PATRONS AND TRUSTEES
Baillieu Myer AC
Mr Baillieu Myer studied at Melbourne and Cambridge Universities. He joined the Myer Emporium Ltd in 1949 and was a Director from 1955 until retiring as Deputy Chairman of Coles Myer in 1994. He was a Trustee of The Sidney Myer Fund from 1958 to 2001 and is Co-Founder and a Director of The Myer Foundation (President 1992 to1995). The Myer Foundation initiated and funded ‘2020 – A Vision for Aged Care in Australia’, of which he was Co-Patron with Sir Arvi Parbo, AC. He was the President of the French Chamber of Commerce, Victoria 1962-1964 and received the Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur in 1976 and elevated to Officier in 2007. In 1964 he co-founded the Australian Chapter of the Confrērie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Mr Myer has had a series of government appointments, including the CSIRO. Mr Myer received a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1990 and a Doctor of Laws honoris causa in 1993 (Melbourne). He is an Emeritus Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, and a Patron of the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal, The Australian Tapestry Workshop, The Australian Welsh Male Choir, Asialink and McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park. In August, 2011 Mr Myer was honoured with the highest international recognition which The Salvation Army confers upon a supporter, The Order of Distinguished Auxiliary Service. Mr Myer received The Order of The Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette in 2018 from Japan.
Lyn Williams AM
Lyn Williams early career was as a primary school teacher from 1956-1962. Since 1982 she has managed the Estate of Fred Williams, organizing exhibitions of his work in Australia and internationally, in both commercial and public galleries. Concurrently she is Executive Director of Maraquita Pty Ltd, a family company. Government Board appointments have been to: Council of Trustees, NGV 1983-1994, Chair of the Margaret Stewart Foundation, (Honorary Life member 1995 and Emeritus Trustee in 2004); Board and Chairman of ACCA 1984 to 1990; Art Centre Trust Board 1993-4. Council Member of the NGA 1997-2004. (First Honorary Life Member 1982). Additional: Board membership and Chairperson, McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery 2003-2016, Emeritus Trustee 2016, Patron 2019; Founding member, International Committee Metropolitan Museum of Art 2017; Philanthropic supporter of cultural institutions, medical research, local comunity charities and student education.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Susie Hamson, Chairman
Susie was appointed to be Chairperson of McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery in February 2018. She was appointed a Trustee of the Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Fund in 2008, and which merged into McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery in 2010. She established the Circle Membership and annual fundraising events. Born in the USA, she moved to Australia in 1969 and is now an Australian Citizen. She is a current and active member of The National Gallery of Victoria Women’s Association for 25 years and President for 2 years.
Susie has a strong interest in arts and architecture. She is a Botanic artist, she curated “Botanic Asia” for The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne and in 2003 she coordinated with Peter Griffin the publication; Wayne Gillespie, Architect: The Man and His Style, through Hardie Grant Books, Melbourne.
Stephen Charles AO QC
Stephen became a barrister in 1961, and a QC in 1975. From 1995-2006 he was a Judge in the Court of Appeal. Since 2006, he has taught numerous legal classes and is now an Adjunct Professor at Monash University.
From 1989 to 1999 Stephen was a Board Member at Heide Park and Art Gallery and briefly a Trustee, jointly with Barret Reid of the Estate of John and Sunday Reed. He was also a Director of Macquarie Bank from 1985 to 1995.
In 2017 Stephen was appointed a Trustee of the McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery and a Trustee of The Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Fund.
Camilla has a keen interest in art and sculpture. She has a diverse background in: education, securities trading, hospitality, farming, horticulture and gardening. She is passionate about the protection and enhancement of natural habitat and ecosystems for the benefit of future generations.
Camilla has experience as a director of private, statutory and sporting entities, and brings inherent skills in governance, finance and risk management, strategic planning and fundraising. She served as a Trustee of Trust for Nature (Victoria) from 2004 to 2016, including as Board Chair from 2010 to 2015.
Camilla is currently a director of The Minta Group, a Trustee of the Berwick and Harkaway Cemeteries Trust, a member of the National Gallery Women’s Association, and Firefighter and Secretary of the Upper Beaconsfield Fire Brigade.
