Director, Finance & Corporate Services
Bringing extensive experience as a Senior Management Executive in the visual and performing arts sectors, Richard joined the MCA team in December 2013. He has a proven track record in applying key strategic and financial management practices, budget discipline and processes, operational and strategic planning, IT management, human resources skills and building management expertise to the strategic objectives of organisations with which he works. These skills are complimented by a strong belief that excellence in organisations requires an equal excellence in the executive support processes.
Most recently, Richard was Head of Finance & Operations for Belvoir and Belvoir St Theatre, overseeing a period of intense growth and change for those companies since 2007. Prior to that, he was the Head of Finance & Administration for the Biennale of Sydney and has held executive positions with the Australian National Playwrights’ Centre and the Newtown & Edge Theatres. In addition, he has run his own consultancy practice specialising in financial management of arts organisations. Richard is currently President of version 1.0 and has served on the Boards of the Newtown Entertainment Precinct Association, Lucent Theatre and Phoenix Theatre Company.
Richard holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Arts Management from the University of Technology Sydney and has directed the major theatre productions for SCEGGS Darlinghurst for the last decade.
Director, Development & Enterprises
Moving from Brisbane to Sydney to join the MCA team in June 2015, Zoe brings extensive experience in sponsorship, government and philanthropic funding, as well as event management, tourism and marketing partnerships, commercial and operational management. Zoe’s experience ranges across the arts and cultural, not-for-profit, government and commercial sectors in both Australia and the UK.
From 2011 to 2015, Zoe was Head of Business Development and Events at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art where she managed QAGOMA’s portfolio of corporate, philanthropic, government and cultural partnerships as well as overseeing the Gallery’s event program. Prior to this, Zoe was Partnerships Director at the Queensland Folk Federation, organisers of one of Australia’s largest cultural events, the Woodford Folk Festival. Zoe had also worked in various event management, artist support and operational roles at the Festival.
Zoe spent six years in London during which time she was the Events and Operations Manager for a digital media agency and Business Development Manager for a jewellery company. From 2007 to 2010, Zoe worked at Arts Council England (government arts funding agency) developing and delivering two major organisational development programs and providing change management support to a wide range of arts organisations. Zoe participated in the Roffey Park Organisational Development Leaders Program and undertook extensive training in all aspects of organisational development and change management.
Zoe holds a Bachelor of Arts (Theatre, French) and a Bachelor of Education from Queensland University of Technology. In 2015, Zoe was selected as a participant in the Australia Council for the Arts Emerging Leaders Development Program.
Director, Curatorial & Digital
Bringing experience in artistic leadership, curatorial practice and as a widely published art writer, Blair French joined the MCA in 2013. Originally from New Zealand, and with a professional background also in the UK, Blair first arrived in Sydney in 1995 and has worked at the Australian Centre for Photography, as Associate Director of Performance Space and was Executive Director of Artspace Visual Arts Centre from 2006 until 2013.
Blair’s curatorial and writing practice has ranged over the development of art practices from the 1960s through to the present day in Australia, New Zealand and the surrounding region, the intersections of photography and contemporary art, performance and moving image practices. As a curator he has worked with a wide and diverse range of artists including Bruce Barber, Chicks on Speed, Simon Denny, Marco Fusinato, Shaun Gladwell, Ho Tzu Nyen, Rose Nolan, Peter Robinson and Francis Upritchard amongst many others. He was curatorial convenor of the 6th (2010 – 2011) and curator of the 7th (2013) iterations of SCAPE Public Art: Christchurch Biennial. His publications include many edited artist monographs and catalogues; the books Out of Time: Essays Between Photography and Art (2006), and the co-authored Twelve Australian Photo Artists (2009); the major text for the Shaun Gladwell book published in association with the 2009 Venice Biennale; and as editor, Photo Files: An Australian Photography Reader (1999).
Blair holds a PhD in Art History and Theory from the University of Sydney and has lectured at the University of Waikato; the University of New South Wales; and at the University of Western Sydney. He was President of Contemporary Arts Organisations Australia (CAOs), a formal nationwide network of contemporary art spaces, from 2006 until 2009.
Director, Audience Engagement
Moving from Wales to join the team in July 2015, Gill Nicol originally trained as an artist and has over twenty-five years experience in the arts, working with contemporary art and audiences. She has worked for numerous organisations across the UK including engage (national association for gallery education), Ikon Gallery (Birmingham), Tate Liverpool, Spike Print Studio and Arnolfini in Bristol. She has a long history as a creative coach, working as a consultant to artist groups based in the South West, and has offered professional development advice to over 200 creative people.
In 2009, she spent eight months at Tate St Ives on a work-based Cultural Leadership programme working on audience development, and was Head of Interaction at Arnolfini until February 2011. She was module leader for BA Fine Art Professional Practice; and lecturer on MA Curatorial Practice at Bath Spa University from 2012 -2015. For the past five years she has run her own consultancy, lightsgoingon, covering a wide range of support and training for the cultural sector in the UK, such as workshops, feasibility studies, business plans, fundraising, evaluation and board development. Larger projects have included running the Visitor Experience Programme, an Arts Council England funded programme looking at the quality of experience for the casual visitor to ten contemporary art galleries across the South West, West and East Midlands. Above all, she has a commitment to making contemporary art accessible, in as many ways as possible, and for as many people as possible.
Gil has an MA in Fine Art Printmaking (Distinction) from University of Brighton (1985-88) and an MA in Feminism and Visual Arts from University of Leeds (1996-98).
ANH THI DO
Chief Financial Officer
Currently Chief Financial Officer, Anh Thi Do came to the Museum of Contemporary Art in March 2000. Prior to this, Anh worked for The University Coop Bookshop, which has nearly thirty retail outlets on and off campus around Australia. Whilst at Coop, she was responsible for all financial areas from banking, cash flow to budget. She joined Gallery 4A as a director in 2008-2009.
Anh holds an Economics and Accounting degree from the University of New South Wales and is currently a member of the Certified Practising Accountant.