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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 managing director of the private company Transfield Holdings Pty Ltd. In early 2015 he started his own family office, Angophora Capital Pty Ltd, in parallel with Transfield Holdings. His current board memberships include chairman of the Australian Chamber Orchestra and member of the Australian School of Business Advisory Council. His past board memberships include director of Transfield Foundation, director of Campus Living Villages Funds Management Limited, chairman of Novatec Solar Shareholders’ Committee, non-executive director of Transfield Services and chairman of the Biennale of Sydney. Mr Belgiorno-Nettis was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2007 for service to the construction industry and the arts. He was named the Australian Graduate School of Management Distinguished Alumni in 2005, and in 2008 received the University of NSW Alumni Award for outstanding contribution to profession and community.

    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 Khadim Ali

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    Khadim Ali is an internationally acclaimed contemporary artist. Born in Quetta, Pakistan of Hazara ethnicity (a minority group from Afghanistan), he moved to Australia on a Distinguished Talent Visa and and is now based in Western Sydney. Mr Ali was trained in the tradition of Persian and Indian miniature painting and graduated from the National College of Arts in Lahore, Pakistan. His works are in the collections of leading galleries and museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, British Museum, Guggenheim Museum, Australian War Memorial Museum, Canberra and the Art Gallery of NSW. He has won the Qantas Foundation’s Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award and a fellowship from the Australia Council.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2015; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2017.

  • Member

    Mrs Ashley Dawson-Damer AM

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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

    Professor S Bruce Dowton

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    Professor S Bruce Dowton is the Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University. He is a paediatrician, clinical geneticist, molecular biologist, researcher and academic; and has served as a senior medical executive at a range of universities, healthcare institutions and consulting organisations. Mostly notably, he served as a paediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, and Clinical Professor of Paediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Professor Dowton serves on a number of boards, and is the Chairman of Open Universities Australia. He was born in Ivanhoe, New South Wales, and raised in Dubbo before moving to Sydney as the first in his family to go to university.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2015; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2017.

  • Member

    Ms Samantha Meers
    BA, LLB, MLitt, FAICD

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    Samantha Meers is executive deputy chair 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 chair of Creative Partnerships Australia; chair of Documentary Australia Foundation; a director of the State Library of NSW Foundation, the Sherman Contemporary Foundation, and the Vice Chancellor’s Inspired Board at the University of Sydney; 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 5 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 5 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.