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Governance

Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts

The Minister responsible for the Gallery during the year was The Hon Paul Fletcher MP.

ministerial directions

The Minister also approved the following Board appointments

  • Dr Helen Nugent AO: 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2021
  • Ms Yasmin Allen: 25 July 2019 to 24 July 2022
  • Ms Jillian Broadbent AC: 5 August 2019 to 4 August 2021

Board of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia

The National Portrait Gallery of Australia’s governing Board is responsible for the appropriate and efficient performance of the Gallery’s functions, and is accountable to the Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety the Arts.

The Gallery’s Board is appointed by the Minister; they hold office on a part-time basis and must possess the requisite knowledge or experience relevant to the affairs of the Gallery. The Commonwealth Remuneration Tribunal determines remuneration for Board members.

The following were non-executive directors for all or part of the year.

Dr Helen Nugent AO

Chairman (non-executive director) qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours), University of Queensland; Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Queensland, MBA (Distinction), Harvard Business School relevant roles, skills and experience:

Dr Nugent has had extensive involvement in the arts. Previously, she was Chairman of the Federal Governments’ National Opera Review as well as the Major Performing Arts Inquiry. She has also been Chairman of the Major Performing Arts Board; Deputy Chairman of both the Australia Council and Opera Australia; and a Non-Executive Director of Playbox Theatre. In 2013, Dr Nugent was awarded the Creative Partnerships Australia Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award.

Dr Nugent also gives back to the community in education, having previously served as Chancellor of Bond University and President of Cranbrook School. She has also served on the Bradley Review into tertiary education and was a member of Council at Monash University.

Dr Nugent is currently the Chairman of the National Disability Insurance Agency and Ausgrid, and a Non- Executive Director of Insurance Australia Group and TPG Telecom. She was previously Chairman of Australian Rail Track Corporation, Veda Group and Funds SA, and a Non-Executive Director of Origin Energy and Macquarie Group.

Dr Nugent was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 for her services to business, the arts and the community. She is also a recipient of a Centenary Medal. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from both the University of Queensland and Bond University.

Mr Sid Myer AM

Deputy Chairman (non-executive director) qualifications: Bachelor of Economics, Monash University; Graduate Diploma of Marketing, Monash University Chisholm Campus.

relevant roles, skills and experience: Mr Myer is the Chairman of Myer Family Investments Pty Ltd, and Trustee of the Estate of Sidney Myer.

After 20 years as the CEO of The Yulgilbar Group of Companies, Mr Myer stepped down in 2016 and remains a non-executive director of the Group. He is also a Director of fund manager, Copia Investment Partners, and family office business, Mutual Trust.

Mr Myer has over 30 years’ experience in retailing and investment management industries in Australia and overseas.

Mr Myer has built diverse global networks across business, government, academia and the arts. He has particularly strong associations with Asia, having lived and worked in Malaysia over many years.

Mr Myer is an active contributor to, and supporter of many charitable projects. Since his retirement as Chairman of Asialink after 12 years in the role, he continues to serve as a Patron.

Mr Myer is also a Director of the Yulgilbar Foundation and a Trustee of The Sidney Myer Fund, which funds initiatives across a wide range of social and community projects in Australia.

Most recently, Mr Myer has become a Member of the Heads-over-Heels Advisory Board, an organisation which pro-actively supports women entrepreneurs through providing access to influential business networks. In 2018, Mr Myer became a Member of the Philanthropic Advisory Council for the World Mosquito Program.

In July 2015, Mr Myer joined the Board of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia and currently holds the position of Deputy Chairman. Mr Myer is also the Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery Foundation.

Ms Yasmin Allen

Non-executive director qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne (Awarded Alumni of Distinction in 2015); Diploma, AICD Company Directors course, also Mastering The Boardroom; Awarded Fellow membership status (Fellows of the Australian Institute of Company Directors).

relevant roles, skills and experience: Ms Allen has had an extensive career in investment banking and as a Company Director and holds several directorships in the health, finance and oil and gas industries, including non-executive director on the boards of Cochlear Limited, Santos and ASX Limited.

She is Chairman of the Santos People and Remuneration Committee and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee; Chairman of Cochlear Limited’s Audit Committee and a member of its Technology Committee.

Ms Allen also serves on the Board of the George Institute for Global Health; she is Acting President of the Australian Government Takeovers Panel; and the Chairman of Advance Global. She is also Chairman of Faethm.AI and Chair of the Federal Government Digital Skills Organisation.

Ms Allen is the Chairman of the National Portrait Gallery’s Audit Committee.

Ms Allen’s previous directorships include Insurance Australia Group Limited (IAG), where she was the Chairman of IAG’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee and a member of its Audit and Risk Committee; the Chairman of Macquarie Specialised Asset Management and a National Director of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Other previous directorships include the Salvation Army Advisory Board, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation, and Film Australia Limited.

Ms Allen’s career in investment banking included serving as Vice President of Deutsche Bank, Director of ANZ Investment Bank in Sydney and, Director with HSBC in London.

Ms Jillian Broadbent AC

Non-executive director qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Maths and Economics), University of Sydney

relevant roles, skills and experience: Ms Broadbent has had extensive experience in risk management and governance, through her executive career in banking and as a non- executive director.

She was a member of the board of the Reserve Bank of Australia from 1998 to 2013. Ms Broadbent serves on the board of Woolworths Limited and Macquarie Group Limited and is Chancellor of the University of Wollongong. She was Chair of the board of Swiss Re Life and Health Australia Limited (2014-20), the inaugural Chair of the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (2012-17) and has been a director on the boards of ASX Limited (2010-12), Special Broadcasting Corporation (SBS), Qantas Airways Limited, Westfield Property Trusts, Woodside Petroleum Limited (1998-2008) and Coca-Cola Amatil Limited (1999-2010).

