Foundation Council

Art Gallery of Western Australia

Sam walsh, AO (Acting Chair)

Sam Walsh retired as Global CEO of Rio Tinto in July 2016. Based in London, he was also a Director of the Royal Opera House and Ballet (Covent Garden). Prior to moving to the UK, he was Chair of Black Swan State Theatre, Chair of the WA Chamber of Arts and Culture, and Chair of the Australian Business Arts Foundation. He was a recipient of the Richard Pratt Business Arts Leadership Award in 2011. Sam graduated in Commerce from Melbourne University, has a Fellowship from Kettering University (Michigan) and has been awarded Honorary Doctorates of Commerce from Edith Cowan University and The University of Western Australia, and a Fellowship Award from the Melbourne Business School. He is currently a Director of the Arts Council of Australia, Chairman of the Perth Diocesan Trust, Chairman Elect of the Royal Flying Doctor Service (WA), Chairman of the Accenture Global Mining Council and Global President of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply.



Professor Lyn Beazley AO FTSE

After graduating from Oxford and Edinburgh Universities, Lyn built an internationally renowned research team in Neuroscience that focused on recovery from brain damage, much of her investigations undertaken as Winthrop Professor at The University of Western Australia. Lyn was honoured to be Chief Scientist of Western Australia from 2006 to 2013, advising the Western Australian Government on science, innovation and technology as well as acting as an Ambassador for science locally, nationally and internationally. Lyn currently serves on the Federal Government’s Bionic Vision Australia and the State Government of Western Australia’s Technology and Industry Advisory Council. In 2009 Lyn was awarded Officer of the Order of Australia and elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering later that year. Lyn has worked to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics to the community, especially to young people.



John Bond

John is a founding Director of Primewest, a national property investment business, and has been instrumental in its growth and development. His background spans law, investment banking, as well as property investment and development. He holds degrees in Law and Commerce from The University of Western Australia and is a Corporate Member of the Property Council. He is Chairman of The Fathering Project, a not-for-profit organisation focusing on the importance of a father figure in children’s lives, and a non-Executive Director of ASX listed Fleetwood Limited. John has been passionate about the arts, in particular the work of Western Australians, since acquiring his first artwork (by Leon Pericles) at the age of 21.



Sandy Honey

Sandy has many years of experience fund-raising and organising community based philanthropic events and art exhibitions, including curating the most recent Art in Bloom at AGWA. She is the co-founder and current co-chair of the White Swans, an innovative and highly successful private giving circle at the Black Swan State Theatre Company. She is also actively involved in fundraising for WAAPA and the Kimberley Rock Art Foundation. Sandy is passionate about making Western Australia a centre for creativity by developing and driving the growing enthusiasm for the arts in WA.



Andrea Horwood-Bux

Andrea has enjoyed success in an entrepreneurial business career spanning magazine publishing, cosmetics and suncare – launching two great Australian brands, Australian Style magazine and the sun-care line ‘Invisible Zinc’. Andrea and her husband Adil created The Bux Family Charitable Foundation to support their varied philanthropic interests. During her career Andrea has been featured on ABC’s Australian Story; nominated Australian Finalist in the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Awards; launched Becca Cosmetics in Europe and the US; was an Ernst & Young 2012 Entrepreneur Of The Year Western Region Nominee; and is currently the West Coast Editor of Vogue Australia.



Alexandrea Thompson

Alexandrea is a lawyer who holds degrees in law and art history and has also spent time as a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School researching legal issues affecting the visual arts and museum administration. She has over 20 years' experience working both within firms and for companies advising on commercial and board governance issues.





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