Australian Museum Foundation Trustees

The Foundation is a charitable trust, 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 is actively engaged in Arts bodies in NSW at board level reflecting a personal commitment for over 30 years to this sector including  a  Board Member of Museum and Galleries NSW from 2000 - 2007 and 16 years as a Councillor on the Board of the Art Gallery Society of NSW (including time as Treasurer).     
Apart from the Australian Museum Foundation John also supports the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation and Macquarie University Graduate School. In his professional life he has worked in Sales and Marketing executive roles for IBM, Oracle and Fujitsu in both ANZ and Asia. Most recently he led IBM’s Software Client team across ANZ.
He has a MA (Banking Management) from MGSM and a BA (Economics) from Macquarie University.

Ms Kim McKay AO, Executive Director and CEO

Kim McKay was appointed as Executive Director and CEO of the Australian Museum in April 2014. Her international career in social innovation, marketing, communications and management spans over 25 years. She is an environmentalist, author and international marketing and communications expert and a regular media commentator. She has worked with National Geographic in the USA since 2000 in a variety of roles, and on returning to Australia in 2005, established Momentum2 Pty Ltd, consulting in social and sustainability marketing and communications. Kim was senior vice-president Global Marketing and Communications at National Geographic Channels International (USA), an executive director, Discovery Communications Inc (USA) and principal of Profile Communications Pty Ltd (Sydney). She is the co-founder and was deputy chair of Clean Up Australia (1989-2009), and co-founder and deputy chair of Clean Up the World (1992-2009). Her current not-for-profit roles include board member of the Sydney Institute of Marine Science Foundation, board member of Fairtrade Australia and New Zealand, member of The Genographic Project Legacy Fund and advisory board member and ambassador for the 1 Million Women campaign. Kim was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2008 for distinguished service to the environment and the community. In 2013 she received Australian Geographic’s Lifetime Achievement in Conservation award and was named one of the Australian Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence. Kim was appointed to the Australian Museum Trust in January 2012. She resigned in February 2014 when she was appointed to her current role.

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 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.

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

Brian Sherman was a 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.

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 and Fine Arts Bourse Limited, a premium online auction site for fine art and jewels.

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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