Our People

Map of the ACT and Kingston Powerhouse

BOARD MEMBERS

Liz Nield OAM, Chair

Liz has more than three decades’ leadership experience in prestigious arts organisations including Opera Australia, English National Ballet, the National Portrait Gallery and Bell Shakespeare.  She has specialised in marketing, communications and philanthropy, advocating on behalf of arts audiences, donors, partners, government agencies and members.  She has served on the board of Australian Theatre of the Deaf, Sydney Chamber Opera and the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra.  In 2020 she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to the performing and visual arts.

Rebecca Edwards, Deputy Chair

Rebecca Edwards is the Sid and Fiona Myer Curator of Ceramics and Design at the National Gallery of Australia. She has previously worked at the National Gallery of Victoria as Assistant Curator of the Australian Painting, Sculpture and Decorative Arts and held various curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Australia where she worked across the Australian Art collection. Rebecca holds an undergraduate degree in Art History from the University of Melbourne and is in the final stages of PhD from the same institution.

Peter Wilkinson, Treasurer

Peter Wilkinson has worked in public, private and not for profit sectors across arts, social and public policy, governance, risk and strategy fields.  Peter is passionate about connecting people, helping to imagine and design exciting and sustainable futures, implementing practical solutions and generating impact, at scale, in organisations, projects and communities. He loves leading and enabling others to lead.

Peter Baker

Peter is a Special Counsel at the law firm King & Wood Mallesons. He holds a Bachelor of Arts /Bachelor of Laws from ANU and has worked with Westpac, JB Were, Bank of America and BT Financial Group.

Verity Hawkins

Verity is the CEO of Cancer Council ACT. Previously she led non-profit organisations and ran social impact and transformational change projects in organisations including Lifeline, YWCA Australia, and HSBC Bank. Verity has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Sydney, post-graduate qualifications from Macquarie Business School, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She served on the board of UN Women Australia for six years and is currently a board member of Canberra Art Biennial.

Barbara Li

Barbara Li is a highly qualified financial manager with extensive experience in senior roles across the public and private sectors. She is currently Director, Financial Reporting with the NDIA. She holds an MBA/MCom (Finance), A Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and is a Fellow Member of CPA Australia and ANZIF CIP. In addition to her professional work, she is an enthusiastic volunteer with St John Ambulance and the ATO Tax Help program.

Trevor Lloyd

Trevor is experienced as a director, manager and commercial lawyer in various sectors including engineering, insurance, the public sector and charitable and not for profit activities. He has held general counsel and risk management roles and roles as a regulator. In a commercial context he is currently a director of companies operating the businesses trading as Australian Maritime Technologies (a ship design business) and Archicentre Australia.

Elizabeth Rogers (ex Officio), Company Secretary

Elizabeth joined Canberra Glassworks as CEO in October 2021 after 15 years as CEO of Regional Arts NSW. She has a broad range of skills including strategic planning, arts advocacy, government and stakeholder relations, financial management, governance, marketing, communications, and event management.

 

STAFF

Adminstration Team

Elizabeth Rogers

Chief Executive Officer

 

Elizabeth is a highly experienced Chief Executive Officer who has led arts organisations in the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years. She joined Canberra Glassworks in October 2021 after 15 years as CEO of Regional Arts NSW. She has a broad range of skills including strategic planning, arts advocacy, government and stakeholder relations, financial management, governance, marketing, communications, and event management. She has held previous roles at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Canberra Arts Marketing. She regards Canberra as her ‘hometown’ and is excited by the opportunity to support the artists and team at Canberra Glassworks into its next stage of growth.

Phone: 0412 099 935
Hours: Monday to Friday

Brooke McEachern

Marketing Manager

 

As the Marketing Manager at Canberra Glassworks, Brooke oversees the development of content and promotion of the Glassworks brand and its programs. This role coordinates photography, social media, advertising and public relations, website management, and producing digital and printed collateral.

Brooke joined Canberra Glassworks in 2020. She graduated from the ANU School of Art and Design with a BVA, majoring in print media and BA in Art History & Curatorship. She has experience supporting small arts businesses and organisations to effectively engage with their audiences.

Phone: (02) 6185 0377
Hours: Tuesday to Friday & every 2nd Monday

Sasha Trail

Administration Coordinator

 

Sasha joined the Canberra Glassworks in October 2023 as the Administration Coordinator. Her role includes providing administrative support for the CEO, assisting with Board matters, working with the Public Programs Manager, and general administration.

Sasha holds a BDes from the ANU School of Art and Design majoring in video animation and graphic design.

