Board of Management

Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre is supported by a Board of management. Members are drawn from the Canberra and region craft and design network and are experienced in the areas of professional practice, administration, business management and financial administration.

Rebecca Coronel – President
Senior Manager, Strategy, National Film and Sound Archive

Rebecca is a strategic leader in national cultural institutions and the recent President of the Museums Galleries Australia ACT branch. She currently works on strategic projects for the National Film and Sound Archive, including property strategy. She managed national grant funding programs as Assistant Manager, Collections Access at the Department of Communications and the Arts. Prior to 2017, Rebecca was the Manager, Exhibition Projects and Interpretation at the National Museum of Australia.

Jenny Edwards - Deputy President 
Director + Scientist, Light House Architecture & Science

Jenny has a Masters degree in science and is an ACT licensed Building Energy Efficiency Assessor. In 2010, Jenny established an energy efficiency consulting business – Scinergy – which won the ACT Sustainable Cities Energy Innovation Award in 2010 for its innovative, scientific approach to improving energy efficiency in the residential construction sector. Since 2011, Jenny has been a Director of the award-winning company Jigsaw Housing Pty Ltd, which has traded as the business Light House Architecture & Science since the end of 2015. In 2015 Jenny won the 'Outstanding in Industry' award from the ACT branch of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Sam Bryant - Treasurer
Certified Practising Accountant, Business Owner, risk management auditor

Sam is a Certified Practising Accountant with extensive experience in financial management from the grass roots accounts payable and receivable through to high level financial policy development, as well as financial reporting, asset accounting, management accounting, general finance and management consulting. Highly skilled in the preparation of risk management and compliance audits, Sam holds an MBA and has demonstrated experience with governance requirements of the Financial Management and Accountability Act 1997. He is the Business owner of Pack & Send Fyshwick.

Laura Crick - Secretary and Public Officer
Senior Lawyer, Clayton Utz

Laura is an experienced public law litigator who acts for government and private clients in relation to disputes involving administrative decisions, disciplinary proceedings, environment and planning, contracts and employment law. She regularly appears as a solicitor advocate in federal courts and tribunals and also provides advice to the government in relation to regulatory compliance and program administration. Laura studied art history as part of a Bachelor of Arts/Laws at the Australian National University (ANU) and tutors at the ANU in Litigation and Dispute Management.

Jennifer Kemarre Martiniello
Award winning visual artist, Accredited Professional Member Craft ACT

Jenni Kemarre Martiniello in an Award winning visual artist, poet, writer, and photographer of Arrernte, Chinese and Anglo-Celtic descent. Jenni’s glass works have been exhibited in numerous exhibitions, including solo exhibitions at Canberra Contemporary Art Space, Belconnen Arts Centre, Canberra Glassworks and Sabbia Gallery in Sydney. She was awarded Canberra Critics Circle Awards for Visual Arts in 2011 and 2013. Jenni is an ACT Creative Arts Fellow (2003) and is the recipient of a 2-year Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Fellowship from the Australia Council for the Arts for 2013/2014. In 2013 she won the prestigious Telstra Prize for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art. 

Isabelle Mackay-Sim
Emerging ceramic artist, Associate Member Craft ACT

Isabelle Mackay-Sim is an emerging Australian ceramic artist and 2018 graduate from the Australian National University Ceramics Department. Since graduating she has participated in numerous exhibitions and residencies in Australia and Internationally. In 2019, Mackay-Sim’s work was included in the online exhibition for the Gyeonggi International Korean Ceramics Biennale, and she went on to receive the Talente Award from the Munich International Craft Fair in 2020. Mackay-Sim’s sculptural ceramic practice centres around a passion for exploring intersectional feminist issues, featuring the body as a pivotal motif. Mackay-Sim uses the figure in her work as a tool for communicating emotion and vulnerability.

Graham Humphries
Director, Cox Architecture

Graham is a leader in his field of design excellence and architecture and has led Craft ACT as President since 2013, encouraging design collaboration and advocating for Canberra to be recognised as a UNESCO City of Design. He is a Fellow, Cox Architecture and has worked on major architectural projects in the Middle East, China, Europe and Australia, including significant projects in Canberra including embassies, major entertainment and convention facilities, sports facilities, schools, office buildings and the ACT Magistrates’ Court. Graham has collaborated with artists on numerous public art projects and was a member of the ACT Chief Minister’s public art advisory committee.

Jennie Cameron AM
Jennie Cameron has had a 40 year career both as a professional and a volunteer in the Not-for-Profit Sector

Jennie brings extensive experience in Corporate Governance, Development, Fundraising Marketing and Communications having worked in senior roles for Spastic Centres Victoria, St John Ambulance Australia, and her own consultancy business in the early 90’s. Her board roles include Hartley Life Care, National SIDS Council of Australia (National Chair), ANU Endowment for Excellence Board of Governors and The Canberra International Music Festival. She is a Certified Fundraising Executive, a Fellow of the Institute of Company Directors, awarded Member Emeritus Fundraising Institute Australia and a member of the Order of Australia.

David Marshall AM
Communications specialist and tourism sector leadership

David is currently Chair of the Canberra Region Tourism Leaders Forum and the Canberra Region Tourism Advisory Forum. He also serves as a Board member of the Howard Prime Ministerial Library located at Old Parliament House (MOAD). David is a member of the Canberra Rotary Club and Chairs the Rotary District 9705 Vulnerable Youth Project, providing homes for teenagers 12 to 17 years old seeking a safe place to reside. He is also on the Salvation Army Advisory Board. David is also Managing Director of Talkforce Media and, along with his fellow Directors, provides media and communications advice to Federal Government agencies, State and Territory Governments and the private sector across Australia.

Rachael Coghlan
CEO of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre and Artistic Director, DESIGN Canberra festival

Rachael Coghlan is CEO and Artistic Director of Craft ACT: Craft + Design Centre, one of Australia’s leading creative centres for the development of visual art, craft and design. Rachael manages the overall operations and resources, acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors, staff, members, sponsors and government bodies. She is the public face of the organisation, curating a vibrant program of exhibitions, residencies and cross-disciplinary collaborations including the DESIGN Canberra festival which attracted 114,000 people in 2019 (a record result). She gained her PhD from the Australian National University (where she is a visiting fellow), and for 20 years worked in leadership roles in national cultural institutions. As an experienced project manager (overseeing multi-million dollar budgets), Rachael has a track record of driving cultural and business transformation projects in start-ups or established organisations seeking strategic and cultural change. She believes in people: building high performing teams, mentoring and bringing together diverse internal and external ideas and perspectives to achieve extraordinary results and collective wellbeing.

Image credits (left-right): DP bowl by Gilbert Riedelbauch, image supplied. Black Box: Life, walls and houses by Judi Elliott, image supplied. TenNisBAlls by Nancy Tingey, image: Geoff Wollfenden.