Our board

Justine van Mourik


In developing, managing and promoting the Parliament House Art Collection valued at over AUD$120 million, Justine comes to CCAS well prepared to tackle the challenges faced by the small to medium arts sector in the ACT. She is aware that the careers of many artists in the comprehensive Parliament House Art Collection began in spaces like CCAS and is dedicated to nurturing the practices of new generations of artists while encouraging established practitioners to explore new frontiers.

Justine has been the Director of the Parliament House Collection since 2013, having come from the National Library of Australia where she managed temporary and travelling exhibitions and registration for over 8 years. She has a wide reaching knowledge of contemporary and regional art practice through her roles as Director, Riddoch Art Gallery, Mount Gambier (2000-2005) and Manager, Visual Arts at Country Arts SA (1997-2000). She has also worked for the Art Gallery of South Australia and the History Trust of South Australia.

Justine also has a long track record of successful fundraising for arts organisations through government and philanthropic grants as well as corporate partnerships. A graduate of Flinders University, her qualifications also include a Master of Arts in Public Sector Leadership from Griffith University and Diploma of Law and Collection Management from the Institute of Art and Law, United Kingdom.

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Ian Whyte


Ian Whyte is a Chartered Accountant and Financial Adviser with over 35 years experience in Financial Services. He trained with international accounting firms KPMG and Deloitte for 9 years before establishing his own boutique practice – Whyte & Di Placido which he operated until 2004. In 2005 and 2006 Ian was General Manager of Sydney based multi media company - Spinifex Interactive. Ian returned to Canberra in June 2007 and was employed as a Senior Financial Advisor at Walter Turnbull – the ACT's largest independent accounting firm. Currently Ian is a Financial Adviser at Capital Advisory.

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Amanda Biggs


Amanda is a passionate supporter of contemporary art. Scarcely a night goes by when you wont see Amanda Biggs at an arts event or looking to add to her extensive collection. She previously worked as a gallery assistant for the Contemporary Arts Society in Adelaide, before moving to Sydney and working as a freelance cartoonist. By day Amanda is a senior researcher at the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library, researching and advising Parliamentarians on health and social policy issues. She graduated from Flinders University with a double major (Honours) in Fine Arts and English, and later completed a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship from UNSW and a Master of Arts from Deakin University. She has written numerous papers on health policy for the Parliamentary Library, as well as reviews and articles for the CAS Broadsheet and Words and Visions art magazine.

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Tina Baum

Tina is from the Larrakia/Wadaman/Karajarri people of the Northern Territory and Western Australia with over 20 years experience in museums and art gallery's working collaboratively with communities and artists throughout Australia. Tina is the Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the National Gallery of Australia and has worked as a Curator at the Queensland Museum, Brisbane; the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin; and the National Museum of Australia, Canberra. Tina curated the Emerging Elders exhibition in 2009, worked on the new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Gallery's and on both National Indigenous Art Triennials at the National Gallery of Australia. She has also worked as a mentor to the participants and alumni on the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Arts Leadership and Fellowshipprograms in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia since its inception in 2010.

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Karina Harris

Karina is an AILA registered Landscape Architect and founding partner at Harris Hobbs Landscapes. An alumni from the University of Canberra, Karina specialises in residential landscape and playground design. Her CV includes lecturing in design at The Canberra Institute of Technology, and is also a past President of the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects ACT Chapter. Karina's award-winning landscape designs have set the benchmark for residential gardens in the ACT, with many topping the list of house sales in recent years. Karina might be better known to CCAS members, however, as an avid art collector and supporter of the arts.

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Paul Magee

Paul Magee's first book of poems, Cube Root of Book (John Leonard Press: 2006) was shortlisted in the Innovation category of the 2008 Adelaide Festival Awards for literature. His second, Stone Postcard (John Leonard Press: 2014) was named in Australian Book Review as one of the books of the year for 2014. He is also the author of the surrealist ethnography From Here to Tierra del Fuego (University of Illinois Press: 2000). Paul studied in Melbourne, Moscow, San Salvador and Sydney. He is Associate Professor in Poetry at the University of Canberra, and is currently working on Rapid Eye Movements in the U.S.A., a travel book focused on what New York and San Francisco look like with your eyes closed.

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Adam Peppinck

Adam is a partner in Mills Oakley’s Property team in Canberra. He has more than 15 years’ experience acting on a range of structured property transactions, in which he has advised public and private sector clients in relation to the leasing, licensing, divestment, acquisition, and development of real property. In addition to advising in relation to property law matters, Adam also regularly advises clients in relation to environmental, planning, heritage, and native title aspects.

Adam has been listed every year since 2014 in the Best Lawyers publication and is again featured in the 2018 edition for Real Property Law and for Government Practice, including being recognised as the 2018 Canberra Real Property Lawyer of the Year. Adam is the Chair of the ACT Law Society’s Property Law Committee and is a member of the ACT Division of the Property Council of Australia’s Economic Development and Infrastructure Committee.

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Banner: Blue Blooded Marie Hagerty and Almost Illegible Tony Curran 14 October - 3 December 2016 Photograph by Brenton McGeachie