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.

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.

Graham Humphries
Director, Cox Architecture, immediate Past Present (non-voting)

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.

Julie Ryder
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.

Gilbert Riedelbauch
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.

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.

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.

Jenny Edwards
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.

Rachael Coghlan
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.

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.