Our Board

NETS Victoria Board of Management


Sarah Bond

Director Visual Arts Program, Asialink

Sarah Bond is the Director of the Visual Arts Program at Asialink, the University of Melbourne. Since late 2005, she has been responsible for the development and management of the Asialink Touring Exhibition Program and the arts residency program. She is an advisory member to various organisations including the City of Melbourne Public Laneways Commission and the South Project. Sarah has worked in the Australian visual arts/crafts and museum sector for over a decade as an administrator (Museums Australia (Vic) 1998-2000) and curator (Craft Victoria 2000-2005) . She is a regular contributor to contemporary Australian art and craft magazines and journals. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Curatorship/ Museum Management from the University of Melbourne and BFA (Art History/ Sculpture) from Victorian College of the Arts.

Deputy Chair

John Meade


Melbourne-based sculptor John Meade is one of Australia’s leading artists and has held regular individual and group exhibitions with galleries and museums since 1995. Selected solo exhibitions include: Show Business (2009), Sutton Gallery, Melbourne andIncident in the Museum 2 (2004) Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Propulsion at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2001). John Meade’s work is held in the Monash University Collection; Museum of Contemporary Art; Heide Museum of Modern Art and National Gallery of Victoria as well as private and corporate collections.


Steve Smith

Chief Finance Officer, Transcity Group Pty Ltd

Steve Smith is the CFO of Transcity Group Pty Ltd, a recent subsidiary of American based Suzo-Happ Inc. Since mid-2013, he has been responsible for the successful integration and development of the Transcity Asia Pacific region into the Suzo-Happ Group. Previously he was an Audit Manager at Ernst & Young, working on a number of significant listed clients in London, Delhi and Melbourne. He is an ICAS qualified Chartered Accountant and holds a BSc in Economics and Finance from the University of Manchester.


Catherine Pierce


Catherine Pierce has a general commercial practice with a particular focus on banking and finance, bankruptcy, insolvency and corporations and securities matters. Before coming to the Bar, Catherine worked as a solicitor in Hong Kong where she advised in relation to cross border insolvency and corporate and financial restructuring, including the liquidiation of Lehman Brothers companies based in Hong Kong and China. Whilst practising in Hong Kong, Catherine also advised in relation to multi-jurisdictional securities enforcement, trust disputes and shareholder and partnership disputes. Prior to this, Catherine was a Senior Associate at Madgwicks where she practised in commercial litigation, including advising on insolvency and restructuring and instructing in trials in the Federal Court of Australia and in the Victorian Supreme, County and Magistrates’ Courts as well as in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. Catherine has also worked for many years as an interpreter in English, French and Mandarin Chinese.

Adam Harding

Director, Horsham Regional Art Gallery

After beginning his training at Geelong Gallery in 1998, Adam Harding was Assistant Curator at Warrnambool Art Gallery. In 2007 he moved to Horsham Regional Art Gallery (HRAG) as Curator, and was appointed Director in 2009. He has continued Horsham’s commitment to community engagement while reinterpreting the Gallery’s collection to focus on their three main areas of collecting; artworks and images of Horsham and the Wimmera, the Mack Jost Collection of Australian Art, and it’s nationally significant collection of Australian photography. Harding has been focusing on investigating modes of exhibition development and presentation that places the Gallery and the Wimmera as a site of production and collaboration. This is happening through partnerships with the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art, which saw contemporary artists work with community organisations such as the Natimuk Brass Band and the Natimuk Bowls Club, and the Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery and their project Life in your hands: the art of solastalgia, which saw works created within each touring venue’s community coming together for a national tour. Adam is currently working toward the redevelopment of HRAG.

Penny Teale

Curator, Bunjil Place

Penny Teale has worked in museum and gallery positions since 1994 and has over ten years of experience working in commercial galleries. Teale is Curator at Bunjil Place. Prior to this appointment she worked at McClelland Gallery starting in 2003 as the inaugural McClelland Sculpture Survey co-ordinator. From 2004 onwards she has managed the McClelland Gallery permanent collection and has curated over 30 exhibitions including artist surveys of Lisa Roet, Louise Weaver, Augustine Dall’Ava, Geoffrey Bartlett and project exhibitions with Andrew Browne, Janet Laurence and Alex Seton. Teale has also curated the contemporary exhibitions, Double Vision which explored Realism in contemporary art, FX in Contemporary Photography considering the cinematic narrative in contemporary photography and co-curated with Robert Lindsay Spirit in the Land, an exhibition that explored the genre of landscape painting in Australian art. She is a graduate from Deakin University and the University of Southern Queensland.

Emma Telfer

Executive Director of Open House Melbourne

Emma is the Executive Director of Open House Melbourne and, like the organisation, she champions the city of Melbourne through its built environment.

Open House delivers a broad range of public programs that celebrate design and architecture in the built environment and inform people about the importance of urban diversity in the rapidly developing city. Open House aims to encourage civic pride and activism to ensure Melbourne remains a liveable and vibrant city for all.

Emma is also a founding partner of the Office for Good Design, a unique curatorial group that works with private organisations and major cultural institutions to realise their interest in design, architecture, and the broader creative industries.

David Hurlston

Curator, Australian Art
National Gallery of Victoria

David Hurlston has worked for the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) since 1993 and is currently employed as Curator, Australian Art. He has previously been employed by the NGV as Curator, Australian art exhibitions (2002-2007), Program Coordinator (1999-2002) and Access Gallery Curator (1993-1999). In 1985 Hurlston completed a Bachelor of Art in Fine Art at RMIT, majoring in ceramic sculpture, and in 1991 undertook post-graduate study in art curatorship at the University of Melbourne. He has curated a number of exhibitions for the NGV including, Yikwani: Contemporary Tiwi ceramics (2002-2003), Deborah Halpern: Angel (2006), Geoffrey Bartlett (2007) and Preserving the past, enriching the future: Hugh Williamson’s legacy (2008). He is currently developing a survey exhibition of the work of Ron Mueck, which will open at NGV International in 2010. Hurlston is Chair of the City of Maribyrnong’s Art Advisory Committee and a member of Arts Project Australia’s Exhibitions Committee.