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The Foundation is a charitable trust, the purpose of which is to raise funds to support projects across the Australian Museum. The Foundation has a distinguished Board of Trustees including:
Mr Diccon John Robertson Loxton, BA LLB - Chair
Appointed as a Director 21 May 2007 and Chairman 31 October 2007. Diccon Loxton is a Lawyer and Consultant at Allens Arthur Robinson, specialising in banking and finance. He is the immediate past president and a director of the Banking and Financial Services Law Association. Diccon lectures in the LLM Corporate Finance course at Sydney University and is also a Director of the Worldwide Fund for Nature Australia.
Ms Fiona Anne Sinclair, BEc LLM Accredited Mediator NMAS - Deputy Chair
Appointed as a Director on 31 July 2013. Fiona is a Barrister-at-Law who practices from Queen’s Square Chambers in Macquarie Street, Sydney. Fiona’s legal career focuses on commercial, equity and Will disputes and she also has an active mediation practice. Fiona has a strong involvement in the community and assists as a Pro-Bono Barrister in a scheme run by the NSW Barristers’ Association.
Fiona is a former non executive Director of Unicef Australia and has been involved as a volunteer for The Salvation Army and the Red Cross. She served as a Councillor on Woollahra Municipal Council for almost ten years and during this period chaired numerous committees and instigated the well regarded Woollahra Sculpture Prize.
Fiona has a keen interest in the environment and in indigenous issues and is a patron and supporter of indigenous art and culture. In 2016 she was a participant in Bond University’s Yarning Up Trip to Lockhart River and in 2017 participates in a related trip to the Torres Strait Islands.
Ms Natalia Bradshaw
Appointed as a Director 4 March 2016. Natalia is recognised as one of Australia’s most influential art consultants and cultural advocates. Natalia is Chair of the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Art & Design Advisory Council; past Chair of Art Month; part of the ‘Champions’ group that travelled to the 2015 Venice Biennale with the Commissioner to celebrate the opening of the new Australian pavilion; inaugural and ongoing VIP Liaison for Sydney Contemporary; a non-executive Director of the Glenorchy Art & Sculpture Park (GASP!) in Hobart; on the Art Gallery of NSW Contemporary Collection Benefactors (CCB) committee for more than a decade as one of the lead benefactors; and on the Woollahra Small Sculpture Prize Advisory Committee for many years.
Natalia’s passion for environmental sustainability is reflected in her having been on the steering committee for 350.org Australia using art as an international awareness catalyst.
Mr Warwick Evans, BCom (Eco)
Appointed as a Director 8 November 2016. Warwick has wide experience in the banking and finance industries in Australia. A stockbroker for 20 years he spent the last 10 of these years as managing director of the stockbroking businesses of Macquarie Bank. In addition, he was active in establishing the peak industry body for the securities industry now known as the Stockbrokers and Financial Advisers Association. This included a period as Chairman of this organisation.
In more recent times, Warwick has built up interests in the hotel, leisure and retail industries both here and abroad. This wide portfolio of activities includes accommodation hotels, spa and retreats and merchandising of consumer products. He is also Chairman of a Funds Management business, Naos, based in Sydney and director of their 2 publicly listed investment companies.
Ms Shauna Jarrett
Shauna Jarrett is an experienced senior executive and non-executive director across the educational, legal, arts and community sectors. She is a practising solicitor and owner of the legal practice SJ Governance Services & Solutions, specialising in governance advice and implementation. She also serves on the boards of dance theatre company Force Majeure and Seton Villa, an accommodation and support service of the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent De Paul, for women with intellectual disabilities.
From 2008-15, Shauna advised the University of Sydney on strategic governance and management of its entities and projects, including the restructure of the University’s fundraising Foundations. She has a long record of experience working with legal and cultural bodies, including her roles as Chair of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Director of Creating Australia and the Arts Law Centre of Australia, Vice-President and Councillor of the NSW Law Society and a Director of LawCover, Professional Indemnity insurers .
She has a BA(Hons) from the University of Sydney and LLB from the University of Technology. Shauna was appointed to the AM Trust in January 2018 and to the Foundation Trust in February 2018.
Ms Virginia Judge, BEd GAICD
Appointed as a Director 31 October 2016. Virginia Judge is Head of Strategic Partnerships at Children’s Medical Research Institute. She was a local and state representative and the first woman to be elected for the seat of Strathfield (2003 New South Wales Legislative Assembly). She served as a Councillor with the Strathfield Municipal Council from 1995 to 2004, and was Mayor from 2001 to 2003.
