Tony Chong is a partner with Lavan Legal and practises in the areas of tax, commercial transactions and corporate advisory. He has spent 6 years as Head of Tax and Group Counsel for a major corporate group as well as operating in private practice. Through this experience, Tony offers an exceptional level of legal, accounting and tax knowledge combined with a sound understanding of corporate structures and commercial imperatives. As Group Counsel to The Griffin Group, Tony’s role was a diverse one, encompassing legal, tax, finance, corporate advisory and management of large projects involving mergers, acquisitions and fundraising. He is also Vice President of the WA Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Advisory Board Member of the Curtin Business School – School of Accounting.
Ben Opie is a Partner in KPMG’s Perth Tax practice. He has over 17 years of tax and corporate advisory experience providing advice on tax structuring, financing, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and international tax across a range of industries including the upstream oil and gas sector, mining, property, funds management and agribusiness. Ben is the national tax leader of KPMG’s Japanese Business Practice and is a member of KPMG’s national Energy and National Resources Tax group. He is also a member of the Curtin Law School Advisory Board and a Director of the Japan Festival Association in Perth Inc.
Thea Costantino is an accomplished artist, writer and academic, lecturing in the School of Design and Art at Curtin University, and last year was the recipient of the 2011 Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Contemporary Art Award. Her artistic projects extend beyond the visual artists into performance. In 2009 she wrote and co-produced the ambitious music theatre work Heart of Gold as part of the interdisciplinary collective Hold Your Horses. An active writer and commentator, Thea also regularly contributes exhibition reviews to the US-based art website Daily Serving, offering critical commentary on contemporary art in Perth to an international readership.
Marco D’Orsogna has been a Director of his family agri & food business D’Orsogna Ltd for over 25 years. D’Orsogna Ltd is one of the most successful and dynamic Australian based Food Manufacturing businesses with a focus on quality Australian sourced and made, traditional Italian small goods. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Vice President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. He is actively involved in the Perth arts community not only as a donor across several disciplines of the arts.
Joanne Farrell is Global Head of Health, Safety, Environment and Communities (HSEC) for the Rio Tinto group of Companies. She is a Board Member of Energy Resources Australia, and an Advisory Council member for Central Institute of Technology. In addition she is a member of Chief Executive Women.
Joanne holds a Bachelor degree in Science, majoring in Psychology and Economics from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Management from Curtin University. Her career in the Mining Industry has included Human Resources, Health, Safety, Environment and Communities roles in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland as well as the United Kingdom and the USA. Prior to joining the Mining Industry she worked as an Economist in the Western Australian Public Service.
As recognition of her commitment in encouraging and facilitating the progress of women in the mining industry, Joanne was awarded the 2012 Women in Resources Champion by the Chamber of Minerals & Energy WA and in 2013 she was recognised by WIM (UK) as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Women in Mining.
Robyn Glindemann is a projects counsel with Clifford Chance with particular expertise in environmental and land access matters. She has nearly 20 years’ experience advising resources companies, financial institutions and government agencies in Australia and British Columbia and was named as a leading individual in Climate Change, Planning and Environment, Natural Resources Law and Native Title Law in the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in Australia. Robyn is a member of the John Curtin Gallery Advisory Board at Curtin University and is President of the Patrons and Friends Committee of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra. Robyn’s interests include most modern and contemporary art practices (visual and musical) and she is passionate about promoting the vibrancy of Perth’s cultural life and supporting local and emerging artists.
Lloyd Smith has more than 25 years’ experience in senior-level executive search and human resources consulting in key industry sectors in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the United Kingdom.
He is considered one of the leading human resource professionals in the Asia Pacific for his proven expertise in recruiting Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Chairmen and Non-Executive Directors. Lloyd also has a strong track record of success in corporate governance assignments involving structure, strategy and board composition.
Lloyd holds a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) from Curtin University of Technology, Western Australia; is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; a Member of the Curtin Business School Advisory Council; and the Chairman of the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra.
Josephine Wilson is a Perth-based writer with a history of working across disciplines. Her projects have received funding from ArtsWA and the Australia Council for the Arts, and she has sat as a peer on the New Media fund of the Australia Council. Josephine’s performance works include The Geography of Haunted Places and Customs. Produced by PICA, The Geography of Haunted Places toured nationally and to the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT). Her novel, Cusp, was published by the University of Western Australia Press and her essays and reviews have appeared in RealTime and Artlink magazines.
Amy Barrett-Lennard has been Director of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) since April 2006. As a dynamic leader, she has brought vision and vitality to a range of arts organisations across Australia and internationally. She has previously held positions as: Director of the Linden Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne; Curator of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery, Victoria; Curator of the Goldfields Arts Centre Gallery, Kalgoorlie- Boulder, Western Australia; and Manager of the British Pavilion at the 1995 Venice Biennale. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Art History Major) from the University of Western Australia and a Graduate Diploma in Post-war and Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute, London. A regular contributor to the broader national arts and cultural communities, Amy has sat on numerous boards and panels including those for the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Victoria, NETS Victoria, Museums Australia, the Victorian College of the Arts, Art on the Move and the federal government’s Visions of Australia program. She is currently a member of the Murdoch University Art Collection Board and Edith Cowan University’s CREATEC (Centre of Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications) and is President of the Contemporary Arts Organisations Australia (CAOS) network.
Neil Fernandes is the former Managing Director at Central Institute of Technology, having commenced in July 2005. Prior to his appointment at Central, Neil was the Deputy Director-General (Training) in the Department of Education and Training for 18 months and was the inaugural General Manager of WestOne between July 1999 and August 2003.
Neil has held a number of senior positions in the vocational education and training (VET) system in Western Australia over the last 30. He is a strong advocate for vocational education and training, including the creative arts.
Neil has recently established his own consultancy, Neil C Fernandes Consulting, and is a member of the Training Accreditation Council of Western Australia. He is an Honorary Senior Fellow of the LH Martin Institute at the University of Melbourne, a Member of the national Education Industry Reference Committee, and a Board Member of the Friends of the Centre for Stories.
Born in Nagpur, India, Neil’s family migrated to Australia in 1969. He completed his high schooling in Perth and holds a BA (Philosophy) from the University of Western Australia.
Neil is married with two children and a grandchild.
Susanna Castleden is an artist and senior lecturer at Curtin University, where she is Director of Research and Graduate Studies in the School of Design and Art. Susanna completed a PhD at RMIT University, Melbourne in 2014. Susanna has received several awards including the Linden Art Prize (VIC) in 2015; second place in the Fremantle Print Award 2014; Joondalup Art Award in 2011; the Burnie Print Prize (TAS) in 2013 and the Bankwest Art Prize also in 2013. Susanna was shortlisted to exhibit in the 2014 International Print Biennale in UK and most recently held solo exhibitions at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou China and at Turner Galleries in Perth.