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Art Gallery of NSW Board of Trustees

  • President

    Mr David Gonski AC
    AC B Com, LLB, FAICD (Life), FCPA, Hon LLD (UOW)

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    David Gonski is chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. He is also chancellor of the University of New South Wales and chairman of the UNSW Foundation Ltd. He is a director of the Sydney Airport Corporation board, a member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel and the board of the Lowy Institute for International Policy, a patron of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation and Raise Foundation and a founding panel member of Adara Partners.

    Mr Gonski was previously chair of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools for the Commonwealth Government of Australia. He was also a member of the Takeovers Panel, director of Singapore Airlines Limited, the Westfield Group and Singapore Telecommunications Limited, chairman of Coca-Cola Amatil Ltd, the Australian Securities Exchange Ltd, the Sydney Theatre Company, the Guardians of the Future Fund, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Board of Trustees of Sydney Grammar School and Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2016; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2021.

  • Vice-President

    Ms Gretel Packer AM

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    Gretel Packer has been involved in philanthropic endeavours since 2000 when she was appointed a founding governor of the Taronga Zoo Foundation. Her current positions include: chair of the advisory board of Crown Resorts Foundation Limited, chair of the Packer Family Foundation, chair of The Sydney Theatre Company Foundation, director of the Sydney Theatre Company, founding patron of the Taronga Zoo Conservation Science Initiative, and most recently she was appointed vice president of the Art Gallery of NSW Board of Trustees. She has held previous positions as a director of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation and as a council member of the Royal Botanical Gardens Foundation. Ms Packer has a long-term commitment to supporting a broad range of community activities and charities aligned to the arts, education, and environmental science.

    Initial date of appointment 5 Feb 2014; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2022.

  • Member

    Mr Tony Albert

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    Over the past 10 years Tony Albert has achieved extraordinary visibility and much critical acclaim for his visual art practice, which combines text, video, drawing, painting and three-dimensional objects. Examining the legacy of racial and cultural misrepresentation, particularly of Australia’s Aboriginal people, Mr Albert has developed a universal language that seeks to rewrite historical mistruths and injustice.

    In 2014 Mr Albert was awarded the Basil Sellers Art Prize and the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award. In the same year he was awarded a prestigious residency at the International Studio & Curatorial Program in New York and unveiled a major new monument in Sydney’s Hyde Park dedicated to Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander military service. He was also awarded the 2016 Fleurieu Art Prize, with his winning work, The Hand You’re Dealt. Mr Albert’s work can be seen in major national and international museums and private collections.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2020; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2022.

  • Member

    Ms Anita Belgiorno-Nettis AM

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    In 2019 Anita Belgiorno-Nettis was appointed a Director of the Sydney Theatre Company (STC), and has been a Director of the STC Foundation since 2013. In 2019 she was awarded an AM: Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for significant service to the community through support and philanthropic contributions to social welfare and arts organisations.

    In 2017, Ms Belgiorno-Nettis was appointed as a Trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation. In 2015 she was appointed as a Councillor for the Australian Participation in the Venice Biennale. Her family Foundation (see below) was a major donor for the construction of the new Australian Pavilion, opened that same year. In 2011, she was invited to join the Advisory Board of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, and in 2018 was appointed to the Executive Committee.

    Ms Belgiorno-Nettis was the Executive Producer of The Black Balloon (awarded Best Film in the 2008 AFI Awards) and Producer of The Last Race (2011), a short film on the importance of organ donation and Helping Hands (2013) a small video in celebration of 200 years of The Benevolent Society in Australia.

    Since 2005, she has been involved as a volunteer and supporter of various community organisations, especially The Benevolent Society, and in 2011 she founded Step into Work – a volunteer organisation empowering women to find work – which continues to this day. For 15 years, since 2000, Ms Belgiorno-Nettis played a significant role in the Benefaction support of the Biennale of Sydney.

    Ms Belgiorno-Nettis is a Director of the Anita and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis Foundation, established in 2007, focused on supporting the arts, education and community services.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2020; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2022.