 

Phone: (02) 6185 0380
Hours: Tuesday to Friday

Artistic Team

Aimee Frodsham

Artistic Director

 

The Artistic Director is responsible for managing exhibitions, artist residency and access programs, commissioning and retail areas of the Canberra Glassworks. Together with the CEO, she delivers the creative program in this dynamic facility.

Aimee Frodsham began her career as an art handler after graduating from the Glass Department at the Canberra School of Art in 1999. After working on projects such as the installation of the National Museum of Australia and Anzac Hall, Aimee moved to London to work at the V&A and followed by Tate Gallery where she worked as Planning Manager across four of Tate’s gallery sites. Since returning to Australia in 2015, Aimee has renewed her passion for glass as Program Director at the Canberra Glassworks, before moving to Parliament House to take up the position of Program Manager for the Parliament House Art Collection. Aimee has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions including Hindmarsh Prize 2016 & 2018, Meeting Place – Michael Nelson Jagamara and Imants Tillers, Design in a Decade the 1980’s and Studies with Light, featuring Kirstie Rea and Lucy Palmer.

Phone: (02) 6185 0378
Hours: Monday to Friday

Lilith Silva

Public Programs Manager

 

Lilith works as the Public Programs Manager where she manages the delivery of Canberra Glassworks creative workshops, educational events, tour and group bookings, and engagement with the public. She joined the Glassworks team in June 2022.

Lilith has worked and volunteered at community arts organisations, artist run initiatives and arts festivals for the past 9 years in a range of roles. She has a BA from the University of Melbourne and is currently studying for a Master of Primary Teaching at the University of Canberra. 

Phone: (02) 6185 0382
Hours: Tuesday to Friday and every 1st Monday

Justine McLaren

Artistic Programs Coordinator

As the Artistic Programs Coordinator, Justine is responsible for the hire of the facility’s equipment and artist accommodation. She supports the Canberra Glassworks’ Artist-in-Residence program and liaises between the administration team, technical team and the artists, delivers artists meetings, provides inductions to the facility, and assists with events.

Justine joined Canberra Glassworks in 2018, left for a time to join her family and flamework in Switzerland, then rejoined in 2024. She holds a BA (sculpture) from the ANU School of Art and Design.

Phone: (02) 6185 0381
Hours: Monday to Thursday

Jacqueline Knight

Production & Commissions Manager

 

As the Production and Commissions Manager Jacqueline oversees the Glassworks in-house production as well as public, private and corporate commissions.

Jacqueline received her formal training in glass, graduating with an MFA from Alfred University in 2008 and a BFA from the ANU in 2002. She is a JamFactory Design Associate (2004-2005) and has held teaching positions at Massart (Massachusetts College of Art and Design) and Salem State University in Boston, USA. She has worked at the Glassworks since January 2017.

Phone: (02) 6185 0383
Hours: Monday to Friday

Dylan McCracken

Production Assistant

 

As the Production Assistant Dylan provides support for the commissions and production lines fabricated at the Canberra Glassworks.

Dylan works across a variety of glassmaking processes, including glassblowing, kiln forming, kiln casting and coldworking. She graduated from the ANU School of Art and Design in 2021 and is currently undertaking a Master of Urban Design with the University of Sydney. She has her own studio practice and undertakes projects with local artists. She joined the Glassworks in June 2022.

Phone: (02) 6185 0386
Hours: Monday to Thursday

Gallery Shop Team

Ben Bugden

Gallery Shop Manager

 

Ben joined Canberra Glassworks team in May 2023. With experience across industries, including a number of front- facing positions in both retail and hospitality as well as experience in administrative roles, he has developed a wide and varied skill set enabling him to tackle the intricacies of working with unique and fantastic pieces of art in an everchanging field.

With a passion for the visual arts and customer service, Ben strives to ensure that all the beautiful handmade glass pieces on display are appreciated and treasured by all who walk through Canberra Glassworks doors.

Phone: (02) 6260 7005
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday

Miles Webster

Gallery Shop Assistant

Miles first joined the Canberra Glassworks team in August of 2023, his background in visual arts and customer service inspiring his decision to pursue a Certificate III in Retail, hosted at the CGW. He proved adept at both customer service and administration and flourished in his role assisting the Gallery Shop, completing his certificate in less than six months and subsequently taking up the full-time position as Gallery Shop Assistant.

With his admiration for glass art in all its forms, Miles is a valued member of the team who is passionate about creating a welcoming, accessible space for guests and artists alike at the Canberra Glassworks.

Phone: (02) 6260 7005
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday

Technical Team

Tom Rowney

Technical Director

 

Tom has over 25 years’ experience constructing, maintaining and repairing glass studio equipment both in Australia and overseas. His technical expertise was instrumental in the design and development of the state-of-the-art workshop spaces at the Canberra Glassworks that provides the equipment for all methods of fabricating studio glass. He was the first technician employed when the facility opened in 2007 and now heads up a small technical team.

