Established in 1993 Bundanon supports arts practice and engagement with the arts through its residency, education, exhibition and performance programs. In preserving the natural and cultural heritage of its site Bundanon promotes the value of landscape in all our lives. 


Bundanon’s Board of Directors reports directly to the Minister for the Arts, who in turn appoints the Chairperson and the Directors. The Board includes representatives from the arts, education, finance and business management, and the law. The Shoalhaven community is also represented on the Board.

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Dr. Peta Seaton AM


In addition to her non-executive director and strategic consultancy roles, Peta Seaton runs a small farm including creative workshops and rural experiences at Ashton Park, Moss Vale. She has a BA Hons (Archaeology, Fine Arts) and a PhD in archaeology from University of Sydney and continues field archaeology with the Pella Project in Jordan. She was elected to the NSW Parliament in1996 as the Member for Southern Highlands for 11 years, holding front bench roles including Shadow Treasurer. She served as Director of Transition and Strategic Priorities for the NSW Premier from 2011 – 2014. She currently serves as Chair of Hearing Australia, and board member of the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, President of the Near Eastern Archaeology Foundation, and non-executive director of the Menzies Research Centre. She is a former Director of the Bradman Foundation in Bowral, including during the redevelopment of the museum and precinct in 2007 – 2014. She has served on the board of CARE Australia. Peta grew up in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.

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Samuel Edwards

Deputy Chair

Mr Samuel Edwards grew up on the south coast and has raised a family here. As the Managing Director of Edwards Constructions, he brings global experience in project procurement and delivery.

Educated in engineering, building, and law he also provides skills in governance, contracts and construction, and practical experience in community and public facility stewardship. Edwards has an abiding commitment to the region and to the arts.

He is a past chair of Crown Lands Killalea State Park Trust Board and sits on various advisory committees for NSW Government and the private sector.

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Philip Bacon AO

Board Member

Philip Bacon is Director, Philip Bacon Galleries Pty Ltd; Deputy Chairman, Brisbane Festival; Chairman of Opera Australia Capital Fund; Trustee, Gordon Darling Foundation; Trustee, Margaret Olley Art Trust; Trustee, Historic Houses Trust and Sydney Living Museums, NSW; Member of the Board of the Foundation of Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art and Member of the Board of the Foundation of the National Gallery of Australia.

From 1996 to 2003 he was a Council Member, National Gallery of Australia. From 1994 to 2011 he was a Director of Opera Australia, and was reappointed to that board in 2014.

He was made a Member, Order of Australia in 1999 receiving in the same year a Doctor of Philosophy (honoris causa) from the University of Queensland. In 2002 he received a Doctor of the University from Griffith University, and Doctor of the University from Queensland University of Technology in 2005. In 2021 he was made an Officer (AO), in the Order of Australia.

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Michelle Bishop

Board Member

Michelle Bishop is a Tourism Industry professional and General Manager of Bangalay Luxury Villas at Shoalhaven Heads. Bishop also serves as a committee member for the South Coast Tourism Industry Association.

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Holly Byrne

Board Member

Holly is the founder of HB Migration Pty Ltd and has over 10 years’ experience in Australian immigration law and practice.

Holly Byrne previously worked with the Australian Government as a Ministerial Adviser to the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and the Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and the Minister for the Arts. Her role included developing public policy relating to immigration and industrial relations and the Arts.

Byrne is a current national committee member of the Migration Alliance and a former national vice-president.

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Professor Patricia M Davidson

Board Member

Professor Patricia M. Davidson joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in May 2021. Prior to her current role, Professor Davidson was Dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing in Baltimore in the United States.

As a global leader in nursing, health care, and advocacy, Professor Davidson’s work focuses on person-centred care delivery and the improvement of cardiovascular health outcomes for women and vulnerable populations.

Professor Davidson serves as counsel general of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues, and was a past board member of CUGH and secretary general of the Secretariat of the World Health Organizations Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery. She also serves on the Board of Health Care Services for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in the United States.

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Anne Flanagan

Board Member

Anne Flanagan was the former Deputy Director of the Art Gallery for New South Wales. Her academic background includes visual arts, interior design and education. For more than two decades she has worked in arts organisations, including the Crafts Council of NSW, Powerhouse Museum, Biennale of Sydney, Australian Bicentennial Authority and Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

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Craig Laundy

Board Member

The former MP for Reid, during which time he held various ministerial portfolios including Multiculturalism and Small and Family Business, Craig is a graduate in economics from the University of New South Wales. He works for the Laundy Hotel Group which owns more than 30 venues across NSW. Laundy has a strong business background in hospitality, accommodation, food and beverage - coupled with a strong understanding of the machinery of Government and policy formation at a Federal and State Government level.

Catherine Livingstone

Catherine Livingstone AO

Board Member

Catherine is currently Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and a Director of Saluda Medical Pty Ltd and the Australian Ballet, and Chancellor of UTS.

Catherine is a member of the CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility Advisory Board.
Previously, she was Chairman of Telstra Corporation, CSIRO and the Australian Business Foundation, Director of WorleyParsons and Macquarie Bank Ltd, President of the Business Council of Australia, President of the Australian Museum and Chief Executive Women. She started her career with Price Waterhouse, and then spent nearly 20 years in the field of implantable medical devices, including six years as CEO of Cochlear Ltd.

Catherine is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand, the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Australian Academy of Science.
In 2003 Catherine was awarded the Centenary Medal and in 2008 she was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia.

