Private fundraising for the Sydney Modern Project is being led by a dedicated campaign committee under the chairmanship of Dr Mark Nelson.
Dr Mark Nelson
BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD
Mark Nelson is chairman and co-founder of Caledonia and a director of The Caledonia Foundation. He is currently chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia and a director of Kaldor Public Art Projects. He is also a governor of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience, a director of the MindGardens Neuroscience Alliance and a member of the Tate International Council in London and the Directors Council of The Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Dr Nelson was as an Art Gallery of NSW trustee from 2010 to 2018, serving as vice-president from 2014 to 2018.
Mr Geoff Ainsworth AM
Geoff Ainsworth is currently a director of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Tate International Council and a patron of the MCA and the Royal Academy of Arts. He previously served as a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW and a director of the Bundanon Trust. In 2011, Mr Ainsworth was made a Member of the Order of Australia for service to the visual and performing arts through the promotion and support of contemporary art, and to the community.
Dr Michael Brand
Dr Michael Brand serves as the ninth director of the Art Gallery of NSW. He is an international art scholar and cultural leader whose work spans art museums and academia as well as the government, philanthropic and community sectors. Prior to joining the Gallery in 2012, Dr Brand was consulting director of the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto while it was under construction. Before this, he was director of the world-renowned J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from 2005 to 2010.
Mr Andrew Cameron AM
Andrew Cameron is the immediate past chair of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation and chair of Artspace, a board member of the Sherman Foundation and Andrew Cameron Family Foundation, and a member of the Tate International Council. He previously served on the board of Belvoir St Theatre, Biennale of Sydney and Melbourne Art Foundation, and was deputy commissioner for Australia’s presentation for the 2005, 2007 and 2009 Venice Biennales. Mr Cameron is chairman and managing director of a number of privately-owned companies with interests in wholesaling, distribution and property development.
Professor S Bruce Dowton
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. Most notably, he served as a paediatrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children and clinical professor of paediatrics at Harvard Medical School. Professor Dowton is on a number of boards and is chair of Open Universities Australia.
Mr David Gonski AC
David Gonski is president of the Art Gallery of NSW Trust. He is also chairman of the Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd, 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 and 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, president of the Art Gallery of NSW Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2006 and a member of other numerous public and private boards.
Mrs Kerry-Anne Johnston
Kerry-Anne Johnston is the director of The Bayard Foundation, which supports charities across the education, sport, health and arts sectors. She serves on several boards, including as a director of the Charlie Teo Foundation and on the NSW Advisory Board of the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Mrs Johnston is a founding patron of the Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders and an ambassador for the FSHD Global Research Foundation. She is also currently involved in Harding Miller Education Foundation, supporting girls’ education. Previously, she worked for the Department of Education for more than 20 years, teaching in Australia and overseas.
Mr Justin Miller
Justin Miller is director of Justin Miller Art, a leading art advisory service. Mr Miller has more than 25 years’ experience in the fine art auction industry, most recently as chairman of Sotheby’s Australia from 1999 to 2010, and is an approved valuer for the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program. He is also a director and foundation trustee of the Sydney Theatre Company, a member of the Board of Governors of the Taronga Zoo and an ambassador of the MCA.
Ms Gretel Packer
Gretel Packer is vice-president of the Art Gallery of NSW Board of Trustees, serving as a trustee since 2014. She is also 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 and founding patron of the Taronga Zoo Conservation Science Initiative. Ms Packer has held previous positions as a director of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation and a council member of the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation. She has a long-term commitment to supporting a broad range of community activities and charities aligned to the arts, education, and environmental science.
Ms Rosie Williams
Rosie Williams is a director of the Serpentine Foundation. Through the foundation she is particularly active in the arts, education, neuroscience and animal welfare sectors and, along with her husband John Grill, is a member of the Schools Plus Pioneers in Philanthropy education initiative, which supports disadvantaged schools and the teachers who work in them. She trained as a nurse before embarking on a 20-year career in the fashion industry.
Ms Peggy Yeoh
Peggy Yeoh is a co-founder and director of the Dalton Learning Lab and Dalton Foundation and is extensively involved in education and the arts in Hong Kong. She is an advisory board member of the Peggy Guggenheim Museum and supports numerous educational and cultural charities and non-profits, including the Hong Kong Ballet, Bring Me A Book™ Hong Kong, the Sun Hung Kai Foundation and the Biennale of Sydney. Ms Yeoh was formerly a senior lawyer in Sydney and also served as executive director of a listed property funds management company. She is currently an executive director of ytd, a fashion retail company in Australia.