Susie Hamson, Chair
Chairman, Fundraising Committee
Susie was appointed to be Chairman 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.
The Hon 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.
Chair, Governance Committee
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.
Chair, Finance & Audit Committee
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 Calvert-Jones AM
John Calvert-Jones AM is the Executive Chairman of Seafirst Australia, a family investment company. He was educated at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and UK. He is a former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Prudential-Bache Securities (Australia) Pty Ltd and a former Vice-Chairman of the Australian Stock Exchange (Melbourne).
He has also been a Director of several public and private companies. He was awarded an Order of Australia in 2000. John is a Trustee of The Calvert-Jones Foundation, and appointed a Trustee of the Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Fund and McClelland.
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.
Julie Kantor is a Trustee of the Elisabeth Murdoch Sculpture Fund, a member of the McClelland’s Grounds and Building Committee, Fund Raising Committee and the Acquisition Committee.
Chair, Acqusitions Committee
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 focussed 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.