Australian Museum Foundation Trustees

The Foundation is an independent legal entity, the purpose of which is to raise funds for the Australian Museum.

Mr Diccon John Robertson Loxton, BA LLB - Chairman

Diccon Loxton is a lawyer and senior partner at Allens Arthur Robinson, specialising in banking and finance. He is the immediate past president of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association and is lawyer for the Australian branch of the Asia-Pacific Loan Market Association. Diccon lectures in the LLM Corporate Finance course at Sydney University and is also a Director of the Worldwide Fund for Nature Australia and a governor of Ascham School Limited.

Mr John Graham Pearson, BA MA – Deputy Chairman

John Pearson leads IBM’s General Business Enterprise team across Australia and New Zealand. His team works with large corporates, public sector clients and universities. He has more than 25 years’ experience in leadership roles in information technology, with experience at Oracle, Fujitsu and IBM. John is a member of the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation and specifically supports its Contemporary and Asian collections. Between 1987 and 2002 he was on the Board of the Art Gallery Society of NSW, the major friends and fundraising body for the Art Gallery of NSW. He also served on the Board of the Museums and Galleries Foundation of NSW from 2000 to 2007.

Mr Christopher Colin Grubb, BA BComm AICD

Christopher Grubb is Managing Director of Grange Management Pty Limited, He has worked extensively in the investment banking field in Asia and Australia and presently sits on a number of investment company Boards with interests in the region. Chris has been Chairman of several listed companies and currently is Chairman of the Australian Fund Managers Foundation and a Director of Bush Heritage Australia.

Mr Frank Richard Howarth, BA (Hons), MSc Soc

Frank Howarth is the Director of the Australian Museum and a Trustee of the Lizard Island Reef Research Foundation, Director of the Coral Reef and Marine Science Foundation, Member of the Council of Australasian Museum Directors, Director of the Somerville Collection (The Australian Fossil & Mineral Museum – Home of the Somerville Collection), Director of Museums and Galleries Foundation of NSW Limited, Chair of International Council of Museums National Committee Australia, Chair of Atlas of Living Australia Management Committee and Member of the University of New South Wales Faculty of Science Advisory Council. Frank is a former Director and Chief Executive of the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust. He has held policy analyst positions with the Department of Industrial Development and Decentralisation, NSW Science and Technology Council, Public Service Board and the Roads and Traffic Authority. Frank was also Executive Director Policy and Science at the NSW Department of Environment and Conservation before taking up his current role in February 2004.

Mr Charles Alasdair MacLeod

Alasdair MacLeod worked for News Ltd for 20 years where his roles included Managing Director of The Times of London and of Nationwide News, the publisher of The Daily Telegraph and The Australian. He now devotes a great deal of his time to overseeing family owned grazing enterprises in the Southern Tableland and New England Regions of NSW, where he is implementing high performance land management practices.

Mr David Rickards

David was formerly the Head of Research and an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank. He coordinated a team based throughout Australia, Asia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom for over 16 years. David is an authority on global equities and capital markets, with particular expertise in strategic analysis and risk assessment. He has recently retired from working at Macquarie and is now devoting himself to the establishment and growth of SEFA, where he is Managing Director. Before joining Macquarie he was responsible for establishing the risk management company BARRA International in Australia. David is also a Director and Treasurer of Bush Heritage Australia.

Mr Winfield Scott Reid

Scott Reid was ANZ’s NSW State Chairman until he retired in 2007. He joined ANZ following his career with Chase Manhattan Bank/JP Morgan Chase, where he held a number of senior roles in the USA, United Kingdom and Australia, including Managing Director and Regional Executive Australasia, based in Sydney from 1991 until 2002. His other roles included Group Executive Domestic Banking Group in New York; Division Executive – Finance and Leasing Division in New York and Division Executive – UK Corporate Banking in London. He was also Chairman of the International Banking and Securities Association; a Member of the Business Council of Australia and of the Federal Government Takeovers Panel. He has a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Finance from Northwestern University. Scott has dual citizenship of Australia and the USA.

Mr Brian Michael Sherman AM, BComm CTA SIA (Aff)

Brian Sherman is the immediate past President of the Australian Museum Trust and a Director of a number of investment companies listed on the American stock exchange. He is Chairman of Aberdeen Leaders Limited, listed on the Australian stock exchange, and was a Director of Channel Ten for some 16 years. Brian is also a Director of Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation Limited, a charitable philanthropic organisation; a Director of Voiceless, a non-profit organisation that promotes respect and compassion for animals; and is involved in numerous other charitable projects. He is the former Chairman and Joint Managing Director of EquitiLink Group and was previously a Director of the Sydney Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Chairman of SOCOG’s Finance Committee. In 2004 Brian was awarded the Order of Australia for service to the community and in 2006 he received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Championship of Entrepreneurship award for the Eastern Region.

Ms Ailsa Jenny Crammond, BA LLB

Ailsa Crammond is a commercial lawyer who has practised in Sydney, Japan and London. She has most recently worked as a Senior Policy Officer with NSW National Parks (Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water). She has also worked as a consultant in the eco-tourism industry and has a keen interest in the environment.

Mr Michael Chaaya, BEc (Hons) LLB (Hons) (University of Sydney)

Michael Chaaya is a partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and a member of the firm's Financial Services Industry Division Leadership Team. Michael’s practice focuses on superannuation, life insurance, funds management, financial services reform and tax. He has more than eleven years of expertise in advising some of Australia’s leading product providers and financial services entities. His clients include trustee companies for superannuation funds; fund managers; banks and other financial service providers; life insurance companies, administrators and custodians. He has a strong involvement in the community, access to justice and pro bono activities. Michael was a finalist for the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW Justice Medal in 2007 and was awarded the Australian Centenary medal for service to the law, youth and community in 2003. Michael is currently a director of the National Children's & Youth Law Centre and is a past member of the Australian Museum Trust.

Mr Timothy David Goodman

Tim Goodman is one of Australia’s longest-serving and highest profile fine art auctioneers, with experience in both the local and international art markets. He owned and operated his own auction house before forming an alliance with Bonhams, one of the largest fine art auction houses in the world with offices in London, Hong Kong and New York. He subsequently acquired Theodore Bruce, the oldest auction house in Australia, the boutique auction house Stanley & Co, and Leonard Joel, and in 2009 acquired the local business of Sotheby’s Australia. Tim was appointed founding Chairman of Sotheby’s Australia following this acquisition. In 2011 Tim sold all his auction business interests and now conducts a private consultancy in valuation and sale of fine art assets. He is also a director and shareholder of Reddo Media Services, a digital media start-up which develops apps to enable publishers to publish on tablets and other portable electronic devices.

Ms Fiona Anne Sinclair, BEc LLM Accredited Mediator NMAS 

Fiona Sinclair is a Barrister-at-Law who practises from Queen’s Square Chambers in Macquarie Street, Sydney. Fiona’s legal career focuses on commercial, equity and Will disputes and she also has an active Mediation practice. Fiona has a strong involvement in the community and assists as a Pro-Bono Barrister in a scheme run by the NSW Barristers’ Association. Fiona is a non executive Director of Unicef Australia (the Australian committee of the United Nations Childrens’ Fund). Fiona served as a Councillor on Woollahra Municipal Council for nearly ten years and during this period chaired numerous committees and instigated the well regarded Woollahra Sculpture Prize. Fiona has a keen interest in the environment and in indigenous issues and is a patron and supporter of indigenous art and culture.

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