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.

Charles Brewer - Treasurer
Corporate and Policy Manager, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

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.

Rod Bobeldijk
Director of Complete Constructions

Jodie Cunningham - Non-voting
CEO of Craft ACT: Craft and Design Centre and Artistic Director, DESIGN Canberra festival

Jodie Cunningham 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. Jodie 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.

Cunningham is a highly creative arts leader, visual artist and educator with extensive experience in developing and delivering innovative exhibitions, public programs in museums, galleries and art contexts. She also has an extensive background in visual art and design education and a commitment to mentoring developing artists and fostering collaboration.

Cunningham advocates advocate for the power of creativity, the arts and cultural activity to provide hope to our communities, strengthen our local and national cultural identities, and facilitate social change.

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.