Board & Staff


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.

Jennifer 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.

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.

Mr Emery was originally appointed to the Board in January 2009.

Mark Tucker

Board Member

Mark 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. Mark 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.

Professor Paul Wellings CBE

Board Member

Professor Paul Wellings joined the University of Wollongong as Vice-Chancellor in January 2012. Prior to his current role, Professor Wellings held the position of Vice-Chancellor of Lancaster University from 2002-2011.

He has extensive board experience as a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR), and the Cumbrian Rural Regeneration Company. He is currently a board member the University of Wollongong, Dubai, a Trustee of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), China, and a Director of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI).

Professor Wellings was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to higher education. He received an Honorary DSc from Lancaster University in 2014

Anne Flanagan

Board Member

Anne is the 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.

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 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.

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

David Willcocks

Independent Chair - Risk and Audit Committee

David Willcocks is a KPMG Audit and Advisory Partner located in their Wollongong office. David lives in the Illawarra with his wife and two children.

David has 20 years of audit experience and specialises in the provision of external audit and advisory services to clients across a range of sectors, including not-for-profit organisations.

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. Sam 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.

Michelle Bishop

Board Member

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


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.

Jenny Bisset

Head of Arts Programs

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Atul Joshi

Corporate Services Manager

Atul was most recently General Manager with Playwriting Australia. Previous positions include Director of Key Organisations at the Australia Council and General Manager of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Griffin Theatre Company and the State Opera Company of South Australia. He has an MBA from UNSW and started his career as a classical musician working with Sydney Symphony, Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestras and the ABC Sinfonia.

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Doris James

Finance Manager

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  • preparation of financial reporting for internal and external stakeholders
  • government compliance - taxation, charities, finance, audit
  • strategic planning and budgetary forecasting

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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).

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, Beatrice has extensive knowledge of the international and Australian modern and contemporary art markets and a passion for museums and galleries.

Holly Vale

Development Manager

Holly began her career at London’s National Gallery and was most recently Head of Development at Sydney Film Festival. Previous senior roles include Head of Business Development and Partnerships, Art Gallery of NSW; Head of Development, Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences; Project Manager, Australia Council for the Arts, and Corporate Business Manager, Royal Albert Hall.

Jennifer Thompson

Collections and Exhibitions Manager

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  • Our collection
  • Open Days at Bundanon
  • Hosting an exhibition from our collection
  • The Boyd archive

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Mary Preece

Education Manager

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  • Staying at Bundanon with your school group for an art camp
  • Visual arts and Visual Design education workshops
  • Teaching resources
  • Environmental education programs
  • Architecture tours

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Leanne Waterhouse

Education Officer

Leanne has over 18 years of experience working as an arts educator, teaching within the school system and across various arts organisations including Darwin Visual Arts Association and Chapter House Lane, Melbourne. Leanne is also a practicing artist with a Master of Fine Art from RMIT University.

Emily McTaggart

Marketing and Communications Officer

Emily McTaggart has worked at various arts organisations across Sydney. She recently worked at the Biennale of Sydney as the Digital Content Manager. Previously, she has worked for Blacktown Arts in marketing and community engagement roles. Through her professional experiences, alongside her double degree in Art Theory and Arts (Media and Technology), Emily has a passion for promoting stories and exploring new opportunities for audiences to learn and engage with art in all forms.

Narissara Prachyukal

Business and Finance Officer

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  • Accounts Payable and Receivable

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Janine Sandford

Administration Officer

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  • Weddings
  • Group bookings

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Nicole Smede

Programs Assistant

Prior to her role as Arts Program Assistant, Nicole has worked in the cultural sector for both Federal and State Government Departments. Previous roles include State and Industry Partnerships Officer, Screen Australia (2012 - 2014) and Executive Assistant, Conservatoriums Program, NSW Dept. Education (2007 - 2012). Nicole is a vocalist and musician and has worked with the Song Company, Red Room Poetry and the NSW Arts Unit's Public Schools Vocal Ensembles as a tutor and workshop facilitator. Nicole joined Bundanon Trust in 2015.

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  • Copyright enquiries
  • Collections & Exhibitions
  • Upcoming events
  • Education programs
  • Artist In Residence enquiries

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Michael Andrews

Natural Resources Manager

Michael has a history of working in environmental management with Conservation Volunteers Australia, the Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority (now Local Land Services) and Bathurst Regional Council. He is a qualified in Environmental Science, Horticulture, Adult Education and Natural and Cultural Resource Management.

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Josh Turner

Facilities Manager

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  • Maintenance of our built environment

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Shane  Tobin

Property Officer

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  • Bundanon property

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Michael Blount

Operations Assistant

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  • Facilities and grounds

Jacqueline Bethe

Operations Coordinator

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  • Your housekeeping needs
  • Your stay with us
  • Customer Service

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Charies Matugas


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  • Housekeeping

Saskia Vrenegoor

Casual Education Officer

Linda Balding

Casual Education Officer

André Bremer

Casual Education Officer

Penny Sadubin

Casual Education Officer

Martin Downes

Livestock Agistee