Foundation Council

Art Gallery of Western Australia
 

Adrian Fini OAM (Chair)

Adrian has been involved in the Perth property industry for over 30 years. He is currently Managing Director of the Fini Group and a Director of FJM Property Pty Ltd, a WA based private property and investment company controlling a diverse portfolio of operations spanning hospitality, retail, manufacturing, property development and property investment. Adrian has recently led the restoration project of State Buildings and COMO The Treasury hotel to return a set of beautiful buildings back to public use. He is currently working on several new major projects that will add more vibrancy and drive further commerce into the City of Perth. Adrian was awarded an OAM for his contributions to the arts in 2014, and is the 2016 Western Australian of the Year. He is a current Board member of the Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF), The University of Western Australia Business School Board and its New Century Campaign, and has been Chair of the Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation since 2014.

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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.

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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.

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Andrew Forrest

Andrew Forrest founded Fortescue Metals Group in April 2003 and personally drove the creation of the expansive Pilbara Iron Ore and Infrastructure operation. He is Chairman of Fortescue Metals Group and the Minderoo Foundation. Andrew and his wife, Nicola, became the first Australasian signatories to the Giving Pledge and now devote the vast majority of their time and fortune to create sustainable improvement in the lives of the world’s most underprivileged. This is achieved through major campaigns such as GenerationOne: ending Indigenous disparity in Australia and internationally, the Walk Free Foundation: eliminating modern day slavery in all forms, everywhere. Andrew is an Adjunct Professor at the Chinese Southern University and has been awarded the Australian Centenary Medal, the Australia Sports Medal, Ernst & Young Australian Social Entrepreneur of the Year, West Australia Citizen of the Year and the International Mining Journal's Lifetime Achievement Award.

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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.

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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.

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Paul O’Connor

Paul O’Connor’s career has been intersected with many creative paths – artist, editor, visual merchandiser, stylist, curator and creative director. A 1988 Visual Arts graduate from Curtin University, Paul has exhibited his artwork around Australia, Japan and the Philippines. Paul has put his artistic stamp to many public art projects in WA including Maylands Train Station, Beatty Park Aquatic Centre and Rockingham City Square. In 2012 and 2013 he creative directed the successful Year of The Diva and Divo campaigns for the WA Opera. Paul has been the recipient of many awards, including Young Australian of the Year Award (Western Australian Arts) 1995, the Australia Council Tokyo Residence 2000 and the City of Perth Craft award 1991. Since 2005 Fashion Designer Aurelio Costarella has employed Paul in the role of Brand Manager. Paul has been instrumental in raising the brand’s profile internationally (with shows in Paris and New York) and curated the hugely successful Aurelio Costarella 30 Year Retrospective at the WA Museum in 2013-14. In April 2015 Paul launched Paul O'Connor Productions. Services include creative direction, styling, PR, curatorial and art-based projects.

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