Our board

Andrew Klein

Chair

Andrew is Special Counsel RK Russell Kennedy Lawyers. He has extensive experience in litigation and providing high-level advice to government employers in the areas of workplace relations and employment law, anti-discrimination law (including disability discrimination, sexual harassment and racial discrimination) and Commonwealth workers compensation. Prior to entering private practice, Andrew spent a number of years in executive management and policy roles, and as an in-house lawyer in various parts of the Australian Public Service (APS). Andrew also has an extensive background in advocacy and has successfully represented government employers as an advocate in workplace relations, discrimination and workers compensation proceedings in the AAT, Federal Court and Fair Work Australia.

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Ian Whyte

Treasurer

Ian is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 30 years experience advising Small Businesses. Ian 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 is now employed as a Senior Financial Advisor at Walter Turnbull – the ACT's largest independent accounting firm.

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Karina Harris

Secretary

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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Ann Cleary

Ann is an architect and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Canberra within the Faculty of Arts and Design.

Ann's experience in architectural and urban design work encompasses twenty five years on a range of architectural projects, including a period working in Sweden and the US, with AKOS Arkitektkontor in Göteborg and Mitchell/Giurgola in New York. Her work with MGT Architects in Australia included many years on the Parliament House project as well as large scale project and competition work in Singapore. Her project experience within large and small practice includes performing arts, waterfront, industrial and campus programs, urban infrastructure, streetscape, ephemeral art installations and residential projects. Ann cofounded design group Cadence and established a studio practice a r k k u: architecture and urban design.

Ann is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and her awards include the AIA ACT Chapter Clem Cummings Medal for outstanding contribution to architecture and the built environment.

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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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Rachel Bowak

In 1993 Rachel completed a B.A Visual Arts in Gold and Silversmithing and in 2001 an M.A Visual Arts in Sculpture at Canberra School of Art, Australian National University. She has run and participated in blacksmithing workshops from 1992 to 2003 in America, India and Australia, and has worked for Fink&Co and Thylacine exhibition preparation where she has developed product designs and special object mounts. Rachel continues to teach art and design at Canberra Institute of technology and has taught at Canberra School of Art Australian National University and Enmore TAFE in Sydney. Since 1993 she has exhibited her sculpture across Australia and and has work in collections of Australian National Gallery, Canberra Museum and private collections. In recent years Rachel has participated in residencies and desert trips with Kim Mahood and Pamela Lofts. She has won numerous awards, the most recently from the Canberra Critics Circle in 2012 for her solo exhibition Reside.

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Ryan Johnston

Ryan was appointed Head of Art in October 2012. Prior to joining the Australian War Memorial he was Acting Director of the Shepparton Art Museum, where he oversaw a major redevelopment of the Museum and its subsequent relaunch. Ryan has also worked as a Lecturer in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Melbourne and as a Curator at La Trobe University. He is currently finalising his PhD dissertation on the Scottish artist Eduardo Paolozzi, also at the University of Melbourne. His research has been published in local and international journals including The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art, Visual Culture in Britain, The Art Bulletin of Victoria and The Journal of Surrealism and the Americas, and recognised with several grants and awards including a Yale University Fellowship. Ryan was also a founding editor of e-maj, Australia’s first online refereed journal of art history.

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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 Fellowship programs in conjunction with the National Gallery of Australia since its inception in 2010.

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