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John Sharp

Board Member

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Ezekiel Solomon AM

Board Member

Ezekiel Solomon is Senior Adviser at international law firm Allens, and is a member of the Board of Directors, National Gallery of Australia Foundation as well as Patron of the Australia World Orchestra. Formerly, he was longstanding partner at Allens, including 7 years as Resident Partner in New York; consultant to the Indonesian Government and a member of the Council of the National Gallery of Australia. He has been member of the Boards of Directors of the US Studies Centre at Sydney University, American Australian Association Ltd, Griffin Theatre Company and the Australia Indonesia Institute. Ezekiel graduated Bachelor of Laws (Honours), Sydney University Law School and holds a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School as a Fulbright Scholar.

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David Willcocks

Independent Chair, Audit, Risk, Remuneration Committee

David Willcocks is Chief Financial Officer of the Village Building. He has over 20 years’ experience in professional services mainly with the accounting firm KPMG where he was an Audit Partner in their Wollongong Office for 12 years. David has extensive experience in financial and accounting matters across a broad range of businesses and industries working with industrial services, construction and not-for-profit clients.


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Rachel Kent

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Kent is an experienced arts leader, art historian and curator with extensive experience working with international museums and cultural institutions. Prior to joining Bundanon, Rachel was Chief Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. Rachel is an outstanding advocate for contemporary and First Nations art, nationally and internationally, as well as being highly effective at building philanthropic and government support for the arts.

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Mark Johnson

Chief Operating Officer

Mark was recently the COO for Unisys where he had oversight of the GovConnectNSW Account Management Office, supporting nine separate Government agencies including Treasury and the Office of Children and Guardian. Previous roles include Director of Finance and ICT at the University of Sydney and consulting roles with Qantas, ISG, JDE, Westpac, Chubb, and Fujitsu among others. Mark began his career in the UK where he was trained as a chartered accountant. Mark is based at the Trust’s Illaroo offices in the Shoalhaven.

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Sophie O'Brien

Head of Curatorial and Learning

Sophie O’Brien is a curator, director and writer. She has previously worked in senior curatorial leadership roles at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery in Aotearoa New Zealand, and at the Serpentine Galleries and Tate Britain in London, UK. Sophie has worked on numerous large-scale commissions with artists including Marina Abramović, Ruth Buchanan, Fiona Connor, Jimmie Durham, et al., Gustav Metzger, Richard Hamilton, Susan Norrie, Thomas Schütte, Javier Téllez, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rosemarie Trockel and Adrián Villar Rojas, as well as architects Peter Zumthor, SANAA and Herzog+deMeuron+AiWeiwei. She has previously led the exhibition teams for the Australian Pavilions at the Venice Biennale (2005-2007) and the Biennale of Sydney (On Reason and Emotion, 2003). In the curatorial teams at Artspace Sydney and the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Sophie delivered numerous exhibitions and publications, and curated the visual arts programme for the Perth Festival (1999-2001). She has a MA in Directing Performance from the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (2018-2019).

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Beatrice Spence

Head of Marketing and Communications

Beatrice Spence was Director and Publisher of Art Collector, the leading Australian and NZ magazine for art collectors, for over a decade. She brings to Bundanon experience in nurturing key relationships and identifying opportunities for revenue growth and expansion. Previously she has been Gallery Manager at Charles Hewitt Gallery, Head of Paintings at Shapiro Auctioneers, worked at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, and completed an internship at the Guggenheim in Venice. A Master of Museum Studies and Cultural Heritage graduate from the University of Geneva. She has a Bachelor of Arts Hons, from the Australian National University.

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Julie White

Head of Development

Julie has had an extensive career in philanthropic and fundraising advisory work in corporate, the arts, health and welfare sectors. Julie was global head of the Macquarie Group Foundation for over a decade and during this time led a substantial commitment from Macquarie to a range of art forms. Julie has provided guidance to a range of individuals and organisations around their philanthropic giving as well as supporting organisations in the seeking of philanthropic funding. Julie has a strong portfolio of non-executive roles including Chair of the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation, Chair of the SE NSW Primary Health Network, independent Director on Ability First Australia and Women’s Community Shelters. Julie was named as one of the AFR BOSS Magazine’s True Leaders in 2008 and by ABC Limelight magazine, as one of the top smart arts 09 executives. Julie was also named as a finalist in the Telstra Businesswomen’s Awards for 2009.


Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Kent

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Johnson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Beatrice Spence

Head of Curatorial and Learning

Sophie O'Brien

Chief Financial Officer

Doris James

Collections and Exhibitions Manager

Jennifer Thompson

Learning Manager

Samantha McMahon

Assets Manager

Shane Tobin

Customer Services Manager

Kay-Lea Edminstone

Natural Resources Manager

Michael Andrews

Learning Officer

Mary Preece

Learning Officer

Linda Balding

Learning Officer

André Bremer

Learning Officer

Penny Sadubin

Learning Officer

Saskia Vrenegoor

Audience Development Officer

Renae Coles

Marketing and Communications Officer

Emily McTaggart

Graphic Designer

Gabrielle Byrnes

CEO Office Administrator/Executive Assistant

Michelle Lane

Business and Finance Officer

Narissara Prachyukal

Customer Service Officer

Anne Richmond

Customer Service Officer

Janine Sandford


Boe-Lin Bastian

Programs Officer

Nicole Smede

Property Officer/Caretaker

Peter Almond

Operations Assistant

Michael Blount


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Bundanon acknowledges the Wodi Wodi and the Yuin, of the South Coast region, and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country.

In Dharawal the word Bundanon means deep valley.

This website contains names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.