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SIMON MORDANT AM
Simon Mordant is the Executive Co-Chairman of Luminis Partners an independent advisory firm. Simon specialises in advising local and multinational companies and Government on their capital markets strategy and mergers and acquisitions.
Simon has been a practising corporate adviser in Australia since 1984 having trained as a Chartered Accountant in London.
Simon is a passionate collector of contemporary art with a long history of benefaction to the Arts. In 2007, he was appointed Chairman of the MCA Foundation which was re-established to raise funds for the $53 million capital campaign for the redevelopment. In 2010 Simon was appointed Chairman of the Board of the MCA.
In addition to the above, Simon was the Australian Commissioner for the 2013 Venice Biennale and holds this position for 2015. Simon is a Director of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a member of the International Leadership Council of the New Museum, a member of the International Council of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, a member of the Executive Committee of the Tate International Council, a Director of the Garvan Research Foundation, a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia and was Deputy President of The Australian Government Takeovers Panel 2000-2010. In September 2014 he was elected to the MoMA PS1 board in New York an institution dedicated to displaying the most experimental contemporary art in the world.
Simon was awarded an AM, being made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia for 'Services to the Arts and to the cultural environment of Australia through philanthropic and executive roles, and to the community’.
DOUG DEAN AM
Chair, Finance Committee
Doug Dean is Managing Director, Veolia Environmental Services. Joining Veolia, then Collex in 1989, Doug Dean is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of Veolia Environmental Services, and is the longest serving CEO in Australia’s Waste Management and Industrial Services sectors; Doug is also Chairman of the Veolia Environment Group in Australia and New Zealand.
Previously holding the position as Senior Executive with a major Australian transport group for 10 years, Doug has an extensive background in accounting with one of Australia’s top business service firms, and is also a committee member on many leading industry groups.
Doug Dean has held many Company Director roles throughout Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the United States, in the areas of waste management, transport and water supply; he also holds outside directorships with the RSPCA.
In 2012 Doug was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) by the Governor General for ‘service to business and commerce through the development and provision of sustainable waste management and resource recovery solutions, and to the community’.
Geoff Dixon is Chairman of the Australian Government’s major tourism marketing organisation Tourism Australia and Chairman of the Garvan Medical Research Foundation.
He sits on the boards of publicly listed Australian Companies Crown Limited and Adslot Ltd. Mr. Dixon is also on the boards of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the Local Organising Committee of the AFC Asia Cup 2015, and is an Ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.
Mr. Dixon was Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Qantas Airways Limited from 2001 – 2008. He joined Qantas in 1994 and was also Chief Commercial Officer and, for two years, Deputy Chief Executive. He has also worked in the media, mining and government sectors.
Ari Droga is a founding Principal and Partner of the Australasian business of Global Infrastructure Partners, one of the world’s largest privately managed infrastructure investment funds. His background is in law, finance and investment banking. He has a keen interest in the visual arts and is a former deputy chairman and board member of the Biennale of Sydney.
Ari has been a benefactor of the MCA since the mid ’90s and in earlier years was President of the MCA’s Young Patrons Council. Ari is also the chair of the MCA Foundation.
Kerry Gardner is a Melbourne-based Writer/Director of fresh new Australian documentary films shining a new light on Art, Design and Architecture. Her films have been shown in a number of local and international film festivals including the Canadian Film festival ‘Female Eye’ in Toronto and the Sonoma Film Festival in California.
Her current directorships include the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia and the University of Melbourne’s Australian Institute of Art History. She is a Founding Patron of the Lorne Sculpture Biennale and Ambassador for the Natalie Miller Fellowship for Women in Film. She is also member of the Arts and Humanities Committee of the Myer Foundation / Sidney Myer Fund, and Global Ambassador (Asia Pacific) for the Global Fund for Women in New York.
Her past board directorships include the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Women’s Trust, Deputy Chair of both Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Malthouse Theatre Company, the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (Steering Committee) and director of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. She holds a Masters in Film and Television from the VCA/University of Melbourne, and a Graduate Diploma of Marketing from the RMIT.
Joyce Hinterding lives and works in the Blue Mountains New South Wales. Her practice is focused on investigations into energetic forces, through custom built field recording and monitoring technologies and an exploration of physical and virtual dynamics. She often collaborates with artist David Haines to produce large scale immersive video and sound works that explore the tension between the fictive and the phenomenal.
Her Recent solo and collaborative exhibitions include Energies, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2015); Breaking News from the Ether, La Panacee Centre for Contemporary Art, Montpellier, France (2014); Graphite, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana, USA (2012); Artists Proof #1, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne (2012); Sonic Spheres: TarraWarra Biennial, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria (2012); Anne Landa Award for Video and New Media Arts, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2011); Invisible Fields, Arts Santa Mònica, Barcelona (2011); Trust: ISEA 2010, Ruhr, Germany (2010); Prix Ars Electronica: Cyber Arts 09, OK Centrum, Linz, Austria (2009). Joyce is represented by Sarah Cottier Gallery, Sydney and is a part time lecturer at the University of Sydney, Sydney College of the Arts.
