Our Structure

The Australia Council for the Arts is overseen by the Council Board (Board). The Board is appointed by the Minister for the Arts and comprises a range of expertise across artistic practice, arts management, business, management, public policy, corporate governance and administration, regional issues, gender, multicultural and Indigenous community participation in the arts, finance, philanthropy, legal affairs, corporate strategy and research.

Current Board Members are:

Sam Walsh AO, Chair 

Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin, Deputy Chair

Sophie Mitchell

Leigh Carmichael

Rebecca Weisser 

Khoa Do

Christine Simpson Stokes

Zoe McKenzie

Tina Arena AM

Darren Rudd 

Mario D'orazio

Audit and Finance Committee – chaired by Sophie Mitchell
The Audit and Finance Committee oversees and reviews the Australia Council's corporate governance obligations in relation to external accountability, financial reporting, internal controls, risk management, internal and external audit activities, and legal and financial compliance. The committee also monitors the Australia Council's overall financial position, budget preparation and any other significant financial issues as they arise.  

Nominations and Appointments Committee - chaired by Lee-Ann Tjunypa Buckskin

The Nominations and Appointments Committee facilitates and oversees a streamlined nominations process, through which the Council recommends members to its panels and committees. The committee also advocates the Board's nominations to the Minister and assists the Board on governance matters, advising as required. It has an advisory role and is not delegated to act on the Board's behalf.

Australia Council Corporate Organisational Structure

Adrian Collette AM
Chief Executive Officer

The Executive Team:

Tim Blackwell
Executive Director,
Corporate Resources

Wendy Were
Executive Director,
Strategic Development and Advocacy
Lydia Miller
Executive Director,
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts
Frank Panucci 
Executive Director,
Grants and Engagement
Lissa Twomey
Executive Director,
MPA and National Engagement

Arts Practice Directors:

Adrian Burnett
Wenona Byrne
Patricia Adjei
First Nations Arts & Culture
Laura McLeod
Visual Arts
Annette Madden 
Jeremy Smith
Community, Emerging and
Experimental Arts

To view the Australia Council’s Functional Chart click here.

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