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
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.
Sam Bryant - Deputy Chair and 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.
Sari Sutton - Secretary and Public Officer
Qualified lawyer and governance expert
A qualified lawyer, Sari has over 20 years’ experience in Government policy development, strategic planning, analysis, risk and reform. She was recently on staff at the National Security College, ANU, designing and delivering professional development programs. She is currently in a governance, assurance and reporting role with the Department of Defence. Sari has degrees in Arts (Politics) and Law. She is an avid collector and supporter of the arts, craft and design in Canberra.
Manager, ABC Radio Canberra and ACT Branch Director, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Andrea is a media professional and an experienced leader, broadcaster and content maker. She is expert in broadcast media at all levels, and representative diversity in workforce, workplace culture, and content. As a 2015 Churchill Fellowship recipient, Andrea investigated practical strategies for increasing cultural diversity in broadcast media, and she is a former board member of the Canberra Potters Society, a current member and volunteer (since 2008) of the Canberra Potters Society, and a governance experience in non-profit boards.
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..
Director, Rob Henry Architects. Sessional Staff Member, University of Canberra.
Rob is a registered architect recognised for design excellence in architecture. He has experience in leadership roles, including ACT President of the Australian Institute of Architects (RAIA), National Board member of the RAIA, and National President of the Emerging Architects and Graduates Network. He teaches at the University of Canberra and has contributed to industry advisory committees and review panels. Rob is a design collaborator and has been a participant and organiser of numerous Design Canberra Festival events since its inception.
Cultural researcher, writer and commentator, Adjunct at University of Canberra
Stephen has worked across the cultural sector for four decades, covering government, community and the private sector. This has spanned policy, programs and research in government, museums, publishing, community radio and community arts in four states and territories at national, state and local level. It has encompassed creative industries, Indigenous cultural programs and cultural heritage. He was Director of the National Cultural Policy Taskforce, drafted the proposals for the Digital Content Industry Action Agenda and the Indigenous Contemporary Music Action Plan and played an instrumental role in Australia’s first National Indigenous Languages Policy.
Acclaimed textile artist, Accredited Professional Member Craft ACT
Julie Ryder is a textile designer and artist who has gained international acclaim for her work which incorporates innovative mark making techniques together with more traditional methods of surface design and digital printing. Ryder graduated in Studio Textiles at the Melbourne College of Textiles in 1990 and completed a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) degree at the Australian National University, School of Art in 2004. Ryder has maintained an active professional studio practice and taught in tertiary institutions and community organisations for over 28 years.
Award-winning designer/maker and educator, Accredited Professional Member Craft ACT
With a background in silversmithing, contemporary designer/maker Gilbert Riedelbauch’s practice integrates digital fabrication with traditional ways of making using digital technologies together with metalworking techniques. His work has been collected by the National Gallery of Australia, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (Sydney) and Canberra Museum and Gallery. Gilbert exhibits nationally and internationally and holds qualifications from the Academy of Fine Art in Nürnberg and the Australian National University. As educator in design he received a national teaching award (Carrick citation) a Distinguished Teaching Award (ACUADS) and the 2017 ANU Vice Chancellor's Award for teaching excellence.
CEO of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre and Artistic Director, DESIGN Canberra festival.
Rachael Coghlan is the CEO/Artistic Director of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre and the Artistic Director of DESIGN Canberra festival (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). She gained her PhD from the Australian National University in Canberra, and for 20 years she has worked in leadership roles in national cultural institutions. Rachael brings to her role a vibrant national and international network of museum and creative practitioners and researchers, together with extensive experience in program management of large and complex projects; innovative curatorial research and interpretation; successful commercial partnerships; excellence in multidisciplinary collaboration; and advanced analytical and problem-solving.