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Art Gallery of NSW Board of Trustees

  • President

    Mr Guido Belgiorno-Nettis AM
    B Eng (Civil), MBA

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    Guido Belgiorno-Nettis is the joint managing director of Transfield Holdings Pty Ltd; a non-executive director of Transfield Services Limited; chairman of Novatec Solar GmbH Shareholder Committee and the Australian Chamber Orchestra; a member of the University of NSW Faculty of Business; and an interstate member of the Brisbane Club. In 2005, he was awarded the Australian Graduate School of Management’s Distinguished Alumni Award for leadership and innovation in business services. Mr Belgiorno-Nettis was made a member of the Order of Australia in the General Division on Australia Day, 2007 for service both to the construction industry, particularly through the management of large infrastructure projects, and to the arts in executive and philanthropic roles. In 2008 he was the recipient of the University of NSW Alumni Association Award.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2007; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2015.

  • Vice-President

    Mr Mark Nelson
    B Sc (Hons), MPhil, PhD

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    Mark Nelson is a founder and chief investment officer of the Caledonia Investment Group and a director of the Caledonia Foundation. He is a director of Art Exhibitions Australia and Kaldor Public Art Projects; a trustee of the Sydney Australian Football Association; and governor of the Florey Neuroscience Institutes.

    Initial date of appointment 10 Feb 2010; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2015.

  • Member

    Mr Geoff Ainsworth AM
    BA (Hons), MA (Counselling), Dip Fin Mgt, FAICD

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    Geoffrey Ainsworth is a director of the Bundanon Trust, a director of Benthic Geotech Pty Ltd, and a former director of Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. He is a member of the Council of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and a patron of a number of cultural and charitable initiatives, including the Asia-Australia Arts Centre, a former member of the Venice Biennale Commissioner’s Council and a former a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation. Mr Ainsworth is also an internationally known art collector.

    Initial date of appointment 10 Feb 2010; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2015.

  • Member

    Mr David Baffsky AO

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    David Baffsky is honorary chairman of Accor Asia Pacific, which is the largest hotel management company in the Asia Pacific; chairman and a director of Ariadne Australia Ltd; a director and life member of the Tourism Task Force; a director of the Indigenous Land Corporation, Singapore Airport Terminal Services Pty Ltd and Sydney Olympic Park Authority; and chairman of Investa Property Group. In 2004, Mr Baffsky was appointed to the federal government’s National Tourism Infrastructure Investment Consultative Group and the Business–Government Advisory Group on National Security. In 2007, he was appointed to the federal government’s Northern Australia Land and Water Taskforce and the Prime Minister’s Community–Business Partnership. In June 2001, he was made an officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. Mr Baffsky was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and was the 2004 Asia Pacific Hotelier of the Year.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2006; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2014.

  • Member

    Hon Mrs Ashley Dawson-Damer

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    A director of Yuills group of companies since 2000, Ashley Dawson-Damer has been a Festival of Sydney board director and alternate for the NSW Premier since 2012, a member of the National Gallery of Australia Council since 2005, a trustee of the National Gallery Foundation since 2004, and a member of the Opera Australia Capital Fund Council of Governors since 2005. She has also been a patron and benefactor of the Sydney Children’s Writing Competition since 2002. She was previously a board member of the National Institute of Dramatic Arts from 1997 to 2003, trustee of the Museum of Sydney Foundation from 1995 to 1999, and member of the Acquisitions Committee for the Australiana Fund from 1993 to 1994.

    Initial date of appointment 26 Feb 2014; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2016.

  • Member

    Dr Lindy Lee
    Dip Ed (Art, Secondary School), BA (Visual Arts), Post Grad Dip (Painting), PhD (Art Theory)

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    Lindy Lee is a senior lecturer at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney. She is also an artist whose works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia and the state galleries of New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia, as well as major corporate collections. Dr Lee has featured in many solo exhibitions since 1985, including in Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Singapore. Since 1992 she has participated in group exhibitions in Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Australia. She is a former board member of Artspace and the Australian Centre of Photography; former president of the Asian Australian Artists Association; and former deputy chair of the Visual Arts and Craft Fund, Australia Council.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2006; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2014.

  • Member

    Ms Samantha Meers
    BA, LLB, MLitt, FAICD

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    Samantha Meers is executive deputy chairman of property and investment group the Nelson Meers Group, and co-founder and trustee of the Nelson Meers Foundation. Over the past decade, Ms Meers has also held a diverse portfolio of board appointments across the not-for-profit sector. Her current directorships include: deputy chairman of Creative Partnerships Australia; a director of the State Library of NSW Foundation, The Climate Institute and the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation; and a member of the Advisory Council of the Centre for Social Impact at the University of New South Wales. Previously, Ms Meers practised as a corporate lawyer, subsequently holding senior management positions in the media sector.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2011; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2016.

  • Member

    Ms Gretel Packer

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    Gretel Packer is currently chair of the advisory board for Crown Resorts Foundation Limited and a trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company Foundation. She is the founding patron of the Taronga Zoo Conservation Science Initiative and founding governor of the Taronga Zoo Foundation. Previously, she was a member of the Royal Botanical Gardens Foundation and a director of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation.

    Initial date of appointment 7 Feb 2014; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2016.

  • Member

    Mr Ben Quilty
    BA (Visual Arts), B Des (Vis Com)

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    Ben Quilty is a practising artist and Sydney College of the Arts graduate. He also graduated from the University of Western Sydney School of Design and has completed studies in Aboriginal culture and history through Monash University, Melbourne. His work is held in numerous institutional collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Art Gallery of South Australia and Art Gallery of NSW. He has won numerous awards in Australia including the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of NSW, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, National Self Portrait Prize and Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. Quilty has guest lectured extensively and is a former board member of Artspace in Woolloomooloo.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2013; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2015.

  • Member

    Mr Andrew Roberts

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    Andrew Roberts is principal of RF Capital Pty Ltd, a private investment office, and a major shareholder in CorVal Partners, a property funds management business. He sits on the advisory council of the University of NSW Faculty of Business. Previous roles include CEO of the Multiplex Group, and board roles on various philanthropic and arts organisations including the Australian Museum, MCA Foundation and the University of WA Business School.

    Initial date of appointment 7 Feb 2014; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2016.

  • Member

    Ms Eleonora Triguboff
    BA (Art History), AAS

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    Eleonora Triguboff established a career as a sculptor in the 1980s, exhibiting in New York, Europe and Japan. In 2003 she became publisher and editor-in-chief of the quarterly publication Art & Australia. In this role, she developed initiatives such as the Art & Australia/ANZ Private Bank Contemporary Art Award, the Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces and Art & Australia Emerging Writers Program, an annual 25/25 magazine with Noise, and the New Word Order writing competition for secondary school students, now Artwrite, with the Art Gallery of NSW. Ms Triguboff set up the Dot Publishing imprint to produce art and design titles, the first of which – Current: contemporary art from Australia and New Zealand – was launched in November 2008. She is a council member of the Animal Protection Institute.

    Initial date of appointment 16 Jul 2008; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2016.