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.

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.

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.

Ms Natalia Bradshaw

Natalia is recognised as one of Australia’s most influential art consultants and cultural advocates. On the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Advisory Council for the faculty of Art & Design, Natalia was also recent past Chair of Art Month; part of the ‘Champions’ group that travelled to the 2015 Venice Biennale with the Commissioner to celebrate the opening of the new Australian pavilion; inaugural VIP Collector Manager for Sydney Contemporary; a non-executive Director of the Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park (GASP!) in Hobart; on the Art Gallery of NSW Contemporary Collection Benefactors (CCB) committee for more than a decade as one of the lead benefactors; and on the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Advisory Committee for many years. Natalia’s passion for environmental sustainability is reflected in her having been on the steering committee for Australia using art as an international awareness catalyst, and in spending a good portion of each week in the country pursuing a sustainable lifestyle.

Mr Warwick Evans BCom (Eco)

Warwick has wide experience in the banking and finance industries in Australia. A stockbroker for 20 years he spent the last 10 of these years as managing director of the stockbroking businesses of Macquarie Bank. In addition, he was active in establishing the peak industry body for the securities industry now known as the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association. This included a period as Chairman of this organisation. In more recent times, Warwick has built up interests in the hotel, leisure and retail industries both here and abroad. This wide portfolio of activities includes accommodation hotels, spa and retreats and merchandising of consumer products. He is also Chairman of a Funds Management business, Naos, based in Sydney and director of their 2 publicly listed investment companies.

Mr Jeremy Spinak

Jeremy Spinak is an executive at Celestino and is currently Project Leader of the Sydney Science Park, a multi-billion dollar project creating a leading Science and Innovation City in Western Sydney. Prior to his role at Celestino, Jeremy previously had his own property advisory business. He has worked in a number of public policy areas and for NSW Government Ministers as well as a legislative aide to a United States Senator. Jeremy has a passion for community work and holds multiple voluntary communal roles, including his current role as President of the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the peak roof body of the NSW Jewish Community. Jeremy Spinak has a first class honours degree in economics and international relations from the University of NSW and studied international relations at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Ms Virginia Judge, BEd GAICD

Virginia Judge is Head of Strategic Partnerships at Children’s Medical Research Institute. She was a local and state representative and the first woman to be elected for the seat of Strathfield (2003 New South Wales Legislative Assembly). She served as a Councillor with the Strathfield Municipal Council from 1995 to 2004, and was Mayor from 2001 to 2003. In 2007, Virginia was made Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Minister for Education & Training, Industrial Relations and the Minister Assisting the Minister for Finance. In 2008, Virginia was appointed Minister for Fair Trading, Minister for Citizenship and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts. In 2010, Virginia was the first woman to be appointed Arts Minister. Sydney Symphony Orchestra Vanguard Member, Sydney Dance Company Vanguard Member, member of Hong Kong Australia Business Association, Platinum Member of the Art Gallery of NSW, member of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NSW Branch), member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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