Board members

Michael Snare

Chair

Michael is a local Canberran and graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy where he received his bachelor degree in Civil Engineering with honours. He also holds a Masters in Business Management (Executive) from the Australian Graduate School of Management.

Michael has a broad range of experience in engineering and project management, with a skill-base founded in major infrastructure design, construction and operations.  Michael’s professional experience has been developed through both public and private sector roles and this, combined with his hands-on and personable communication style, has enabled him to manage extremely complex capital works programs and major projects.

Michael was founder of Point Project Management.  Established in 2006, Point grew to become one of the largest specialist construction and infrastructure project management consultancies in Australasia with 9 offices and an annual turnover exceeding $50M per annum.  In 2014 Point was acquired by the London Stock Exchange and FTSE 250 listed company, RPS Group where he continued in his role as Managing Director until October 2016.  In recognition of his business achievements with Point, Michael has been recognised as the Australian Institute of Management Owner Manager of the Year.

Gary Rake

Treasurer

Gary Rake is a Canberra-born economist and accountant. He has held senior positions in the public and private sectors with responsibilities covering planning, asset management, financial management, human resources, criminal and civil investigations, marketing and internal audit.

Gary describes himself a ‘a serial helper’ and has served on the board of community organisations (including as Chair and Treasurer) in the arts, environment, disability and sport sectors.

Pria O’Sullivan

Secretary

Pria currently holds the position of Special Counsel at King & Wood Mallesons in Canberra and has been practising law for 15 years.  She advises both private and government clients on a wide range of property, construction and planning law matters from complex commercial leasing, acquisition and disposal of land and buildings in the ACT and other jurisdictions, infrastructure contracts as well as advice on the dual planning system in the ACT.  Pria also advises aged care operators on aged care and retirement village matters.

In the government space, Pria also advises on procurements for property management services and construction-related goods and services, such as workstations, furniture and demountable equipment, and has in recent years expanded her practice to a broader range of government procurement and contracting matters.

David Whitney

Director

David Whitney – David’s working career includes arts management experience with the Adelaide Festival; General Manager Riverland Region Cultural Trust (S.Aust); Director Araluen Arts Centre, Alice Springs; Director Canberra Theatre Centre and Director artsACT (the ACT Government Arts Policy and Funding program).

Responsibilities included oversight of budgets, programming and patron engagement including direct management of local, national and international artists and performers.

David has a long association with the Canberra Glassworks through his previous career and is very interested in the development of the Kingston Arts Precinct.

Nola Anderson

Director

Nola Anderson has over 30 years’ experience working in the cultural sector, with 25 years at the Australian War Memorial, first as a curator and later in senior management. In 2012 she was Acting Director of the Memorial, and prior to that she held various positions including Assistant Director National Collection, and Head of the Photographs, Film and Sound Collection.

Nola has published extensively in the arts and museum field. Her most recent publication is The Australian War Memorial: Treasures from a Century of Collecting, published in 2012. She has been the recipient of various awards and fellowships, including a Smithsonian Institution International Fellowship in Museum Studies, Washington USA, 1998 and an Australia Council Research Grant in 1990.

In addition to her BA in Fine Arts from Sydney University and a Diploma of Education from Sydney Teachers College, she has a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, Flinders University. Nola is now Director of Nola Anderson Consulting and is currently writing a book on the life and work of Klaus Moje AO.

Anne-Marie Perett

Director

Anne-Marie Perret has had a varied career applying her skills and capabilities with both private and public sector organisations.

Anne-Marie has worked with HSBC in Hong Kong as well as Ernst & Young and PwC in Canberra. Anne-Marie works independently assisting high-growth technology clients with funding as well as governance and growth.

Anne-Marie is actively involved in high growth innovative and entrepreneurial companies through her role in Griffin Accelerator, as an Angel Investor, a Director of the Griffin Accelerator Holdings Pty Ltd, a member of the ACT Government’s Renewable Energy Innovation Fund Business Advisory.

Anne-Marie is President of the Australian Institute of Company Directors ACT Divisional Council, a board member of Brumbies Rugby and a past board member of Capital Artists Patrons Organisation.

Brendan Smyth

Director

Brendan Michael Smyth is currently the Commissioner for International Engagement within the ACT Government.  He is a former politician and most recently held the role Deputy Leader of the Opposition representing the Canberra Liberals.  He was a member of the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly representing the electorate of Brindabella for the Liberal Party from 1998 to 2016. From 2002 to 2006, Smyth was the ACT Leader of the Opposition and served briefly as the Deputy Chief Minister during 2000 and 2001. He has held the ACT portfolios Urban Services, Business, Tourism and the Arts, and Police and Emergency Services.  Prior to his election to the ACT Legislative Assembly, he served briefly as the Member for Canberra in the Australian House of Representatives, also representing the Liberals.

Peter Nilsson

Adviser to the Board

Peter grew up in a village in rural Sweden, in the neighbourhood of the Orrefors Glassworks. He has always been sketching and designing using everything he could get my hands on. Living in that neighbourhood, glass became the most natural material to use for Peter. He was surrounded by kind grownups who let him play in their workshops. Peter decided to become a glass engraver when he was seven years old. After graduating from the senior highschool program at the National Glass School in Orrefors, Peter was hired as a glass engraver at Pukebergs Glassworks. He stayed there for seven years as an engraver, assisting different designers. At the age of 26, Peter went to university to study art history and ethnology. On New Year’s Eve in 1994, Mats Jonasson called and asked if he would be interested in working for him as an art director assistant. The job involved solving technical problems and representing the company abroad. One day a friend said to Peter, “You have been creating glass items as long as I have known you. Why don´t you grab the bull by the horns and get yourself a design education?” Peter followed that advice and went back to university. After graduating, he started to work as a freelance designer for Bsweden Belysningsbolaget, and for Nybro Crystal, he then began to work at the Swedish National Glass School as a teacher in coldworking techniques, sketching techniques, and art history. He stayed at the glass school for nine years, the last five as the head teacher. In September 2010, Peter emigrated to Australia where he has been working as a
freelance glass artist since and as teacher at Canberra Glassworks.