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Our leadership

Private capital fundraising for the Sydney Modern Project is being led by a dedicated capital campaign committee under the chairmanship of Dr Mark Nelson.

  • Chair

    Dr Mark Nelson
    BSc (Hons), MPhil, PhD

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    Mark Nelson is a founder and chairman of the Caledonia Investment Group and a director of The Caledonia Foundation. He is a deputy chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia and Kaldor Public Art Projects; a trustee of the Sydney Swans Foundation; and governor of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience.

  • Dr Michael Brand
    BA (Hons), MA, PhD (History)

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    Dr Michael Brand serves as the ninth director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales. He is an international art scholar and cultural leader whose commitment to the arts is evident in his significant contribution to Australian and international art and in his work that spans art museums and academia as well as the government, philanthropic and community sectors.

    Prior to his appointment Dr Brand was consulting director of the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto while it was under construction. Before this he worked as director of the world-renowned J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles from 2005 to 2010.

  • Mr Andrew Cameron AM

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    Andrew Cameron is currently chair of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation and Artspace, a board member of the Sherman Foundation and Andrew Cameron Family Foundation, and a member of the International Council of the Tate Gallery. He previously served on several other boards including the 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. He is chairman and managing director of a number of privately owned companies with interests in wholesaling, distribution and property development. He collects contemporary Australian art and is a supporter of a wide variety of artists’ projects in both public and private spaces.

  • Professor S Bruce Dowton
    MB BS MD FACMG FRACP FAICD

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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.

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

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    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 member of the Sydney Airport Corporation board, 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. David 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; a Director of Singapore Airlines Limited, the Westfield Group and Singapore Telecommunications Limited; and 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. He was previously president of the Art Gallery of NSW Board of Trustees from 1997 to 2006.

  • 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.

  • Mr Andrew Roberts

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    Andrew Roberts is the principal of RF Capital Pty Ltd, a private funds management company focusing on alternative asset classes, including real assets, financial markets and credit. He is also a major shareholder in CorVal Partners, a property funds management business. Mr Roberts sits on the advisory council of the University of NSW Australian School of Business. Previous roles include CEO of Multiplex Group, and board roles on various philanthropic and arts organisations including the Australian Museum, MCA Foundation and the University of WA Business School.