Our Team

Arts Project Australia is supported by a highly qualified team of board, staff, and volunteers who support, promote and advocate for our artists.

OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Bronwyn Johnson

Bronwyn Johnson

President

Bronwyn is one of Melbourne's most experienced arts producers. She's the former CEO of Melbourne Art Foundation and Director of the biennial not for profit Melbourne Art Fair. She's currently the Executive Director of CLIMARTE and a recipient of 2015 City of Melbourne's Melbourne Award for the ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2015 festival for contribution to environmental community sustainability; is the Project Manager on Graphic Encounters: Colonial Prints and the inscription of Aboriginality at La Trobe University, an ARC Future Fellowship lead by Chief Investigator Dr Liz Conor; and is a member of Melbourne Girls' College Sustainability Committee and a Board member of CLIMARTE.

Damien Hodgkinson

Damien Hodgkinson

Vice President

Damien is the Executive Director of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. His career includes cultural leadership positions in the areas of organisational management and governance, communications and marketing, and private support. Past appointments include roles as Executive Director Operations with the Australia Business Arts Foundation and General Manager/CEO of Melbourne Fringe. Damien served as Chair of Polyglot Theatre and currently sits on the Academic Advisory Board for the Arts and Entertainment Management Program in the Faculty of Business and Law at Deakin University.

Frank Warner

Frank Warner

Treasurer/Secretary

Frank's background and experience in governance and financial management spans senior roles in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors. He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants in Australia New Zealand, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Silvana Scibilia

Silvana Scibilia

Silvana is a Senior Educator and Investigator with the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner. In the past, Silvana worked extensively in the capacity building, education, disability and health sectors including with Indigenous and CALD communities, publishing several papers in this field. Previously she held positions on various administrative tribunals at both State and Federal levels including heading the IDRP (Intellectual Disability Review Panel) for five years. She has broad management experience and a personal and professional interest in social justice issues.

Neil Twist

Neil Twist

Neil is an Executive Officer in the Victorian Government and has wide-ranging experience in all aspects of public sector management. Neil is currently the Director, Strategic Planning in the Department of Justice and Regulation. His previous roles have included Director, Appropriate Dispute Resolution, CEO of the County Court and Manager, Disability Services Department of Health and Human Services North Western Region. Neil has been a collector of works by Arts Project Australia artists for a number of years.

Barbara Ajzenberg

Barbara Ajzenberg

Barbara has been an active member of Arts Project Australia for more than twelve years. She is a past Arts Project board member and has extensive experience in community services, business and management. Barbara is a mother of an Arts Project artist and has experienced the benefits that Arts Project offers their artists and the wider community. She has a thorough understanding of the complex nature associated with disability. Barbara is an active member of the arts and disability community providing leadership, support and social services within her network.

Amanda Hall

Amanda Hall

Amanda has a background in Fine Arts education and is currently a practising artist with extensive links to a range of contemporary arts institutions and organisations. As a collector, advocate and philanthropic supporter of the visual arts in Melbourne, Amanda has developed strong networks in this sector.

Kate Richardson

Kate Richardson

Kate is a senior strategic communications executive with more than fifteen years experience in client, agency and media environments working with some of the world’s leading brands, including some of Australia's premier arts organisations. Prior to moving to Melbourne in September 2013, Kate was the National Client Strategy Director at Network Ten. She now heads up strategy at digital agency Red Engine.

Michael Schwarz

Michael Schwarz

Michael retired from a long career in Adolescent Psychiatry in 2015 to have a ‘retirement’ career in visual arts advocacy. A passionate art collector and patron, he is also a voluntary guide at the NGV and a long-term supporter of ACCA and Gertrude Contemporary (including the provision of a project space – Gertrude Glasshouse). Michael has many connections in both the private and public art sectors and is particularly enthusiastic about mentoring artists.

Rami Eltchelebi

Rami Eltchelebi

Rami is a senior partner at ShineWing Australia, an Accounting and Advisory firm. Rami leads the Assurance & Advisory Division for Australia with over 15 years’ experience in both assurance and transaction services. His experience includes the audits of listed groups – both domestic and international, unlisted public companies and large private groups, with specialised knowledge of financial services, real estate, retail, technology, professional services the arts. Rami’s is a member of Chartered Accountant’s Australia and New Zealand, graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and he is a Registered Company Auditor. Rami is the former Honorary Treasurer for the Public Galleries Association of Victoria.

Our Team

Sue Roff

Sue Roff

Executive Director

Sandy Fernée

Sandy Fernée

Operations Manager

Sim Luttin

Sim Luttin

Gallery Manager & Curator

James McDonald

James McDonald

Studio Manager

Melissa Petty

Melissa Petty

Gallery Associate

Allison O’Callaghan

Allison O’Callaghan

Studio Administrator

Tiarney Miekus

Tiarney Miekus

Gallery Assistant & Communications

Jo Salt

Jo Salt

Gallery & Stockroom Assistant

Danielle Hakim

Danielle Hakim

Registrations Officer

Margaret McIntosh

Margaret McIntosh

Framer & Gallery Technician

Ching Yee Ng

Ching Yee Ng

Digital Specialist

Peter Douglas

Peter Douglas

Staff Artist & Digital Specialist

Jodie Kipps

Jodie Kipps

Staff Artist & 3D Specialist

Penelope Hunt

Penelope Hunt

Digital Specialist

Camille Hannah

Camille Hannah

Professional Practice Specialist

Marcel Cooper

Marcel Cooper

Staff Artist Ceramics Specialist

Lyn Young

Lyn Young

Staff Artist

Elyss McCleary

Elyss McCleary

Staff Artist

Suzie Brown

Suzie Brown

Staff Artist

Yoshe Gillespie

Yoshe Gillespie

Staff Artist

Anna-Maria O’Keeffe

Anna-Maria O’Keeffe

Staff Artist

Rob McHaffie

Rob McHaffie

Staff Artist

Tom Pendergast

Tom Pendergast

Staff Artist

Alysia Rees

Alysia Rees

Staff Artist - Casual

Carolyn Hawkins

Carolyn Hawkins

Staff Artist - Casual