Chair, Indigenous Advisory Group
Professor Michael McDaniel is an Aboriginal man and a member of the Kalari Clan of the Wiradjuri Nation of Central New South Wales with a career in Indigenous higher education and record of service to the arts, culture and the community spanning almost three decades.
Michael is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous leadership and Engagement) and Director of Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology Sydney where he is also a Professor in Indigenous Education.
Prior to his present appointment Michael has held the positions of Dean of Indigenous Education and Director of Badanami Centre for Indigenous Education at the University of Western Sydney, Head of Warawara Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University and was Director of Indigenous Programs within the School of Adult Education, University of Technology Sydney.
Michael is a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC) and as a NATSIHEC delegate has on a number of occasions participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) and through NATSIHEC is a member of the World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium (WINHEC). Michael is also a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), a member of AIATSIS Council’s Research Advisory Committee and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive (ATSIDA) Reference Group.
Michael has held a number of Federal and State Government appointments having been a member of the Federal Minister for Education’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council, the National Native Title Tribunal, the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal, the NSW Administrative Appeals Tribunal, and the NSW Guardianship Tribunal. Michael has also been a Commissioner with the NSW Land and Environment Court.
Michael has a considerable record of leadership and service in relation to arts and culture and is currently Chair of the Board of Bangarra Dance Theatre, Australia’s premier Indigenous dance company and only Indigenous company with Major Performing Arts Company status. Michael also serves on the Board of the Australian Major Performing Arts Group (AMPAG), the Museum of Contemporary Art (Australia) and Chairs the MCA (Australia) Indigenous Advisory Group. Michael is also Chair of the Sydney Living Museums Aboriginal Advisory Committee and is a former member of the Board of the National Aboriginal Islander Skills Development Association (NAISDA) Dance College.
Scott Perkins was formerly Managing Director and Head of Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Finance business in Australia and New Zealand. He has a 20-year career advising local and multi-national companies on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising. Scott has a long-standing commitment to the arts, both as a collector and as a patron and former Trustee of the Auckland Art Gallery Foundation and is also a Non Executive Director of Woolworths Limited.
ANN SHERRY AO
Ann is Executive Chairman of Carnival Australia, the largest cruise ship operator in Australasia and a division of Carnival Corporation & Plc. Carnival is the world’s largest cruise ship business and owner of 10 iconic brands including P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Aida, Cunard, Carnival Cruise Lines, Holland America Line and Seabourn. She joined in 2007 as CEO and has transformed the industry and growth has been double digit each year since 2007.
Prior to this, Ann was with Westpac for 12 years and was Chief Executive Officer, Westpac New Zealand, CEO, Bank of Melbourne and Group Executive, People & Performance. She was a driver of cultural change, community engagement and customer focus in commercial and retail banking.
Before joining Westpac, Ann was First Assistant Secretary of the Office of the Status of Women in Canberra, advising the Prime Minister on policies and programmes to improve the status of women and was Australia’s representative to the United Nations forums on human rights and women’s rights.
In addition to her executive role, Ann holds a number of non-executive roles including Sydney Airport, ING Direct (Australia), The Palladium Group, Australian Rugby Union and Cape York Partnerships.
Ann is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In 2001, Ann was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for her work on providing banking services to disadvantaged communities.
In 2004, Ann was awarded an Order of Australia for her contribution to the Australian community through the promotion of corporate management policies and practices that embrace gender equity, social justice and work and family partnerships.
In 2013, she was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Macquarie University for her contribution to business and civil society and in 2014, an Honorary Doctorate of Business by University of Queensland.
In 2015, Ann was named as the overall winner of the Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Award.
Lorraine was formerly an investment banker in New York and Sydney specialising in corporate advisory. As a senior investment banker at JP Morgan in New York, Lorraine was responsible for the provision of advice (mergers, acquisitions, divestments and capital raisings) to many of Wall Street’s largest companies including several multinationals. She also sat on a number of JP Morgan’s global investment banking committees. In Australia, Lorraine advised a diverse range of clients (public and private), as well as advising on various government privatisations.
Lorraine has a keen interest in the arts. In addition to sitting on the Board of the MCA, Lorraine also chairs the MCA Director’s Circle and is a member of the MCA Foundation Council. She is on the Board of Studio A (NSW Government and Arts NSW supported studio creating professional pathways for artists with intellectual disability). She is also on the Biennale of Sydney Board’s BEC Sub-Committee. She is an avid collector of international contemporary art.
In addition to her commitment to the arts, Lorraine is also a Founding Patron and sits on the Steering Committee of the Red Cross Society of Women Leaders.
Mr Wheen is a co-founder and director of Nanuk Asset Management, an investment company that focuses on global investments in renewable energy and sustainable companies. Prior to Nanuk, Mr Wheen managed a small family office following his retirement in1996 from Bankers Trust Co. After 16 years at Bankers Trust his final role was head of Global Investment Management based in New York. Mr Wheen is married with two boys, he enjoys sports, the arts and is also currently a Governor of WWF.