Board & Staff
Board of Directors
Michael Blomfield is an innovator and entrepreneur, with deep experience across Asia and Australia in a wide range of businesses as a CEO, a company director and an advisor. Michael has held a number of senior positions at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, notably with CommSec, and has recently returned to Australia from Asia, where he was Managing Director of APAC for a major global brokerage until 2011, and later Director of QiLu Bank, China. He is currently CEO of Investment Trends, an Australian-based global financial services research company. Michael brings to ACP his extensive experience in business as well as governance expertise, having served on the Boards of QiLu Bank (China) (2014-present), The Eye Surgeon's Foundation (2016-17), Legs On The Wall (2008-09), the Commonwealth Bank Foundation (2006-08), and as Board Chairman of the Inaugural Musica Viva Chamber Music Festival (2007-08).
Kate Armati is a former journalist, who has had a lengthy involvement in the not-for-profit sector. She has served as chair of the Riverside Pre-School Building Fund (2002-05) and was President of the Riverside Preschool Committee (2002-03). Kate has supported The Marmalade Foundation which funds and operates Lou’s Place in Kings Cross and has served as board member of Lou’s Place and a volunteer and fundraiser for the foundation for more than 15 years. Kate was Chair of the Art Gallery of NSW Photography Collection Benefactors' committee (2007-10), of which she had been a member since 2000, is an enthusiastic collector of contemporary and black and white photography, and supporter of the arts.
Sue Boaden is a leading Australian cultural strategist. Sue has over 20 years’ experience in the arts and cultural sector specialising in cultural policy development, strategic cultural planning, cultural facility planning, management review and operational assessments with a focus on collecting institutions. Sue has a broad interest in urban planning, cultural capacity building and the celebration of local identity and sense of place through quality program design and service delivery. She was the cultural planner for the award winning City of Sydney’s Sustainable Sydney 2030 Strategy. Sue is an experienced board member including the Australian National Commission for UNESCO (2001–05), Museums and Galleries NSW (2001–09), Blacktown Arts Centre Program Advisory Committee (2009–15), WestWords Ltd (2014–16). She is currently the inaugural Ambassador for the Eramboo Artist Environment.
Steven Cavanagh is a photographic artist and educator, who lectures in Photography at the National Art School, where he gained a Masters of Fine Art, Photography in 2009. His work has featured in numerous publications including SOS Magazine and Capture Magazine as well as the Sydney Morning Herald. Steven’s photographs have been exhibited throughout Australia and are held in the collection at the Grenfell Regional Art Gallery, along with a number of private collections both in Australia and internationally. His recent solo exhibition ‘Reward’ was presented at ACP, Grenfell Regional Arts Gallery and Jean Bellette Arts Gallery in Hill End. Steven has been a leading photography tutor at ACP since 2008.
David McCarthy is the National Leader of Deloitte Restructuring Services based in Sydney and has over 20 years’ experience working with corporates, investors, financiers and government primarily in operational and financial restructurings. David’s career has included multiple global restructuring assignments working across the UK, US and Asia. David is a Chartered Accountant and a former member of the Turnaround Association of Australia’s NSW Organising Committee.
Charmian Grove is a senior executive who has spent the last 20 years working in all aspects of the global photo industry including Director of Media Sales for Getty Images (2003-10), Reuters New York (2000-03) and Australian Associated Press in Sydney (1996-99). In 2010, she moved to Singapore where she successfully launched and operated her own photographic representation and stock agency, Orientography. Most recently she was located in London, where she became an active member and supporter of Women on a Mission and Women for Women International.
Cherie McNair, Director & CEO
Cherie McNair, educated in Melbourne, holds an MA in Gallery and Museum Studies, together with a Post Grad Dip in Art History and Film Studies and a BA in Media Arts. McNair has over fifteen years’ experience in the visual arts sector in Australia and internationally and has delivered major photography exhibitions with institutions and photographers throughout her career. Previous roles have included Head of Exhibitions and Creative Services at the Queensland Museum Network, Head of Exhibitions and Design, National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, Project Manager, National and International Partnerships Tate, London, Director of Exhibitions Museum of Architecture (London Festival 2012), Curator/Exhibitions Manager Anthony d’Offay, London, and Project Manager, Contemporary Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and Senior Exhibitions Coordinator National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.
Education & Public Programs Manager
Dr. Alison Holland