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

Appointed as Director 21 May 2007 and Chairman 31 October 2007. Diccon Loxton is a Lawyer and Consultant at Allens Arthur Robinson, specialising in banking and finance. He is the immediate past president and a director of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association. Diccon lectures in the LLM Corporate Finance course at Sydney University and is also a Director of the Worldwide Fund for Nature Australia.

Mr John Graham Pearson, BA MA – Deputy Chairman

Appointed as Director 31 July 2007. John has been actively engaged in Arts bodies at boards for over 30 years, including Member of the Arts, Culture and Heritage reference group for the Northern Beaches Council, 2016 to present; Board Member of Museum and Galleries NSW from 2000 – 2007 and Councillor, Art Gallery Society of NSW from 1988 to 2003. Apart from the Australian Museum Foundation he also supports the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, Peforming Lines, Sydney Living Museums and Macquarie University Graduate School. He currently also volunteers for Sydney Living Museums for Sydney Open and as a guide at the Rose Seidler House. John is currently an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee for Justice NSW. In his professional life he held senior executive roles for IBM, Oracle and Fujitsu in Australia and the broader Asia Pacific region.

Ms Kim McKay AO, Executive Director and CEO

Appointed as a Director on 5 April 2015. 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 as Executive Director and CEO of the Australian Museum.

Ms Natalia Bradshaw

Appointed as Director 4 March 2016. 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 and ongoing VIP Liaison 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 spends a good portion of her time in rural NSW.

Mr Michael Chaaya, BEc (Hons) LLB (Hons)

Appointed as Director 2 May 2012. Michael Chaaya served as a trustee of the Australian Museum Trust between January 2009 and December 2011. He is a Senior Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth and Practice Head of the firm's Financial Services Regulatory team. He is well known for his commerciality and being at the forefront of financial services reform and regulation. He acts for leading financial services entities across the globe and is recognised in many international legal directories as a leading lawyer in Financial Services Regulation, Funds Management, Insurance and Superannuation. For example, the 2017 Chambers Asia Pacific Guide describes Michael as “a technical guru and the lawyer you need when any regulator is involved in your business. In addition to his technical brilliance, Michael is highly professional, and commercially savvy.” Michael is also an Adjunct Professor of the School of Law at Western Sydney University and Senior Fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School where he lectures in the postgraduate program. With a strong involvement in the community, cultural institutions and pro bono activities, Michael was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal for services to the law, youth and community in 2003. He served as a Director and Deputy Chair of the National Children’s & Youth Law Centre between 2006 and 2016. In 2015 and 2016 he represented his firm and the legal profession in the Workplace Gender Equality Agency’s Equilibrium Man Challenge – a world first micro-documentary series which focused on mainstreaming flexibility in the workplace.

Mr Warwick Evans BCom (Eco)

Appointed as Director 8 November 2016. 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.

Ms Virginia Judge, BEd GAICD

Appointed as Director 31 October 2016. 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.

Mr Charles Alasdair MacLeod

Appointed as Director 16 January 2013. 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. In 2011, Alasdair founded Macdoch Ventures Ltd, a Sydney based venture capital business which focusses on backing fast growing digital enterprises in Australia and overseas. He also devotes a good deal of time to family owned agricultural enterprises in the beef and wool industries and is a director of Soils for Life, an organisation dedicated to the uptake of sustainable farming practices.

Mr David G E Rickards

Appointed as a Director 7 March 2015. David was formerly the Head of Research and an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank. Before joining Macquarie he was responsible for establishing the risk management company BARRA International in Australia. David Co founded Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) in 2011 which is a business making loans to social enterprises across Australia. David is also a director of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.

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

Appointed as Director 6 July 2005. Brian Sherman AM served as the President of the Australian Museum Trust from 2001-2009. During this time he was the main driver for the establishment of the Australian Museum Foundation in 2005. Brian is also 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 May 2010, Brian was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Technology Sydney. 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 Fiona Anne Sinclair, BEc LLM Accredited Mediator NMAS

Appointed as Director on 31 July 2013. Fiona is a Barrister-at-Law who practices 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 former non executive Director of Unicef Australia and has been involved as a volunteer for the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. She served as a Councillor on Woollahra Municipal Council for almost 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. In 2016 she was a participant in Bond University’s Yarning Up Trip to Lockhart River and in 2017 will participate in a related trip to the Torres Strait Islands.

Mr Jeremy Spinak

Appointed as Director 30 August 2016. 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.

Mr Albert Y Wong AM

Mr Wong has been involved in the investment banking and stockbroking industry for over 35 years. He has and continues to serve on various boards including directorships of Kyckr Limited (ASX: KYK) and Prima BioMed Limited (ASX: PRR). He was the chief adviser to China’s Nanshan Group in its 2016 acquisition of a strategic stake in Virgin Australia Holdings Limited (ASX: VAH). Albert’s philanthropic activities include directorships on UNSW Foundation, Children’s Medical Research Institute and immediate past President and Honorary Life Governor of the Physics Foundation at the University of Sydney.


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