In 2007, Virginia was made Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Minister for Education & Training, Industrial Relations and the Minister Assisting the Minister for Finance. In 2008, Virginia was appointed Minister for Fair Trading, Minister for Citizenship and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts. In 2010, Virginia was the first woman to be appointed Arts Minister. Sydney Symphony Orchestra Vanguard Member, Sydney Dance Company Vanguard Member, member of Hong Kong Australia Business Association, Platinum Member of the Art Gallery of NSW, member of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (NSW Branch), member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Charles Alasdair MacLeod
Appointed as a Director 16 January 2013. Alasdair MacLeod worked for News Ltd for 20 years where his roles included Managing Director of The Times of London and of Nationwide News, the publisher of the Daily Telegraph and The Australian.
In 2011, Alasdair founded Macdoch Ventures Ltd, a Sydney based venture capital business which focusses on backing fast growing digital enterprises in Australia and overseas.
He also devotes a good deal of time to family owned agricultural enterprises in the beef and wool industries and is a director of Soils for Life, an organisation dedicated to the uptake of sustainable farming practices.
Ms Kim McKay AO, Director & CEO
Appointed as a Director of the Australian Museum Foundation on 5 April 2015. Kim, the AM’s first female Director and CEO, has led the recent transformation of the Australian Museum (AM). Since her appointment to her role in 2014, initiatives have included free general admission for children, the Australian Museum Centre for Citizen Science, the restoration of the Westpac Long Gallery (Australia's oldest museum gallery) as well as building a new award winning, accessible entrance, Crystal Hall.
In the 1990’s Kim co-founded the Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World campaigns. She also co-created The Genographic Project, the world’s largest DNA population study, for the National Geographic Society.
She was made an Officer of the Order of Australia, in 2008, for distinguished service to the environment and the community and is the co-author of five books in the True Green series.
Mr John Graham Pearson, BA MA
Appointed as a Director 31 July 2007. John has been actively engaged in Arts bodies at boards for over 30 years, including Member of the Arts, Culture and Heritage reference group for the Northern Beaches Council, 2016 to present; Board Member of Museum and Galleries NSW from 2000 – 2007 and Councillor, Art Gallery Society of NSW from 1988 to 2003. Apart from the Australian Museum Foundation he also supports the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, Peforming Lines, Sydney Living Museums and Macquarie University Graduate School.
He currently also volunteers for Sydney Living Museums for Sydney Open and as a guide at the Rose Seidler House. John is currently an independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee for Justice NSW. In his professional life he held senior executive roles for IBM, Oracle and Fujitsu in Australia and the broader Asia Pacific region.
Mr David G E Rickards
Appointed as a Director 7 March 2015. David was formerly the Head of Research and an Executive Director at Macquarie Bank. Before joining Macquarie he was responsible for establishing the risk management company BARRA International in Australia.
David co-founded Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA) in 2011 which is a business making loans to social enterprises across Australia. David is also a director of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.
Mr Albert Y Wong AM, BCom (UNSW), FFin, FAICD
Appointed as a Director 15 May 2017. Originally from Hong Kong, Mr Wong has been involved in the investment banking and stockbroking industry for over 36 years. He had served on numerous boards including ASX listed Kyckr Limited where he was the founding chairman (retired November 2018). In 2016, he was engaged as a consultant to China's Nanshan Group and was instrumental in its negotiation and ultimate acquisition of a strategic 20% equity stake in Virgin Australia.
His philanthropic activities include serving on the UNSW Foundation board since 1998, he is a Director of The Children’s Medical Research Institute, past President and Honorary Life Governor of the Physics Foundation at the University of Sydney (retired September 2018) and Director of the Australian Museum Foundation. More recently, he has commissioned and co-written a book on the role played by the Chinese Anzacs and Chinese Labour Corps in The Great War and lobbying both State and Federal Governments to support awareness of this little-known chapter in Australian history.
Mrs Kristina Stefanova
Appointed as a Director on 27 February 2019. Kristina has nearly two decades of experience working with public and private sector in Australia, North America, the UK, and across regions. Kristina has worked for the World Bank, US Agency for International Development, UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the Global CCS Institute. She has also helped start-up the largest environmental markets investment business in Australia; was Founding CEO of Brand Ethics, Australia’s first ethical fashion ratings agency; and more recently is co-leading an impact investment firm with an eye on social projects.
Kristina is an active non-executive director at key non-profit boards and a member of Australia’s main philanthropic networks. In a previous professional life, she was a print journalist.
Kristina holds a Master’s degree in Development from the London School of Economics and is currently completing a Certificate in Global Management at INSEAD.