Heide Board

Mr Steven Skala AO (Chair)

Mr Steven Skala AO joined the Board in January 2016 and was appointed Chairman. Mr Skala is a banker and company director, and previously practiced law for many years. He is Vice Chairman, Australia of Deutsche Bank AG, Chairman of BlueChilli Technologies Pty. Ltd., Deputy Chairman of the General Sir John Monash Foundation and a Director of the Centre for independent Studies. A former Chairman of both the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA) and Film Australia, Mr Skala also has been a Director of the Australian Ballet, the Australian Exhibitions Touring Agency and the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, and retired in 2015 from the Board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation where he served for 10 years. A Member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York since 2003, Mr Skala was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for his service to the arts, education, business and commerce in 2010.

Mr Justin Bown

Justin Bown joined the Board in June 2012. He is founder and director of Pinnacle Group Australia, a consulting firm that provides strategy and people development services. Prior to this, Justin worked with the Boston Consulting Group and Nous Group in Australia and abroad. Previous board experience includes working as a senior manager and executive board member with an Australian not-for-profit organisation. Justin holds a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne Business School. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and is a registered psychologist (organisational psychology).

Mr Jono Gelfand

Jono Gelfand joined the Board in December 2011. Jono has over twenty five years’ experience in the retail marketing industry and general management having held senior positions at SRG International, specifically across the two major retail brands of Spotlight Stores and Anaconda Stores. Currently COO and Co-owner Ishka Retail Stores, Jono manages the company’s retail operations, marketing, logistics, and online divisions. Ishka specialises in unique and handcrafted gifts, homewares, fashion, jewellery and furniture sourced from all over the world. With over 40 stores Australia wide, the rapidly growing retail and online business continues to build on the company’s 47 year history and heritage. Previously Jono was was the General Manager Marketing for the Spotlight Group, directly responsible for loyalty marketing, mass marketing, e-commerce and philanthropic activities for this major international retail and property group based in Melbourne. In 2012 he assumed the Chair of the Development Committee of the Board.

Ms Kate Jenkins

Kate Jenkins joined the Board in April 2013. Kate was appointed to the position of Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner in April 2016. Kate is also on the Board of Carlton Football Club. From 2013 to 2016 Kate was the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner. Prior to 2013, she was the lead partner of Herbert Smith Freehills’ Australian equal opportunity law practice and an experienced employment lawyer and educator. Kate holds honours degrees in Law and Arts.

Mr John Lee

John Lee joined the Board in April 2013. John is a Registered Architect, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Architects and the Director of the Melbourne office of McGlashan Everist Architects. McGlashan Everist is one of Victoria’s oldest architectural firms, operating in all sectors of architectural practice for more than sixty years. The practice has been recognised with many architectural awards including the RAIA Bronze Medal for the Best Building in Victoria for Heide II in 1968 and the Enduring Architecture Awardfor Heide II in 2015. John is a regular awards juror and member of the Association of Consulting Architects Australia and a member of Learning Environments Australasia and the Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment Education Advisory Board.

Dr Nancy Underhill

Dr Nancy Underhill joined the Board in January 2016. Dr Underhill is an author, curator and art historian. Educated at Bryn Mawr College and the Courtauld Institute she was Foundation Head of Art History and Inaugural Director of the University Art Museum at the University of Queensland. She has served on the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council, chaired the Art Association of Australia and the Museums Association of Australia, been a Visiting Fellow at the Humanities Research Centre at ANU, and the Centre of Australian Studies, Kings College, London. Her books include Sidney Nolan: A Life (2015), Nolan on Nolan: Sidney Nolan in his Own Words (2007), Letters of John Reed (co-edit 2001), and Making Australian Art 1916–1949 (1991). She is currently Deputy to Lisa Gasteen AO for the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School.

Dr Terry Wu

Dr Terry Wu joined the Board in April 2013. Terry is a specialist plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon. He is a member of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, and fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Terry is a consultant specialist at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Box Hill Hospital and Monash Health. Terry is the Supervisor of Training for plastic surgery at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and specialises in microsurgery and major head and neck cancer reconstructions. Terry is a keen supporter of contemporary Australian art. By collecting and being an active advocate, Terry endeavours to materially contribute to the wellbeing of artists and visual art in Australia. In addition, Terry serves as a Board Member at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the National Association for the Visual Arts and supports institutions and events including the Biennale of Sydney and the Australian Pavilion in Venice. In 2014 Terry established John Street Studios to provide quality affordable studio spaces for artists in inner-city Melbourne.

Ms Sharni Zoch

Sharni Zoch joined the Board in April 2013. Sharni is a partner in KPMG’s Risk Consulting practice with over twenty years’ audit and risk management experience working in corporate and Big 4 professional services environments with large, multi-national clients. During her career, Sharni has worked in Melbourne, New York, London and Asia. Sharni has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and is a Chartered Accountant.