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.

Graham Humphries - President and Public Officer

Graham has strong background in leadership roles as President, Chairman and Councillor with extensive experience on boards and committees. He is highly skilled in international project management as well as national public, commercial and residential projects. Graham's extensive experience in government advisory groups and committees is a valued asset. He is recognised as a leader for design excellence in architecture and is currently Director at Cox Architecture.

 

Sam Bryant - Treasurer

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. He is 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 and owns Pack & Send Fyshwick.

 

Helen O'Neil - Immediate past president

Helen is the Country Director of British Council Australia. She is highly experienced in board roles in national public and not-for-profit arts organisations and has held senior management and advisory roles. Helen's extensive experience in financial management coupled with substanital skills in content marketing and communications is a valued asset. She has strong awareness of governance and legislative processes. Helen is also the past President of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre.

 

Alison Jackson - Secretary

Alison Jackson is a Canberra based Gold and Silversmith. She has established a highly successful arts practice since graduating with Honours from the Gold and Silversmithing workshop at the ANU School of Art in 2008. Alison's work focuses on tableware and wearables. Her small run production work is well recognised within the craft and design industry and has asserted itself as a successful creative business. Alison has exhibited her one-off work throughout Australia and internationally, including at Milan Design Week. She has been the recipient of many notable awards and grants and is held in public and private collections.

 

Stephen Cassidy

Stephen Cassidy is a cultural researcher and writer with 35 years experience across the Australian cultural sector and 13 year experience in federal government developing programs and policies to support Australian artists, cultural organisations and creative industries. He was Director of the National Cultural Policy Task Force and played an instrumental role in adoption of Australia's first National Indigenous Languages Policy. Stephen brings with him extensive experience in arts organisations, cultural institutions and communications.

 

Liam Early

Liam practises in commercial law at Clayton Utz with expertise in Property Law, intellectual property rights and trade marking processes. His extensive skills sent includes human resource management and negotiation. Liam holds a Bachelor of Law, Bachelor of Arts and is currently studying Masters of Professional Accounting.

 

Rohan Nicol

Rohan Nicol is an artist, academic and curator with interests encompassing jewellery, silversmithing and design. He holds Qualifications from the Australian National University and Charles Sturt University where he was awarded a PhD. His awards include the prestigious Bombay Sapphire design award and funding to conduct research from the Australia Council and Australian Universities. He regularly exhibits at peak venues in Australia and internationally. His work is held in collections including the Powerhouse Museum and the National Gallery of Australia.

 

Tracy Ireland

Tracy has more than 25 years' experience across government, business and academic sectors. She has extensive expertise in strategic and cultural planning, cultural policy and ethics, cultural and community based research; with a career holding senior management, executive and advisory roles. Tracy's has a strong record of community service particularly through Australia ICOMOS. She is an Associate Professor of Cultural Heritage within the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.

 

Rachael Coghlan

Rachael is CEO, Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre with 20 years' experience in senior management and leadership roles in national cultural institutions, shaping strategic planning and the full continuum of visitor engagement from audience development, exhibitions and events, to digital and external communications. Rachael is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University exploring opportunities to democratise the museum experience using audience participation.

 

 

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.