Janet Holmes à Court, AC
Janet Holmes à Court, AC is owner of the Janet Holmes à Court Collection. She is Chairman of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF) and Deputy Chairman of the Chamber of Arts and Culture WA (CACWA). She is a Board Member of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra (WASO), the Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM), the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC) and the Australian Institute of Architects Foundation (AIAF). Janet is also a member of the Centenary Trust for Women Board of Advisors at the University of Western Australia, the State Buildings Advisory Board Western Australia and Commissioner for Australia for the Venice Architecture Biennale.
John Day was a member of the Western Australian Parliament for 24 years until 2017, representing the Darling Range and Kalamunda electorates successively. During his Parliamentary career, John served in a wide range of roles, including as Minister for Culture and the Arts from 2008 to 2107, and Minister for Planning (2008 to 2016). Through these two portfolios, he was a strong advocate for the State's cultural institutions, and for revitalisation of the Perth Cultural Centre precinct. Other portfolios for which he was responsible across three periods of government include Health, Science and Innovation, Police and Emergency Services. John is also Chairman of the board of the State Library of W.A. and a member of the Dean's Council, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of W.A. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia. He is a graduate of the University of W.A. in Science and Dentistry, and prior to election to Parliament was a dentist with the Perth Dental Hospital and in private practice.
Geoffrey London is the Professor of Architecture at The University of Western Australia, a Professorial Fellow at The University of Melbourne and an Adjunct Professor at Monash University. He is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and an Honorary Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Architects. He previously held the positions of Victorian Government Architect (2008-14) and Western Australian Government Architect (2004-8). He maintains a role as a consultant on urban design, architecture, design review and architectural competitions.
Jason Ricketts is the Executive Partner responsible for the Finance, Real Estate and Projects businesses, as well as its Latin America practice, of global law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Prior to the merger of Herbert Smith and Freehills in 2012, Jason was the Head of the Perth Office of Freehills and sat in the national Board of that firm for a number of years. As a commercial lawyer, he specialises in general contractual and commercial matters, industry reform and restructuring, and major Australian and offshore infrastructure projects in the water, waste, transport, power and mining industries. Jason holds a Masters of Laws (Distinction) from The University of Western Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dr Vanessa Russ
Dr Vanessa Russ is the Associate Director of the Berndt Museum of Anthropology at The University of Western Australia, and previously worked at the Department of Culture and the Arts as a business analyst. As Associate Director, Vanessa focuses on the importance of this significant university museum and its collections to create a dynamic facility for all Australians to learn about world cultures with a particular focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia; while engaging students in new ways of accessing and sharing cultural knowledge with respect to the communities from which it is derived. The museum’s collections stretch across Australia into Asia and Oceania, reaching into the disciplines of art and anthropology. Vanessa was born in Derby and raised between Derby and Ngullagunda (Gibb River Cattle Station) and has family connections to Ngarinyin and Gija people in the Kimberley. After completing Honours (Fine Arts) at the University of NSW in 2009, she returned to Western Australia and attained a PhD in Fine Art at the University of Western Australia in 2013. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship 2014, and travelled across the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore investigating the effects on Indigenous populations of national identity in mainstream art museums.
Dr Toni Wilkinson
Toni Wilkinson is a photographer and coordinator of Photography and Illustration at the School of Design and Built Environment, Faculty of Humanities, Curtin University in Western Australia. Toni has exhibited internationally and widely throughout Australia and her photographs are held in significant national collections such as the National Portrait Gallery, Art Gallery WA, City of Perth, Murdoch University Art Collection, Edith Cowan University Art Collection, St John of God Murdoch Hospital and others. Toni is also a member of Art Collective WA.
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