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The Australia Council Board

Under the Australia Council Act 2013, the Australia Council is overseen by the Board. Board membership comprises a range of expertise across artistic practice, arts management, business, management, public policy, corporate governance and administration, regional issues, gender, multicultural and First Nations community participation in the arts, finance, philanthropy, legal affairs, corporate strategy and research.

The Board has a maximum of twelve (12) members, including the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who is an Executive (Ex-Officio) member of the Board.

Terms of appointment generally are three years. Members are eligible for re-appointment; however, appointments are limited to a total of nine years. The Minister for Communications and the Arts appoints the Board.

The full biographies of our Board members are on the Australia Council website.

Figure 7: Details of Accountable Authority during the reporting period current report period (2018–19)

Period as the accountable authority or member

Name

Qualifications of the Accountable Authority

Experience of the Accountable Authority

Position Title /

Position held

Executive / Non-Executive

Date of Commencement

Date of cessation

Number of meetings of the board of the company

Number of meetings eligible to attend

Mr Sam Walsh AO

Expertise in:

-arts governance

-arts policy development

-arts philanthropy

Senior leadership roles across the mining and automotive industries and charity, community and business associations in Australia and the UK.

Non-Executive

Chair

10 Oct 2016

30 June 20211

4

4

Miss Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin

First Nations arts practitioner (film, visual arts, festivals).

Expertise in:

-arts management

-arts governance

-arts policy development

-regional and remote arts

-youth arts

-CALD and First Nations arts.

Senior leadership and advisory roles across the arts and creative sector including Co-Chair of Tarnanthi Festival and Director of Anangu Ku Arts.

Non-Executive

Deputy Chair

1 July 2013

15 March 20212

3

4

Mr Adrian Collette AM

CEO, Ex-Officio

Expertise in:

-arts governance

-arts management

-arts policy development.

Senior leadership roles across the university, arts and publishing sectors. Current Australia Council CEO.

Executive

CEO, Ex-Officio

Non-Executive

21 January 2019

1 July 2013

20 January 20243

20 January 2019

4

4

Mr Tony Grybowski

CEO, Ex-Officio

Former Australia Council CEO. His term of appointment ended on 23 October 2018.

Executive

CEO, Ex-Officio

15 May 2013

23 October 2018

1

1

Mr Tim Blackwell

A/g CEO, Ex-Officio

Acting CEO from 24 October 2018–20 January 2019.

Executive

A/g CEO, Ex-Officio

24 October 2018

20 January 2019

0

1

Ms Tina Arena AM

Arts practitioner (singer songwriter).

Multi-award winning Australian singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and performing artist; extensive experience in musical theatre; significant contributions to the music industry and French and Australian culture.

Non-Executive

6 March 2019

5 March 2022

0

1

Mr Leigh Carmichael

Arts practitioner (graphic design, visual arts, festivals).

Expertise in:

-arts management

-arts policy development.

Experienced graphic designer and art and creative director for small to medium organisations. Creative Director and Brand and Marketing Director for the Museum of Old and New Art and the Dark Mofo festival in Tasmania.

Non-Executive

10 October 2016

30 June 2022*

4

4

Mr Mario D’Orazio

Expertise in:

-arts governance.

Wide experience and senior leadership roles in media, technology and the arts, including managing director of Channel 7 Perth for 7 years.

Non-Executive

12 March 2019

1 March 2022

1

1

Mr Khoa Do

Arts practitioner (film and theatre).

Expertise in:

-youth arts

-CALD arts.

Multi-award winning practitioner across the arts and creative sector; international keynote speaker; community and youth worker and leader.

Non-Executive

1 July 2013

31 January 2022**

4

4

Ms Zoe McKenzie

Expertise in:

-arts governance

-arts policy development

-international engagement

-media and communications.

Extensive experience and senior roles across the private and public sector including as a senior policy adviser to governments at state and federal levels in Australia and France.

Non-Executive

10 October 2016

30 June 2022*4

4

4

Ms Sophie Mitchell

Expertise in:

-arts governance.

Senior roles across the private sector. Previously a Trustee, Queensland Performing Arts Trust, and Member of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel.

Non-Executive

1 July 2013

31 January 2022**

4

4

Mr Darren Rudd

Expertise in:

-arts governance

-CALD arts.

Senior leadership roles domestically and globally including in IT services, consulting, technology and digital solutions. Board member of the State Library of New South Wales Foundation and the India Australia Business and Community Awards.

Non-Executive

4 Apr 2019

3 April 2022

1

1

Mrs Christine Simpson Stokes

Expertise in:

-arts governance

-arts philanthropy

-youth arts

-First Nations arts.

Extensive experience in business management and media, and as a philanthropist and supporter of the arts.

Non-Executive

25 February 2016

24 February 20225

3

4

Ms Rebecca Weisser

Arts practitioner (writer and editor).

Expertise in:

-arts policy development.

Extensive experience as a journalist, editor and public policy and communications consultant. Senior roles across the public and private sector.

Non-Executive

7 September 2015

6 December 20216

4

4

1. Appointed as Chair for three year period on 10 April 2018, effective from 1 July 2018.

2. Appointed for a third term on 6 March 2019, effective 1 July 2019 until 15 May 2021. This reappointment takes her to her statutory maximum of 9 years. Joined Board as member in 2013, appointed Deputy Chair in 2016.

3. Appointed by the Board as CEO for five year period, effective 21 January 2019, approved by the Minister for the Arts on 11 October 2018. Adrian previously served as Australia Council Board member 1 July 2013–20 January 2019.

4. Granted leave of absence between 31 January 2019 and 24 February inclusive.

5. Appointed for a second three year term on 28 November 2018, effective from 25 February 2019.

6. Appointed for a second three year term on 28 November 2018, effective from 7 December 2018.

* Appointed for a second three year term on 6 March 2019, effective from 1 July 2019.

** Appointed for a third three year term on 28 November 2018, effective from 1 February 2019.


Board governance

The Board and Council staff are guided by internal policies and guidelines. Key to ensuring good corporate governance is the Council’s Governance Manual that outlines the expected and appropriate ethical standards for Board members and staff to uphold including:

— directors’ obligations
— confidentiality and disclosure of the Council’s business
— conflicts of interest
— sponsored travel and acceptance of gifts or benefits.

A Code of Conduct, with which every member of the Council, its Board and committees are expected to comply, is provided with the Governance Manual. It outlines the responsibility entrusted to these members and the fundamental principles and values that guide the work of the Council.

If a Board member requires legal advice on any matter, the Chair advises the CEO to make arrangements for obtaining this advice. There were no requests for legal advice by a Board member in 2018–19.

A First Nations man with a large grey beard stands among scrub on the seashore looking into the distance. Behind him is the ocean and the blue sky. Some clouds are gathering in the far distance.
Trevor Jamieson in THE SEASON by Nathan Maynard, produced by Tasmania Performs. Image by Simon Pynt.