Australia Council Board appointments
Turnbull Government has announced the appointment of four new members and the
reappointment of four members to the Australia Council Board, including Ms
Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin as the new Deputy Chair.
Mr Sam Walsh AO,
Ms Kate Fielding, Ms Zoe McKenzie and Mr Leigh Carmichael have been appointed
as new members of the Board for three year terms.
Walsh brings significant business and governance experience and has served as a
and Chair of Black Swan State Theatre Company, Trustee of the Royal Opera House
Covent Garden Foundation in London and Chair of the West Australian Chapters of
the Chamber of Arts and Culture and Australia Business Arts Foundation. Mr
Walsh is Global President of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply,
and was formerly Chief Executive of Rio Tinto.
Fielding is an award-winning cultural strategist and author with extensive
governance experience in regional and remote arts in Australia. She is Chair of
both Regional Arts Australia and the Goldfields-Esperance Development
Commission, and was formerly Chair of Country Arts Western Australia.
McKenzie brings valuable experience in governance, international engagement,
government relations and the arts and cultural sector. She is an adviser to the
small to medium arts sector and a member of the University of Melbourne
Humanities Foundation Board and the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and
Industry Advisory Board. She has held senior roles in administration for KPMG
and as a policy adviser to governments.
Mr Carmichael is Creative Director and Brand and
Marketing Director for the Museum of Old and New Art and the Dark Mofo festival
in Tasmania. He is an experienced graphic designer and successful art and
creative director for small to medium arts, cultural and design organisations.
Buckskin has been appointed for a three year term as Deputy Chair following
five years as a member of the Board. Ms Buckskin is an Executive for Aboriginal
Screen Strategy at the South Australian Film Corporation, member of the
National Museum of Australia’s Indigenous Reference Group and Co-Chair of the
TARNANTHI Contemporary Festival for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts.
Government is adopting governance best practice by introducing staggering of
Adrian Collette AM, Mr Khoa Do and Ms Sophie Mitchell have been
reappointed as members of the Board for two years, bringing an outstanding mix
of skills and experience in governance, leadership and the arts and cultural
Government congratulates the new and reappointed Board members who will provide
a combination of continuity and fresh perspectives. The Board now has 12
members, including the Chair, Rupert Myer AO; Christine Simpson Stokes; Rebecca
Weisser; and the CEO of the Australia Council, Tony Grybowski.
Government would like to thank Ms Robyn Archer AO for her distinguished role in
leading and guiding the work of the Australia Council as Deputy Chair over the
last five years. The Government also recognises the substantial
contributions of Mr Waleed Aly, Ms Samantha Mostyn and Mr Tim Orton and
thanks them for their service.