financial officer at the Cultural Facilities Corporation in Canberra. His last position was chief financial officer at Hurstville City Council.
Mr Wicks is the chief financial officer and company secretary for the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, VisAsia and the Brett Whiteley Foundation. He is also responsible for finance, administration, human resources, legal services, information technology, security, building services and the Gallery Shop.