  • Member

    Mr John Borghetti AO

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    John Borghetti has over 45 years’ experience in the aviation industry. In March 2019, he retired from Virgin Australia after nine years as chief executive officer and managing director. Prior to this, he had a long career at Qantas Airways. Mr Borghetti is a director of Coca Cola Amatil and has previously served as a director of Energy Australia, the NSW Customer Advisory Board, Jetset Travelworld, Sydney FC, Piper Aircraft (USA), the Australian Ballet, CARE Australia and the Australian Chamber Orchestra.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2019; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2021.

  • Member

    Mr Andrew Cameron AM

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    Andrew Cameron is a longstanding arts supporter, philanthropist, art collector and arts sector advocate. He is also founder and Executive Chair of the Ramecon Group, a privately held group of companies involved in industrial services, wholesaling and investment. He is also founder and Chair of the Andrew Cameron Family Foundation.

    Mr Cameron is currently Chair of Artspace Visual Arts Centre in Sydney and until recently was Chair of the Art Gallery NSW Foundation. He is also a board member of Sydney Festival and previously was Chair of Belvoir Street theatre for 6 years. He has previously been Deputy Chair of the Biennale of Sydney, and was Deputy Commissioner for Australia’s presentation at the Venice Biennale in 2005, 2007 and 2009, and currently sits on the Venice Biennale Commissioners’ Council. He sits on the International Councils of both the Tate in London and MoMA in New York.

    Mr Cameron studied architecture at University of Sydney where he graduated with First Class Honours and the University Medal in 1981. He subsequently completed an MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management.

    In 2017 Mr Cameron was recognised as Australia’s National Arts Philanthropist of the Year by Creative Partnerships Australia.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2020; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2022.

  • Member

    Hon Mrs Ashley Dawson-Damer AM

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    A director of Yuills group of companies since 2000, Ashley Dawson-Damer has been a board member of the Opera Australia Capital Fund since 2014, and a trustee of the National Gallery of Australia Foundation since 2004. She was a Festival of Sydney board director from 2012 to 2016, alternate for the NSW Premier from 2012 to 2014, board director of the National Art School from 2012 to 2014, member of the National Gallery of Australia Council from 2005 to 2014, 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 2022.

  • Member

    Professor S Bruce Dowton

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    Professor S Bruce Dowton is the vice-chancellor and president 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 2020.

  • Member

    Ms Sally Herman

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    Sally Herman is an experienced director in the fields of financial services, retail, manufacturing and property. She had a successful executive career in financial services in both Australia and the US, transitioning in late 2010 to a full-time career as a non-executive director. Prior to that, she had spent 16 years with the Westpac Group, running major business units in most operating divisions of the Group, as well as heading up Corporate Affairs and Sustainability, during the merger with St.George and the global financial crisis. Ms Herman now sits on both listed and unlisted boards, including three ASX 200 companies: Suncorp Group Limited, Premier Investments Limited and Breville Group Limited. She is also on the board of Evans Dixon Limited, Investec Property Limited and the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Ms Herman is actively involved in the not-for-profit sector, with a particular interest in social justice, education and the arts. She is a member of Chief Executive Women.

    Initial date of appointment 1 Jan 2019; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2021.

  • 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 Western Sydney University (WSU) School of Design, has completed studies in Aboriginal culture and history through Monash University, Melbourne, and in 2015 received an honorary doctorate from WSU. His work is held in numerous institutional collections including the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia and Art Gallery of New South Wales. He has won numerous awards in Australia including the Archibald Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Redlands Westpac Art Prize, National Self Portrait Prize and Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship. Mr 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 2021.

  • Member

    Ms Lucy Turnbull AO

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    Lucy Hughes Turnbull is an urbanist, businesswoman and philanthropist with a longstanding interest in cities and planning, and the importance of technological and social innovation to the national economy. From 2012 to 2015 she chaired the Committee for Sydney and was chairman of Immutep Limited, an ASX-listed biomedical company undertaking clinical development for an immunotherapeutic cancer treatment for seven years from 2010.

    In January 2016 she was appointed chief commissioner of the Greater Sydney Commission, tasked by the NSW state government to assist in delivering strong and effective strategic planning for the whole of metropolitan Sydney. She was the first female Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney from 2003 to 2004. In 2011 she became an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community, local government and business. In 2012 she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Business by the University of New South Wales and an Honorary Doctorate from Western Sydney University in 2017.

    Initial date of appointment 7 Aug 2019; expiry of current term 31 Dec 2021.