Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE
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 Head of Australasia for 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.
Sarah Morgan has over 16 years corporate finance experience primarily as a Director with independent corporate advisory firm Grant Samuel. She is also currently on the board of the Malthouse Theatre, the Australian Institute of Art History and Evolve Development and was previously on the board of Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, including three years as Chairman. Sarah is based in Melbourne.
Lachlan Keith Murdoch is the Executive Chairman of Illyria Pty Ltd, a media investment company founded in 2005. He is the Executive Chairman of DMG Radio Australia, Chairman of Ten Network and a Director of 21st Century Fox and News Corp.
Susan Norrie represented Australia at the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007. In the last 20 years she has developed a practice that sees and uses art as a tool for social commentary. The Asia Pacific has been her focus, incorporating the environmental and humanitarian disasters that have impacted on the region. Norrie’s videos are predominantly metaphoric, combining art, documentary and film.
Norrie has exhibited at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA; Tate Modern, London, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool and Tate Britain, London, UK; KIASMA, Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland; Art Tower Mito Museum, Japan; MARCO, Museum of Contemporary Art, Spain; ICC, Tokyo; ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany; Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany; Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin; Het Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Futura, Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague, Czech Republic; Cinema Capacete 1V, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Edinburgh International Festival, UK; Biennale of Sydney, Sydney; and Melbourne International Biennial, Melbourne; Liverpool Biennial, UK; National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, Wales; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, USA; and Yokohama Triennale, Japan.
Lisa completed a Bachelor of Arts at the UNSW in 1979. She has since become an avid collector of contemporary art and is instrumental in coordinating the Art AM event at the MCA each season and is Chair of the MCA Director’s Circle. From 2002-2004 Lisa was the Coordinator of the Photography Collection Benefactors group for the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Lisa is currently a member of the Venice 2013 Commissioners Council.
Chair, Indigenous Advisory Group
Hetti Perkins is a member of the Eastern Arrernte and Kalkadoon Aboriginal communities and currently resident curator at Bangarra Dance Theatre. Perkins has worked with Indigenous visual art for twenty five years and was previously senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Hetti is chair of the Charlie Perkins Trust for Children and Students and a trustee of the Michael Riley Foundation. She is a board member of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and deputy chair of Ninti One, a not-for-profit company that builds opportunities for people in remote Australia.
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.
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.