Chetana Andary has been an artist, policy maker and masterplanner for over 25 years. At UAP (Urban Art Projects), the world’s largest public art company, she brings theory to practice connecting art and place. She has worked in Australia and the Middle East for both government and private development. Former long term CEO of artisan, and Place Manager at South Bank Parklands, she developed holistic curatorial and creative place strategies. Her Doctoral Thesis - Curating place : public art and city identity- was undertaken with QUT Creative Industries, Queensland, Australia.
Liz Watson is a designer, maker and entrepreneur whose diverse skill set is intrinsically linked to the arts. With formal training in visual arts, graphic design and arts management she has fulfilled long-term professional roles at the Queensland Art Gallery as Foundation Coordinator and most recently at the State Library of Queensland, Asia Pacific Design Library as Partnerships Coordinator. In 2011 Liz founded Everingham + Watson, a design business focused on developing and manufacturing home wares for the Australian lifestyle. Her designs for the brand appeared in national publications including Vogue Living and Houses magazines with Everingham + Watson named one of the top 25 home wares brands to watch in Monocle's 2014 annual.
Kath is a lecturer in Fashion in the School of Design, QUT. In 2010 Kath co-founded design co-operative, The Stitchery Collective. Her research explores the political and social dimensions of getting dressed each day.
Ian is a chartered accountant with over thirty five years of experience in major professional services firms in both Australia and the UK. He has a strong interest in visual and creative arts and is passionate about the importance of a vibrant and sustainable creative arts sector in a modern, thriving community. A former partner in Ernst and Young, his practice areas over his professional services career primarily focused on audit, risk management and corporate governance.
Since retiring from partnership in late 2015 Ian has focused his career on board and audit committee roles. In addition to his role as a non-executive director and Honorary Treasurer of Artisan, he is a non-executive director of Cancer Council Queensland and is Chairman of a fast-growing data analytics and agile delivery business called the Aginic Group. He also chairs or is an independent member of a number of audit committees in the private, not-for-profit and government sectors. These currently include Griffith University, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, DNR Capital Pty Ltd, South Bank Corporation, Queensland Audit Office, The Institute of Internal Auditors Australia, the Department of Regional Development and Manufacturing (Queensland) and the Department of Local Government, Racing and Multi-Cultural Affairs (Queensland).
Gavan is widely experienced in business and is an architect who has worked on significant projects in both the public and private sectors, and as a principal of major architectural and design practices in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra and Brisbane. He has degrees in Architecture from the University of Adelaide and a Master of Science in Engineering Science from UC Berkeley in USA.
Gavan’s professional roles have been complemented by long term involvement with the Australian Institute of Architects at state and national levels, recognised by the Institute’s award of Life Fellow in 1996. He continues to contribute to professional, industry and NFP organisations at a senior level, and was a driving force behind Artisan’s relocation to the RNA Precinct. He has been involved in arts organisations for over 30 years, received a Design Icon award from the DIA in SA in 2017, and was inducted into the national DIA Hall of Fame in 2019.
Brisbane based artist Carol McGregor is of Wathaurung from the Kulin Nation, and Scottish descent and is a possum skin cloak maker, painter, printmaker and sculptor. As an artist McGregor seeks to adapt and embrace new technologies to reclaim and connect to cultural expression, whilst revealing and exposing hidden histories within the landscape. Her recent art practice revives the traditional possum skin cloak as a contemporary art form and a way to strengthen community and individual identities.
McGregor has exhibited widely and her work features in national and international collections. She is currently the Program leader of the Contemporary Australian Indigenous Art unit at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University.
A qualified fundraising professional with over 20 years experience in the non-profit sector, Margo Powell comes with an impressive background in fundraising across the arts, health and medical research and higher education. As Executive Director, Advancement at QUT, she leads a large team that supports philanthropic and alumni engagement activity that align with the university’s education, research and community initiatives.
Margo is active in the fundraising community - she enjoys her role as coach and mentor and frequently presents to non-profit boards on fundraising and philanthropy. She consults independently to Board Connect and regularly hosts fundraising workshops and master classes. Margo's wealth of expertise, strong network of elite donors and extensive fundraising skills are helping a number of new and experienced fundraisers establish winning solutions in increasingly complex environments.
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