Art Gallery of NSW Executive

  • Director

    Dr Michael Brand
    BA (Hons), MA, PhD (History)

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    Michael Brand joined the Art Gallery of NSW as director in June 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was consulting director of the new Aga Khan Museum under construction in Toronto and scheduled to open in 2014.

    From 2005 to 2010, Dr Brand was director of the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, leading both the Getty Center and Getty Villa sites and establishing its new Center for Photography. Previously, he was director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond from 2000 to 2005; assistant director, curatorial and collection development, at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane from 1996 to 2000; curator of Asian art at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from 1988 to 1996; and co-director of the Smithsonian Institution Mughal Garden Project in Lahore, Pakistan from 1988 to 1993.

    Dr Brand currently serves on the Visiting Committee of the Harvard Art Museums and the International Advisory Board of the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. He is a past member of the Governing Board of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.

  • Deputy director

    Ms Anne Flanagan
    Dip Int Design, Dip Ed, Dip Vis Arts

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    Anne Flanagan joined the Gallery in 1992. Her academic background includes visual arts, interior design and education. For more than two decades she has worked in arts organisations, including the Crafts Council of NSW, Powerhouse Museum, Biennale of Sydney, Australian Bicentennial Authority and Historic Houses Trust of NSW.

    Ms Flanagan is responsible for design and publishing as well as building services and the Sydney Modern Project, which envisions a major expansion of the Gallery.

  • Director of Collections

    Suhanya Raffel
    BA, Dip Museum Studies

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    Suhanya Raffel joined the Gallery in 2013. Previously, she was at the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, where she held many senior curatorial positions since 1994, including deputy director of curatorial and collection development from 2010 and acting director during 2012. She was instrumental in building its contemporary Asia Pacific collection and led its Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (since 2002) as well as major curatorial projects such as the Andy Warhol exhibition (2007-08) and The China Project (2009). Ms Raffel is a member of the Asian Art Council at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and serves on the boards of the Australia-China Council, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Canberra and Griffith University Asia Institute, Brisbane.

    Ms Raffel is responsible for all curatorial areas including Australian and international art as well as conservation, registration, collection management, exhibition management, photography, the research library and archives, and Brett Whiteley Studio.

  • Director of Public Engagement

    Jacquie Riddell

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    Jacquie Riddell joined the Gallery in 2014. She is highly experienced in strategy development, communications, marketing, audience development, brand development, content creation and digital media. She was the director of marketing at SBS where her achievements included development of the organisation’s brand platform ‘Six Billion Stories and counting…’ and creation of arts channel STUDIO. She has managed ABC radio network Triple J, leading the expansion nationally; led the marketing and communications for Barangaroo; and created a successful group of television channels for Foxtel. She is on the board of the Australia–Korea Foundation for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Ms Riddell is responsible for media, marketing and communications, education, public programs and membership.

  • Director, Finance and Corporate Services

    Mr John Wicks
    B Bus, FCPA

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    John Wicks joined the Gallery in 2008. He is a fellow of the Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants and holds a Bachelor of Business with an accounting major from Charles Sturt University. He has over 20 years experience in the arts sector, including as executive director, finance and services at the Australia Council for the Arts in Sydney and thereafter as chief financial officer at the Cultural Facilities Corporation in Canberra. His last position was chief financial officer at Hurstville City Council.

    Mr Wicks is the chief financial officer and company secretary for the Art Gallery of NSW Trust, the Art Gallery of NSW Foundation, VisAsia and the Brett Whiteley Foundation. He is also responsible for finance, administration, human resources, legal services, information technology, security and Gallery services, including the Gallery Shop, venue management, restaurant and cafe.