Art Gallery of NSW Executive
Dr Michael Brand
BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Art 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 in Toronto while it was under construction. 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 (Hons) (Art History)
Maud Page joined the Gallery in 2017 as deputy director and director of collections. She was previously deputy director, collection and exhibitions at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA), Brisbane. She played a key leadership role in formulating the museum’s strategic direction and was instrumental in the realisation of major exhibitions and projects, including the Asia Pacific Triennials of Contemporary Art. Her former role as senior curator of Pacific art saw her develop the most comprehensive collection of contemporary Pacific art in the region. Prior to her art galleries roles, she was a lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Sydney.
Ms Page oversees the development and direction of the Gallery’s collections. She is responsible for the management and operation of the Gallery’s acquisition program, the conservation and display of the collection, curatorial content and development of exhibitions, and oversees the areas of registration, photography, collection management, Library and Archives, Film Programs and the Brett Whiteley Studio. As deputy director, she is responsible for the curatorial direction of the Gallery’s Sydney Modern Project expansion.
Director of Development
BA (Economics), MA (Arts Administration)
John Richardson joined the Gallery in 2014. He is responsible for leading the unprecedented Sydney Modern Project Capital Campaign that to date has raised $103.5 million in private contributions, to complement the NSW State Government’s funding commitment of $244 million. An expert in high end stakeholder management, a strategic leader and commercial strategist, he is deeply committed to building, maintaining and growing corporate partner, government and benefactor relationships. He has worked at Back Row Productions and the New 42nd Street Project in New York City, and was the chief commercial officer at the South Sydney Rabbitohs from 2006 to 2014, turning the off-field business pillars into one of the benchmark commercial sports administrations in Australia.
Mr Richardson is responsible for the Philanthropy, Corporate Partnership, Venue Hire, Restaurant, Catering and Sydney Modern Project Capital Campaign departments at the Gallery, as well as for liaising with the Gallery’s membership organisation.
Chief Operating Officer
BCom (Accounting), MPAdmin, FCPA, MAICD
Hakan Harman joined the Gallery on 2 October 2018. Previously he worked for Multicultural NSW where, as chief executive officer, he led a successful transformation of the organisation and devised and implemented a visionary three-year strategic plan, Harmony-In-Action 2014-2017. Prior to this he worked as director of operations and chief financial officer at the State Library of NSW. Mr Harman has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors with expertise in organisational leadership, change management, financial management, corporate governance, stakeholder engagement and strategic management.
Mr Harman 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. As Chief Operating Officer, he is responsible for finance, administration, human resources, corporate governance, legal services, information technology, audio visual, security and risk management, building services and the Sydney Modern Project team.
Director of Public Engagement
BA (Hons) (Art History)
Miranda Carroll commenced with the Gallery on 4 February 2019. Previously she worked at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where she was senior director of communications for eight years. At LACMA, Ms Carroll played a pivotal role conceptualising, developing and implementing strategies to raise the museum’s profile and visibility locally, nationally and internationally and increase its audiences. Ms Carroll has worked in art museums across three continents including in the UK at the National Gallery, London (until 2004) and in Qatar for the opening of the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha (2008) as well as in the US. Aside from LACMA, in Los Angeles she also held positions in communications at the Hammer Museum at UCLA and the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Prior to that, her first position in the US in 2005 was at the J Paul Getty Trust.
Ms Carroll is responsible for public engagement, including public programs, learning and participation, visitor experience, web/digital content, marketing and communications, design and publishing.