Our Board

NETS Victoria Board of Management


Adam Harding
Director, Centre for Contemporary Photography

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. In 2018, Adam was announced as the incoming director of Melbourne’s Centre for Contemporary Photography.


Deputy Chair

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.



Ben Macauley
Chief Finance Officer, Baillie Asset Management Limited

Ben Macauley is the CFO of Baillie Asset Management Limited, a privately owned funds management company that is responsible for the management of targeted investments in a manner that is co-aligned with the interests of the select group of clients it represents. Ben has worked across the banking and finance industry for over 20 years in Sydney, Melbourne and London. He is a CPA qualified accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from the University of Technology, Sydney.



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.


Bec Cole
Director, Creative Arts
Latrobe City Council

Bec Cole is Director Creative Arts at Latrobe City Council. This role encompasses the direction of Latrobe Regional Gallery and Latrobe Performing Arts Centre. Bec is a champion of creating access to quality contemporary art and has led the establishment of public art programs, creative industry development initiatives and public programming in gallery, major events and activity centre settings. Previous to commencing at Latrobe in early 2020, Bec led the Arts & Culture program at Wyndham City Council. Here she implemented a bold exhibition program at Wyndham Art Gallery, establishing a curatorial model of practice that supports a diversity of perspectives and raised the profile of the gallery to national presence. Bec holds a Master of Commerce with specialities in business, economics and marketing; winning the prestigious RMIT Master of Commerce Prize in 2018. She also holds a Master of Community Cultural Development from the Victorian College of the Arts. Bec regularly writes articles on culture, creativity and community, and has an extensive background in community engagement and policy.


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) and Ron Mueck (2010) Hurlston is Chair of the City of Maribyrnong’s Art Advisory Committee and a member of Arts Project Australia’s Exhibitions Committee.


Lyn Johnson
Development Manager, Linden New Art

Lyn joined the team at Linden New Art in July 2017 and brings over 30 years of experience working in creative industries. Most recently, Lyn was the Deputy Director at McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery for the past 8 ½ years. Prior to that she was Assistant Director at the Australian Tapestry Workshop and Executive Officer at the Public Galleries Association of Victoria, as well as holding various art boards positions. Lyn holds a Bachelor of Economics with a Major in Art History,  a Post Graduate Diploma in Visual Culture and a Masters in Australian Art (all Monash University). In 2010 she curated the first retrospective of artist John Ford Paterson and continues to enjoy her passion of researching forgotten Australian artists.


Jan van Schaik
Architect, co-director of MvS Architects, researcher and lecturer at RMIT University

Jan van Schaik’s work focusses on the cultural and societal underpinnings of architecture, and the complex relationship between human beings and their environments. His collaborative approach to the design of public buildings; mixed use developments; strategic plans; feasibility studies; master-plans;  secondary and tertiary education projects; adaptive reuse projects; exhibitions in major art galleries; buildings in sensitive ecological environments; and prototypical residential projects has received awards, and been published, both in Australia and internationally.

Jan has worked on projects on the east coast of China, Kuala Lumpur, and in most states of Australia. In regional Victoria he has specialised in leveraging creative practice to deliver resilience to communities and their economies. His experience includes past appointments as deputy chair of Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces, chair of the City of Melbourne Creative Spaces working group and adviser to the Regional Arts Victoria’s Small Town Transformation project, and is a patron of West Space and ACCA.

Jan is the producer of the WRITING & CONCEPTS lecture series and publications which reflecting on the role that writing plays in the development of contemporary creative practice.


Clare Leporati
Arts & Cultural Programs Officer, Nillumbik Shire Council

Clare Leporati has worked in the creative industries in Australia and internationally since 1996. She has been at Nillumbik Shire Council since 2014 working across the public art, literature, programing and local history portfolios. Clare has specialised skills in public art, interdisciplinary projects, community and government relations, strategic planning and programing. Clare holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Art History from the University of Melbourne (1995), a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Management from Deakin University (2000) and a Master in Art in Public Space from RMIT University (2010). Currently working for an interface municipality she is committed to the development and delivery of contemporary art, craft and design opportunities outside of metropolitan centres. Clare also has a particular interest in creative collaborative practices and the convergence of material and virtual public space.