Mike has spent a career providing financial and investment advice. He has worked at JBWere for 22 years in both a research and advisory capacity, also being the state manager of the private wealth businesses for Goldman Sachs JBWere in both Sydney and Melbourne. Mike is a qualified Chartered Accountant and 25 year member of the institute. Mike is a member of the investment committee for JBWere’s Charitable Endowment Fund. Mike brings a strong background in research, investment strategy and risk management combined with diverse business experience.
Mike holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and an MBA from Melbourne Business School. He is a Chartered Accountant. He is also Treasurer and director of the Gertrude Street Projection Festival.
John (Young Zerunge) is a Hong Kong born, Australian artist. Initially lecturing at the University of Sydney, he then worked professionally in his art practice internationally. John has represented Australia in many exhibitions, including at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, as well as regional North East and South East Asian museums tours. He has had two solo survey exhibitions, the first at the TarraWarra Museum of Art and the second at ANU, Canberra. There are several monographs published on his works.
John has devoted a large part of his four decade career towards regional development in the Asia-Pacific. He was the Founding President and a board member of the 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, Sydney, a national organisation dedicated to the promotion of Asian philanthropy, contemporary Asian-Australian visual culture, multiculturalism, as well as the nurturing of artists and curators in this sector. He also served on the Foundation Board of the new National Art School in Sydney as well as the Academic Advisory Board of the Victorian College of the Arts. He has delivered numerous papers in national conferences both within the visual arts and the wider context of multicultural advocacy; including at the Australian chapter of Davos, and at the European Centre at the ANU.
Jon Clements is a registered Architect and A+ Member of the Australian Institute of Architects. His primary professional position is his role as a founding director of Jackson Clements Burrows Pty Ltd Architects (JCB). JCB have been highly recognised through numerous AIA and Industry awards programs since the practice was formed in 1999 and their projects have also been widely published throughout Australia and Internationally.
Jon Clements is a Past National President and Past Victorian President of the Australian Institute of Architects. JCB have delivered numerous architectural projects in collaboration with Australian Artists and the practice is committed to developing further recognition of the relationship between Art and Architecture. Jon became a Trustee of McClelland Sculpture Park+Gallery 2018, and brings a strong interest in contemporary Australian art.
Julie Kantor studied Arts and Criminology at Melbourne University. After working in the court system for eight years, she completed a Diploma in Film and Television. She has been actively involved in supporting a wide-range of community projects with a special interest in the arts and environment. She is Director of the Dara Foundation and the Annamila Foundation, which she established, and is a Trustee of the Melbourne recital Centre.
Lisa Roet has 30 years experience working as a professional artist exhibiting within Australia and overseas. She is committed to Environmental issues, genetic discoveries and the evolving place of humanity within nature are themes addressed in her art and design practice. Through an interdisciplinary approach to her practice, Roet has worked with the arts, design and science communities including zoos, environmental groups and museum archives worldwide, to develop her art using a wide range of mediums and materials.
Her work has focused on some of the worlds environmental hotspots, including Borneo and most recently China, including several large public project launched in Beijing for Earth Hour 2018. Her work responds to the image of the ape and monkey as humans closest animal relative and as a vehicle to remind us of the necessity to understand our position and place in respect to preserving our natural commodities and living in an harmonious way with nature.
Colin Simpson is one of Australia’s leading arts educators and school leaders. Mr Simpson has worked at a number of public and independent schools. He taught at La Trobe University in the Occupational Therapy Program and has worked as an Education Officer at the National Gallery of Victoria. He built his Asia awareness as a Project Officer for The Asialink Centre at The University of Melbourne. Mr. Simpson has also worked as an arts reviewer, notably for The Bulletin magazine in the 1990s. As principal of the Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School from 2004-2016, Mr Simpson reformed the school and oversaw the construction of the award-winning building in Southbank, and created a consistently high performing school with an outstanding reputation. He is a leading Department of Education and Training Principal and has been selected as a High Performing Principal.
In 2009 Mr Simpson was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award at the Victorian Education Excellence Awards, and he was instrumental in setting up the City Edge Network of Schools. In 2012, he was nominated by the state through The Australian Awards for Outstanding Teaching and School Leadership as Australian Secondary Principal of the Year. Mr Simpson was appointed Foundation Principal of Richmond High School in 2018 and led the development of the school from concept to reality.