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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Jennifer Bott AO


Jennifer Bott AO is a director, consultant and professional mentor focussing mainly in the arts, leadership, education and philanthropy.

She is Chair of the National Institute of Dramatic Art, a Trustee of the Australian Museum and a Director of the Sydney Orthopaedic Research Institute. She consults in innovation and development to the Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House and a range of other arts organisations.

Bott is a member of Chief Executive Women, a former CEO of the Australia Council for the Arts, the Canberra Writers Festival, former CEO of the University of New South Wales Foundation and has served in senior management and board roles at Opera Australia, Musica Viva Australia and the National Portrait Gallery.

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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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Samuel Edwards

Board Member

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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Tony Emery

Board Member

Mr Tony Emery is a Managing Director of Soilco. He received the 2007 Award for Leadership on recycled organics from his industry peers. Tony is currently an executive member of the Shoalhaven Business Chamber and is currently a Director of the Australian Organic Recycling Association and Chair of the NSW Branch.

Emery was originally appointed to the Board in January 2009.

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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.

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Mark Tucker

Board Member

Mark Tucker is a former Deputy Secretary in the Australian Public Service, with more than 25 years experience working in the Departments of Agriculture, Environment and Heritage, Arts and Sport and Prime Minister and Cabinet. His early career was as a research scientist including appointment to the 1982 Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition. Tucker has been a member of the Board of the National Portrait Gallery, the Advisory Council to Old Parliament House and the Board for the Centre for Australian National Biodiversity Research.

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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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Deborah Ely AM

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to taking up her position as CEO at Bundanon Trust in 2006 Deborah Ely was the Visual Arts and Craft Manager at Arts New South Wales. Previous positions include Director of the Australian Centre for Photography in Sydney; founding Director of the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne; Co-ordinator of the first Experimenta festival of new media in Australia and Visual Arts Director of Watershed Media Centre in the UK. She was trained in Britain as a painter and art historian and is a Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong.

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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.


Chief Operating Officer

Mark Johnson

Head of Marketing and Communications

Beatrice Spence

Head of Curatorial and Learning

Sophie O'Brien

Corporate Services Manager

Atul Joshi

Chief Financial Officer

Doris James

Collections and Exhibitions Manager

Jennifer Thompson

Education Manager

Mary Preece

Customer Services Manager

Kay-Lea Edminstone

Natural Resources Manager

Michael Andrews

Facilities Manager

Josh Turner

Education Officer

Leanne Waterhouse

Marketing and Communications Officer

Emily McTaggart

Business and Finance Officer

Narissara Prachyukal

Administration Officer

Janine Sandford


Boe-Lin Bastian

Programs Assistant

Nicole Smede

Property Officer

Shane Tobin

Operations Assistant

Michael Blount


Charies Matugas

Casual Education Officer

Saskia Vrenegoor

Casual Education Officer

Linda Balding

Casual Education Officer

André Bremer

Casual Education Officer

Penny Sadubin


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.