National Art School Board Announcements
We are pleased to announce some changes to the National Art School Board.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to our outgoing Chair, Carolyn Fletcher AM. Under Carolyn’s leadership, NAS was acknowledged as a State Significant Organisation and awarded NSW Government funding. This achievement alone reset the course of NAS’ future in addition to securing a 45-year lease. Carolyn has also been instrumental in guiding NAS’ masterplanning process to build on our 100-year legacy and ensure NAS remains Australia’s leading independent art school attracting the best and brightest of the next generation. Carolyn has actively supported NAS alumni at our Sydney Contemporary Art Fair stand, in addition to individual artists such as Georgia Saxelby. It is with immense gratitude that we thank Carolyn for her time with the National Art School.
We would like to welcome Ross McDiven as our new Chair. Ross has close to 50 years’ experience in the Australian property sectors and is a former Chairman and Chief Executive at Brookfield Multiplex Group. Over a career of 46 years with the company he was instrumental in its growth to become an international property and construction entity.
Ross was a leading figure in the emergence of Multiplex Limited as a public company in 2003 and negotiations that saw the company successfully acquired by Brookfield Asset Management in 2007.
Since retiring from Multiplex, Mr McDiven has been appointed to a number of advisory committee positions in the property and construction industry.
Brooke Horne has resigned his position on the NAS Board. Brooke has been Instrumental in developing a long-term philanthropy strategy for the National Art School and has been invaluable in fostering new networks with NAS. Drawing on his experience as Co-founder and Director of Philanthropy of The Equality Campaign, the lead organisation for ‘Yes’ in the 2017 Marriage Equality Survey, Brooke served as Chair of NAS’ Fundraising and Development Subcommittee.
Successfully steering the school’s efforts to establish the NAS Foundation in addition to personally supporting NAS students and alumni’s practice. I would like to both acknowledge and thank Brooke for his enduring commitment to NAS and supporting pathways to ensure our financial sustainability.
Welcome to Andrew Muston who will be joining the NAS Board. Andrew is the Head of Wholesale and Family Office Distribution at Roc Partners. Prior to joining Roc Partners, Andrew held capital raising roles at Contango Asset Management, QVG Capital and Totus Capital.
Andrew serves on the board of the Scots College Foundation, Evolution of the Foundation Committee for St Vincent’s Curran Foundation and Atelier Advisory Council for the Art Gallery of NSW.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney and is completing his Certified Investment Management Analyst® from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
– Steven Alderton, NAS Director and CEO