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 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, Dip Museum Studies
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.
Ms Page oversees the development and direction of the Gallery’s impressive 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 the Gallery’s extensive research archive. As deputy director, she contributes to the Gallery’s ambitious expansion plans.
Director of Development
MA (Arts Administration), BA (Economics)
John Richardson joined the Gallery in 2014. He is responsible for leading the unprecedented Sydney Modern Project Capital Campaign that to date has raised $96M towards the private contribution target of $100M to compliment the NSW State Government committed funding of $244M. 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. And is honoured to serve in the role, connecting individuals and companies with the capacity to support with the incredible projects, art acquisitions and public programs that make the Art Gallery of NSW such a rich and inspiring place for local residents, interstate and international visitors alike.
Chief Operating Officer
BCom (Accounting), GradDipPA, MPAdmin, FCPA, MAICD
Hakan Harman has been appointed to the role of Chief Operating Officer and will join the Gallery in October 2018. Hakan is currently with Multicultural NSW where, as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), he led a successful transformation of the organisation and devised and implemented a visionary three year strategic plan, Harmony-In-Action 2014-2017. Hakan has worked simultaneously and proactively across communities, the three tiers of government and represented NSW in many forums. He is passionate about our institution and arts and culture, having previously worked as Director Operations Chief Financial Officer at our colleague institution, the State Library of NSW.
Hakan is an exemplary leader with extensive experience in both the public and private sectors. His areas of expertise include organisational leadership, change management, financial management, corporate governance, stakeholder engagement and strategic management.
Over the next few years, Hakan will be responsible for oversight of the operational planning and transformation required to deliver the Sydney Modern Project, as well as leading and directing the delivery of a full range of functions including; Finance, Administration, Human Resources, Information and Communications Technology, Security Services and Facilities.
Director of Public Engagement
This position is responsible for public engagement, including public programs, learning and participation, web/digital content, marketing and communications, design and publishing, and for liaising with the Gallery’s membership organisation.