Ms Broadbent maintains an active interest in the arts, is a director of the Sydney Dance Company, and has served on the Boards of the Sydney Theatre Company, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Art Gallery of NSW.

In 2019, Ms Broadbent was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for her contribution to corporate, financial, clean energy and cultural organisations; to higher education, and to women in business.

Mr Patrick Corrigan AM

Non-executive director qualifications: Honorary Doctorate, Bond University; Honorary Doctorate, Macquarie University

relevant roles, skills and experience: Mr Corrigan is an Australian businessman, art collector, jazz enthusiast and philanthropist.

Mr Corrigan was appointed to the Board of the National Portrait Gallery of Australia in February 2015. Mr Corrigan has donated or contributed to the acquisition of around 130 works for the National Portrait Collection, as well as funding the Patrick Corrigan portrait commission series of Australian rugby greats, which commenced in 2014.

Mr Corrigan has also served on numerous governing boards, both commercial and in the arts sector. In 2000 he was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia medal for service to the visual arts, particularly as a philanthropist to regional galleries and through a grant scheme for artists.

Mr Corrigan is a Director of Flagship Investments Ltd, Global Masters Fund Ltd and Gold Coast Art Centre. He is also the Director and co-owner of Better Read than Dead Books, Newtown.

Mr Corrigan is Emeritus Chairman of the Gold Coast Arts Centre; Chairman of the Judging Panel, Qantas Foundation, and a former Director of Asean Cargo for which he is currently serving in a consultancy role.

In 2007, Bond University conferred upon him an honorary doctorate in recognition of his sustained support for and patronage of the visual arts, in particular, Aboriginal art.

In 2012, Mr Corrigan was the recipient of the Australian Business Arts Foundation’s (now Creative Partnerships Australia) Philanthropy Leadership Award for his leadership, advocacy, practice and example encouraging increased philanthropic giving to Australia’s cultural life. In recognition of his steadfast support for, and contributions, to Bond University and many other Queensland cultural institutions, the Queensland Government conferred the Queensland Greats Award upon Mr Corrigan in 2014.

Mr Alan Dodge AM

Non-executive director

qualifications: Bachelor of Arts, Fine Arts, University of Maine, USA; Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.

relevant roles, skills and experience: Alan Dodge has served in the art museum world for over 40 years. In 1972 Mr Dodge became a lecturer in the Education Department of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 1975 he was appointed the first Senior Research Officer of the fledgling Australian National Gallery (now National Gallery of Australia), where he stayed for 21 years. During that time, he held a number of positions, culminating in the role of Senior Advisor, Special Exhibitions and Development. In late 1996 Mr Dodge was appointed Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, a position he held for eleven years until the end of 2007, when he retired.

Mr Dodge is currently on the Vice- Chancellor’s Strategic Advisory Board at Murdoch University as well as a number of committees involved in strategies for the cultural future of Perth and WA. He is also on the Opera and Classical Music Panel of the Helpmann Awards.

Mr Dodge was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, by the French Government in 2004, an Honorary Fellow by Edith Cowan University in 2007, and was recognised with an honour in the Order of Australia (am) in 2008 for service to the arts.

Mr Dodge was named WA Citizen of the Year, Culture, Arts and Entertainment in 2011, and made an Honorary Doctor of Letters by Murdoch University in 2012 and also a Doctor of Letters by Curtin University in 2018.

Mrs Penny Fowler

Non-executive director

qualifications: Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Monash (Chisholm) University; member and graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors; Member of Chief Executive Women.

relevant roles, skills and experience: Mrs Fowler is Chairman of the Herald & Weekly Times & News Corp Australia’s Community Ambassador.

Chairman of the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal, Deputy Chairman of The Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, a Board member of The Australian Ballet and Tourism Australia.

She is also on the Advisory Board of Visy/ Pratt USA and the Advisory Board of the Bank of Melbourne/Westpac Victoria.

Mr Hugo Michell

Non-executive director qualifications: Art History, Adelaide Central School of Art.

relevant roles, skills and experience: Mr Michell established the Hugo Michell Gallery in Beulah Park, South Australia in 2008 and has grown the Gallery to be highly respected within the Australian art scene. He is committed to presenting exciting and innovative work at the forefront of contemporary art across a range of mediums. The Gallery is devoted to presenting the work of both established and emerging local and national artists.

Hugo Michell Gallery has a client base which includes numerous public institutions and private collectors locally, nationally and internationally. Prior to this, Hugo was based in Melbourne and worked for Tolarno Galleries and has been highly involved in the contemporary arts scene for more than 15 years.

Over the past few years Hugo Michell Gallery has collaborated with some of Australia’s top galleries such as Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney and Tolarno Gallery, Melbourne.

He currently sits on the Helpmann Academy, Visual & Performing Arts Foundation Board, The Jam Factory South Australia Board and assists with judging and advisory panels for numerous local organisations.

Mr Stuart Wood AM QC

Non-executive director

qualifications: Queen’s Counsel, Victorian Bar; Bachelor of Laws (Honours),

University of Melbourne; Bachelor of Science, University of Melbourne.

relevant roles, skills and experience: Mr Wood is one of Australia’s leading workplace relations barristers, the Secretary of the Samuel Griffith Society, and the Non-Executive Chairman of Great Southern Press, a global publishing and events company with a focus on the energy and infrastructure sectors.

Mr Wood was appointed as a Director on the National Portrait Gallery Board in April 2018.

He is an avid collector of contemporary Australian art – with a particular interest in portraiture. He has supported young Australian portrait artists and encouraged many of his peers to do so.