As well as ensuring all the workshop equipment is operational, he oversees all WH & S requirements and the complex building maintenance issues that arise in a heritage building. He also supports the installation of exhibitions and solves many of the technical challenges for some of the larger commissioned public installations fabricated by the Glassworks.

Phone: 0419 163 219
Hours: Monday to Thursday

Doug Lawrie

Building Manager

 

Doug joined the Canberra Glassworks team in May 2023 to take up the newly created position of Building manager. In this role Doug is responsible for all the issues relating to the maintenance of the historic Powerhouse building.

Doug comes from a successful career in the construction industry doing everything from subcontract carpentry, running his own maintenance business to foreman/ site manager on large construction sites.

Phone: 0409 704 176
Hours: Monday to Wednesday

Griffyn McGarry-Purdie

Assistant Technical Manager

 

Griffyn comes from a carpentry, furniture construction, sculpture, and art handling background. He joined Canberra Glassworks in February 2022 as part of the technical team where he assists with the maintenance of building and studio equipment, exhibition installation and deinstallation, alongside helping to facilitate the creation of glass artworks

Phone: (02) 6185 0376
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday

Hugo Curtis

Technician

 

Hugo is a second-generation glass artist that has been involved in the arts most of his life. He has been visiting the Canberra Glassworks with his parents since it was opened. Joining the Glassworks team in February 2022, his work involves him assisting in all areas of the Glassworks to build his skills by working alongside artistic and the technical teams on a diversity of projects. He is an emerging artist that aspires to create distinctive art both in the hotshop and in the coldshop.  

Phone: 0490 310 491
Hours: Sunday to Wednesday

Financial Management

Canberra Glassworks’ financial management is provided by Company Prophets.

Teresa Nguyen

Managing Director, Company Profits

 

Theresa overseas the high-level management of the Glassworks finances including preparation of board and audit reports. Theresa has wide ranging experience in the not-for-profit, private and public sectors. She has worked as both a business owner and a key member of Executive Teams across a range of industries, Theresa brings a broad range of management, reporting and corporate governance experience to her role. She has detailed knowledge of the many complex areas that make up the operational life of an organisation including grant acquittals; research & development financial policies and procedures development

 

 

Jessie Yin

Business Manager, Company Prophets

 

Jessie looks after the day-to-day financial business for the Glassworks. She is an accountant and bookkeeper with experience in various industries and sectors, including NFP, media, advertising, design and IT firms. Her role is to maintain daily accounting tasks and assist Theresa to prepare management and financial reports for Canberra Glassworks.

Jessie holds a Master of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from Macquarie University and is a qualified CPA member. 

Hours: Monday and Tuesday

Studio Artists

Hannah Gason

Hannah Gason is a mid-career glass artist and Glassworks Studio Tenant specialising in kiln formed and cold worked glass.

Mel Douglas

Mel Douglas is an established glass artist and Glassworks Studio Tenant with an extensive practice across several glass workshops including cold worked, kiln formed and blown glass.

Nadina Geary in the Hotshop. Photo by Pew Pew Studio

Nadina Geary

Nadina Geary is a mid-career glass artist and Glassworks Studio Tenant specialising in blown and cold worked glass.

Tom Rowney, Bronze Low Form – Tesserae Series, 2022, blown glass. Photo by Adam McGrath

Tom Rowney

Tom Rowney is an established glass artist specialising in glass blowing based at Canberra Glassworks.

Peter Nilsson and students from the 2022 Coldworking Masterclass

Peter Nilsson

Swedish born Peter Nilsson is an established glass artist and Glassworks Studio Tenant specialising in cold worked glass now based in Canberra. 

Louis Grant_I’m a wildcard_Photo by Brenton McGeachie

Louis Grant

Louis Grant is an emerging glass artist and Glassworks Studio Tenant specialising in kiln formed and cold worked glass. 

Spike Deane preparing moulds with 2023 resident, Brendan Van hek

Spike Deane

Spike Deane is an established multi-disciplinary artist and Glassworks Studio Tenant specialising in mould making and cast glass. 

Robert Schwartz

US born Robert Schwartz is a mid-career glass artist, Glassworks Studio Tenant and teaching artist specialising in glass blowing.

Minty the Wombat by Luna Ryan, cast glass artist

Luna Ryan

Dutch born, Luna Ryan is an established glass artist and Glassworks Studio Tenant specialising in cast glass. 

Katie-Ann Houghton

Katie-Ann Houghton is a mid-career glass artist and designer based in Canberra who specialises in glass blowing.